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1980 Honda CB1100RB - The Rarest Production Honda ever made.
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Palmerston/Darwin, Australia

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Used: An item that has been used previously. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): SC052000053
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For sale by: Private seller Power (Bhp): 115
Manufacturer: Honda Registration Number: TB227
Model: CB1100RB-1 Gears: Five-speed manual
Kilometres: 28,228 Start Type: Electric start
Engine Capacity (cc): 1,062 Drive Type: Chain
Colour: Red/White Number of Previous Owners: 2
Date of Manufacture: 09/1980

1980 Honda CB1100RB-1, Build No. 53.

What you're looking at is one of THE RAREST Production Motorcycles ever built. This a hand built Race Bike built to be eligible to compete in the Prestigious Castrol 6 Hour Production Race. The story behind the Bike.... The Castrol 6 Hour was the most prestigious race for 'Production' motorcycles in the World. More than the Suzuka 8 Hour. It was for stock standard Road bikes, not Race Bikes. It was held at the now gone Amaroo Park. To be eligible to enter, there had to be a minimum of 100 units sold , the bikes were raced "as off the Showroom floor". The Scruitiners even ensured the Bikes ran 'Stock' gearing!, not even allowing adjusting the handlebars. Amaroo was a very short tight track and the addition of a fairing had no benifit, so no fairing on the RB-1. This also was the first production bike to have Triple Disc Brakes, Air adustable front Suspension,

Honda had never won the Race, so in 1980, Soichiro Honda instructed His Engineers to build a bike that would win the Race. No restrictions, just win .. So the Engineers went to the Rule Books and this Bike is the result. The Race was run in the rain at Amaroo, a young bloke called Wayne Gardner and his mate AJ Johnson (RIP)won the race. The 1100R placed 1st, 3rd, 4th.

 These are some quotes from Soichiro Irimajiri regarding the 1100, he was one of the Engineers/Designerswho designed the bike. He also was one the Engineers/Designers of the CBX1000-6 ... (taken from

"Is a first Honda motorcycle (of that I am aware) constructed with races in planning and derive from racing. CBX is commonly connected to 6 piston racers of 1960s but connection is not that strong as RCB and CB900F. RS1000 and CB900FZ were built together for street and race. CB1100RB is first road Honda that is made for racing, not race replica, but it started race replica market in Japanese motorcycle.

Honda in 1980 create CB1100R to defeat Suzuki GSX1100 because CB900F is too slow. Hurry up to make for Austrailia 6 Hour racing because this racing is world longest for street motorcycle and everyone buy what comes first (Suzuka 8 hour and others are for superbikes and modified, so winning is a good but consumer cannot relate to product for purchase tomorrow). This 6 hours race is on a very small circuit where fairing is impingement so special version is made only for this one racing time. To entry Honda must sell as consumer machine so only about 100 is made special without fairing and go to Austrailia only. Another interesting story is that Honda brings prototype to Australia before race and while assembly here in Japan is paused and special closed circuit testing is made. Engineers report back to factory what gears work best on Austrailia circuit and then assembly is finished. So CB1100R is really custom for one road in Austrailia. Japan collectors now gathering these ones because while CB1100R (B/C/D) is special edition, RB1 is special of special. Many people who keep RB2 remove fairing and display as RB1 but RB1 is just some (100-120) certain serial number and Austrailia regulation badge with special parts. If you can buy this for $US20K then you must have special of special editions"

The Bike .. This is No 53 of 112. If you've done any research into this model, you'll find lots of references to there being 1050 of the RB made. Technically yes, but not the full story. This is referred to as the RB-1, built for Amaroo Park, the remaining RB's were fitted with the Bol'Dor fairing and were sold in Europe. They are nothing like the RB-1. The RB-1 was only 112 units and literally HAND built. I found this bike in Brisbane in 2003, in that time, I've ridden it a grand total of 180k's. it gets started at least once a month to keep battery fresh etc.This bike is the most Original one that I've ever seen (other than Greg Gunns which is now in a Museum in the US). It has ORIGINAL PAINT, ORIGINAL PIPES, completely original (has had head gasket replaced about 15 years ago, also all brakes were reco'd 12 months ago). Tyres were replaced 2 months ago and have around 40k's (distance from bike shop to home). Even comes with the original tool kit. Also throw in the Genuine Honda Parts book. (I think I even have the Microfische still)

I worked in a Honda Bike Shop in the Mid to late Eighties and have been into and had bikes all of my life, I've only ever seen 4 of these 1100R's in the last 30 years. These are very very rare. Rarer than a Phase III GTHO ... and every bit as special. Rarer than RC30 or NR750 ... This Bike is THE Grand Daddy of all Sports Bikes, the Original Super Bike.

Search on YouTube.. "Dennis Neil Lap of Bathurst" or Derek Hanbidge's pics and race report from the 1980 6 Hour  .. Last pic Ron Haslam in 6 Hour - courtesy of DJ51 :)

Bike is currently unregistered but is eligible for 'Club' rego...

Problems are: Small nick repaired in seat, RH engine cover has small scuff marks. Fuel tank and paint are original, not bodgied. These were hand made and were destined to be used as Race Bikes and they didn't really bother with paint and finish. If you want to know more, call me and I'll explain. Not too bad for a bike that's over 33 years old .. Bike is in Darwin, NT. Can help to arrange freight if required. If you need to know any more, call 0427 116 285... Pete

Ps .. I will not accept Paypal unless you're prepared to pay the fees...

pete.mccauley at


On 29-May-13 at 20:37:04 AEST, seller added the following information:

Ok guys, this Bike is on the market ... I've set a reasonable reserve, not like that Peanut who got bids upwards of $35k on his CBX-6 and still didn't meet his reserve .. It will sell this weekend ... 

To answer some questions asked by watchers ...

Frame SC05-000053
Engine SC05E-000066
Carbs TBA - but are correct

Paint - Original, rough around edges of Red on tail piece, original. Fuel tank, not dented. Marks are Honda hand welded baffles internally to stop fuel surge under braking and acceleration. Dennis Neill testing at Amaroo stopped production till changes were made. Welds are internal, not external. Front mudguard is Fibreglass, not Plastic like later models. Rear Tail section has correct Day-Glow Orange 'Honda' decal. Fuel cap is not from a XL500S which don't line up when closed. (Do your homework) 

Engine - As far as I can tell is mostly original. Previous owner told me He had Valve Guide Seals and Head gasket replaced a year before I bought it. No smoke at start up, no smoke on revs. (Can send a video if want to verify) Starter Clutch .. Slips a little when cold, but will fire on Second or third push of starter. 

Exhaust - original pipes, showing rust bands at baffles, but have been on for 33 years!, small repair under RH footpeg where small rust appeared 10 years ago.

Speedo - genuine R speedo, how do you tell? The 1100F ran out at 240K, the R's had an extra notch at 250K, and yes mine does. 

This a Genuine CB1100RB, trust me, I've been into them for 30 years, the only reason I'm selling it is to move on and let somebody else appreciate what it is. I've ridden it around 180k's in the last 10 years and need to get something else my new Girl an I can enjoy, so when it goes, a new 1200GS Wasser is replacing it.....

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