Honda has taken this touring renaissance into account with the NT1100: a travel machine that shares a lot of DNA with the iconic Africa Twin. It has the same 1,084cc liquid-cooled 8-valve parallel-twin engine as the manufaturer’s premier adventure machine. In NT1100 guise, the mill makes 100.5hp at 7,500rpm and 104Nm of torque at 6,250rpm.
Showa takes care of suspension duties, with a 43mm SFF-BP invented front fork and a gas-charged pro link rear shock. Braking is handled by dual 310mm front discs and a single 256mm rear disc, while ABS comes standard.
Unlike the Africa Twin, the NT1100 is almost entirely road-biased, hence its touring designation. Giving the bike its long-distance riding chops is a generous set of features.
The bike rolls off the factory production line complete with a 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto; auto-cancelling turn signals; an emergency stop signal; auto-adjusting daytime running lights; cruise control; a center stand; heated grips; a rear carrier rack; and hard panniers.
Through the dual-display setup, the rider can access the bike’s electronics package, which includes five riding modes, HSTC, wheelie control, and Bluetooth connectivity.
As with all Hondas that utilize the 1100 twin engine platform, the NT1100 will be offered in two flavors: Manual, and DCT. The standard version uses a conventional six-speed gearbox, while the DCT model lets the rider switch between automatic shifting and manually going through the gears with buttons on the handlebar.
Three colors are available: Matte Iridium Grey Metallic, Pearl Glare White, and Graphite Black. MSRP for the manual model is £11,999, or about P840,600, while the DCT version is priced at £12,999, or around P910,600.
We can only hope that Honda Philippines brings this well-set-up tourer to our market.
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