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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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It's a Honda which is solid ay, we got that much out of the way.
He did mentioned 2 things which can be a problem for some people:
  1. Speed: Speed limiter, factory set to somewhere between 98-99 MPH
  2. Looks: Tank is elevated in the front and slopes backwards (like the smaller siblings)
I like the fact that Cruise Ctrl comes standard but the small tank capacity and the 42 MPG makes the range more like 150 miles. I can see a need to hang an external tank if you want to cruise in Alaska, where the next gas station may be more than 150 miles in some areas --- lower 48 should be fine.
Speed: Speed limiter, factory set to somewhere between 98-99 MPH

Wonder what the reasoning is for this?

I don't think they've speed limited the 1100 AT, but I don't own one so I'm not positive. However, the 1000 AT isn't limited. I've had mine over 120, I'd guess ~135ish is probably maxed out
He did mentioned 2 things which can be a problem for some people:
  1. Speed: Speed limiter, factory set to somewhere between 98-99 MPH
  2. Looks: Tank is elevated in the front and slopes backwards (like the smaller siblings)
I like the fact that Cruise Ctrl comes standard but the small tank capacity and the 42 MPG makes the range more like 150 miles. I can see a need to hang an external tank if you want to cruise in Alaska, where the next gas station may be more than 150 miles in some areas --- lower 48 should be fine.
The speedometer thing is weird. I wouldn't wanna push a Rebel past 100 but then again why not right? I mean, that's what we're here for. The tank styling is a hit or miss thing, it depends if you grew up with the image of a classic cruiser we all love and know. They're definitely marketing it as what a kid who grew up in the 2000's would envision a 'cool' looking motorcycle to be, and I'll attach a image of that. The attached image is from one of the most impressionable video games we've had in 2020-21, Cyberpunk 2077. I think what Honda is doing on the style part is pure bloody genius when you compare it to what the youth like myself is growing up on and is used to seeing. Thought i'd never be saying this, but when looked at it like that; **** it then let's bring on the Rebel because this 1100 that I'm seeing you guys talk about now is the generational leap the Rebel needed to stay relevant. Damn you know what it sounds like I should just go and test ride the damn thing to see if it's as good as my inner child would hope it is. Rideability and functionality set aside, when a young kid in todays age thinks of a biker; they aren't thinking of a classic looking Harley with long leathers from the handlebars to dance along in the bloody wind. And that's a great thing! We need to NOT push away from the styling we all know and love, keep some of that style yeah, but let it flow and keep pushing forward into what kids nowadays are visualizing, and on and on and so on. 30 years from now people will think what they will of the tank. Skip ahead 30 years from now and I'll be posting somewhere on a motorcycle forum, wondering what in the bloody hell made ME like the 2021 Rebel 1100. Good conversation piece this is.
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Speed limiter raises a red flag for me. A couple of years ago BMW put a speed limiter on their K1600 bagger, supposedly because at higher speeds the aerodynamics caused the bike to become unstable. Other editions of the K1600 didn't suffer (as much) from this instability and did not have the speed limiter.
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I'm curious about this DCT and not at all downplaying it, but did it take you time to get used to not shifting or do you sometimes still catch yourself trying to shift even now. Habits are very hard to break and I don't know anything more of a habit than years of shifting would be. The whole muscle memory thing would seem to play in here I'd think.
Took me no time at all to get used to it. Once I felt how it engages the clutch, which is just like there鈥檚 somebody else working the lever for you, it鈥檚 just twist the throttle and go. The only place I鈥檓 still kind of adjusting to is crawling into my garage. My driveway is on an incline, so you have to find that sweet spot where the clutch engages just enough to creep without taking off into a wall. But it鈥檚 very forgiving, and I haven鈥檛 come close to it running away on me. You鈥檙e basically controlling the throttle and the clutch with the throttle. I still giggle to myself when I take off from a stop because it鈥檚 so cool how it works. And yes, of course I鈥檓 still occasionally reaching for the clutch lever, but really not as much as I thought I would. Hell, once in awhile I still go for the clutch pedal and shifter in my car, and I haven鈥檛 driven a stick in about 6 years. 馃ぃ

And just a note on the speed limiter thing - I don鈥檛 care a whit. I really have no desire to take this bike past 80, never mind 100. Nothing to do with stability or handling, because it鈥檚 rock-solid at 80, it鈥檚 just not fun going that fast on a bike like this. It鈥檚 much more fun pulling my arms out of their sockets from a dead stop.
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@Danny Linguini ,

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Did you experience any clunking sounds when the DCT is shifting UP/DOWN per what this lady was saying?
Like what I said, I have never heard from any reviewers talking about this sound regarding the DCT. Almost everyone said, it was smooth as butter.
@Danny Linguini ,

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Did you experience any clunking sounds when the DCT is shifting UP/DOWN per what this lady was saying?
Like what I said, I have never heard from any reviewers talking about this sound regarding the DCT. Almost everyone said, it was smooth as butter.
Nope. You barely notice it shifting other than hearing the change in engine RPMs.
Hey @Danny Linguini ,
Did you, by any chance, gone on a longer ride, like 100 miles and above?
Is that fairly comfortable?

Not sure you saw this one, but she just let go an entire truck load on YouTube about the DCT on the Rebel 1100.
Any credibility in what she is saying?What's the clunking sound when DCT is shifting? I have never heard of that in any pro reviews. May be her Rebel is faulty?
My wife has the DCT and loves it after I put 2鈥 handlebar risers and a Puig windshield made for the 500 Rebel. She is only 5鈥 and had to stretch over the tank.
I never thought an 鈥渁utomatic鈥 bike could be fun until I rode hers. Not having to shift gives more time to enjoy the ride and pay more attention to surroundings. The 1100 has plenty of power. At 55 mph in 6th gear, standard mode, it will hit 75 in a few seconds without downshifting. From a stop it鈥檚 like a rocket. The throttle is touchy because it鈥檚 鈥渢hrottle by wire鈥 and my wife dropped hers the first day because she bumped the throttle at a stop sign. She is getting used to it and no more complaints. While slow steering you have to use the foot brake because of no clutch to feather, there again getting used to the bike.
Another thing (from the video) is don鈥檛 loan your bike to anyone, especially if it鈥檚 new technology ie; throttle by wire, DCT, 1100cc with loads of torque. This bike requires a different style of riding that most of us are not used to. This is my wife鈥檚 first bike and she is riding it like a pro after 2 months. It shifts smoothly and faster than I could ever shift.
To each his (or her) own. I鈥檝e never rode a Harley just because the opportunity never came up. I have owned 5 different Goldwings, which in itself takes it鈥檚 own style of riding.
I love her Rebel 1100.
Dave
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Thanks, Dave, for sharing the experiences. Very good to know.
I have been looking into what kind of windshields others are putting on theirs.
I have 11,000 miles on my Rebel1100 DCT and love it need a few Mods but still a good ride for the price.

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Welcome to the Forum!
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I hate the colour of the ones they sell in Canada. They have grey or black metallic. No red?
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My wife loves hers, although I need to make a better mount for the gauge cluster after the 3" Rox Riser install and we need to find her a windshield she likes. It could also use a through cleaning:

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My wife loves hers, although I need to make a better mount for the gauge cluster after the 3" Rox Riser install and we need to find her A Windshield she likes.

It could also use a through cleaning:

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Puig Windshields have several Choices for the Honda Rebel. I went with this one and then added the Puig Clip up top to stop any Buffeting ..


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My wife loves hers, although I need to make a better mount for the gauge cluster after the 3" Rox Riser install and we need to find her a windshield she likes. It could also use a through cleaning:

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Isn't the passenger seat a bit high? ;)

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Isn't the passenger seat a bit high? ;)
Lol, I gave her the choice of the behind the seat passenger seat top box:





Or instead of the passenger seat:




Her response was "give me the passenger seat replacement version, if someone wants to ride bitch with us you can deal with them on your bike." :ROFLMAO:
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