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Honda release limited edition CB1100 in the hopes you’ll remember it exists

That’s right, the retro Honda roadster everybody forgot about has been given a makeover, and only 54 of them will be available. And only in the UK.

The 54 bikes are part of a collaboration between Honda UK and 5Four Motorcycles to commemorate 50 years since the launch of the original CB750 – a bike often hailed as the first ever superbike – and the limited edition models are based on the factory endurance bikes of the ’80s.

To that end, the bikes are fitted with ultra low handlebars, an aluminium single seat unit, and aluminium fairing, as well as the old school yellow Honda logo. The bikes also come with rather rowdy looking 4-into-2 Racefit end cans, which are for circuit use only. ;)

The standard, forgotten CB1100RS will set you back £9999, and one of the 5Four specials will set up back £15,554. Not cheap by any stretch, but they are true custom motorcycles, with handmade parts. Would you rather spend £15k on something like oh, I dunno, an Aprilia Tuono V4? Or a motorcycle everybody forgot about that looks a bit special? I know which I’d go for.

I’m just not feeling it. The little headlight fairing just reminds me of the BMW R nineT Urban G/S, and underneath the nice paintjob and single seat unit is still a bike that’s been forgotten for a reason.

When Kawasaki are coming out with retro models such as the Z900 RS Cafe – which not only looks amazing, but rides brilliantly, too – this just doesn’t really cut it.

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