HONDA NT 1100 IN THE DRIVING REPORT | Thoroughbred touring motorcycle

After the travel enduro and cruiser, Honda is now knitting a thoroughbred touring motorcycle around the 1100 series twin with the NT 1100. A genre that has a long tradition at Honda, but will have little market significance in 2021. We'll see.

Nothing to complain about? Yes, yes ... there is a little something. For example, the rare case of a fork that is a little less sensitive to small bumps than the superbly swallowing shock absorber. Or the usability of the touchscreen and electronics known from other big Hondas, which - to put it mildly - is a bit bulky. Annoying, but not decisive for the war. This is different with the standard suitcases. These are pleasingly narrow, which unfortunately means that a helmet no longer fits in the suitcase, which should be as popular in tour circles as a positive corona test. Size XS works with a press fit, above it: no chance. "Unfortunately" you have to say, because just a few centimeters more width would solve this problem. Facelift, ick listen to you trap ...  Honda NT 1100 from February for 13,899 euros The Honda NT 1100 is expected to be available in stores from February 2022 and costs 13,899 euros including ancillary costs. The DCT costs 1,000 euros extra.

So what do we have in front of us with the Honda NT 1100? At least not the crisp, airy CB4X that Honda had at EICMA 2019 and that has since sparked wild speculation about a street motorcycle based on the 1100 twin. But a thoroughbred tourer in the spirit of the mild and blissful CBF 1000. The Africa Twin provides the technical backbone, and generously at that. 

The double loop frame made of steel as well as the said twin have been minimally revised and placed on a pure street chassis from Showa. Together with a lot of (long-distance) travel equipment, this results in a new, independent motorcycle. Only the relatively generous suspension travel of 150 millimeters is vaguely reminiscent of the origins of the terrain, whereas the moderate 820 millimeter seat height is not at all.

Honda NT 1100 with plenty of equipment

The genre loyalty of the Honda NT 1100 seems serious in view of its list of features: luggage set, cruise control, heated grips, adjustable windshield, fully comprehensive electronics, full infotainment supply and even the holy grail of the touring motorcycle - the main stand - are always on board.

Nothing to complain about? Yes, yes ... there is a little something. For example, the rare case of a fork that is a little less sensitive to small bumps than the superbly swallowing shock absorber. Or the usability of the touchscreen and electronics known from other big Hondas, which - to put it mildly - is a bit bulky. Annoying, but not decisive for the war. This is different with the standard suitcases. These are pleasingly narrow, which unfortunately means that a helmet no longer fits in the suitcase, which should be as popular in tour circles as a positive corona test. Size XS works with a press fit, above it: no chance. "Unfortunately" you have to say, because just a few centimeters more width would solve this problem. Facelift, ick listen to you trap ...  Honda NT 1100 from February for 13,899 euros The Honda NT 1100 is expected to be available in stores from February 2022 and costs 13,899 euros including ancillary costs. The DCT costs 1,000 euros extra.

 Extra fabric for hardcore travelers (top case, comfort seat, comfort passenger pegs, tank bag, fog lights) is of course available at an additional cost, nicely bundled in three equipment packages, appropriately called URBAN, TOURING and TRAVEL. The DCT dual clutch transmission is of course also available. Where, if not here, should something like that be built in?

Good wind and weather protection

So off to the unfortunately heavily rainy streets around Tarragona in Spain. Realistic Grand Tour test conditions, so to speak. Two things quickly become apparent. On the one hand there is the really good protection against wind and weather on the Honda NT 1100. Whoever pushes the windshield - unfortunately only when standing - in the highest of five positions and is not much taller than 1.80 meters, enjoys from top to bottom Sole comprehensive protection, also thanks to the expansive cladding and sophisticated wind deflector.

On the other hand, the Honda drives through the rain as if it were nonexistent. Your Roadtec 01 rubbers from Metzeler offer phenomenal wet grip and allow brisk and safe bathing fun, even at the committed pace that usually prevails at press presentations. Even if the traction control is set as sharp as possible, it remains largely unemployed and the driver is thus stress-free.

Nothing to complain about? Yes, yes ... there is a little something. For example, the rare case of a fork that is a little less sensitive to small bumps than the superbly swallowing shock absorber. Or the usability of the touchscreen and electronics known from other big Hondas, which - to put it mildly - is a bit bulky. Annoying, but not decisive for the war. This is different with the standard suitcases. These are pleasingly narrow, which unfortunately means that a helmet no longer fits in the suitcase, which should be as popular in tour circles as a positive corona test. Size XS works with a press fit, above it: no chance. "Unfortunately" you have to say, because just a few centimeters more width would solve this problem. Facelift, ick listen to you trap ...  Honda NT 1100 from February for 13,899 euros The Honda NT 1100 is expected to be available in stores from February 2022 and costs 13,899 euros including ancillary costs. The DCT costs 1,000 euros extra.

Ergonomics and chassis

In addition to these two key qualifications, many other qualities of the Honda NT 1100 contribute to stress-freeness. For example, one is generally accommodated more than comfortably. As is typical for the brand, all the distances fit straight away, there is no pinching anywhere and, at the latest, with the optional comfort bench, you can feel like thumping to the end of the world. 

The original bench is not a torture chair, but it is designed much more angular and harder. The gently pulsing, linearly pushing motor that runs vibration-free up to 6,000 revolutions, which is directly but pleasantly attached to the accelerator even in the sportiest of the three not very sporty driving modes TOUR, regulates the resting heart rate effectively. The same applies to the comfortably and neutrally tuned chassis, which gives the 250 kilogram motorcycle a pleasant degree of mobility, without sacrificing the stability that is so valued in these areas. 

Above all, the optional DCT transmission has a really relaxing effect: starts off gently, changes gears almost imperceptibly and looks like it was made for this type of motorcycle. In D mode, however, it acts a bit too tantalized and low-revving. Fortunately, there are still three S-modes, the first of which brings a lot more life into the booth without creating unnecessary hectic pace. 

Nothing to complain about? Yes, yes ... there is a little something. For example, the rare case of a fork that is a little less sensitive to small bumps than the superbly swallowing shock absorber. Or the usability of the touchscreen and electronics known from other big Hondas, which - to put it mildly - is a bit bulky. Annoying, but not decisive for the war. This is different with the standard suitcases. These are pleasingly narrow, which unfortunately means that a helmet no longer fits in the suitcase, which should be as popular in tour circles as a positive corona test. Size XS works with a press fit, above it: no chance. "Unfortunately" you have to say, because just a few centimeters more width would solve this problem. Facelift, ick listen to you trap ...  Honda NT 1100 from February for 13,899 euros The Honda NT 1100 is expected to be available in stores from February 2022 and costs 13,899 euros including ancillary costs. The DCT costs 1,000 euros extra.

Fortunately, the DCT can be configured independently of the driving modes, so everyone should find what they are looking for when it comes to drive comfort. In D mode, however, it acts a bit too tantalized and low-revving. Fortunately, there are still three S-modes, the first of which brings a lot more life into the booth without creating unnecessary hectic pace. Fortunately, the DCT can be configured independently of the driving modes, so everyone should find what they are looking for when it comes to drive comfort.

 In D mode, however, it acts a bit too tantalized and low-revving. Fortunately, there are still three S-modes, the first of which brings a lot more life into the booth without creating unnecessary hectic pace. Fortunately, the DCT can be configured independently of the driving modes, so everyone should find what they are looking for when it comes to drive comfort.

Nothing to complain about? Yes, yes ... there is a little something. For example, the rare case of a fork that is a little less sensitive to small bumps than the superbly swallowing shock absorber. Or the usability of the touchscreen and electronics known from other big Hondas, which - to put it mildly - is a bit bulky. 

Nothing to complain about? Yes, yes ... there is a little something. For example, the rare case of a fork that is a little less sensitive to small bumps than the superbly swallowing shock absorber. Or the usability of the touchscreen and electronics known from other big Hondas, which - to put it mildly - is a bit bulky. Annoying, but not decisive for the war. This is different with the standard suitcases. These are pleasingly narrow, which unfortunately means that a helmet no longer fits in the suitcase, which should be as popular in tour circles as a positive corona test. Size XS works with a press fit, above it: no chance. "Unfortunately" you have to say, because just a few centimeters more width would solve this problem. Facelift, ick listen to you trap ...  Honda NT 1100 from February for 13,899 euros The Honda NT 1100 is expected to be available in stores from February 2022 and costs 13,899 euros including ancillary costs. The DCT costs 1,000 euros extra.

Annoying, but not decisive for the war. This is different with the standard suitcases. These are pleasingly narrow, which unfortunately means that a helmet no longer fits in the suitcase, which should be as popular in tour circles as a positive corona test. Size XS works with a press fit, above it: no chance. "Unfortunately" you have to say, because just a few centimeters more width would solve this problem. Facelift, ick listen to you trap ...

Honda NT 1100 from February for 13,899 euros

The Honda NT 1100 is expected to be available in stores from February 2022 and costs 13,899 euros including ancillary costs. The DCT costs 1,000 euros extra.

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