Africa Twin-Based 2022 Honda NT1100 Sport-Tourer to Be Announced Oct. 21

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Will it be called the Transalp in North America?

Honda Europe released a teaser video across its social media channels for what is expected to be the NT1100, a sport-tourer based on the Africa Twin. According to the video, the 2022 Honda NT1100 will be revealed on Oct. 21. As of this writing, American Honda hasn’t take part in the teaser campaign, but we suspect there will be a separate launch window should the NT1100 be brought to the U.S.

The teaser video doesn’t mention the NT1100 by name, but the tagline “The New Touring Era” is a giveaway. We also know that an NT1100 is on the way thanks to emissions data from Germany which list both an NT1100A and an NT1100D, suggesting the NT will be available with Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission.

The German emission certification document list the NT1100 as producing 75 kW (101 hp), the same as the CRF1100L Africa Twin. The hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides emissions are each higher compared to the Africa Twin, suggesting differences in either engine tuning or the exhaust system. Still, the levels are low enough for the NT1100 to meet Euro 5 standards.

The video offers a few hints at what the NT1100 will look like. In various shots, we see a tall windscreen with two smaller wind deflectors on either side. We also spy an instrument cluster that looks similar to the Africa Twin’s (pictured below), with two stacked displays below a small cover. We can also expect a similar suite of electronics in addition to the optional DCT.

The Africa Twin’s stacks a TFT screen above a smaller panel with an LCD display. The teaser video shows the NT1100 will have a similar setup.

Demonstrating its touring capability, the video also shows the NT1100 equipped with side cases and in one shot, with a topcase behind a passenger, which we suspect will be an optional accessory. The video also shows a tank bag in a few shots, which is a little unusual as manufacturers don’t typically promote the useful, if somewhat nerdy, accessory.

There is one look at the whole NT1100 from the front, but the bike is only large enough to show twin headlights plus a pair of auxiliary lights on either side of the front wheel.

While there is no word about the NT1100 for the U.S., nor is there any sign of it in any certification documents, we suspect it will be brought over here. It remains to be seen whether the NT1100 will go by that name. Honda has trademarked the name “NT1100” in several markets such as Europe, but not the U.S. The manufacturer did trademark the name “Transalp” here, but not in Europe. There were rumors that the Transalp will be a mid-sized ADV, but we believe the Transalp and the NT1100 might be one and the same, just with a different name for different markets. If this turns out to be the case, it would be one reason American Honda is joining the teaser for the European market.

We’ll have more details on the 2022 Honda NT1100 when it is revealed on Oct. 21, hopefully with an announcement for the U.S. to follow shortly after.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Bruce Ross Bruce Ross on Oct 14, 2021

    Honda had a very similar and excellent bike in the CBF1000 that it used to sell most places outside of the USA. The engine, a detuned CBR1000 engine packed a ton of torque and would leave most bikes behind in a roll-on, including the VFR1200 I used to have. Other than a weak stator and rear wheel bearings it's been an excellent bike for my wife.
    I'm really interested to try what I feel is the successor to this older bike.

  • Steve Waller Steve Waller on Oct 15, 2021

    Doesn't look like the hoped for Pan European replacement though sadly.