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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Type||SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam. EURO5 compliant|
|Bore & Stroke||92mm x 81.5mm|
|Max. Power Output||64kW at 7,000rpm|
|Max. Torque||98Nm at 4,750rpm|
|Oil Capacity||4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.6L|
|Fuel Consumption||20.4km/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|
|Clutch Type||MT：Wet multiplate clutchDCT: Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch|
|Transmission Type||MT: 6-speed Manual TransmissionDCT: 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2240mm x 853mm x 1115mm – MT|
2240mm x 834mm x 1115mm – DCT
|Caster Angle / Fork Angle||28° / 30°|
|Kerb Weight||CMX1100 – MT: 223kg / DCT 233kgCMX1100T – MT: 238kg / DCT 248kg|
|Type Front||Preload adjustable 43mm cartridge style|
|Type Rear||Preload adjustable twin piggyback rear shock|
|Type Front||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Type Rear||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Rim Size Front||MT3.50|
|Rim Size Rear||MT5.00|
|Tyres Front||130/70B18 M/C|
|Tyres Rear||180/65B16 M/C|
|ABS System Type||2-channel ABS|
|Type Front||Radial mounted monoblock four-piston brake caliper, 330mm floating single disc|
|Type Rear||Single piston caliper, 256mm single disc|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Offset 120mm negative LCD instrument display, USB-C charger|