It has finally happened, folks. Honda has finally launched the highly-anticipated 2021 Honda CMX1100 Rebel and it looks way better than anyone expected. We first heard about this news earlier this year with filed patents and this Japanese bobber has everything that its smaller 500cc sibling is missing.
Honda has labelled the 2021 Honda CMX1100 Rebel as a bike with a dual personality. On one end, you’ll get a bike that has the power to offer leisure cruising capabilities and on the other, something that can provide an exhilarating riding experience on the twisties. In other words, going up Genting or Cameron would just as fun on the 1,100cc Rebel.
This is all powered via its 1,084cc parallel-twin engine (based on the CRF1100L Africa Twin) but tuned for strong low to mid-range performance thanks to a 32% increase in flywheel mass. This resulted in a bobber that produces 85.5hp (65kW) at 7,000rpm and 98Nm of torque (the current Africa Twin has 101hp and 105Nm).
What you’ll also get with the CMX1100 Rebel are ride-by-wire throttle system, selectable riding modes, Honda Selectable Torque Control and Wheelie Control, cruise control, and Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission as an option. We love the DCT but when riding a cruiser, you can probably do without.
In terms of looks, the CMX1100 Rebel has that minimalist appeal just like the Rebel 500 which opens up countless possibilities when it comes to custom works and accessories. As standard, it still has that old-school round headlight design but housed within it are LED bulbs. There’s also the LCD instrument display which looks simple yet complete for that whole bobber vibe.
Other specs include:
- Two-tone 13.6-litre flangeless fuel tank
- 3-litre underseat storage with USB-C port
- 43mm cartridge-style front forks & piggyback rear shocks (both spring preload-adjustable)
- Radial mount four-piston front brake caliper and 330mm floating disc
- 130/70B18, 180/65B16 front & rear tyres
- 223kg wet weight (233kg with DCT)
- 700mm low seat height
- Dual-channel ABS + a wide selection of accessories