This is a series of resources on the Honda Rebel 1100, including a quick start guide, maintenance schedule and maintenance tips, and other useful resources.

Honda launched the Rebel 1100 for the 2021 model year. It’s a big sibling to the Honda Rebel 500 (CMX500), with a similar style and riding position, but an all-new chassis and a detuned engine borrowed from the Honda Africa Twin 1100.

The Rebel 1100 is powered by a 1084cc liquid-cooled single cam parallel twin with a 270-degree crank. Compared with the CRF1100L, the engine in the Rebel has a heavier flywheel, less aggressive camshafts, and overall gentler tuning. It puts out a slightly lower peak of 64 kw (86 hp).

The schedule applies equally to newer models released, like the 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T with a mini touring fairing and hard cases.

I compile information like this on motorcycles to help current and prospective motorcycle owners (including myself!) get ready for inspections, test rides, buying, and ownership. Below you can find information on the maintenance schedule and service intervals, as well as parts you need for a standard service, guidelines for basic services like oil changes, drivetrain maintenance, and maintenance torque specs.

2023 Honda Rebel 1100 Static dirt road
2023 Honda Rebel 1100T

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About the Honda Rebel 1100

For decades, “Honda Rebel” was a reference to the Rebel 250, an entry-level cruiser that has been many a new rider’s first motorcycle.

Honda has made cruisers for a very long time, and of all sizes. Most of Honda’s cruisers were V-twins in the past, though they’ve also flirted with V4s, parallel twins, flat sixes, and even singles (like in the contemporaneous Honda Rebel 300). The Rebel 250 was a parallel twin, itself an oddity in the cruiser world.

People bought Honda Rebels used, crashed them, crashed them a few more times, repaired them, and sold them. This was what Honda Rebels were synonymous with — ubiquity, indestructibility, and ease of riding.

But in the late 2010s Honda introduced a new class of rebels. They dramatically updated the styling on the original, and released the Rebel 300 and Rebel 500. These are still entry-level motorcycle — they comply with learner schemes (like A2 and LAMS) world wide.

The Rebel 500, with its perky parallel twin, has broader appeal. It can take you beyond an indicated 100 mph / 160 km/h, if you’re patient. But it’s still a low-power, low-spec motorcycle in the scheme of things.

Enter the Honda Rebel 1100.

The Honda Rebel 1100 is a fresh take on the Rebel brand, and cruisers in general. Honda comes up with interesting motorcycles every now and then, and the Rebel is its latest attempt.

In terms of style, the Rebel 1100 looks a lot like the 500. It’s a bit bigger. But it’s when you look at the details, like the screen, switchgear, and of course the size of the engine, you realise something else is going on.

There are a few things that make the Honda Rebel 1100 unique in the cruiser world.

  1. Riding Position: Despite its cruiser tag, the Honda Rebel has an upright riding position, with a pleasant bend in the knees. The controls are mid controls, rather than forward pegs. This means that you’re comfortable, but you can still use your legs to absorb bumps when needed.
  2. Lean angle: The Rebel can actually lean. Compared to other cruisers, the Rebel 1100 boasts a significant 35-degree max lean angle, overshadowing even the sporty Indian Scout’s 29 degrees. It takes significantly more aggressive riding to scrape the Rebel.
  3. Transmission: The Rebel 1100 has an optional DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) — a responsive automatic transmission that is almost singularly attributed to Honda, with only MV Agusta posing competition with a few of its models (and no cruisers).
  4. Engine: The Honda Rebel 1100 has a parallel twin engine with a 270-degree crankshaft. This is very rare among cruisers — only the Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Speedmaster can compare.
  5. Weight & Control: The Rebel 1100’s weight is competitive, aligning it with “standard” or “commuter” categories. The manual variant weighs 221 kg wet, whereas the DCT model stands at 231kg. This is very light for a cruiser!
  6. Unique Features: The Rebel 1100 comes with cruise control and optional fairing for a smoother highway experience.
  7. Pricing: In the US, the pricing is highly competitive, with the manual model priced at $9,299 and the DCT at $9,999. Although international prices may vary, they are relatively accessible.

Honda modified heart of the Rebel 1100, its 1084 cc parallel twin engine, extensively from the way it is in the Africa Twin. Honda increased the flywheel weight, altered the valve timings, and tweaked the intake and exhaust. The resulting engine delivers consistent torque from a low 2500 rpm to the 8000 rpm peak.

However, a couple of areas might invite scrutiny. The Rebel 1100’s suspension is fairly basic, with only preload adjustability at the rear. Also, while the single-unit tachometer and speedometer shows you what you need, comparisons with the larger TFT-screened competitors (including other motorcycles within the Honda 1100 class) are inevitable.

For those with a penchant for sport-touring chassis paired with similar engine mechanics, the Honda NT1100 could be the ideal alternative, complete with fairings and luggage provisions.

Honda Rebel 1100 Specifications

Here are the core specifications for the Honda Rebel 1100, along with some notes.

Engine typeParallel twin, 270-degree crankshaft, 8-valve, UnicamUnicam is Honda’s SOHC design
Capacity1084 cc
Bore x stroke (mm)92 x 81.5 mm
Compression ratio10.1:1
Peak power64 kW / 87 CV @ 7000 rpm
Peak torque98 Nm / 72 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
Transmission6-speed or DCT
Front suspension43mm fork
Rear suspensionTwin Showa shocks, adjustable preload
Front brakes1 x 330 mm disc, radial-mounted 4-piston caliper
Wet weight231 kg / 509 lbWith a full tank of gas
Ride aidsABS, TC, Ride modesNo cornering ABS
Honda Rebel 1100 specs

Using the Honda Rebel 1100 Screen and Controls

When assessing any motorcycle, I like to have an overview of the interface and the important controls — things like cruise control, rider aids, and adjusting rider settings.

The Honda Rebel 1100 comes with ride modes, and adjustable traction control. And if you get optional DCT, there’s that as well.

To change riding mode, you use the left hand switch gear. There are three preset riding modes plus a user-configurable one.

Honda Rebel 1100 CMX1100 Controls — Left hand side

Press the mode button to choose the item to modify, including riding mode, or two information pages.

You can only change the riding mode when the vehicle is stopped.

When in riding mode selection mode, use the up and down toggles to choose the riding mode.

Mode[P]ower level
(Low, Med, High)
[T]orque control
(Traction control)
(Off, Low, Med, High)
[E]ngine brake control
(Low, Med, High)
[D]CT aggressiveness
(DCT model)
(Low, Med, High)
Honda Rebel 1100 riding modes

In the first information page, you can use the up and down toggle to show

  1. Odometer
  2. Current fuel mileage
  3. Elapsed time
  4. Range

In the second information page, you can use the up and down toggle to choose to show

  1. Trip A distance
  2. Average fuel mileage in trip A
  3. Average speed in Trip A
  4. Trip B distance
  5. Average fuel mileage in trip B
  6. Average speed in Trip B

Press mode when you’re done to confirm.

To operate DCT, use the right switch gear.

Honda Rebel 1100 CMX1100 Controls — Right hand side
Honda Rebel 1100 CMX1100 Controls — Right hand side

To operate a DCT bike

  1. Start the engine. The bike should start in Neutral (N).
  2. Put up the side stand and make sure the throttle is closed
  3. Press the button to shift to “D”.
  4. Go!

While riding, you can use the shift up and down toggles (left handlebar) to shift up and down, if you want.

You can also press the Automatic / Manual toggle to shift to manual transmission, and then exclusively use the toggles.

Remember — when parking the DCT bike, activate the parking brake lever on the left handlebar.

Honda Rebel 1100 — Maintenance Information

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Like many Honda liquid-cooled motorcycles, the Rebel 1100’s general service intervals are 8000 miles / 12800 km or one year between oil changes.

Honda does recommend shorter service intervals for many items like inspecting the brakes, clutch (if non-DCT), coolant levels, etc. However, those are inspections, and may be covered by regular pre-ride inspections.

The major service for the Rebel 1100 is every 16000 miles / 25600 km, where you inspect or change the spark plugs and do the valve clearance check. Luckily the check is quite easy — the blessing of a mostly naked bike with a parallel twin engine and a single over head cam (Unicam). But you do have to remove the tank for access to the cylinder head.

At the same time, change the oil filter and the clutch oil filter (DCT).

Since the Rebel 1100 has a liquid-cooled engine, keep the coolant up to spec, replacing it every three years. Similarly, keep the brake fluid fresh, replacing it every two years.

Finally, unlike many cruisers, the Honda Rebel 1100 has a chain drive, so do keep that lubricated and in the correct tension (see details below).

One nice part of servicing motorcycles with the Unicam SOHC layout is that you only have to change shims when adjusting the intake clearances. The exhaust valve clearances can be adjusted using a traditional screw-and-locknut style adjuster. It’s a minor thing, but screw and locknut adjusters are less fiddly.

Honda Rebel 1100 Maintenance Schedule

Below is a clarified version of the maintenance schedule of the maintenance schedule from the manual.

It’s separated into

  1. A daily inspection checklist
  2. A periodic maintenance schedule, and
  3. An annual service checklist

There are also separate sections below on chain maintenance.

Daily Inspection Checklist

This is the daily inspection checklist for the Rebel 1100. Do this before every ride.

Many of these items you’d naturally do by starting to ride, e.g. confirming that the lights, brakes, and clutch work. But you should specifically check the fluid levels periodically.

Before every ride on the Rebel 1100, check the following:

Honda Rebel 1100 — Pre-ride checklist
Tire tread and wear
Tire pressure (see below for spec)
Lights, horns, turn signals function
Drive chain condition and slack
Correct suspension for load
Throttle action is smooth and returns
Brake lever operates normally
Engine stop switch works*
Oil level is between upper and lower levels*
Brake fluid is between correct markings*
Side stand functions properly*
Parking brake works (if fitted)*
Pre-ride checklist

Items marked “*” don’t have to be checked every ride.

Major Items Maintenance Schedule

Below is the service schedule of major items for the Honda Rebel 1100.


  • Observe the earlier of time-based or distance-based service intervals. For example, change the oil every year regardless.
  • Keep following it in the pattern shown beyond the end of the maintenance schedule, every 4000 miles / 6400 km.
  • If you ride your motorcycle aggressively or in untoward conditions (e.g. off-road or in mud, rain, or on dirty roads, in stop-start traffic, or in cold weather without giving it time to warm up), you may have to service your bike more often.
x 1000 mi0.64812162024
x 1000 km16.412.819.225.63238.4Every
Regular inspection checklist — Perform
(See below for list)
Engine oil — Replace (Pro Honda GN4)Year
Engine oil filter — Replace (HF204RC)
DCT models: Clutch Oil Filter — Replace (HF117)
Spark Plugs — Inspect
Spark plugs — Replace (SILMAR8A9S)32,000 mi (51,200 km)
Valve Clearances — Inspect / Adjust
Air Cleaner — ReplaceMore often if riding in dusty / wet conditions
Brake fluid — Replace (Honda DOT 4)2 years
Radiator Coolant — Replace (Honda Coolant)3 years
Maintenance schedule for the Honda Rebel 1100 (CMX1100)

Regular inspection checklist

Below are the items on the regular inspection checklist for the Honda Rebel 1100. Honda suggests inspecting some components between services.

Honda Rebel 1100 Regular Inspection ChecklistBetween services?
Cooling system — Inspect
Brake fluid — Inspect level (Top up with Honda DOT 4 as needed)Yes
Radiator Coolant — Inspect level (top up with Honda coolant as needed
Fuel Lines — Inspect condition
Throttle Operation — Check smoothness, return, play
Crankcase Breather Hose — Check condition
Inspect more often if riding in rain or at full throttle
Engine Idle Speed — Check
Secondary Air Supply System — Check
Evaporative Emission Control System — Inspect (CA only)
Brake Pads — Inspect for wearYes
Brake System — Inspect correct function
Brake Light Switch — Inspect
Brake Lock Operation — InspectYes
Headlight Aim — Inspect / Adjust
Clutch System (non-DCT) — Inspect, adjust play
(Target free play of clutch — 10-20 mm, or 3/8 to 13/16 in)
Side Stand — Inspect for smoothness / Return
Suspension — Inspect smooth operation, no damage
Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners — Inspect tightness / presence
Wheels/Tires — Inspect for damage
Steering Head Bearings — Inspect smooth operation / no notches
Maintenance schedule for the Honda Rebel 1100 (CMX1100)

Honda Rebel 1100 Drive Chain Maintenance

It’s important to maintain your chain on the Rebel 1100, as on any chain-driven motorcycle, even if the Rebel 1100 is a more relaxed “cruiser” that you’re less likely to belt like a sport bike.

Use a good-quality chain lubricant like Motul chain paste, or a Motul chain care kit which comes with a couple of handy tools to maintain the chain.

Honda recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule:

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary
Target chain slack: 15-25 mm (9/16-1 inch)
600 mi / 1000 km
Chain maintenance — Honda Rebel 1100


  • Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your Rebel 1100 in dusty or rainy conditions.
  • Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle.

To measure drive chain slack on the Honda Rebel 1100 motorcycles, measure the free vertical movement of the chain midway between the sprockets.

You need to measure it with the transmission in neutral, with the bike on a level surface on a kickstand, and with no luggage (or empty cases).

If the slack is out of spec, you need to adjust it by loosening the rear axle and the locknuts, using the slack adjusters on both sides of the axle (evenly, paying attention to the markings), and then re-tightening the axle when you’re done.

Tire Sizes and Pressures

The Honda Rebel 1100 has the following tyre sizes and pressures. It runs tubeless tires and ships with Dunlop D428 tires.

The Honda Rebel 1100 has the same recommended tyre pressure front and rear, unlike many sport bikes.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front130/70B18M/C 63H33 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 bar)
Rear180/65B16M/C 81H33 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 bar)
Tire sizes and pressures for the Honda Rebel 1100

Tightening Torque specs

These are the tightening torque specs relevant for maintenance of the Rebel 1100. These come from the service manual, which was shared on Reddit here.

ItemQtyThread (mm)Nmlbf-ftRemarks
Air cleaner element mounting screw451.10.8Tapping screw
Air cleaner cover screw651.10.8Tapping screw
Spark plugs4102216
Valve adjusting screw lock nut45107Apply engine oil to threads and seating surface
Timing hole cap11464.4Apply grease to the threads
Crankshaft hole cap13085.9Apply grease to the threads
Engine oil drain bolt2123022
Oil filter boss (crankcase side)120Apply locking agent to the threads
Engine oil filter cartridge1202619Apply engine oil to the threads
Clutch oil filter cover bolt (DCT)26129
Rear axle nut11810074Self locking nut
Drive chain adjuster lock nut2102115
Drive sprocket bolt1105440
Driven sprocket nut51210879Self locking nut
Parking brake adjuster lock nut (DCT)181713
Clutch cable lock nut188.56.3
Honda Rebel 1100 Tightening Torque Specs

Alternatives to the Honda Rebel 1100

The Honda Rebel 1100 is a middleweight cruiser. It has only a little competition, but it’s a popular segment anyway!

Below are the middleweight cruisers currently available.

Other Related Motorcycles

If you’re interested in the Honda Rebel 1100, you may also be considering other motorcycles that share the same 1100 motor. Here are all of them below (including the Rebel 1100).

Reference — Owner’s Manual for the Honda Rebel 1100 / CMX 1100

The above information came from a mix of the owner’s manual, service manual, press releases, and forum information for the Honda Rebel 1100 in the years since its release.

Below you can see some screenshots from the owner’s manual from 2023. The information is the same as in previous model years.

You can also download the owner’s manual from here: Link.

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