Honda has been commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic CB750, the company’s first production four-cylinder motorcycle. The Japanese brand has been celebrating the big birthday all year with build-offs, one-offs, events, and more. As an addition tribute, Honda has partnered with Guy Willison and his custom company 5Four Motorcycles to offer the limited-edition 2019 CB1100 RS 5Four in the UK.
The motorcycle is based on the 2019 CB1100 RS — the upgraded, sportier variant of the CB1100 with a tweaked chassis. The CB1100 RS comes with better brakes, upgraded Showa suspension, revised steering geometry and handling, and smaller 17-inch wheels. Willison says that 5Four Motorcycles planned the factory-authorized custom as a tribute to the ’80s golden era of racing, especially the 24-hour Bol d’Or endurance races.
The 2019 Honda CB1100 RS 5Four is essentially an aesthetic package. The limited edition includes an aluminum bikini fairing, a solo diamond-stitched Alcantara seat with an aluminum tailpiece, Renthal Ultra Low handlebars with adjustable levers, Tomaselli racing grips, round billet mirrors, and Racefit Urban Growler titanium mufflers. It also comes with nickel-plated and numbered 5Four badging, an ‘80s motorsport-themed paint scheme, and hand-painted Honda logos. Honda UK is selling only 54 units of the 2019 CB1100 RS 5Four at UK£15,554 each. Those who order the bike in the UK and EU should expect a three-month waiting period until delivery.
“5Four Motorcycles was created to move away from the one-size-fits-all standard and to build thoroughbred machines with cool design, a statement of individualism, quality, performance and exclusivity. From the moment I first saw the CB1100 RS I knew it had the potential to be a thoroughbred, single seat, point-and-squirt A and B road blaster. So we’re making a strictly limited production run of 54 CB1100 RS 5Four motorcycles, each individually numbered,” said Guy Willison.
“The number is etched subtly into the number 5 of the nickel plated 5Four badge which itself is inset into the tailpiece. And the paintwork had to hark back to the period in my youth when Honda dominated World Endurance Racing with their Red, White and Blue Works racers; there are no stickers or transfers – even the retro Honda logo and Wing are lovingly hand-painted. We’re passionate about this motorcycle. We have just selfishly designed and built it and it stirs us when we walk up to it and we don’t want to leave it at the end of a day’s riding.”