As the CBX shifted from a large naked sportbike to a faired gentleman’s express, Honda decided to bolster their large-displacement sportbike lineup by finally bringing exporting the CB900F that Europeans had already been enjoying. Initially, Honda’s marketing team had decided that America would only get the 750F and Europe would only get the 900F, but that eventually changed as both sides of the ocean complained about not getting both options.
In the US, the 900 was well received by the press – Cycle magazine called it “one of the best performance buys on the market.” In 1983 the CB900F grew to become the CB1100F but it lasted just one year as the “Harley Tariff” was signed into law and Honda pulled the bike from the market soon after. The 902cc inline four engine put out 89 horsepower and 56 pound-feet of torque, good for a top speed of about 130 miles per hour. For more on the 900F, check out this story on Motorcycle Classics.
This lovely example has been with the current owner for over 35 years and it’s said to be “original in every way”, including the tires. It’s recently been given a service that included cleaning the carbs, replacing the fork seals, installing a new battery, and rebuilding the brake calipers. The seller calls this Honda “bulletproof” and notes that the sale includes the owner’s manual, sales receipt with a copy of the original title, sales brochure, and a copy of the April 1981 issue of Motorcyclist which featured a CB900F on the cover.
Find this CB900F for sale in northeast Pennsylvania for $6,000 here on ADVRider (registration required).