2022 Honda NT1100 review | Like a sports-touring Africa Twin for the road

Highlights

  • New Africa Twin-based tourer
  • Easy to get on with
  • Supremely comfortable

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
Power: 101 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: High (525 lbs / 238 kg)

Prices

New £11,999
Used £9,300 - £12,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Put simply the new Honda NT1100 is a low-ride, sports-tourer version of the Africa Twin with new bodywork and road-going 17in wheels.

Designed to be friendly, easy-going and comfortable, Honda talk about it in the same breath as the old Deauville and Pan European. It has a whiff of CBF1000 about it in the flesh, too.

It’s a hugely competent tourer - soft, friendly, comfortable, well-built and generously equipped. It takes the spacious, upright stance of the Africa Twin and mixes it with more road focussed handling and a low seat to help shorter riders feel more comfortable.

Riding the Honda NT1100 on the road

Power delivery is spritely, if not outright sporty and although the DCT gearbox works well enough, we’d go for the manual version and save a grand.

It’s stable, light steering and its tyres are excellent in the wet. It may be too sensible for some and the screen can be noisy, but it’s a great value all-rounder.

Watch: 2022 Honda NT1100 video review

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

To ride the NT1100 feels more like a softer, cuddlier version of the tall-rounder style sports-tourers (think tame Yamaha Tracer 9 GT) rather than the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT style bikes that’ve grabbed headlines lately.

It’s a tourer through and through, but doesn’t have the muscle, or playfulness of bikes like the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX.

Based on the Africa Twin the NT1100 is unsurprisingly spacious (the riding position is canted forward 10 degrees from its adventure sibling) and the seat is so comfy there’s neither a leg stretch or bum-shuffle during our day’s riding at the Honda’s world launch near Barcelona.

A front view of the Honda NT1100

We don’t have a friendly pillion on hand, but their pegs are nice and low, too and the 60mm back seat looks just as plush.

There’s plenty of weather protection, which is handy in today’s rain and the lower wind deflectors do a great job to keep the spray off your feet. You should also be able find one of the five screen positions to suit you, but the mechanism is too stiff to adjust on the move (it pulls up and down by hand).

Buffeting can also be quite loud when it’s windy and if that puts you off, a more road bike-shaped tourer with a raked screen will be much quieter. The left switchgear block is a messy mass of buttons, too, which are fiddly to find, especially wearing thick gloves.

Exploring tight turns on the Honda NT1100

Although the frame is the same as the Africa Twin’s, the NT1100 has a new swingarm, slightly sportier steering geometry and shorter travel suspension. It weighs a not insignificant 248kg in DCT trim (the manual version is 10kg lighter), but the Honda carries its weight well.

It’s stable at high speed and although softly sprung, is nicely balanced in the bends, nimble around town and when it’s time to stop, low enough to get your feet flat on the floor.

We never see dry tarmac during our test, but it gives the standard Metzeler Roadtec 01 sports touring tyres a chance to show off their immense wet grip – so much so, the traction control and ABS never make an appearance. Braking feel and power in the conditions are top notch, too.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

With tweaks to the mapping, longer intake ducts and a new exhaust can the 101bhp 1084cc SOHC eight valve parallel-twin engine’s power has been smoothed-off to suit its new life on the tarmac.

It has a smooth spread of power, a gusty exhaust note and purrs along at 70mph at 4000rpm in top. But this is a bike designed to waft, so if you’re after a slightly less sensible tourer, the NT1100 may not be the bike for you, but then you’d probably guessed that already.

After our 150-mile test we fill up with one bar showing on the fuel gauge. You could probably eek out more, but probably not as much as the 250 miles Honda claim.

Honda NT1100 parallel-twin engine

On the face of it, a semi-automatic touring bike sounds perfect and indeed it adds to the NT’s friendliness when you’re cruising or around town. But the DCT often won’t change down enough gears into slow corners (giving a slightly unnerving freewheeling feeling) or for swift overtakes and can be clunky at low speed.

You can use the DCT as a 'flappy paddle' manual, but it’s synthetic feeling and isn’t as engaging as the real thing. We’d save money and weight and go for the manual version.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Honda reliability is never in question and the Africa Twin it’s based on has had no major faults, but paint finishes around the frame on a handful of bikes (including MCN’s 2020 long termer) have been below par and caused rust problems.

Only time will tell how the NT1100 will survive a winter, but from new it appears robust and well finished.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

In base trim the NT1100 isn’t exactly loose change, but it’s similarly priced to close rivals like the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT, BMW F900XR TE and Kawasaki Versys 1000 Tourer.

The Yamaha is the most charismatic and lively of the bunch with its inline-triple CP3 engine. The BMW is more sensible but still more exciting than the Kawasaki or the NT1100. That's not to say that the NT is necessarily boring, though.

But the Honda comes with the best array of standard issue touring goodies and electronics for the price. Office Manager Ali Silcox rode an NT1100 on the MCN long-term test fleet in 2022 and did the sums on what it would cost to own one. You can read the full breakdown and see her working out but the final figure was 31p per mile.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

Styling and colours (grey, black, white) might be typically conservative, but the NT’s sparkle comes from what you get for your money: cruise control, a centre stand, two chargers (USB and ACC), five stage heated grips, five rider modes (three pre-set and two custom), combined three-way adjustable torque and wheelie control, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and remote preload adjuster.

It also gets a manually adjustable, five position screen that raises by 164mm and its angle straightens the higher it goes. Hands and feet get extra wind deflectors.

65 litre panniers (33 litres left, 32 right) are standard, but not deep enough to take a full-face helmet. 50 or 38 litre accessory top boxes are also available.

Honda NT1100 TFT dash

A multi-function 6.5in colour TFT touch screen from the Africa Twin has three layouts, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Extra LCD display seems pointless.

If that wasn’t enough, Honda also have a full range of NT1100 accessories including Urban, Tour and Voyage Packs. Keyless ignition and electronic suspension are conspicuous by their absence, but that would no doubt push up the price.

Despite its generous level of spec and excellent build quality, it’s still a lot of money, but times have sadly changed and it’s more palatable with a PCP deal.

Specs

Engine size 1084cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v, parallel twin
Frame type Steel semi double cradle
Fuel capacity 20.4 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 238kg
Front suspension 43mm USD, preload adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, preload adjustable
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs, four-piston radial caliper. ABS
Rear brake 256mm disc, single piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 56 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £300
New price £11,999
Used price £9,300 - £12,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 101 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 253 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2022: Honda NT1100 introduced, heavily based on the Africa Twin.

Other versions

  • Honda NT1100 available in manual and semi-automatic DCT versions.

MCN Long term test reports

MCN Fleet: How much does it cost to run the NT1100 for a year?

MCN Fleet: How much does it cost to run the NT1100 for a year?

One subject that’s a regular talking point for everyone is money. We’re all counting the pennies, so with my year of running the Honda NT1100 coming to an end, I’m curious to find out exactly what damage the parallel-twinned machine has done to my purse. Remember back to the heady heights of summ

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Owners' reviews for the HONDA NT1100 (2022 - on)

4 owners have reviewed their HONDA NT1100 (2022 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA NT1100 (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
4 out of 5 Great all rounder
19 June 2023 by Grumpy Chris

Version: Manual with quick shifter

Year: 2022

Typical Honda does what it says on the tin Excellent bike would give it 5 stars if the fuelling was slightly better although this has improved since its service Being vertically challenged the seat would be better for me if it was an inch (25mm) lower Typical motorcycle horn next to useless why can’t Honda fit the same horn as fitted to the Goldwing. Niggles over now the best bits It is the most comfortable bike I have ridden I did add the comfort seat after I was lent bike with one fitted when mine went for its 600 mile service and would recommend (shop on line I got both front & rear seat for the recommended price of the front from a Honda franchised dealer) Quick shifter is very good The 5 rider modes are great Average MPG is 59 and I get over 200m a tank Screen is excellent and I can ride at motorway speeds with my visor up I found I can knock the screen down when riding if gets too warm but you do need to stop and use both hands to raise it The little wings by the screen work well to keep the wind from your hands Luggage is slim enough that you can still filter in traffic and the optional top box is worth the money Lights are excellent Looks good with and without the luggage fitted From the front it can be a bit Marmite but I like it The left hand switch gear looks complicated with the large number of buttons but is very intuitive and only takes approximately 10mins to learn the twin screens are a good feature allowing the top touch screen to be used as a sat nav or media info. The bottom slim screen give the required info of speed gear etc

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride and brakes are excellent Although a heavy bike, once on the move the balance is good and it feels very light Handling is typical Honda neutral and gives great confidence. Braking is good and has one of the best rear brakes I have used (I would have preferred it to have linked brakes) I use It for commuting and ride outs with with friends. I would not call it a sports tourer but an excellent long distance tourer and I have not felt any fatigue after a full days ride

Engine 5 out of 5

Engine is well proven being from the Africa Twin The pull from low down revs is very good and you do need to keep an eye on you speed Engine braking is excellent You hear moans about its HP but real world rinding it is plenty even with full luggage Optional quick shifters is very smooth Having the 5 rider modes with 2 you set up is a nice touch and adjustable traction control As a whole the power delivery is smooth The only niggle is it’s very jerky in slow town traffic switching to a rider mode with everything dialled down helps and it has improved since it’s service at 4500miles

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Typical Honda build and ultra reliable The engine is well proven being from the Africa twin I have had a few stone chips at the bottom of the down tube and marks on the radiator. I have now fitted a fender extender and radiator guard I would call it a great all rounder does everything you ask of it

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Have a Honda service plan given by dealer

Equipment 5 out of 5

Centre stand, panniers with inner bags, heated grips, cruise control, rider modes, adjustable traction control, USB & 12v sockets & Apple/Android make it good value I have fitted the following Quickshifter Comfort seat Top box Fog lights Scorpion tracker (Honda gave away free just paid for fitting) These are available in different Honda Packs I purchased them separately so did not get the inner bag for the top box I’m still running with the OEM RoadSmart tyres which are lasting well now nearly 5000miles I have been informed the Michelin road pilots are good tyre to change to

Buying experience: The buying experience from my dealership was a bit disappointing to start with None of the accessories had arrived on my collection date but I was not informed The 600 mile service and accessories fitted was a disaster, I had the email with the date and duly turned up to find they forgot to log it in workshop so I had to re book On the plus point they did not 40% off the cost of the accessories I had ordered and gave me the Honda service plan for free

3 out of 5
15 February 2023 by JG

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £350

Just a bit disappointing really

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Not great in the wet - brakes are a bit "grabby" I can last about 2 hours max in the saddle (compared to 3+ on my triumph trophy)

Engine 3 out of 5

It's honda bulletproof. But don't expect huge amounts of grunt - it is a good balance though.But - and it's a big but for me - riding at city speeds (40mph or lower) is almost impossible - the bike becomes totally skittish and the only way to combat that is by constantly balancing the clutch - even in urban mode

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Much of it feels like a Honda and it's not missed a beat (the engine is great) - but cables visible due to short housing, very flexible screens and a rock hard saddle really let it down

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

Heated grips are great and bluetooth is fab - but the controls aren't easy to find - I've lost count of how many times I've hit the horn by mistake.

5 out of 5
09 August 2022 by Mikel4413

Version: DCT

Year: 2022

So easy to ride, typical Honda quality build. DCT gear box takes a bit of getting used to. Using in standard Drive mode isn’t brilliant defiantly work to do in the software but slip it into S2 and you’ll enjoy the ride.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 Good start. Some refining needed to reach top level tourer
16 May 2022 by Shaun

Version: DCT

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £250

If it’s going to be the go to tourer then improved suspension is a must.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Soft suspension,great for touring but needs firming up when you pick up the pace.

Engine 5 out of 5

Solid and plenty of torque

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Typical Honda

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Reasonable price level. Well on par with rivals.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Fantastic to have Apple Car Play.

Buying experience: Honda dealer in Gothenburg. Great service

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