Honda’s new bike is more road-focussed than the CRF1100L Africa Twin, in spite of the fact that it is heavily based on the latter.
Honda has internationally revealed the NT1100 – a motorcycle purpose-built for long hauls. The Honda NT1100 is heavily based on the CRF1100L Africa Twin, which is a proper hardcore off-roading machine; the NT1100, however, is more road-biased, sober, and well-suited for highway cruising.
Despite the fact that the NT1100 borrows its platform and powertrain from the Africa Twin, it is not only distinct in terms of styling but also ergonomically comfortable. There is a large adjustable visor upfront for smoother wind buffeting. The visor also has extensions on both sides to smoothen the airflow around the rider. The headlamp is an all-LED unit and extends to both sides. The fairing is beefy, to say the least, but does not extend all the way down, leaving the engine and gearbox components exposed.
Speaking of the engine and gearbox, the NT1100 gets the same 1,048cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor of the Africa Twin. The NT1100 can be had with a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The powertrain is set up to produce 100bhp at 7,500rpm and 104Nm at 6,250rpm.
The electronics onboard include multi-level traction and wheelie control. The NT1100 also gets multiple riding modes as well. All of the electronics can be accessed via a 6.5-inch TFT instrument panel that also features Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Other features include cruise control, heated grips, and panniers.
The Honda NT1100 gets 17-inch wheels on both ends. The suspension setup includes a 43mm upside-down fork (front) and a mono-shock at the rear, both of which offer a reasonable 150mm of suspension travel.
Overseas, the brand offers more affordable middle-weight touring motorcycles. And then there is the Goldwing series, a flagship tourer bike, which is, let's say, not accessible by all. The Honda NT100 fits right between Honda’s 750cc touring range and the Honda Goldwing.
Honda Two-wheelers India is likely to launch the new NT1100 by the first quarter of 2022. The motorcycle is expected to carry a steep price tag, for it will be a CBU product, and will be sold here in limited numbers.
Internationally, the Honda NT100 has been priced from Rs 12.35 lakh (for the manual) to Rs 13.50 lakh (for the DCT variant). When launched in India, the Honda NT1100 will easily have a price tag of around Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom).