2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin: Official photos released

Yesterday, we had our first glimpse of the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin in action, and also got a look at the spec sheet. Today, Honda released the official details and photos for bike, although Honda Canada hasn’t said anything about Canadian availability, specs or pricing.

The spec sheet we saw yesterday was in Portuguese; below, we have the specs for the US version, so they should be a little more readable. As we pointed out yesterday, those waiting for this bike were all hoping for a little less weight, but making it lighter would cost more money and reduce reliability.

Once again, Honda emphasizes the bike's offroad capability.
Once again, Honda emphasizes the bike’s offroad capability.

Even if the specs are a bit weaker than many fans hoped for, this is a bike that will have no direct competitors when it comes to market. Nobody else is making a 1000 cc adventure bike aimed at off-road use. The Versys and V-Strom 1000 models are both decidedly pavement-oriented.

While the Euro spec sheet seemed to indicate three models will be available there (standard, ABS-equipped and DCT-equipped), the US spec sheet below seems to indicate two bikes will be available in the States – one standard model, and one upscale model with both DCT and ABS.

Honda Canada has been slow to jump on the DCT bandwagon, so we may only see one model here. In a smaller market like Canada, a bike with fringe appeal might not sell well enough to bring in.

All in all, a tidy-looking package.
All in all, a tidy-looking package.

It seems the Africa Twin will have three-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), a traction control system that’s already used on the Crossrunner (a street-friendly VFR800-based ADV bike sold in other markets).

Some other interesting details gleaned from Honda’s press release in the US: The bike will have an “assist slipper clutch,” the seat is adjustable for height, the Showa front forks are fully adjustable but the rear shock (also Showa) is only adjustable for preload. Off-roaders can turn off the rear wheel’s ABS system, and the bike will be available in Red/Black/White Dakar Rally and Silver (although those options might be different in Canada).

You can see the specs for the bike below, and there’s a photo gallery beneath with dozens of pictures of the new bike from all angles.

Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Unicam
Engine Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 92.0 x 75.1 mm
Clutch Wet, multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox/Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes
Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) HSTC 3-levels + switch-off (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Frame Type Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame
Turning Radius 8’2″
Curb Weight 503 lb. (STD), 534 lb. (DCT/ABS)
Fuel Capacity 4.96 gallons
Length x Width x Height 91.9 x 34.4 x 58.1 inches (STD), 91.9 x 36.6 x 58.1 inches (DCT/ABS)
Wheelbase 62.0 inches
Seat Height (STD position / Low position) 34.3/33.5 inches
Ground Clearance 9.8 inches
ABS system type ABS 2-channel with rear ABS off switch (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Front Brakes 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminum hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Rear Brake 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT/ABS model
Front Wheel Wire spoke with aluminum rim
Rear Wheel Wire spoke with aluminum rim
Front Rim Size 21M/C x MT2.15
Rear Rim Size 18M/C x MT4.00
Front Tire 90/90-R21 tube type
Rear Tire 150/70-R18 tube type



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  1. The Euro price was just released on Visor Down. A direct conversion of 12,100 Euros puts it at $17,500 Canadian (ouch!). They also listed a comparative cost to the BMW 1200GS. According to the article the Honda was about 72% the cost of the GS. In Canada the base GS runs about $19,400 which would put the Africa Twin at $14,000 CAD. Lets hope the price comes in closer to the second estimate.

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