Honda CMX1100 REBEL 2023 – Best Budget Touring Bike?

Honda are a company that gets things done, and when they do things…they do them very well indeed. Their bikes just work flawlessly albeit to the point that some could be considered uninspiring. However with the CMX1100 Rebel, they just might have found the best touring bike available and one that won’t break the bank either.

23YM CMX1100T Rebel

When we think of touring, we probably favour Harleys, Indians, BMWs but anything other than a Honda Goldwing and the list gets very short indeed. Honda have a canny way of identifying gaps in the market or rather gaps where they do not have a presence or occupy the majority and the light tourer/cruiser segment has proven very successful with the Harley Davidson Softails and recently especially with the Low Rider ST.

23YM CMX1100T Rebel

So enter Honda with a bike that gets the thumbs up from reviewers time and time again and mostly comes out on top of all the medium weight tourers currently on the market.

This is what Honda have to say…

The CMX1100T Rebel – a new Touring version loaded with an aerodynamic half-fairing and hard cases headlines the Honda CMX1100 Rebel range. Offering to relax and excite in equal measure, the standard edition also gains a new colour for 23YM.

23YM CMX1100T Rebel

As ever, serious performance is on tap from the 1,084cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, plus meaty character and evocative exhaust note. Honda Selectable Torque Control with integrated Wheelie Control, Cruise Control and 3 default riding modes working through Throttle by Wire make up a comprehensive package of supporting electronics. High-quality running gear includes 43mm cartridge-style front forks, ‘piggyback’ rear shock absorbers and four-piston, radial-mount front brake caliper. All lighting is LED, with negative LCD instrument display. A 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) option is also available.

The CMX1100 Rebel has a dual personality. It’s been designed for a leisurely laidback cruise, but also to offer an exciting riding experience when a twisty road presents itself. Riders moving up from smaller bikes will appreciate the manageable dimensions and weight (seat height is a mere 700mm), while more experienced riders will find instant, accessible enjoyment from the chassis’ handling potential, with its stiff tubular steel frame, quality naked bike-spec suspension and high-powered braking.

All-comers will love the character and performance of the 1,084cc parallel twin-cylinder engine (as used by the CRF1100L Africa Twin), which has been re-tuned for super-strong bottom and mid-range punch and character, plus an evocative, enhanced exhaust note.

Throttle By Wire management brings with it sophisticated rider aids: there are 3 default riding modes with a cluster of different parameters to suit riding conditions or rider mood, including engine power delivery, engine braking, the level of Honda Selectable Torque Control (with integrated Wheelie Control), and the shift schedule of the optional Dual Clutch Transmission technology. Cruise control comes as standard.

23YM CMX1100T Rebel

As a 21st century bobber, the big Rebel’s stripped-back style speaks volumes with its minimalism. Steel mudguards front and rear sit atop fat tyres; the circular headlight mixes old school looks with new school LED bulbs and mirrors the round, negative LCD instrument display. For modern day convenience, there’s a USB-C charger in the under-seat storage space.

For 23YM, the family is joined by a dedicated Touring version, the CMX1100T Rebel. Striking in Gunmetal Black Metallic, it features a broad aerodynamic half fairing and hard panniers for extended comfort and long-distance adventures. 

The standard 23YM CMX1100 Rebel itself will be available in the following colour options:

Iridium Gray Metallic **NEW**

Gunmetal Black Metallic


CMX1100 Rebel £9599, Rebel T £10,449

CMX1100 Rebel DCT £10499, Rebel T DCT £11349

For overall touring performance and on a budget, the CMX1100 Rebel T could be the answer you’ve been looking for and there are few arguments against what it delivers.


TypeSOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam. EURO5 compliant
Bore & Stroke92mm x 81.5mm
Compression Ratio10.1:1
Max. Power Output64kW at 7,000rpm
Max. Torque98Nm at 4,750rpm
Oil Capacity4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity13.6L
Fuel Consumption20.4km/l (4.9L/100km) – MT and DCT
Noise levels (dB)Lurban75.7dB, Lwot79.6dB – MT;
Lurban 75.5dB, Lwot 79.9dB – DCT
CO2 Emissions 114g/km – MT and DCT
Battery Capacity12V/11.2AH
ACG Output0.419kW
Clutch TypeMT:Wet multiplate clutchDCT: Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
Transmission TypeMT: 6-speed Manual TransmissionDCT: 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
Final DriveChain
Dimensions (L x W x H)2240mm x 853mm x 1115mm – MT
2240mm x 834mm x 1115mm – DCT
Caster Angle / Fork Angle28° / 30°
Seat Height700mm
Ground Clearance120mm
Kerb WeightCMX1100 – MT: 223kg / DCT 233kgCMX1100T – MT: 238kg / DCT 248kg
Type FrontPreload adjustable 43mm cartridge style
Type RearPreload adjustable twin piggyback rear shock
Type FrontMulti-spoke cast aluminium
Type RearMulti-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size FrontMT3.50
Rim Size RearMT5.00
Tyres Front130/70B18 M/C
Tyres Rear180/65B16 M/C
ABS System Type2-channel ABS
Type FrontRadial mounted monoblock four-piston brake caliper, 330mm floating single disc
Type RearSingle piston caliper, 256mm single disc
InstrumentsOffset 120mm negative LCD instrument display, USB-C charger
Security SystemHISS

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