Honda NT1100 Verified Via Type-Approval Documents


A side view of the Honda NT1100, according to Euro-type-approved documents

You can’t say the Japanese manufacturer hasn’t been busy. 

On top of the swappable battery system that Honda has signed on to with KTM Yamaha and Piaggio, the multinational conglomerate company has been working on a series of new bikes to complement the demand for an adventure-style beastie with punchy power. 

A side view of the Honda NT1100, according to Euro-type-approved documents

The Honda NT1100 – an Africa Twin-based sports tourer that had been trademarked earlier this year –  has purportedly just passed European type-approval of two model variants: the NT1100A and NT1100D.

A side view of the Honda NT1100, according to Euro-type-approved documents

Apparently, the NT1100A will be the 238kg base model for the bike, with the NT1100D a tad heavier (248kg) due to Honda’s DCT semi-auto gearbox. Both bikes will use the parallel-twin engine found in today’s Africa Twin instead of the detuned engine found in the Rebel 1100

A Honda Africa Twin in the desert
Honda Africa Twin

Honda plans on having the NT1100 replace the Crossrunner and the VFR800 – both of which have not been updated to Euro compliance and will be phased out of the lineup, leaving room for a middleweight motorcycle in line with the current industry demands. 

Other patents Honda has filed include a street bike-style chassis around an Africa Twin engine – a potential, a very real possibility for that chassis to be a part of the NT1100, along with a trellis-style front section and a cast alloy swingarm pivot. 

Stay tuned for updates on this beauty, and make sure to check out other adventure bikes Honda has in their arsenal.

6 Comments

  1. Greg
    September 15, 2021
    Reply

    Why does the author call the Honda DCT a “semi-auto gearbox” when it is capable of fully automatic operation?

  2. Mark Gossard
    September 16, 2021
    Reply

    Ignorance of DCT capabilities and design.

  3. Brian
    September 17, 2021
    Reply

    This bike looks promising, I am excited to see the final production version. I just hope Honda gets more creative than using the same tired red/white/blue color scheme that has plagued the Africa Twin.

  4. SkipD
    September 17, 2021
    Reply

    Wonder why it would be 12kg heavier than an Africa Twin? Base model manual Africa Twin is 226kg, you would think this would be lighter than that.

    • Ciaran
      September 20, 2021
      Reply

      Fairings I’d imagine. Depending what they’re made of the bodywork and materials to fit the fairings aren’t small and can weigh a lot more than you might think. Moreover maybe a denser long distance seat etc etc. All adds up.

  5. Kurt
    September 20, 2021
    Reply

    I hope you’re not suggesting this is a middleweight bike.
    Now if they only brought this out at half the displacement and made it affordable.

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