Someone over at Honda has an itchy trigger finger; a new video and specs for the CRF1000L Africa Twin have leaked onto the Internet.

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The video was uncovered by ADVPulse, and appears to be the sixth episode of Honda’s “True Adventure” series. Meanwhile, the folks at AfricaTwinForum noticed a spec sheet posted onto Honda Portugal’s Facebook page (since removed but included here) purporting to show official details of the AT. We’ve translated the specifications into the table below.

Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission will be optional equipment, it appears, and will add 32 pounds to the bike, bringing it to 534 lbs. with a full 5-gallon fuel tank. Shift the 6-speed gearbox with your toe, and the claim drops to 502 lbs., which is pretty light in this class (the BMW R1200GS claims 525 pounds, fully-fuelled).

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Part of that lightness is down to Honda’s use of its “Unicam” system in the AT’s 998cc parallel Twin; one cam instead of two, using short rocker arms to control the 8 valves, works great in engines that don’t rev particularly high – and reduces complexity and weight. Honda claims maximum power at only 7500 rpm and max torque at 6000 rpm. A parallel Twin can also be lighter than a Vee, and the use of a 270-degree crank in this one means it should sound as good as, and reach out for traction as well as a V-twin.


Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is Honda-speak for traction control, and appears to be another item that will be absent on the standard version, along with ABS. Nice that they give people the option! There’s nothing about suspension in the leaked specs, so maybe Honda’s working on its first electronic system, to keep up with BMW and KTM?

Judging from its rolling stock (21- and 19-inch wire-spoke wheels), light weight and relatively low horsepower, the Africa Twin appears to be aimed more toward serious “adventure” riders than ones who stick mostly to pavement. In any case, it looks like we’ll know more soon. The bike in the photos looks production-ready.

Leaked 2016 Honda CRF1000L  Africa Twin Specifications
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 8-valve, two parallel cylinders, crankshaft 270 and Unicam system
Displacement Engine 998cc
Maximum power 70 kW (93.9hp) @ 7500 rpm
Maximum torque 98 N.m (72.3 lb-ft.) @ 6000 rpm
Bore x Stroke 92.0 x 75.1 mm
Clutch Wet, multi-disc with coil springs
Final transmission Chain sealed by O-rings
Type Gearbox / Transmission 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with driving modes for on-road and off-road
HSTC system (Honda Selectable Torque Control) HSTC 3 levels + interrupter switch-off (only versions ABS and DCT, not the STD version)
Frame Type Semi-double cradle steel; rear sub-frame in high-strength steel
Turning diameter 2.5m
Dry weight 208 kg/458 lb (STD), 212 kg/467 lb (ABS), 222kg/489 lb (DCT)
Curb weight 228 kg/502 lb (STD), 232 kg/511 lb (ABS), 242kg/534 lb (DCT)
Fuel tank capacity 18.8 l (5 gallons)
Length x Width x Height 2,335mm x 875mm x 1,475mm (STD) 2,335mm x 930mm x 1,475mm (ABS / DCT)
Wheelbase 1,575mm (62.0 inches)
Seat height (STD / lowered) 870 / 850mm (34.3 inches/33.5 inches)
Ground clearance 250mm (9.82 inches)
ABS system ABS 2 channels switch off the rear ABS (ABS and DCT versions only)
Front brakes Two 310 mm floating discs, radial calipers hub and 4 pistons (ABS) and sintered pads
Rear brakes A floating disc 256 mm a 2-piston calipers (ABS) and sintered pads. DCT version also includes parking brake system.
Front wheel wire-spoke with aluminum rim
Rear wheel wire-spoke with aluminum rim
Front wheel 21 m / c x MT2.15
Rear wheel 18 m/c x MT4.00
Front tire 90/90-R21 with tube
Rear Tire Size 90/90-R21 with tube

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