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Post  Yabby Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:50 am

In the video it sayd the rider is a production bike racing specialist. Thats not quit correct. He raced superbikes and factory Hondas. The video commentary sounds like he is riding a production Honda 1100R  but it is a Factroy Works 1100R - RC30!! The internals may well have been Moriwaki as the two have had a very close relationship for decades that still exists.  The Bathurst circuit is no longer used for motorcycle racing as it was averaging 3 deaths a year and only raced on for 3 days a year each Easter.  Most of the circuit is well over 100mph around the corners and if you look, you will see it is all concrete lined, or steel barriers, or rock embankments. If you crashed, you crashed at over 100mph straight into concrete.

Another thing worth noting for those who like this stuff is how often the front end of his jigger is airborne! even whilst changing direction and passing other bikes. The front end is airborne on the thing heaps and there is NO runoff. And that was only practice.  lol!



Several very well known top level international riders were contracted to race bikes at Bathurst and when they got there and saw the circuit in real life they refused to ride on it as the speeds were so high with no runoffs, and they went home. Quite sensible probably. The video doesnt really show how steep the climb up the mountain is and how scarily steep coming down off the mountaing is! The Isle of Man circuit is more dangerous than Bathurst was for bikes but that doesnt really make either a good idea. But every Easter, back in the day, racers from all over Australia and New Zealand (  @ffkiwi may well know of the extremely famous exploits of the Kiwi Graeme Crosby at Bathurst ) raced motorcycles at Bathurst. They even TZ 750s on that circuit. Man, it was insane! Different times. Different world.

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Post  944_Jim Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:08 am

Yabby,
You hit a soft spot on me! I love the CB1100R, in both the 1/2 fairing and full fairing models. Since the US didn't get the long legged beast, I settled for our 1/4 fairing roadster, the CB1100F. I bought mine in 1987 while stationed in California. I still have it. You can imagine I played this video on high volume, while leaning in my seat...leaned over, and rolling side to side. I enjoyed "the ride."
Thanks for making me feel like I was 22 again!
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Post  Yabby Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:34 am

Your Welcome! lol! As long as your head was going the other way to your body in the chair. :-) Awesome bike you bought!!! I really wanted to get the full faired one to have and keep but I just couldnt make the money. I cant complain though as I had a TZ with with a number of spare engines and qualifying engines and stuff, and a GSX 750 for the road. I saw one of the first Honda CB1100 R bikes in the world being hustled (dicing with a group of us from the same race club on the public roads in the hills Lol. ) through the adelaide hills in Australia by a fella who was getting it ready to ride in the Castrol Six hour for its big debut. He nearly lost the ride when the Japanese factory people found out about the way it was being used. We all thought it was hillarious........ lol! Youth. :-)

Glad you kept your jigger. They were the Honda that made me respect Honda. Not like my rubish GSX 750. That thing handled worse than a kwak H1 Mk III. When Honda made the CB 1100R I reckon they raised the bar on all street bikes of the type.

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