The CMX1100 Rebel has a dual personality. It’s been designed for a leisurely laidback cruise, but also to offer an exciting riding experience when a twisty road presents itself. Riders moving up from smaller bikes will appreciate the manageable dimensions and weight (seat height is a mere 700mm), while more experienced riders will find instant, accessible enjoyment from the chassis’ handling potential, with its stiff tubular steel frame, quality naked bike-spec suspension and high-powered braking.
All-comers will love the character and performance of the 1,084cc parallel twin-cylinder engine (as used by the CRF1100L Africa Twin), which has been re-tuned for super-strong bottom and mid-range punch and character, plus an evocative, enhanced exhaust note.
Throttle By Wire management brings with it sophisticated rider aids: there are 3 default riding modes with a cluster of different parameters to suit riding conditions or rider mood, including engine power delivery, engine braking, the level of Honda Selectable Torque Control (with integrated Wheelie Control), and the shift schedule of the optional Dual Clutch Transmission technology. Cruise control comes as standard.
As a 21st century bobber, the big Rebel’s stripped-back style speaks volumes with its minimalism. Steel mudguards front and rear sit atop fat tyres; the circular headlight mixes old school looks with new school LED bulbs and mirrors the round, negative LCD instrument display. For modern day convenience, there’s a USB-C charger in the under-seat storage space.
For 23YM, the family is joined by a dedicated Touring version, the CMX1100T Rebel. Striking in Gunmetal Black Metallic, it features a broad aerodynamic half fairing and hard panniers for extended comfort and long-distance adventures.
Styling & Equipment
The blacked-out CMX1100 Rebel offers a simple, raw and ‘unprocessed’ look created by the same US-based Honda R&D studio that laid down the style of the CMX500 Rebel. Long and low, with narrow body crowned by a scalloped, two-tone 13.6L flangeless fuel tank, its minimalist presence has real depth, with proportions that are complemented naturally with a rider on board.
Both front and rear mudguards are drawn from 1mm-thick steel and mount with die-cast aluminium brackets. And everywhere you look there are design cues that reinforce the unique overall Rebel look. The low set 175mm diameter headlight has a classic form but houses four LED bulbs with thick inner lenses for a well-defined frontal signature. The small 55mm circular indicators, too, have classic looks but the oval, clear-lensed LED taillight strikes a contemporary note and chimes with other Rebel details.
The seat is contoured to support the rider under hard acceleration but with soft density for comfort. The Rebel rider can go solo or carry a passenger, as the rear seat pad quickly and easily unbolts. Under the seat there’s a 3L storage compartment which features a USB Type-C charging point.
An offset 120mm negative LCD instrument display offers intuitive information delivery. The ignition key locates on the left side of the frame and also opens the seat without having to be removed from the ignition. The uncluttered handlebars mount with substantial 1-inch clamps and the left-hand switchgear manages the riding modes and the optional DCT. And for long highway days, cruise control is fitted as standard.
New for 23YM, the CMX1100T Rebel, finished in Gunmetal Black Metallic, is designed for the rider that wants all the potential the standard bike offers, but also the ability to cover larger distances with in-built comfort and useful carrying capacity. The fork-mounted half-fairing, available only for the CMX1100T Rebel, is both stylishly evocative and – with its bespoke stubby screen – offers good wind deflection. Brand new hard rear panniers, with hinged top lids, blend in perfectly and offer a full 35 litres carrying capacity (right 16L, left 19L) - an additional 11 litres compared to the nylon accessory saddle bags.
The CMX1100 Rebel’s 1,084cc SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine produces peak power of 64kW @ 7,000rpm with 98Nm @ 4,750rpm peak torque. These are healthy numbers in this segment of the market, and a guarantee of strong performance. Increased inertia from a heavy flywheel mass means the low-rpm response is not only extremely strong but delivered with real character.
Compact dimensions (thanks to the Unicam drive train and semi-dry sump crankcase) centralise mass neatly, make for a low centre of gravity with maximum ground clearance when coupled with the Rebel’s low-slung frame design.
A 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval ensure character. But also a unique exhaust system, valve timing and lift generate an even stronger ‘pulse’ feel. And, in keeping with the Rebel’s dual personality, the engine pulse changes from one that responds harmoniously at low revs to all throttle inputs, to a more boisterous, sensation-heightening ‘throb’ as the rpm rises.
Engine management is via Throttle By Wire (TBW) and PGM-FI feeds the throttle bodies from a 7L airbox. Adding to riding satisfaction is the exhaust note, which has been tuned to deliver a deep, low-frequency sound pulse through the 5.3L oval-section muffler below 4,000rpm married to a much more powerful, high-frequency note as rpm climbs.
The crankcases split horizontally, and the water pump is housed within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts. The water and oil pumps are driven by the balancer shafts.
A crank pulsar – with relator teeth spaced at 10° intervals – manages misfire detection, important for OBD2/EURO5 compliance. In addition, for EURO5 Linear Air Flow (LAF) sensors in the downpipes give accurate measurement of the air/fuel mixture ratio.
|Bore × Stroke (mm)||92mm x 81.5mm|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||1,084cc|
|Engine Type||SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam. EURO5 compliant|
|Max. Power Output||64kW/7,000rpm|
|C02 Emissions (g/km)||114g/km|
|Oil Capacity (Litres)||4.8 litres|
|Brakes Front||Radial mounted monoblock four-piston brake caliper, 330mm floating single disc|
|Brakes Rear||Two Single piston caliper, 256mm single disc|
|Suspension Front||Preload adjustable 43mm cartridge style|
|Suspension Rear||Preload adjustable twin piggyback rear shock|
|Tyres Front||130/70B18 M/C|
|Tyre Size Front||180/65B16 M/C|
|Wheels Front||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Wheels Rear||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Battery Capacity (VAh)||12V/11.2AH|
|Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)||2240mm x 853mm x 1115mm|
|Frame type||Diamond Steel|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)||13.6L|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||120mm|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||223Kg|
|Seat Height (mm)||700mm|
|Clutch||Wet, multiplate clutch|
|Transmission Type||6-speed Manual Transmission|
|Instruments||Offset 120mm negative LCD instrument display|
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