Honda’s New 2021 CMX1100 Rebel is Africa Twin Powered


The African Rebel

The Honda Rebel 500 has been a huge success for new and experienced riders seeking a mid-displacement cruiser-style motorcycle, but what happens when you cram Honda’s notorious 1084cc parallel twin (taken from the legendary Africa Twin) into the mix? The CMX1100 Rebel is what happens.

The Rebel 500 had a very low seat position (I would know, I rented one for a 1000km ride and have never been in more pain in my life – keep in mind I’m a giant), and this new 1100 is no different. The new 2021 CMX1100 Rebel’s seat sits at 27.5 inches (700mm) making this bike very easy and comfortable to ride despite the big jump in engine size. * There was confusion with this last comment. A low seating position will make maneuvering a 1100c bike much easier, and this motorcycle will be far more comfortable for 97% of the population that is shorter than 6’3″.

Speaking of engine size, the engine is a retuned 1084cc, 270° parallel-twin taken from the CRF1100L controlled by a ride-by-wire configuration allowing for a total of three riding modes. The engine also sees a heavier flywheel and revised valve timing (compared to its off-road counterpart) to increase the low and midrange powerband for a more authentic cruiser experience.

This new Rebel will also be one of the first cruisers to ever be manufactured and sold with an automatic gearbox due to the option of including Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). If the automatic transmission isn’t your thing, it’s also available in a standard 6-speed manual gear configuration as well. 

The suspension is similar to the 500, but this version brings full control over preload around the bike through its telescopic front fork and twin rear shocks. The front wheel is equipped with a single 330mm disk that utilizes a four-piston, radial-mount caliper for your stopping pleasure.

This new model will set you back $9,299 USD, and Honda has included a wide variety of factory add-ons such as saddlebags, headlight cover, quilted saddles, and a few more items to make the bike that much more ‘cruiser-styled’.

5 Comments

  1. Toby
    November 25, 2020
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    When your editorial crashes headfirst into press release copy+paste:

    “The Rebel 500 had a very low seat position (I would know, I rented one for a 1000km ride and have never been in more pain in my life – keep in mind I’m a giant), and this new 1100 is no different. The new 2021 CMX1100 Rebel’s seat sits at 27.5 inches (700mm) making this bike very easy and comfortable to ride despite the big jump in engine size.”

    • November 25, 2020
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      Hi Toby!

      Ya, I see what you’re saying. I’m guessing that Chase forgot to add that he HOPES even though the seat height remains low on the new 1100 it will be comfortable for non-giant riders and giants alike.

      Awkward… but I think you know what he means?

    • November 25, 2020
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      There is no press release copy+paste here. A low seating position on a 1100cc bike makes it easy to ride and less likely to have a ‘tip-over effect’. Around 3% of people in America are my height (or taller) making my case rare. If you’re under 6 feet you’ll probably appreciate the low center of balance brought with the dropped seating position because the bike does indeed weigh 500lbs. It will be far more comfortable for the majority of riders. You may have missed my “keep in mind I’m a giant” comment.

  2. Greg
    November 25, 2020
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    The Honda DCT is not a semi automatic transmission as the article states. It is a fully automatic motorcycle transmission.

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