January 2020 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Mark Compton of Los Alamitos with his 1983 Honda CB1100F

Make: Honda
Model: CB1100F
Year: 1973
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 1100cc DOHC Inline Four
Transmission: 5 speed
Owner: Mark Compton
City: Los Alamitos

1983 Honda CB1100F

Congratulations to Mark Compton of Los Alamitos for winning Bike of the Month with his 1983 Honda CB1100F. Mark won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Although it may not seem like it, this is somewhat of a rare bike, it was one year only for the US market and only available for two years in the European market.

This also may have been due to the fact that in 1983 the US raised the tariffs for imported motorcycles over 700cc. This effected many imports including the Honda CB750 which was sleaved down to a 650cc to avoid these new taxes. NY Times US Raises Tariff for Motorcycles

Mark has owned this bike for about four years. He bought it from a dealer in Georgia, but it spent at least part of it's life in Rhode Island around 2009 as apparent by an inspection sticker on the fender.

For two years Mark was chasing down cam chain tentioners which are unique to this bike and no longer manufactured by Honda. He finally found a racing company in New Zealand that races the CB1100F and makes an aftermarket part.

Mark isn't sure if the paint is original, but with it's low mileage, it sure looks like it could be. The pipes are original black chrome which are very hard to find.

Mark gathered enough votes back in June 2019 for an Honorable mention with this bike, and he has placed twice with his very nice 1976 Laverda SF3, in November 2017 just days after he aquired it and then again in January 2018 with the Laverda.

Thank you Mark for bringing your Honda out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our January Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1983 Honda CB1100F
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