This amazing Honda barn find CB1100R has belonged to the same owner from new in 1982. Honda only made around 15000 of the C/D models during the production run, with most of them being used within the product series racing. The majority of the sales were in the southern hemisphere, in particular Australia and New Zealand.
The CB1100R C/D models were successful in the hands of well known racers like Wayne Gardner during the production series and also placed well during the Bol d’Or 24 hour races in the early 1980s
The 1980s Honda’s have a reputation for superb build quality, except for the ill fated VF750 which suffered with the much discussed camshaft problems which lead to the creation of the awesome VFR750.
Buying a classic or barn find motorcycle
The rule of thumb when buying a classic or barn find motorcycle is do your research before entering a negotiation or purchase. The internet is littered with bikes which claim to be original unmolested bikes, however many of them have been built from collected or modified parts from different models.
Some motorcycles were built using interchangeable parts, however the exact parts for model may have been stamped with a specific model and production run aligned to a specific bike. A motorcycle with fresh looking bodywork with a tatty looking frame and engine is usually an obvious sign the bike has lead a double life, possibly a track bike with original bodywork put back on.
Also consider joining an owners forum to seek advice, in many cases you could find a previous owner of the bike and possibly someone who can help authenticate the motorcycle through checking frame and engine numbers. If in doubt, always walk away. If you are looking to undertake a restoration you may also want to read an article to provide some inspiration for suitable workshop tools.
This example looks very original, with a dealer involved in the sale to verify the authenticity of the bike if you have any concerns. Click here for full listing details.