Honda currently is working on a larger capacity Rebel 1100 which is going to be based on the Honda Africa twin. The Rebel has been quite a hit across the globe for people who wanted something different than the average cruisers in the market.

Till now the Rebel came with only a 500cc motor, Honda now are working on a larger capacity one to boost the appeal.

With a bigger engine, this twin cylinder bike will provide more torque and a fatter midrange, which would knock peak power down to under 94bhp. Using the Africa Twin motor also gives Honda the option of selling a DCT version.

It will surely have some electronic aids as well, new electronics could include: ride by wire, self-cancelling indicators, keyless ignition, traction and cruise control. It could get cornering ABS and lean sensitive traction control as well as Honda’s ‘comfort’ electronics for a bit of touring.

Honda will also develop a new chassis to fit in the new engine. Patents that emerged last week suggest the chassis could have some big changes, towards a more upright stance. It is also expected that Honda will provide a posh suspension and some nice components to match the increased power. The standard Africa Twin has 78ftlb of torque but a retune could see this in the mid-80s – more than enough to get you cruising.

It is expected the Rebel 1100 to be priced around £10,000 mark (Rs9,42,0425).


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