2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L

Back in July, Honda released a video teasing a new “True Adventure” model, expected to be an upsized Africa Twin CRF1100L.  Thanks to new vehicle certification documents published in Australia, Motorcycle.com can confirm the 2020 Honda Africa Twin will have a 1084cc engine, a choice of manual or dual clutch transmissions, and be offered in both a regular and Adventure version. According to the documents, the 1084cc engine produces 101 hp at 7500 rpm, whereas the previous 998cc engine is certified at 94 hp.

The certification documents also give us a glimpse of what the 2020 Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure will look like. The documents include two shots of both models, though unfortunately, only in grayscale and in a small resolution. Still, they’re enough to reveal a redesigned front face, and a new frame and subframe.

2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L

The CRF1100L keeps a similar style to the CRF1000L, its face looks more streamlined. The dual headlight design remains, but it’s now more integrated into the fairing instead of the previous model’s goggle look. The current Africa Twin has air intakes on either side of the headlights, but the intakes on the new model are much smaller and lower, tucked into the inner side of the fairing. The windshield on the 2020 Africa Twin looks smaller than on the previous model, though the Adventure version does offer a larger screen.

The frame appears new, as does the subframe which now appears to be bolted on, making it easier to remove if it gets damaged.

From the outside, the 1084cc engine looks similar to the current one, but the exhaust system looks much chunkier, likely to help the Africa Twin meet Euro 5 restrictions. Other visual changes include new hand guards and a different tire tread.

The Africa Twin Adventure carries over the same changes for 2020. Like the current Adventure Sports, the 2020 Africa Twin Adventure has a larger fuel tank compared to the regular model, and adds a beefier looking bash plate. The tail rack/passenger grab handle also looks much larger than the one used on the current Adventure Sports. The photo doesn’t show any crash bars, which are standard on the 2019 Adventure Sports, but it does appear to have auxiliary lighting below the main headlight.

Honda released its teaser video in late July, but we likely won’t see anything beside more teasers until the Tokyo Motor Show in late October at the earliest, or more likely, at EICMA in November.

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