A day after we brought you information about Honda’s new adventure bike based on a leaked promotional video and spec sheet, Honda has come forward with full official details and images of the much-anticipated CRF1000L Africa Twin. The official release confirms the information we published yesterday but offers more detail, including specifications for the U.S. market.
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The Africa Twin is powered by a new 998cc parallel-Twin that Honda says draws heavily from the CRF250R and CRF450R. Like the dirtbikes, the CRF1000L uses a four-valve Unicam head design to keep the engine dimensions compact. Meanwhile, the 270° crankshaft is made from the same materials as the CBR1000RR’s crank; biaxial primary balance shafts counteract the vibrations. To keep the engine compact, Honda engineers housed the water pump in the clutch casing, while both the water and oil pumps are driven by the same balancer shaft. American Honda did not provide official numbers for the U.S. model, but the European Africa Twin claims 93.9 hp at 7500 rpm and 72.3 lb-ft. at 6000 rpm.
The Africa Twin is available with a six-speed manual transmission which uses the same shift-cam design found on the CRF250R and CRF450R. The slipper clutch also uses an assist function. Honda also offers a Dual Clutch Transmission version, but American customers can only get ABS with DCT; Europe offers ABS separately. The DCT version also comes with a three-level Honda Selectable Torque Control system which reduces rear wheel torque when it senses loss of traction. Surprisingly, Honda won’t give the Africa Twin traction control on the base version; it’s only on the DCT/ABS version.
The CRF1000L’s DCT system offers a standard manual mode using triggers on the left handlebar and two automatic modes. D mode prioritizes fuel efficiency and comfort cruising, while S mode offers sportier performance with three different shift patterns to choose from. For off-road riding, the Africa Twin also comes with a “G” switch which works in any mode to deliver a more direct connection between the throttle and the rear wheel. The DCT also receives a new incline detection system in the automatic modes which delays upshifts during ascents to keep a higher rpm while downshifts happen earlier going downhill for improved engine braking.
The DCT is compact, allowing the engine cases to be the same width as the manual transmission version, but along with ABS, it adds 31 pounds to the base model’s claimed 503 lb. curb weight.
The two-channel ABS is designed for off-road use, with the option to turn off ABS to the rear wheel. The DCT/ABS version also comes with a parking brake system to lock the rear wheel. The 21-inch front wheel is equipped with dual 310mm floating front brake discs with an aluminum hub and radial-mount four-piston calipers with sintered metal pads. The 18-inch rear wheel uses a 256mm wave-style disc with a two-piston caliper and sintered pads.
Up front, the Africa Twin comes with a long-travel fully-adjustable inverted Showa fork. Showa also supplies the rear shock which offers hydraulic spring preload adjustment. Oddly, for an adventure bike, Honda did not mention how much suspension travel is available.
Other features include a 4.96-gallon fuel tank, a tall windscreen and an adjustable seat offering a height of either 34.3 or 33.5 inches.
U.S. models will be available in silver or a red, black and white Dakar Rally color scheme. European customers will also have black and Honda tricolor options. Expect to see the Africa Twin in American showrooms in early 2016; U.S. pricing remains to be announced.
|Official 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin US Specifications|
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Unicam|
|Maximum power||70 kW (93.9hp) @ 7500 rpm (Claimed European Spec)|
|Maximum torque||98 N.m (72.3 lb-ft.) @ 6000 rpm (Claimed European Spec)|
|Bore x Stroke||92.0 x 75.1 mm|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch|
|Final transmission||O-ring sealed chain|
|Type Gearbox / Transmission||Constant mesh 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes|
|HSTC system (Honda Selectable Torque Control)||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|
|Curb weight||503 lb (STD), 534 lb (DCT/ABS)|
|Fuel tank 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)|
|Seat height||34.3 inches or 33.5 inches (adjustable)|
|Ground clearance||9.8 inches|
|ABS system||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 brakes||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 wheel||21M/C x MT2.15|
|Rear wheel||18M/C x MT4.00|
|Front tire||90/90-R21 tube type|
|Rear Tire Size||150/70-R18 tube type|