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Review of the 2022 NT1100

POSTED: 26/10/2022

"There's nothing quite like it on the market today."

The NT1100 burst onto the Honda touring scene last year and has been turning heads ever since.

Featuring tons of riding aids, premium engine specification and riding ergonomics - it's received a lot of positive feedback from every customer who's taken a demo ride on it. This bike is built to take you further than ever before with maximum comfort and thrilling performance.

We handed our NT1100 demo bike over to Luke, (our Motorcycle Advisor), for his in-depth and expert opinion on the model.

Scroll down to check out Luke's review...

Guy riding the NT1100 through a tunnel

Luke's review...

The NT1100 engine casing

What did you think of the engine, power and torque?

"This bike is extremely powerful and definitely feels as though it pushing out more torque than listed on the spec sheet. There's a strange amount of power behind the bike which will be sure to take you by surprise, as you look down at the TFT and don't realise you're doing that speed. It's very smooth! The bike is definitely capable of plodding along in third or fourth gear without any trouble. You get a good speed range within those gears and can stretch the gears where necessary.

The exhaust note from this sporty tourer is quite nice, it pops every so often... who doesn't like a popping exhaust?! There's a nice raspy energy coming from the exhaust with a throaty bellow too, definitely good if you like a great-sounding machine."

How were the handling, brakes and riding position?

"The riding position is really upright and comfortable. There would be no problem in taking this bike out on the road for hours on end - you wouldn't get achy or uncomfortable. There's also quite a controlling position on the bike - you can see everything you need to see, which is nice for a bike this size.

I suppose this relates more to the engine question, but the engine is so smooth - you don't get knocked back on the saddle. Plus there's reasonable lumbar support, so you never feel at reach to the bars.

Breaking on the NT1100 was progressive, sharp and easy. The lever was sharp to the pull and not tiring, which would be brilliant for those long journeys or road trips. Although this is a reasonably large bike, the model is relatively easy to throw around - you can be calm and collected that the bike's got your back in the corners. The suspension was also good on the NT, they soak up the potholes we see everywhere on UK roads and as they're adjustable, you can tailor to your own preference."

Guy riding the NT1100 over a mountain
The side panel of the NT1100

Is there technology and was it useful?

"There was for sure lots of technology. The Apple car play works really seamlessly with your iPhone. You can see all the turn-by-turn maps, take calls and listen to music all whilst being on the go - and you have an easy controller set-up on the bars.

The quick shifter was adjustable which was awesome. You can modify how easy and how much feedback you get which is cool.

Other features I used were the USB socket for my iPhone and heated grips. The grips provided me with more than enough comfort for these chillier October days. The NT1100 also comes with a 12v plug socket which is almost essential for your long journeys. Say you're on a road trip and you get a flat... plugging a pump into that socket will get you to the repair shop easily. Saves you waiting twelve hundred hours for the RAC!"

What modifications would you make to the NT1100?

"I would probably invest in the voyage pack as it's a steal for what you get. Within the pack, you get a comfy seat, inner bags, a top box and fog lights - all perfect for those longer tours across the country or internationally.

If you are thinking about getting one of these models I would suggest getting a quick-shifter, as it will give you more ability to play with the power which lies beneath."

Dramatic photo of the NT1100

The verdict...

"Overall I really enjoyed the bike. It definitely surprised me with the amount of torque on hand and it was more nimble and agile than I first suspected. I would actually go as far as to say this is in my top five bikes to ride overall - and that's not just because of its sharp lines and bold aesthetics. In my opinion, there's nothing quite like it on the market today and it's a pure out-and-out tourer. I would say more colour options would be nice from Honda as the three they have are all pretty similar in my eyes - perhaps a nice blue like the new CB300R? Or the sand colour we saw on the XADV."

The NT1100 side profile

Check out this ride

Honda NT1100

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve, parallel twin 1,084cc engine
Max power of 75kW at 7,500rpm
Max torque of 104Nm at 6,250rpm
Showa 43mm SFF-BP inverted forks
Monoblock Pro-link Showa gas-charged damper 
Premium Nissin brakes
Bundles of technology and sophisticated riding aids

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