Patent images show DCT version of the Honda Rebel 1100

The Honda Rebel 1100 has been revealed in more patents that show the bike in the highest detail yet

THE Honda Rebel 1100 seems to be getting nearer to production, as new patents show the bike in its highest level of detail to date.

The new motorcycle marks a return to the big-bore cruiser sector for the Honda, as it inevitably looks to go after Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. To do this, the Japanese brand is shunning the traditional V-twin configuration in favour of the tried and tested powerplant that currently resides in the CRF1100L Africa Twin.

Thanks to the unit’s 270° crank, the parallel-twin would mimic the sound and delivery of a big V-twin – although many purists will probably still not be amused.

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These new images show the bike in highly detailed form, so much so we can even identify this machine as a potential DCT machine in the model lineup. The giveaway that this is a Dual Clutch Transmission module is visible on the right side of the engine. You can clearly make out the unit and associated pipework running into the clutch cover.

The front end of the bike looks to be suspended by conventional telescopic forks, with radially mounted calipers taking up the braking duties. The rear suspension shows a twin shock set up, with piggyback reservoir shocks.

One of the quirks of the DCT system is that the right side of the engine protrudes further out from the crankcase than the left. On the Rebel 1100 is seems to have an effect on the riding position, with the pegs seeming to sit in an off-set position.

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