Honda’s Rebel cruiser lineup has mostly been known for its small-displacement engines, providing a relaxed driving experience across long stretches of tarmac. However, Honda is ready to change this perspective by launching its biggest Rebel model yet, the Rebel 1100. This time, the spotlight will be on the bike’s powertrain – the 1,084-cc parallel-twin engine from the popular Honda Africa Twin adventure bike.
That being said, the Africa Twin engine received slight modifications such as different camshaft profiles, allowing it to produce 72.2 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm, and 86 horsepower at 7,000 rpm.
The bike’s design unmistakably carries the Rebel’s DNA, with its round LED headlight, sculpted fuel tank, and low bobber stance. And the exposed steel trellis frame only adds to the rugged looks of this cruiser. Creature comforts include a round LCD driver’s display, a 3-liter storage space, cruise control, a lithium-ion battery, a slip-assist clutch, and a USB-C socket under the seat.
By using the Africa Twin engine, the Rebel 1100 now also comes with a ride-by-wire throttle and, as a result, has 4 drive modes – Standard, Rain, Sport, and Custom. The seat height is also lowered to 700 mm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or Honda’s DCT auto, a first on any cruiser, which either drives the bike in fully automatic mode or allows the rider to shift gears using the bar-mounted buttons.
The cruiser’s chassis sits on a 43mm telescopic fork in the front and a pair of Showa shocks with piggyback reservoirs. It’s equipped with an 18-inch front wheel with a 330mm brake disc fitted with a four-piston caliper, while the 16-inch rear wheel features a single-piston caliper on a 256mm disc. The Rebel 1100 has ABS on both wheels and Honda’s Selectable Torque Control to prevent wheelies.
The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 starts from $9,299, which is cheaper than the Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 or the Harley-Davidson Forty Eight bobber. With such a competitive price tag and a much bigger engine, the Rebel 1100 is sure to leave a mark in its segment.