Do you miss the Pan European or the Deauville? Well, Honda has just revealed a brand-new bike that’s not too dissimilar from either…
Adventure bikes have been all the rage for the last few years, but their popularity has left a gap in the market as tourers have been overlooked. In Honda’s case the gap in its line-up may be its own doing – no VFRs, no Pan Europeans and no Deauvilles in the range anymore, in fact, there’s no touring machine smaller than the Goldwing. This gap is one that the big H needed to plug. And here is the plug, the NT1100, a new sporty(ish) tourer based on the 1100cc parallel twin engine and steel frame from the Africa Twin.
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As you’d expect, a lot around the basic blocks has been changed for a more touring biased-feel. For starters, the suspension is lower and more road-oriented, tyres are both 17-inch, and weather protection has been beefed up. All to make the NT easier to live with on big journeys as well as everyday use. And the lower 820mm seat height will be appreciated by many riders.
Styling is classic Honda, with subtle and smooth shaping around the bike. Screen height and angle are five-way adjustable, and upper and lower wind deflectors help protect the rider. A 6.5-inch TFT touch screen can run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Cruise control, heated grips and integrated panniers are standard equipment.
The engine is the same unit as on the Africa Twin, but the intake and exhaust have been tinkered with for added smoothness. The electronic package includes three default riding modes, two user customisable riding modes, three-level torque control (traction control), wheelie control, full LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and emergency stop signals. As is the case with all of Honda’s big guns, the six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is an option.
There are a range of accessories ready for the NT1100, including quickshifter with autoblipper function, 50L top box with inner bag, 4.5L tank bag, comfort seats and pegs, as well as foglights.
The NT1100 will be available in grey, white or black from early 2022. OTR price for the manual transmission NT1100 will be £11,999 and the DCT model will be £12,999. We will be test riding the bike very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for our first impressions of the bike, right HERE.
Engine: 1084cc parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Power: 100bhp (75kW) @ 7500rpm
Torque: 77lb-ft (104Nm) @ 6250rpm
Fuel tank: 20.4 litres (4.5 gallons)
Fuel consumption: Claimed 56.5mpg (20km/L)
Transmission: MT: 6-speed manual transmission / DCT: 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. Chain final drive
Frame: Steel semi double cradle
Seat height: 820mm (32.3in)
Kerb Weight: MT 238Kg, DCT 248Kg
Suspension: (F) Showa 43mm SFF-BP USD fork with preload adjuster, 150mm stroke. (R) Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, preload adjuster, 150mm axle travel.
Wheels/tyres: Multi-spoke cast aluminium / (F) 120/70R17 M/C, (R) 180/55R17 M/C
Brakes: (F) Radial mounted four-piston calipers, 310mm floating discs, (R) Single piston caliper, 256mm single disc. 2-channel ABS