NT 1100: Honda’s New Sports-Tourer Based on the AFRICATwin

Based on the CRF1100L Africa Twin, Honda has unveiled a brand-new sports-tourer by the name NT 1100

In the past few months, Honda has launched several products in the adventure-tourer/sports-tourer category. Now, the company has added another product to their menu. Named NT 1100, Honda has unveiled an all-new sports-tourer which is based on the company’s existing adventure-tourer CRF1100L Africa Twin.

The brand-new motorcycle draws power from the same engine found on the Africa Twin. A 1,048cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine generates a peak power of 100hp at 7,250rpm and a maximum torque number of 104Nm at 6,250rpm. NT’s engine is in an unfamiliar state of tune because, as per Honda, the motorcycle is built for ‘relaxed highway touring’. The engine of the NT 1100 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission box and an optional dual-clutch transmission (DCT) setup. The sports-tourer offers several riding modes such as Urban, Rain, Tour, User 1 and User 2. The User 1 and User 2 allow fully customised riding settings. Therefore, two riders can customise the riding setting as per their requirements and styles.

In the electronics department, the motorcycle is packed with all LED lighting and DRLs. To avoid the windblast, the NT 1100 is equipped with a large windscreen (height and angle adjustable). Between the handlebars, there is a massive 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen along with a second LCD unit. One can connect his or her smartphone to the motorcycle via Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The NT 1100 is also armed with several other premium features, such as cruise control, heated grips, ACC socket, USB socket, ABS and emergency stop signal. There is no other iteration of the motorcycle and therefore, every feature comes as standard on the NT 1100. Since the motorcycle is a sports-tourer, it also features two 65-litre panniers (they are standard too!).

Moving on to the hardware of the motorcycle, the NT 1100 is equipped with a similar steel semi-double-cradle frame that is found on the Africa twin. However, the motorcycle has an all-new bolt-on aluminium rear subframe. The suspension duties on the motorcycle are handled by a preload-adjustable Showa SFF-BP USD fork at the front, whereas the rear features a remote adjustable Pro-link monoshock unit. To bring the motorcycle to a halt, Honda has armed the NT with dual 310mm discs at the front, and at the rear, there is a 256mm disc with a single-piston calliper.

Last but not the least, the motorcycle at present is on sale in the UK but sadly, Honda has shared no word about its arrival in the Indian market.

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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