Put simply the new Honda NT1100 is a low-ride Africa Twin with new bodywork and road-going 17in wheels.
Designed to be friendly, easy-going and comfortable, Honda talk about it in the same breath as the old Deauville and Pan European. It has a whiff of CBF1000 about it in the flesh, too.
It’s a hugely competent tourer – soft, friendly, comfortable, well-built and generously equipped. It takes the spacious, upright stance of the Africa Twin and mixes it with more road focussed handling and a low seat to help shorter riders feel more comfortable.
Power delivery is spritely, if not outright sporty and although the DCT gearbox works well enough, we’d go for the manual version and save a grand.
It’s stable, light steering and its tyres are excellent in the wet. It may be too sensible for some and the screen can be noisy, but it’s a great value all-rounder.