Cruisers are among the least popular types of motorcycles in the Philippines. Perhaps it’s because of their heavyweight construction and docile nature. After all, Filipinos have always had a fondness for futuristic, sporty machines. Additionally, cruisers don’t exactly make for the best traffic busters, either, thanks to their wide stance and laid-back ergonomics. Where cruisers shine the most, however, is on the highway and long stretches of paved roads.
Mostly dominated by the likes of Harley-Davidson, the local cruiser scene could soon have a new entrant which is sure to have the Classic American Cruisers cowering in fear. Launched late last year in the US market, the Honda Rebel 1100 has become a favorite among cruiser enthusiasts thanks to its punchy performance, stunning looks, and Honda reliability.
Powering the Honda Rebel 1100 is a 1,084cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine, similar to the one we find in the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports. Although showcasing a slightly different state-of-tune, the Honda Rebel is rated at a healthy 87 horsepower and a neck-breaking 98 Nm of torque. No doubt, the bike’s powertrain gives it an edge in terms of performance versus its American competition.
Initially debuting in Thailand during the 2021 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), we can expect the Honda Rebel 1100 to begin making its way across the other parts of Asia. That said, it’s safe to assume that we could see this powerful cruiser hit the local streets within the year. In Thailand, the Rebel 1100 has been priced at the equivalent of P626,332 for the base model, and P673,425 for the range-topping dual-clutch transmission (DCT) variant.
At the moment, the only cruiser bearing the Rebel name in the Honda lineup is the Rebel 500. Priced at a beginner-friendly P375,000, the Rebel 500 continues to be a favorite among first-time big bike riders looking to go the cruiser route.