Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

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Honda Europe have teamed up with French custom house FCR Original to create two unique CMX1100 Rebel builds, said to celebrate the 'dual personality' of the Japanese firm’s latest twin-cylinder cruiser.

Called the CMX Sport and CMX Bobber, the two were originally planned to be revealed to the public at Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz, France, however the event has since been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Starting with the Sport, FCR have taken Honda’s standard parallel-twin effort and turned it into both a stripped back, raked out road-focussed naked.

Starting at the rear, a modified swingarm has allowed for a pair of blacked-out Öhlins shocks, plus a 17in rim courtesy of the Honda CB500F to replace the standard 16in unit. A sportier Dunlop D212 tyre has gone on for good measure.

The bike remains powered by the standard 86bhp, 1084cc Africa Twin-derived engine, however it now breathes through a shoutier custom stainless steel exhaust.

A rear view of the Honda CMX Sport

Away from the engine, the front mudguard is now 25mm lower, with wider handlebars to aid leverage into the bends now also equipped with a repositioned speedo on the top yoke. Hand built footrests add another sporting touch (although don’t expect oodles of ground clearance) and there’s full LED lighting and an Alcantara seat. Completing the look is minimalist 3D-scanned bodywork, including a polyester/carbon fuel tank.

Elsewhere, the CMX Bobber is an entirely different proposition – sporting a more classical cruiser look, complete with balloon tyres, single seat, and miniscule fenders.

Both the swingarm and suspension remain stock items, however the front had been lowered by 25mm. A pair of custom made black spoked rims are then also shod with chunky Bridgestone rubber for the full bobber experience.

A side view of the Honda CMX Bobber

Adding to the traditional look is aluminium handlebars, and perforated leather seat - plus a colour-matched painted headlight surround that shrouds the minimalist front LED indicators hiding just behind the fork legs.

Like the sportier design, the 3D-scanned fuel tank is again finished in polyester and carbon, with a cut down blacked-out exhaust built in-house completing the build.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade