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Origins

The Honda CB900C/CB1000 is a “custom”-styled standard motorcycle produced by Honda from 1980 to 1982. The slightly modified and larger displacement CB1000C was produced in 1983  only. It is a derivative of the DOHC CB750K at the supposed requests of the American consumer, according to Rider Magazine, March 1980. It is equipped with a handful of features that are unique for its time. These included air assisted suspension front and rear, shaft drive from the GL1100 Gold Wing of the same time period, and most notably, a dual range sub-transmission that allows the operator to “split” any of the five gears in the main transmission for a total of ten driveline ratios. The CB900C is closely related to the Honda CB900F and the 1983-only Honda CB1100F (both derivatives of the CB750 line).