There’s another 1100cc Honda coming, and this time around, it could be a sport tourer. Honda has recently filed a trademark application for the NT1100 name, suggesting a possibly fully faired derivative of the Africa Twin.
The Africa Twin, more specifically, its new 1084cc twin cylinder powertrain was already a delight when equipped in the adventure bike. More recently, Honda has also fit it into the Rebel cruiser. Honda’s not quite done, with plans to fit it into a sport tourer type of model and expand the offerings in the brand’s relatively quiet NT range. It’s nothing new for Honda, that has used the CB500X’s engine on the Rebel 500, and CBR500R sport bike.
Many are likely familiar with the fact that Honda uses the CB designation for naked bikes, CBR for its sportbikes, and CRF for its dual sport range. NT, by contrast, is used for its tourer range. Unfortunately, that tourer range has been relatively quiet with just the NT650 and NT700 being some of the more notable but discontinued examples.
This time around, Honda could revive it using the Africa Twin platform, putting it on par with offerings from its competitors like the Yamaha Tracer 9, BMW S1000XR, Triumph Tiger 900, and KTM 1090 Adventure.
Some media outlets are even speculating it could like one of Honda’s most interesting concepts, the CB4X. The styling certainly suits the NT1100’s sporty adventure / tourer concept.
Honda Africa Twin 1100
Armed with a 1084cc twin, we can expect the upcoming NT1100 to produce 102 Ps of power and 105 Nm of torque. It will likely be offered with a choice of a manual or DCT semi-auto transmission.
We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Honda’s sport tourer ambitions stretching as far back as 2019. Perhaps this year, or next year could be the time they finally debut. It’s possible we might just see two in the form of an NT1100 and NT650.