Honda's successful endurance racers of the late 1970s were developments of the company's road-going CB750, so it was only fitting that the competition programme should give rise to another production model - the fearsomely powerful CB1100R. Ridden by stars such as Ron Haslam, Wayne Gardner and Roger Marshall, the works bikes thrilled British race-goers throughout the early 1980s. In effect a limited edition 'homologation special' based on the road-going CB900F, the racer-on-the-road CB1100R was the RC30 of its day and priced accordingly. Honda UK initially ordered only 100, with deliveries commencing in November 1980, and sold the CB1100R for £3,700. That might seem cheap today but you could buy a new CB900FZ for £1,999 at the time! It's not surprising that the CB1100R sold in correspondingly small numbers, mainly to race teams and wealthy enthusiasts, and today this exclusive model is increasingly sought after by collectors. Over a three year period (1981-1983) approximately 4,050 were completed, making the CB1100R an extremely rare model by Honda standards.
The machine offered here is an example of the final CB1100RD version. Built during 1983 and first registered on 11th June 1984, 'A133 VUC' had had only one previous owner when it was bought by the current vendor from Wheels International of Hockliffe on 4th May 1985 (purchase invoice on file). The machine is offered with its original service booklet, two old MoT certificates (most recent expired 1999), and an old-style V5 registration document. Re-commissioning is advised before returning it to the road.