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The 2023 Rebel 1100T DCT in Bordeaux Red Metallic ($11,299). A windscreen, standard Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and hard saddlebags make the 1100T the top of the Rebel food chain.
The 2023 Rebel 1100T DCT in Bordeaux Red Metallic ($11,299). A windscreen, standard Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and hard saddlebags make the 1100T the top of the Rebel food chain. (Honda/)


Hard bags and a windscreen add comfort, versatility, and styleAdjustable power delivery, traction control, and engine-braking enable riders to tailor performance to their preference. And there’s a lot of performance to be had!Relatively light weight and affordable price tag make it an anomaly in the bagger category


Only available with automatic DCT transmissionCramped rider triangle35 liters of luggage capacity is tiny


The bagger-style Honda Rebel 1100T DCT fills out Honda’s Rebel lineup, adding style and versatility to an already great platform. Thanks to a lightweight design and affordable price tag, the bike opens up the bagger world to a larger segment of riders.

Honda Rebel 1100T DCT in Metallic Black. Notice all of the blacked-out components Honda has incorporated into the design.
Honda Rebel 1100T DCT in Metallic Black. Notice all of the blacked-out components Honda has incorporated into the design. (Honda/)


If the Rebel 1100 is the reinvention of the metric cruiser, then the Rebel 1100T DCT is the reinterpretation of the bagger. While most baggers weigh in excess of 800 pounds and cost north of $20,000—often way north—the 1100T weighs a claimed 524 pounds and costs $11,299.

The 1100T DCT differentiates itself from the Rebel 1100 DCT with hard saddlebags and a fairing/windscreen. And that’s about it. It’s a pretty no-frills model for a category that often has from-the-factory “custom” paint and integrated speakers in the saddlebags. But that’s part of the Rebel T’s appeal. For decades, many of the Big Four’s cruiser offerings were chromed-out imitations of America’s highest-selling motorcycles. Often, they were reliable, finely engineered machines catering to a certain segment of the market that didn’t care—or at least claimed they didn’t care—what badge was on the tank. For many of today’s consumers, however, perceived authenticity is a firmly held value, and a “Harley clone,” no matter how well-made, is anything but authentic.

Color-matched fairing and saddlebags add to the overall look.
Color-matched fairing and saddlebags add to the overall look. (Honda/)

Honda’s revamped Rebel lineup and the Rebel 1100T DCT take a different approach. Rather than imitate some other brand’s schtick, Honda gave the 1100T its own identity, right down to the parallel-twin engine derived from the company’s Africa Twin adventure bike.

While the 59.8-inch wheelbase, 28-degree-raked front-end, and mid-controls immediately announce “cruiser,” Honda’s DNA shines through; the1100T has electronic rider aids, ABS, a sweet-handling chassis, and an automatic transmission.

Think of the Rebel 1100T DCT as an affordable alternative to a Harley or Indian, but the keyword here is alternative. It offers its own unique take on what a bagger can be. For some, that makes it authentically, proudly subversive. To others, it’s just a good motorcycle at a good price. No matter how you look at it, it’s a whole lot more accessible than big V-twin baggers.

Updates for 2023

The Rebel 1100T DCT was a new addition to Honda’s lineup for 2023. It’s available in Metallic Black or Bordeaux Red Metallic.

Pricing and Variants

The Rebel 1100T DCT is available for $11,299. For comparison, the standard Honda Rebel 1100 is available for $9,499, while the DCT-equipped version is $10,099.


The Rebel 1100T DCT is sort of in a class of its own. While the standard Rebel models  compete with the Harley-Davidson Nightster ($13,499) and the Indian Scout Rogue ($12,749), neither of those models come in bagger variations. Mind you, both of those bikes are an accessory windscreen and saddlebags away from similar functionality.

The Harley-Davidson and Indian both have modern V-twin engines and more true-to-type—though still forward-looking—cruiser

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By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT
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Published Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2023 10:00:00 +0000


2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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