We’ve been tracking the tale of Honda’s upcoming NT1100—an Africa Twin-derived sport-tourer—for nearly a year and now Honda has given us the first glimpse of the finished thing, courtesy of a brief teaser video.
The first talk of an Africa Twin-based sport-tourer, with its styling and stance borrowed from the CB4X concept revealed in 2019, began in late 2020, following the publication of patents showing the Honda’s 1,084cc parallel-twin engine bolted to a road-oriented chassis. Initial reports referred to the bike as the CB1100X, but trademark applications for the name “NT1100″ began to emerge in early 2021, effectively confirming both its existence and the title the new machine will use.
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The teaser video doesn’t give a full shot of the bike, but a collection of close-ups and blurry, distant views allow us to build a fairly comprehensive idea of its styling and features. As expected, the overall shape appears to have its roots in the CB4X, with a half-length fairing and an exposed engine and lower section allied to slightly raised suspension. Following in the footsteps of bikes like Yamaha’s Tracer, BMW’s S 1000 XR and F 900 XR, Ducati’s Multistrada, and Triumph’s Tiger Sport, this is a machine that adds a hint of adventure bike stance to its touring shape. Bar-mounted mirrors instead of fairing-attached versions further add to a visual relationship to adventure bikes.
In August, we revealed the first detailed technical specifications of the NT1100, and the new teaser effectively confirms what those details revealed. There are two distinct versions of the bike—the NT1100A and NT1100D—and both are seen in the teaser video.
The “A” model is the simpler machine, featuring a normal, manual transmission. Our original specs showed it was lower than the “D” version, with a 53.5-inch height to the top of the screen compared to 60 inches, and the video shows that one of the NT1100s has a significantly shorter screen than the other—although both appear to be electronically height adjustable.
While both versions of the bike seen in the teaser have side cases fitted, with a low-slung exhaust end can on the right-hand side to leave plenty of space for them, only the NT1100D version, with the taller screen, has a top case as well, incorporating a passenger backrest. That helps to explain the significant weight difference between the machines—according to our figures, the NT1100A is 524 pounds wet, and the NT1100D is 547 pounds in the same state.
The weight difference is further explained by the fact that the “D” model uses Honda’s DCT semi-automatic gearbox. This was indicated in the original documents that we saw in August but confirmed in the teaser by the clear lack of a clutch lever on the left-hand bar of the bike with the taller screen. We suggested in August that the NT1100 will use the same instrument pack as the Africa Twin, and the video confirms that’s the case, showing it has the same dual dashboard—a large 6.5-inch color TFT above a smaller LCD panel—as the adventure bike.
The only glimpse we get of the whole bike is at a distance, with headlight glare to further hide its styling details from view, but it shows the higher-spec “D” version and we can clearly see a pair of auxiliary lights mounted low down as well as the twin headlights in the fairing itself. Whether these lights are another component that’s reserved for the dual-clutch model remains to be seen, but it seems likely.
The full details will be revealed, at least for the European market, on October 21. Whether the bike makes it unscathed to the USA is yet to be confirmed but it’s hard to imagine Honda opting not to sell the NT1100 as a global model.