Honda launches new 2022 NT1100: Africa Twin-based tourer
Honda launched in Europe the 2022 NT1100, its new tourer bike based on the CRF1100L Africa Twin. The model arrives to be another option in the company’s catalogue, with the light adventurer’s capabilities and the comfort of a tourer.
We can say that the new NT1100 is a ‘bridge’ between the adventurer CRF1100L Africa Twin and the Grand Tourer GL 1800 Gold Wing. The Africa Twin is designed for off-road use and the Gold Wing is designed for the road. The NT1100 manages to do both: it allows for some off-road use and is ready to travel.
The new 2022 Honda NT1100 arrives to fight in the segment that today has Kawasaki Versys 1000, Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, BMW S 1000 XR, BMW F 900 XR and Yamaha TRACER 9.
The Honda NT1100 has a design, mainly frontal, similar to that of the X-ADV adventure scooter, with clean but aggressive lines, and double headlights that extend to the sides and towards the handles.
The tall, wide windshield offers 5 levels of adjustment, both in height and angulation, allowing for optimal protection against wind and rain. In addition, there are upper and lower deflectors, which help to deflect wind from your arms and legs.
Speaking of legs, they fit into the spaces created by the fairings, allowing the knee to ‘hug’ the tank and stay well protected.
As it was designed to offer more comfort and practicality for everyday use, the seat height is 820 mm, unlike the Africa Twin which has the standard 870 mm (850 mm in the lower position).
In addition, it leaves the store with panniers (rigid side cases) as a standard accessory, with 33 liters of capacity on the left and 32 liters on the right.
Finally, the NT1100 will be available in the following color options: Matte Iridium Gray Metallic, Pearl Glare White, and Graphite Black.
The 2022 Honda NT1100 features the same chassis and engine as the CRF1100L Africa Twin, ie a steel semi-double cradle frame and bolted aluminum subframe.
The suspensions have been replaced: off-roading comes out and models focused on asphalt and with a slightly more sporty feel come in. It has a 43 mm Showa USD front fork and a mono shock, also Showa, at the rear, both adjustable (the rear has a hydraulic remote spring adjustment).
Also with asphalt in mind, the wheels are 17″ cast aluminum, fitted with tires measuring 120/70-17 at the front and 180/55-17 at the rear.
Finally, offering great braking power, it has a double 310 mm brake disc at the front with 4-piston calipers and radial mounting. To avoid locking up in heavy and emergency braking, it has the ABS system.
Engine and gearbox
As it is based on the Africa Twin, the NT1100 has the same engine and gearbox as the adventurer, with just a few adjustments. For example, the intake and exhaust have been tuned to provide smooth, powerful acceleration and pleasant ‘throb’ at low rpm.
The engine is a 1084 cm³ SOHC parallel twin cylinder with 8 valves, electronic injection and liquid cooling, capable of generating up to 75 kW (101 HP) of maximum power at 7,250 rpm and 104 Nm / 10.8 kgfm of torque at 6,250 rpm.
It works in conjunction with the optional DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) automatic transmission, in addition to the standard 6-speed ‘manual’ transmission.
In terms of electronics, it has Throttle By Wire, 3 standard riding modes (Urban, Rain and Tour) in addition to 2 customizable modes, Traction Control (Honda Selectable Torque Control) with 3 levels of action, Wheelie Control, Power Mode and Engine Brake, also with 3 levels.
The 2022 Honda NT1100 arrives with Full-LED lighting with DRL (daytime running light), automatic canceling turn signals and emergency stop signals, USB jack and 12V ACC connector.
The panel is fully digital in 6.5″ color TFT and touch screen, which offers 3 modes of screen display: GOLD shows all numeric and mode information; SILVER focuses on the speedometer and tachometer; and BRONZE, on the tachometer.
Finally, it offers Smartphone connection via Bluetooth, in addition to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®.
For more information about Honda UK, visit https://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles.html.
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