The Honda Rebel goes into traveling mode with the new 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT. Featuring a fairing and bags, the 1100T (guess what “T” stands for) is a bagger-style motorcycle with less displacement, less weight, and less cost than the full-sized competition. Let’s see what Honda did to the Rebel 1100 DCT to make it a bagger.
The new 2023 1100T DCT is derived directly from the 1100 DCT cruiser. From there, Honda added what was needed to meet bagger criteria.
The first thing you’ll notice is the fork-mounted fairing. The fairing is there to protect you from the wind and elements. Honda hasn’t cluttered it up with a large dash, sound system, or other distractions. It’s a fairing with a low-rise windscreen, and that’s it. A round 4.7-inch LCD screen gets the job done, though it is offset for that rakish look.
The saddlebags make it a bagger. The hard color-matched bags carry a modest 35 liters and are lockable.
The new Honda bagger is only available with DCT. If you want a manual clutch, you’ll have to go with the standard Rebel 1100 cruiser.
We have tested the Honda Rebel 1100 DCT, so you can get a good idea of how much we like the platform. Spoiler alert: It’s a good one, and we suspect it will adapt well to local touring duty. We will be testing it ASAP!
The standard Rebel 1100 and the auto-transmission Rebel 1100 DCT return this year unchanged.
The 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT has a price tag of $11,299. It’s not easy to get into the bagger genre for less. It can be had in Bordeaux Red Metallic and Metallic Black, with matching bags and fairing in either color.
2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT SpecsENGINE
Type: Parallel-twin canted forward 22.5 degrees
Bore x stroke: 92.0 x 81.5mm
Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Valvetrain: SOHC; 4 valves
Fueling: EFI w/ 46mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Dual Clutch Transmission w/ manual or automatic shift
Final drive: 525 O-ring chain
Frame: Steel-tube perimeter
Front suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable 43mm cartridge-style fork; 5.5 inches
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
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