The 2021 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES by Honda Motorcycles is at the top of the line of the Africa Twin lineup. The 2021 Honda lineup has the adventure segment fully covered with the Africa Twin models. Honda has kept the Adventure Sports ES trim virtually the same compared to the 2020s model with the exception of a narrower seat.
The Africa Twin does receive a revised seating position along with a lighter frame for this year. The Adventure Sports ES model maintains one of the largest fuel tanks of all Japanese motorcycles at 6.55 gallons. This model will come in the Darkness Black Metallic colorway.
The 2021 Africa Twin is available in both manual 6-speed or Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The Adventure Sports ES is packed with technology, reliability, comfort fit for any distance of adventure. It comes standard with cruise control, long-travel suspension, TFT touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, electronically controlled suspension, and a larger fuel tank.
The Africa Twin also comes with throttle by wire giving excellent acceleration feedback.
The 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES starts at $17,199 USD / $20,299 CAD.
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1,084 cc, Liquid-cooled parallel twin with 270° phased crankshaft
Bore x Stroke
92 mm x 81.5 mm
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 46 mm throttle bodies
SOHC, Unicam, four valves per cylinder
Standard model: Six-speed manual
#525 O-ring-sealed chain (16/42T)
Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 45 mm, and Showa EERA™ (Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 204 mm (8 in.) travel
Monoblock aluminum swing arm with Pro-Link® with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic remote control preload adjuster and electric control unit with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm (8.7 in) rear wheel travel
310 mm dual wave floating discs with aluminum hub and radial mount 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads, ABS
256 mm wave disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model with additional slide type 1-piston caliper; ABS
90/90-R21 tubeless type
150/70-R18 tubeless type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Darkness Black Metallic
Full transistorized ignition
1,575 mm (62 in.)
250 mm (9.8 in.)
Low Position: 850 mm (33.5 in.) / Standard Position: 870 mm (34.3 in.)
240 kg (529 lb.)
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES Features
The CRF100 Africa Twin’s 1,084 cc parallel-twin engine‘s piston stroke, large throttle bodies and cylinder head help deliver more power and torque that’s felt from 2,500
270-degree Phased Crankshaft
A 270-degree phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval gives a distinctive sound and feel while helping to produce strong and linear power and instant response anywhere in the rev range.
Exhaust Control Valve
To better manage the uprated intake efficiency and higher output the exhaust end-can now features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) very similar to the unit fitted to the CBR1000RR. It enhances both engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing
Six-Speed Manual Transmission
The six-speed manual gearbox is both lightweight and robust – it uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes and uses shorter ratios. The gears themsevles have been re-shaped and constructed from stronger material.
Assist Slipper Clutch
The aluminum clutch centre and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; the clutch diameter is now smaller and features reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel.
Six-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
The Africa Twin is also available with an advanced, automatic shifting, six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). It features
DCT - Cornering and Incline Detection
The six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) allows two features on the DCT models– cornering and incline detection. The IMU knows when the bike is cornering or on a steep incline and can adapt the gear shift pattern to give you better control and a more natural gear shift feel.
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
At the very heart of the Africa Twin’s elevated on- and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that measures 6-axis of data and sends that information to other critical systems like: HSTC, ABS and wheelie control… these systems then make adjustments in real-time
G (Gravel) Switch
The DCT is specially engineered to handle off-road adventures, thanks in part to the G switch accessed through the TFT touch screen display. Activating the G switch in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes
The Africa Twin has four default riding modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel and the Off-Road mode as well as two customisable User modes to cover any riding conditions
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
The Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system comes with seven (7) levels of torque control, and an “off” setting. Thanks to the IMU which can determine when the rear-wheel starts to slip out and it will seamlessly modulate your torque control to keep you in that sweet spot during
The wheelie control system takes cues from the IMU to know when and how fast the front wheel is lifting and reacts accordingly. There are three levels of wheelie control, plus the ability to turn it off.