Honda has unveiled the new Rebel 1100, which has been positioned above the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 in other overseas markets.
The Rebel 1100 is powered by a 1084cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that is also found doing duty in the Africa Twin, the brand’s Adventure motorcycle. However, the motor has been tweaked to suit the Rebel’s cruiser attributes. Different camshaft profiles and ignition timing have been utilised in the bike’s two cylinders. The engine also features a 270-degree crankshaft. The bike is said to have ample torque on offer with enough power to give its riders the laid-back, cruiser bike experience. The gearbox as well, has been taken from the Africa Twin. The Rebel 1100 can either be had with a DCT automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. And with the DCT, you can ride it in complete automatic mode, or change gears by using the buttons placed on the handlebar.
The Rebel 1100 gets a throttle-by-wire system along with four levels of Honda bikes Selectable Torque Control or traction control. It also comes with four riding modes: Standard, Rain, Sport and another customisable mode. It even features cruise control and wheelie control.
Beneath all that bodywork lies a tubular steel frame. Up-front, it gets a 43mm cartridge fork and gas-charged twin shock-absorbers at the back. Both can be adjusted for preload. At the front, it gets an 18-inch wheel, while at the rear, it gets a 16-inch wheel. The swingarm is chunkier than its smaller-displacement siblings, and the wheelbase is longer too, at 1520mm. On the braking front, it is equipped with a 330mm single disc, a four-piston radial caliper up-front and a 256mm disc at the back with a single caliper. It also features dual-channel ABS.
When it comes to its design, the Rebel 1100 looks identical to the Rebel 500. It is bigger however, but the Bobber bike stance is apparent. Ergonomically, the Rebel 1100’s seating position is the same white seat height is good at 698mm. The DCT model is heavier than the manual model.
The Honda Rebel 1100 is being offered in two shades: Bordeaux Red and Metallic Black. Buyers will also be able to choose from a list of accessories like saddlebags, a fairing and a pillion among other options. This compact, cruiser bike will enter showrooms in overseas markets shortly. But we’re not too certain if Honda will usher in this model for the Indian market. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.