The relaunch of the Honda Africa Twin was announced last week after months of speculation and teasing from all corners of the industry. Pictures to whet our appetites were released along with a very well loved (i.e. caked in muck and bullets) “true adventure” bike being shown at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan earlier this year.
Combining the heritage of the original Honda Africa Twin with modern Honda technology (including a Dual-Clutch option) the new CRF1000L takes adventure road production bikes to a new level.
Honda released the official promo video last week showing the bike in action, discussing the heritage with designers and test riders alike.
We expect to get more information shortly on a date when we will have a demo bike for test riding and a stock allocation, so watch this space.
Honda: “It’s not a question of how far your Honda will go. It’s how far you’re willing to take it.”
2015 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L specs overview
- Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
- Power output 70kW/7,500rpm
- Front tyre 90/90-R21
- Rear tyre 150/70-R18
- Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe
- Ground clearance: 250mm
- Fuel tank: 18.8 litres
- Kerb weight: 232 kg (ABS)
Here’s what the press is saying about the information released so far:
Gizmodo / Lane Splitter:
“What you’re looking at is a 1,000cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor housed in a steel tube cradle frame. Its seat is long and slim, allowing the variable body positions required by real dirt riding, but still looks wide and cushioned enough to facilitate long-term comfort. That seat continues a long ways forward, up onto the dirt bike-style tank. Will that small tank give it a limited fuel range? Our sources say no, because the airbox is moved outboard of the frame, behind the left side plastic. Traditionally, that airbox lies below the fuel tank, eating up much of its potential volume.”
“Hinting at real off-road potential, Honda says the new adventure bike will share the ‘go-anywhere’ attributes of the original 1988 XRV650 Africa Twin and its successor, the XRV750.
The new Africa Twin will also come with the option of Honda’s automatic Dual Clutch Transmission. The system is already available on a number of Honda models including the NC750X, Integra 750 and VFR800X Crossrunner. It uses two clutches, one for odd gears and one for even, working simultaneously to enable smooth automatic shifts. It also allows semi-automatic clutchless shifting using handlebar buttons. Honda says the latest evolution of DCT has been developed ‘to provide the off-road ability with which the Africa Twin is synonymous’.”