The Honda Rebel 500 is a favorite among entry-level cruiser riders due to its friendly ergonomics, docile power delivery, and affordable price tag. Naturally, however, when the time comes for an upgrade, cruiser fans are left without many options from Honda, and often find themselves moving up to bikes from Triumph or Harley-Davidson.
With this, Honda has gone ahead and launched a bigger and badder Rebel in 1100 trim. Yes, that’s right, the new Rebel 1100 is powered by the same 1,087 cc parallel-twin found in the Honda Africa Twin adventure bike. Unlike other conventional parallel twins, however, the Rebel 1100 sports a 270-degree crankshaft, giving it the pulses and vibrations of a v-twin engine. To complement the impressive engine, the Rebel 1100 features 3 riding modes, namely Standard, Sport, and Rain. Customers will also have the option of either a standard 6-speed manual, or a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) setup.
As far as styling is concerned, the Rebel 1100 sports an uncanny resemblance to the Rebel 500 — an aesthetic that leans toward the sportier side of cruisers. A standard 43mm telescopic front fork gives the bike a beefy appearance, while twin Showa rear shock absorbers equipped with piggyback reservoirs take care of suspension duties outback. As opposed to the Rebel 500 which comes with 16-inch front and rear wheels, the Rebel 1100 sports an 18-inch front, 16-inch rear wheel combo.
Electronic assists on the Rebel 1100 consist of dual channel ABS, the aforementioned 3 riding modes, and interestingly, Honda Selectable Torque Control and wheelie control to keep that 1,087 cc twin at bay. At the moment, there isn’t any word just yet as to if and when we will see the new Rebel 1100 in the local market. Although priced at $9,299 USD (around P465,000) in the US, we can expect there to be a significant price increase after all taxes and duties are accounted for. For reference, the Honda Rebel 500 comes with a sticker price of P375,000.