There’s a new Rebel in Honda’s 2021 lineup: a 1084cc cruiser that offers a manual transmission or what Honda calls its automatic Dual Clutch Transmission.
In announcing the Rebel 1100, Honda said the DCT version “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, thanks to carefully balanced settings for power, Honda Selectable Torque Control (which incorporates Wheelie Control), engine braking and DCT.”
Lee Edmunds, senior manager of power sports marketing for American Honda, said: “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. 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 Rebel 1100 is powered by a 1084cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke parallel-twin engine that is a retuned version of the engine featured in Honda’s Africa Twin adventure bikes. The bike has a six-speed transmission and chain drive while the slightly more expensive Rebel 1100 DCT includes the DCT setup.
Up front there’s a 43mm conventional fork with 4.8 inches of travel; a single, radial-mounted four-piston caliper with full-floating 330mm disc and a 130/70-18 tire. The rear features a single-caliper 256mm disc, twin Showa shocks with piggyback reservoirs and a 180/65-16 tire. ABS is standard.
The Rebel 1100 boasts a 59.8-inch wheelbase, 27.5-inch seat height and a curb weight of 487 pounds for the standard bike and 509 pounds for the DCT machines. Honda defines curb weight as including all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel: 3.6 gallons.
Honda said it’s offering a full line of accessories for the Rebel 1100, from minimalist to touring-focused.
The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is scheduled for release in January and will be available in Metallic Black and Bordeaux Red Metallic. MSRP: $9,299 for the manual transmission version, $9,999 for the DCT version. For more information go to powersports.honda.com.