2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Revealed in Australian Patent Filings

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Earlier this week, Honda confirmed it is bringing back the Africa Twin. The announcement was accompanied by a couple of heavily-shadowed images and two videos offering a mere glimpse of the new CRF1000L Africa Twin.

Discuss this at our Honda Africa Twin Forum.

If you can’t wait for what looks to be a long teaser campaign, we present full images of the new Africa Twin from Honda’s own design patent filed in Australia. From these images we can see radial-mount brakes, handguards, rear luggage rack, a trellis subframe with integral bag mounts and a large bash plate that covers the CRF1000L’s belly, except for the exposed exhaust pipe.

Honda announced the Africa Twin will be offered with optional Dual-Clutch Transmission, which we assumed when we noticed the missing clutch lever on the True Adventure prototype shown at EICMA. While Honda says the CRF1000L’s DCT is specifically designed for off-road riding, those who want a manual transmission should note the presence of a foot shifter while the clutch lever is visible in the bottom view.

The rear perspectives also give us a look at the tall yet narrow instrument cluster. It’s not quite a Dakar rig but it is easily visible even from behind.

We expect more details to come out in the weeks ahead. Check back here for the latest.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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