2023 Honda Rebel 1100 Features & Benefits

  • Rebel 1100 (CMX1100)
  • Rebel 1100 DCT (CMX1100D)
  • Rebel 1100T DCT (CMX1100TD)

In just the two short years since its introduction, Honda's versatile Rebel 1100 has made waves in the cruiser market, with a "new-school" cruiser design that's equally adept at relaxed Sunday outings, dynamic backroad carving and longer-distance highway touring. For 2023, the platform is even more capable, with a new "T" trim level that offers "bagger" styling and convenience. The new Rebel 1100T DCT version comes standard with a large handlebar fairing, as well as hard color-matched saddlebags that offer a combined 35 liters of space, giving riders added comfort and cargo storage.

Still available are the two standard Rebel 1100 versions (manual transmission and dual-clutch transmission), for a broadened cruiser platform capable of delivering myriad riding experiences. All three iterations feature a high-performance, water-cooled parallel-twin engine with plenty of power for the highway and acceleration for spirited riding, along with comfortable ergonomics, a relaxed riding position and sporty handling. All three are also offered at extremely competitive MSRPs, especially when Honda's legendary quality and reliability are factored into the equation. For those who want to make the Rebel their own, a long list of Honda Accessories are offered.

Simple, raw and casual-yet-serious, the Rebel 1100 has a striking appearance when parked but looks even better in use, thanks to a handlebar-seat-foot peg triangle that unites rider and bike.

The narrow, curvy steel frame has a simple, organic profile. Its 35mm main tube contributes a bulky appearance to the machine's sleek form, while the rear has looping lines. The low, long, scallop-style, flangeless fuel tank is enhanced by subtle, low-contrast, two-tone colors. Fuel capacity is 3.6 gallons, including a 1.1 gallon reserve—sufficient for touring.

The narrow, saddle-type seat has a soft texture and progressive foam thickness, maximizing comfort for long trips. The narrow front section makes it easier to put both feet on the ground at stops, and the dished design holds the rider comfortably in place, even during vigorous acceleration. The seat is easily removable, revealing a 3-liter storage space, plus 3-amp USB-C terminals, handy for stowing and charging a smart phone or other gadgets.

The front and rear fenders are both made of 1mm steel, produced through a drawing process, and are attached with handsome, die-cast aluminum brackets. An available accessory passenger seat bolts to the rear fender.

The engine, frame, suspension and other components are blacked out; even the D.I.D drive chain is plated with black highlighting, enhancing the bike's raw, cool character.

The new "bagger"-style Rebel 1100T DCT trim level comes standard with a fork-mounted large windscreen for protection from the elements, and a pair of lockable hard saddlebags offer a combined 35 liters of storage space.

Meter / Controls
The ignition switch is located away from the handlebar, on the left side of the frame. The switch can also be used to remove the seat.

The handlebar bend makes for an upright rider position, and one-inch clamps provide a tough look. The left-hand switch cluster includes DCT upshift and downshift controls, a horn, an up-down toggle for scrolling through riding modes, a select/enter button and a hazard-light switch. The right-hand cluster houses the start button and cruise-control switches.

The stylish, round multi-function meter is offset-mounted and has a 4.7-inch diameter screen. It mimics the look of a large analog gauge while the inverted LCD display adds a touch of modern, high-tech beauty. In addition to speedometer, tachometer and tripmeter readings, the cruise-control and transmission functions are displayed on the gauge, all in an intuitive layout.

The modern headlight is 6.9 inches in diameter and houses four direct-emitting LED bulbs with thick inner lenses, achieving a cool, iconic look, and its low mounting position contributes to the bike's sleek profile. Conspicuous light-directing guides are arranged on both sides of the housing to highlight the character lines of the lenses and enhance the field of vision.

The 2.1-inch diameter turn signals are also LED and match well with the Rebel styling. The front signals have impressive-looking round light-guiding rings inside that function as position lights and also enhance the field of vision.

The LED taillight has a thin, simple, oval design that complements the low-slung cruiser style. A small LED light illuminates the license plate.

Cool, raw styling, stimulating performance, modern controls and relaxed comfort come together—all in one machine.

At the heart of the Rebel 1100 is a torquey, liquid-cooled parallel-twin 1,083cc engine, made popular in the legendary Africa Twin adventure platform and adopted in order to achieve dynamic performance in a cruiser application. The engine's powerful torque and output are adjusted for easy handling, enabling both exciting rides and pressure-free, relaxed touring. The available automatic DCT further enhances both types of riding experiences.

The parallel-twin design aids vehicle packaging, making it possible to locate heavy parts on the rear of the engine, enhancing mass centralization and a low center of gravity. Further contributing to the tidy engine layout is the Unicam® single-overhead-camshaft valvetrain design. Also found on Honda's high-performance CRF450R motocrosser, the design lowers the engine's cylinder head, contributing to the mill's compact size. In addition, a dry-sump lubrication system places the oil tank inside the crankcase, allowing a thinner oil pan and low CG.

Together, these features contribute to the Rebel 1100's excellent handling and a deep lean angle for aggressive cornering, while still allowing the squat styling and low seat height (27.5 inches) that are intrinsic to cruisers, and that enable riders to easily place both feet on the ground at stops or during parking-lot maneuvers.

The uneven firing interval provided by the 270-degree crankshaft design animates a pulsing, rhythmic feel at idle and low engine speeds. A two-axis primary balancer minimizes unpleasant vibrations by canceling primary inertia, resulting in a smooth-running engine that still produces substantial power.

Sophisticated electronic ignition timing and fuel-delivery maps give the Rebel 1100 engine a character all its own. Compared to the Africa Twin, the flywheel is 20 percent heavier, increasing the moment of inertia for a torquey characteristic, and the air-filter and exhaust-system designs are unique. The combined result is enhanced cylinder "pulsing" at low rpm, while power at higher engine speeds is maximized. The muscular engine signature is unlike that of any other cruiser on the market, delivering both relaxed and exciting riding experiences.

Dual Clutch Transmission
The Rebel 1100 is available with a six-speed automatic dual clutch transmission—a Honda exclusive in the powersports world. Contributing to a steady, safe, comfortable and fun ride, DCT is a geared transmission with the durability and efficiency of a conventional gearbox, but that also has automatic clutch and gear-shifting, allowing the rider to focus on other operations. There is no clutch lever or foot shift lever.

Honda is a pioneer in DCT technology, having introduced it to powersports in the 2010 VFR1200F sport-tourer and applied evolved iterations to high-performance vehicles like the Africa Twin adventure platform and the Talon sport side-by-side, as well as the Gold Wing touring flagship.

The latest-generation Honda DCT featured on the Rebel 1100 has two coaxial main shafts and two automatic clutches, one for the odd-numbered gears (1/3/5) and one for the even-numbered gears (2/4/6). Multiple gears are engaged simultaneously so that the transmission is constantly prepared for the next shift. Data, collected by a series of sensors, is processed by the ECU, which uses an advanced algorithm to determine when the shift-control motor should hydraulically trigger gear-changes. At those moments, one clutch disengages and the other engages, resulting in shifts that are quick, smooth and seamless. Power is delivered to the rear wheel via an efficient and durable 525 chain.

DCT also allows selection of a manual mode, with gear changes accomplished via buttons on the left switch cluster; even when riding in automatic mode, the rider can force manual shifts (for example, to induce engine braking), with the transmission returning to automatic shifting after several seconds.

In keeping with—and contributing to—its surprising sporting capabilities, the Rebel 1100 touts electronic rider aids not typically associated with the cruiser segment. Throttle-by-wire allows features including Honda Selectable Torque Control (which incorporates Wheelie Control) and riding modes, as well as cruise control.

HSTC / Wheelie Control
By controlling the throttle opening (and thus engine torque), Honda Selectable Torque Control inhibits rear-tire slip during acceleration and cornering, increasing rider confidence. When the level setting is switched on, the system detects differences between front- and rear-wheel speeds (suggesting that the rear tire is spinning). As the calculated slip ratio goes beyond a specific level set by the rider, the ECU controls fuel injection, and optimized engine torque controls rear-wheel drive. An indicator light on the meter panel illuminates when the system is in operation.

HSTC also incorporates Wheelie Control, which limits front-end rise during acceleration. When the system detects that the front wheel is decelerating while the rear wheel is accelerating, it infers that a wheelie is occurring and intervenes. Again, the result is an increase in rider confidence.

Riding Modes
These electronic rider aids, as well as DCT, are controlled and utilized through different ride modes, each of which provides a distinct riding experience, enhancing the Rebel 1100's "Relax and Excite" ethos.

Three preset ride modes give the rider distinct options that result in different experiences for varying riding conditions, including commuting, long-distance trips, slippery road surfaces and carrying a passenger. Each ride mode is comprised of carefully balanced settings for power, HSTC (including Wheelie Control), engine braking and DCT shift timing.

  • Standard: This mode has middle-of-the-road settings for all parameters, resulting in a riding experience that can be relaxed for city riding or cruising, yet exciting when the throttle is opened. Power is brisk but manageable, shift-timing is appropriate for a wide range of situations, engine braking is natural-feeling and HSTC suppresses unexpected slip.
  • Sport: Programmed for exciting, spirited riding, this mode is great for exhilarating outings, on winding roads for example. It has an aggressive, strong power delivery and low intervention for HSTC. Engine braking is natural-feeling, and gear-changes up and down occur at higher rpm, with vigorous blipping on downshifts to emphasize aggressiveness.
  • Rain: Not just for wet conditions, this mode is ideal for situations when traction is limited, but also when a relaxed, enjoyable, comfortable, energy-conserving riding experience is desired. Throttle response and engine braking are both mild, and gear changes occur at lower rpm, for minimum shift shock and vehicle pitching. HSTC has high levels of intervention.

In addition, a customizable User mode can be set up to the rider's exact preferences. When the bike's ignition is turned on, the ECU remembers the previously selected mode.

The Rebel 1100 is the only model in its class to come standard with cruise control.


With a 59.8-inch wheelbase and a 30-degree fork angle, the Rebel 1100 achieves a cruiser style that belies its sporting capabilities. This is possible because the caster angle is actually 28 degrees and the trail length 4.3 inches, achieving both straight-line stability and neutral handling. Spirited riding is also facilitated by the aforementioned 27.5-inch seat height, the middle positioning of the foot pegs and foot controls, the neutral location and bend of the handlebar, the 35-degree bank angle (much more than most cruisers—similar to naked-bike), 4.7 inches of ground clearance and the 509-pound curb weight for the DCT version (542 pounds on the 1100T version).

The tubular swingarm has a 50.8mm diameter.

Also contributing to the sporting potential are high-performance suspension components. Consistent with the bike's blacked-out styling, the 43mm conventional telescopic fork has stanchions that are coated with dark navy titanium oxide, while the two-part sliders are wrought and die-cast aluminum. A cartridge-type damper and 5.5 inches of wheel travel contribute to the machine's sporty performance.

Rear suspension comprises dual Showa shocks with 12.5mm shafts and pressurized piggyback reservoirs for tough looks, good road-holding performance and consistent damping force. Rear-wheel travel is 3.7 inches.

At both ends, preload can be adjusted to tailor the ride to load and passenger conditions. The rear preload-adjustment range is particularly broad, allowing appropriate setup for a wide range of rider weights and preferences.

Slowing and stopping the Rebel 1100 is accomplished with high-quality braking components similar to those found on sport bikes, resulting in high-level vehicle control in a broad range of riding conditions. The single front caliper has a monobloc, four-piston, radial-mount design and squeezes a floating 330mm rotor. The rear caliper has a single piston and works a 256mm rotor. ABS is standard.

Attractive, sporty, cast wheels with five Y-shaped spokes are used both front and rear, providing optimum rigidity and contributing to the bike's neutral handling character. The radial tires are size 130/70-18 (front) and 180/65-16 (rear), for a voluminous look and powerful styling.

More than any category, cruisers are about customization—for performance, appearance and convenience—and Honda makes that possible with a long list of Rebel 1100 accessories, from minimalist to tour-focused. Examples include cowls, bags, seats, backrests, short fenders and tank pads, heated grips, alarms and more.

Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a HondaCare® Protection Plan.

  • Meets current EPA standards.
  • Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.


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