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About the Rides

Between the years of 1979-1983 Honda made a line of street motorcycles known as CB-F Supersports. They came in three sizes: 750, 900 and 1100 cc. This puts them in the medium to large class. In the US, the 750F was made in 1979-1982, the 900F was made in 1981 and 1982, while the 1100F was made in 1983 only. In their day, these motorcycles were strong performers, but they are all outperformed by many smaller modern motorcycles. Nevertheless, the Supersports have a devoted following of enthusiasts who frequent a particular website devoted solely to these motorcycles: www.CB1100F.net.

www.CB1100f.net has over 8500 members worldwide with a significant percentage of them being very active. Both Sebastian and I have gained a great deal of technical know-how and more than a few friends from our contacts on the website. For the past several years, we have participated in the Spring and Fall group rides organized by members from the northeastern US and Canada. Our Alaska trip will kick off from this year’s spring ride in Saratoga Springs, NY. In addition to posting on this website, we will be keeping our friends at www.cb1100f.net apprised of the more technical details of our trip by postings over there.

Peter’s Bike

I ride an 1100F which I purchased in 2005. I commute with it daily to downtown Boston (all of 10 miles each way) in rain or shine, year round except when there is snow coming down or on the road.

The motorcycle’s suspension, exhaust and trim details are stock, but I have added a luggage rack, a hard but comfortable seat, crash guards, a camera mount and several electronic improvements of my own design. The engine has about 15,000 miles since its last major overhaul, and at that point, I increased the engine displacement from 1062cc (the actual size of the stock 1100 model) to 1123cc. The bike itself has just over 50,000 miles on it (about half of which are mine).

Sebastian’s Bike

Seb purchased his 900F in Seattle, and when he returned to the east coast he decided to ship the bike home. Since then he has modified the suspension with front and rear wheels from a later model bike, and installed an 1100F swingarm.

Preparations
We will go prepared to camp but will probably stay at a number of motels along the way, too. Camp cooking will not be on the menu. Instead, we intend to rely on RoadFood.com to steer us to good, interesting, low-cost eats along the way.

We have looked at fuel stops along the way and will each carry an extra 1 gallon can with us. This should give us a 200-plus mile range between fuel stops, and the longest stretch I’ve found without the certainty of fuel is about 180 miles.

Our electronic gear includes GPS, laptop PC, cell phone, bike-mountable cameras, and rider-to-rider communications with about a 2-mile range (Collett Communicators, RaceFone units).

Our raingear consists of two-piece rainsuits, knee-high rain boots and rain-proof outer mitts and with all this we should be able to drive through plutonium.

By the time we start, we will have checked out about everything we can think of mechanically: cables, clutch, chain and sprockets, ignition, valve adjustments, tuning will all be checked and renewed. But 25 year old machines can be unpredictable. We’ll have basic tools and the connections we have through the website will likely be called on to provide us with parts and a place to work. Chances are also good that we’ll need to replace tires at some point even if we start out with new ones.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Claudia Chapman permalink
    May 12, 2010 2:48 pm

    Joe says that a waitress in a truck stop near Durango, looked at him and the Harley (yes, Harley) he was riding and said “Looks like a nice ride. The bike don’t look bad either…” This is his story and he’s sticking to it.

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