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Honda Rebel 1100! What do you think?

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So here are some rumours on the "Honda Rebel 1100". Rumours say it comes with the same engine as the Africa Twin. Price 12k USD! What do you think?

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Honda Rebel 1100 Could Hit the Market Next Year!
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Rebel 1100
I picked up a manual last Friday. Weather and work has kept me down to < 100 miles as of today. Nice riding posture but I am concerned that the natural position of right foot will keep the brake pedal in play, More on that to come.
Not too surprisingly there seems to be a supercharged effect right around 4300 rpm with lots of roll on power. Due to self inflicted break in protocol I won鈥檛 go much over 4K until 300 miles.
As this is my first bike in many years without a fairing i was concerned about buffeting but in low 60s temps dressing with layers yields a comfortable ride.
Shifting is much smoother than my 2018 AT. Gears seem to fall in line w no real persuasion needed.
I am a fan so far.
Danny,
Do you have the maintenance manual? We haven鈥檛 been able to get one yet and I want to know where the crankcase vent is located.
Also, under the left side of the engine right above where the 2 to 1 exhaust collector is, there is a hose barb with nothing on it. Does yours have a hose connected there?
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If you want print version of honda service manuals, keep an eye out at Honda Powersports Rebel 1100 2021.

While there's only an owners manual right now, the service manual will be available here once printed.
Thanks.
I have the service manual of my GL1500 printed in a book and on my phone, but the Rebel is so new even our local dealer is waiting for a service manual.
Dave
Just decided to drop in and join the forum to throw in my two cents here, and to start what鈥檚 sure to be a colorful discussion about DCT vs manual. Why would I do such a thing? Cos I just quite unexpectedly picked up a new Rebel 1100 DCT yesterday. Freezing friggin cold and lots of snow still on the ground, but it was either brave the cold, or wait who knows how long for the next dry day above freezing. I had originally intended to put down the deposit and wait, right up until they called me yesterday morning to say it鈥檚 ready to pick up. I mean, who in their right mind would want to put it off!

Anyway, about the bike ... pictures don鈥檛 do it justice. Videos don鈥檛 do it justice. I admit, I was a little concerned at first about the humpy gas tank, as I pave always preferred the low, swooping lines of something like the VTX鈥檚. But you really have to see it in person before you decide if it鈥檚 hideous or beautiful. Or somewhere in between. My first reaction to seeing it up close - definitely not hideous. One look at the paint in the sunlight, and it starts looking downright beautiful.

Now I鈥檝e only had one 40-minute ride on mine, and most if that was spent trying to keep the blood circulating in my fingertips. But I still have a first impression, which is - I love this bike. The 1100 has lots of power for a bike this size, certainly plenty enough for this old fart. It feels much lighter than it really is, and the suspension absorbs every bump in the road, really one of the smoothest and comfortable bikes I鈥檝e been on. The nice rumbly exhaust note is also something no video I鈥檝e seen yet has been able to capture - as soon as you turn the key it just sucks you in.

And the DCT - clearly about as polarizing a subject as which weight oil or octane gas to use if there ever was one. Well, I love that, too. After riding for over 30 years, I鈥檓 no stranger to shifting, and yes, there was definitely a concern about whether not having to shift would take away from the riding experience. I can say without hesitation, it does not. In fact it adds to the experience, especially if you鈥檙e more of a relaxed kind of rider than a thrill-junkie. You really must try it for yourself before passing judgment. Of course not everyone will like it, but I promise there would be a lot of people who will like it who think they won鈥檛.

Just before I left the dealer yesterday, my sales guy said he thinks Honda knocked it out of the park with this bike. So far I鈥檓 very much inclined to agree.


I have owned Harley's for years but due to arthritis in my left ankle and elbow I had to stop riding. It was very painfully shifting gears and even using the clutch lever. Based on what you have shared I think I can return to riding using the DCT. Sure I'll probably have to put up with scorn from traditional riders, but, at least I can ride once again.
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I have owned Harley's for years but due to arthritis in my left ankle and elbow I had to stop riding. It was very painfully shifting gears and even using the clutch lever. Based on what you have shared I think I can return to riding using the DCT. Sure I'll probably have to put up with scorn from traditional riders, but, at least I can ride once again.
Check out the Honda F6B with DCT. Has a nice 鈥渂agger鈥 look with automatic transmission.
Dave
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I have owned Harley's for years but due to arthritis in my left ankle and elbow I had to stop riding. It was very painfully shifting gears and even using the clutch lever. Based on what you have shared I think I can return to riding using the DCT. Sure I'll probably have to put up with scorn from traditional riders, but, at least I can ride once again.
It probably won鈥檛 do any good (remember, this is the mentality that panned HD for daring to produce a water-cooled V-Rod), but if you were to go with a DCT and catch flack for it, give 鈥榚m the old don鈥檛-knock-it-til-you-tried-it line. Every reviewer I鈥檝e seen who thought going into their test rides that they鈥檇 hate a bike with no clutch and shift levers ended up liking the DCT, some just tolerating it, but a few others thinking they could see themselves preferring it. Every real person I鈥檝e spoken to who has ridden both comes away loving the DCT. But we all know there are some people who will never be convinced.

For you yourself, you should check them out and see if you can get a test ride. I think you鈥檇 be impressed.
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Interesting new bike. But the only passenger seat available is one of those tiny little pads. That worked for my wife 40 years ago, but she would never go for it today. And even though she hardly rides with me anymore, if I bought this bike I would be telling her that her passenger days are over for good. Hope you enjoy your new bike.
Picked up a new Rebel 1100 DCT last Friday. My incentive was that I'm getting to the age where bike weight makes a difference and my clutch hand isn't working as well as it once did. I rode a Triumph Tiger 1050 for a few years and loved the power to weight ratio (which occasionally made me do things I maybe shouldn't have been doing). The biggest problem on the Triumph for me was the seat height. I lowered it an inch and was still on my tippy toes at stops. In my short time riding it, I think the Rebel handles as well as the Triumph. It does not lack for power and as for the DCT, I like it, my clutch hand likes it and in manual mode it is a blast. Just keep the power on and hit the paddle. Shifts seamlessly. No one shifting manually will even come close to keeping up. In traffic, put her in automatic and no more clutching worries...sweet. So far I love it.
Wife is really enjoying hers. Picked up a Sena Outrush helmet for her last Saturday and I鈥檒l have one Friday so we can talk while riding. Got FM also so she can have music.
Still thinking F6B DTC for me...
Dave
Interesting new bike. But the only passenger seat available is one of those tiny little pads. That worked for my wife 40 years ago, but she would never go for it today. And even though she hardly rides with me anymore, if I bought this bike I would be telling her that her passenger days are over for good. Hope you enjoy your new bike.
Vito,
Get her to start riding and she can get one. I enjoy taking the Rebel for a quick ride, but I鈥檓 a Goldwing fan myself.
Dave
Interesting new bike. But the only passenger seat available is one of those tiny little pads. That worked for my wife 40 years ago, but she would never go for it today. And even though she hardly rides with me anymore, if I bought this bike I would be telling her that her passenger days are over for good. Hope you enjoy your new bike.
The way this bike is selling so far, I鈥檓 fully expecting Mustang and Corbin to come out with something more amenable to passengers than that factory cheek pad.
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@Danny Linguini ,
The only problem is the wind management at freeway speeds. How do you manage this issue on freeways?
Read somewhere that the upshifting of the DCT seems smooth but when slowing down, some reviewers said DCT seems to display some hesitation. Is that true in your experience?

Also, looks like the belly & the radiator are completely exposed to rocks and I don't see Honda selling any accessories for those. I guess 3rd party products should be more prevalent over the coming months.

Someone ( @Trials) biased me about the single disc front brakes; these days, I do look at them.
I've had more than one bike with a single front disc and never felt that I was not safe or compromised.
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Also, looks like there's a Honda National DCT Event going on. Time to try it out at your local dealership to see if you like it. Another thing to watch for is that riding at ultra low speed situations will probably require you to drag your rear brakes since there is no clutch to manage the engine spin speed.
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@Danny Linguini ,
The only problem is the wind management at freeway speeds. How do you manage this issue on freeways?
Read somewhere that the upshifting of the DCT seems smooth but when slowing down, some reviewers said DCT seems to display some hesitation. Is that true in your experience?

Also, looks like the belly & the radiator are completely exposed to rocks and I don't see Honda selling any accessories for those. I guess 3rd party products should be more prevalent over the coming months.

Someone ( @Trials) biased me about the single disc front brakes; these days, I do look at them.
Hesitation on downshifting isn鈥檛 exactly how I鈥檇 describe it. I鈥檝e ridden almost exclusively in standard mode, and it flat out just doesn鈥檛 like to downshift until the engine is almost down to idle. Most of the time I鈥檓 fine with this, but occasionally I鈥檓 puttering along at 35-40 mph and it鈥檚 up in 6th, and I hit an incline and it feels like it鈥檚 almost lugging. I don鈥檛 want to whack the throttle to force it to downshift, so I鈥檒l just tap the thumb lever once to push it down a gear and we鈥檙e all fine. Again, it鈥檚 not very often this happens, and when it does the correction is simple. When it does downshift on its own, it seems perfectly smooth to me.

As for the wind, the little I鈥檝e ridden on the highway hasn鈥檛 really been an issue - no different than any other bike I鈥檝e ridden without a windshield or fairing. It鈥檚 always a little more fatiguing without wind protection, and this bike is no worse in that regard than any other.
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It's a good idea but hopefully it doesn't feel like a rebel. I like the look and ride, but man Rebel's feel like a frail little girls bike when you sit on it. The Vulcan S is one of those beginner cruisers and feels waaaay more solid and rideable than the Rebel.
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Now they are taking shifting out of a bike..... for the love of God....
Now they are taking shifting out of a bike..... for the love of God....
Only for the riders who for whatever reason don鈥檛 feel like shifting. I鈥檓 quite sure they鈥檙e not on any kind of path to remove shifting from every motorcycle. And if they are, well all be long dead and buried before it happens.
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It's a good idea but hopefully it doesn't feel like a rebel. I like the look and ride, but man Rebel's feel like a frail little girls bike when you sit on it. The Vulcan S is one of those beginner cruisers and feels waaaay more solid and rideable than the Rebel.
Thanks for the post.
Could you be a little more specific so we can consider your points? What do you mean by "more solid and rideable"?
Having the AT engine alone makes the rebel 1100 feel like a man's bike'! Arr arr arr arr!
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