Want a rally-ready version of the Honda Africa Twin? Big Red’s Italian importer has just the thing for you.
Dubbed the CRF1000L Africa Twin Rally, the bike was unveiled at last week’s Motodays Motorcycle Expo. It looks to be built along very similar lines to the CRF1000L Enduro Sports concept bike that Honda was showing at EICMA last November. You can get a very good look at it in the video above, uploaded to YouTube by Moto.it.
Essentially, it’s an Africa Twin with some tricky bits added to reduce weight and make it more race-ready.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin Rally is about 7 kg lighter than the standard version. There’s an upgraded exhaust (Termignoni), carbon fibre bodywork, a redesigned LED headlamp, beefed-up skidplate, handguards, rad guards, etc., a programmable ECU, and a high front fender. The rallyized bike even has space to mount a roadbook, should you want to actually enter a legit event on the bike (like, say, the Baja Rally; this thing wouldn’t be legal at Dakar).
All the bling comes at a cost €21,490 for the bike with the standard gearbox. Cough up €22,640, and you’ll get the DCT version. It’ll be available in Red/White/Blue and Rally Red. It’s also highly unlikely we’ll ever see this bike for sale in Canada (it seems to be a Europe-only option), although we’re sure enterprising motorcyclists with deep pockets could figure out how to duplicate this machine, using a stock showroom model as a base.