More details on new Honda Africa Twin

Honda has released a few more details of its True Adventure motorcycle (and a couple of pictures) that was first unveiled at EICMA last year.

Its official name is the CRF1000L Africa Twin, and Honda promises that despite being a 1000 cc parallel twin, the new machine will share the go-anywhere characteristics of the original 650 cc v-twin Africa Twin of 1988 (with some added capabilities learnt from its return to the Dakar rally in 2013).

The Dual Clutch Transmission that was shown on the EICMA prototype will be an option, allowing for automatic or semi automatic gear changes, but has been reworked for off-road usage. We’re hoping that the wire wheels, quality suspension and rugged looks mean that the new Africa Twin will be a very dirt capable machine, though Honda are also pushing its on-road prowess too.

All should be revealed in the near future as the new Africa Twin should hit dealers next year (full launch at EICMA 2015 anybody?).

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin 2016 - frt


  1. The Japanese seem unable to build something KTM-like, and that’s what is needed to have success. The tenere falls short, and I’m afraid this will too

  2. If it’s an other Varadero (street oriented)… Honda will fail again …because the Stroms and Versys are difficult to beat for the price in this category!
    What we need is a light twin cylinders…I dream of a KLR750 or 850 with two cylinders!

  3. I grabbed a copy of the pictures and played with the levels to get more details. The front tire looks very street oriented. The low fender and lack of protection for the fork tubes seems to point towards a more road orientation. The pegs look to be rubber and the subframe looks welded on but those details are harder to tell for sure. Will have to wait and see if it comes out in multiple variants or not.

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