Honda Unveils All-New Rebel 1100 Cruiser
Honda has announced an all-new midsize cruiser model—the Rebel 1100—to be powered by a water-cooled, parallel-twin engine and introducing new technology to the cruiser category, including Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) as an available option. The model was conceived around a “Relax and Excite” design theme, and is notable for its ability to suit a variety of rider types and deliver wide-ranging riding experiences. The Rebel name has a strong heritage within Honda, primarily as an entry-level bike, but this new model should broaden Rebel's appeal to a wider group of riders. The Rebel 1100 features carefully developed geometry, sport-worthy components and a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, all of which combine to make it capable not just of straight-line cruising, but also more dynamic riding, including brisk acceleration and exhilarating cornering. Wheelbase is 59.8 inches, seat height is 27.5 inches and curb weight is 509 pounds for the DCT version. ABS brakes are standard equipment.
The 1084cc engine is a retuned version of the power plant from Honda’s popular Africa Twin adventure platform, with a 270-degree crankshaft design that gives a pulsing, rhythmic sound and feel at low engine speeds but runs smooth at higher rpm. The DCT enables automatic shifting, or riders can select manual mode and change gears via handlebar-mounted buttons. They can also switch between three different riding modes—Standard, Sport and Rain—each of which delivers a distinct riding experience, by carefully balancing settings for power, Honda Selectable Torque Control, engine braking and DCT.
“With the evolution of cruiser culture, today’s rider demands a motorcycle that expands on the capabilities that have traditionally been possible in the segment,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. “The all-new Rebel 1100 fits the bill, providing cruiser customers with technologies—including DCT—and riding experiences that were previously unavailable in the category. It’s truly a motorcycle for the modern cruiser rider.”
The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is scheduled for release in January and will be available in Metallic Black and Bordeaux Red Metallic. The MSRP is $9,999 ($9,299 for the manual-transmission version).