Honda reveals new CMX1100 Rebel – overview

We’ve been talking about this bike for ages. There have been whispers that a big brother to the A2 licence 500cc twin-cylinder CMX500 Rebel was on the way – and here it is.

Honda hasn’t reinvented the wheel. It’s taken heed of the success of the middleweight Rebel and stuck to a similar formula. It looks much the same – and with a 700mm seat height and 223kg wet weight it’s not that much bigger and heavier either.

It’s more powerful though, thanks to its 1,084cc, parallel twin-cylinder engine – the same lump as the latest Africa Twin. It’s been tuned to deliver strong bottom end and mid-range punch – and provides an ample but not earth-shattering 85bhp (64kW) and 72 ft-lb (98Nm) of torque to play with.

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The chassis blends a stiff tubular steel frame, 43mm cartridge-style front forks, twin rear shocks and radial-mount four-piston front brakes – and if it handles anything like the CMX500, it’ll be a hoot to ride.

The stripped back machine does hide some clever technological trickery underneath, including; a Throttle By Wire (TBW) management system (with three default rider modes and one user-customisable mode), three levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Wheelie Control and cruise control. Plus, the CMX1100 will also be available with Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission system.

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Prices’ll start at just £8,999 (more than £1,500 cheaper than a Triumph Bobber, and £3,000 less than an Indian Scout), and you can get more info from your local Honda dealer or www.honda.co.uk

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