Honda NT1100: Full Details Revealed
Adventure-tourers are all the rage at the moment and Honda has entered the fray with a road-biased version of its Africa Twin. Full details have just been released and here they are!
Honda NT1100 - Full Details Revealed
Since the demise of the VFR1200, Honda has been without a touring bike in its range. Yes, I know there is the Gold Wing but that isn’t a bike that everyone can - or even wants to - manage.
A lot of people have used the Africa Twin to cover long distances but not everyone wants or needs any off-road capability or can ride something so tall. Also, practicality o the AT is slightly compromised due to its off-road pretensions. Honda says that the NT1100 exists because there are a lot of people who want the best bits of an adventure bike - the comfort, tech and dynamics - but without the size and, in this case, the cost: the NT1100 should be significantly cheaper than the AT.
The NT110 retains the running gear of the Africa Twin, although the engine has been tweaked to fatten up the midrange torque. Peak power is 100.5bhp and torque sits at 75lb.ft.
The frame and subframe are the same, but the suspension and bodywork are where the real differences lie. Suspension travel is much shorter (150mm front and back) and it runs on 17-inch wheels at both ends. All this gives a seat height of 820mm, which might only be one inch lower than the Africa Twin’s seat in its lowest setting, but it will make all the difference. The rear shock has a preload adjuster that falls easily to hand.
The bodywork is much bigger to deflect even more air around the rider and pillion. The screen has five positions. Panniers are fitted, along with cruise control, a centre stand and heated grips, all as standard. A top box is an option, as is a comfort seat and tank bag and quick-shifter/autoblipper.
The electronics are as you will find on the Africa Twin, so that means you’ve got the same levels of safety: lean sensitive traction control, cornering ABS and wheelie control. There are also three riding modes as standard plus two user customisable ones.
All this can be controlled and adjusted via the 6.5-inch TFT screen. A DCT (double-clutch transmission) version is also available. Weight, fully fuelled, is 524lb.
The Africa Twin has often been criticised for its comparatively weedy power output when compared to rivals from Triumph, BMW and, especially KTM, although everyone who rode the Africa Twin had no complaints at all. The Honda parallel twin is a brilliantly flexible engine that never feels strained in real world situations. Even two-up with full luggage, the NT1100 will still have plenty of urge for effortless touring.
U.S. prices are still to be announced.