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Video of Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Honda has finally released a full list of technical specifications and a video for the coming return of the CRF1000L  Africa Twin, expected here early next year.

We knew most of the details before, but had no clue on suspension, a vital ingredient in any adventure bike.

Now we know it will have fully adjustable Showa suspension and sit Dunlop 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres.

To launch the Africa Twin, Honda has created an interactive YouTube film that allows the viewer to choose which path two Africa Twin riders take as they embark on an epic adventure through Africa – where else!Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

In Australia, the Honda Africa Twin will arrive next year at the base price of $15,499, which makes it the second cheapest in the big-bore adventure class.

In America, it will cost $12,999 for the base model. In most locations, the litre-capacity adventurer will be even cheaper than the BMW and Triumph 800cc models.

Honda Australia will import three models of CRF1000L Africa Twin. The standard will cost $15,499 plus on-road costs, the ABS model will be $16,999 and the flagship model with ABS and automatic dual-clutch transmission will be $17,999.


Africa Twin $15,499
Africa Twin ABS $16,999
Africa Twin DCT $17,999
Warranty 24 months
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4 valve-per-cylinder parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Displacement 998cm3
Bore & Stroke 92.0 x 75.1mm
Max. Power Output 70kW/7,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Fuel Capacity 18.8 litres
Fuel consumption (WMTC mode) MT: 61.3 mpg (WMTC)
DCT: 61.6 mpg (WMTC)
Clutch MT: Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch

DCT: 2 Wet multiple clutches with coil springs

Gearbox / Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed MT / 6-speed DCT
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) * HSTC 3-levels +  Switch Off (*ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)
Type Steel semi-double cradle type with steel rear subframe
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,335 x 875 x 1,475mm (STD), 2,335 x 930 x 1,475mm (ABS/DCT)
Wheelbase 1,575mm
Seat Height (STD position / Low position) 870/850mm
Ground Clearance 250mm
Dry Weight 208kg (STD), 212 kg (ABS), 222kg (DCT)
Kerb Weight 228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)
Turning Radius 2.6m
Suspension (front) Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230mm stroke.
Suspension (rear) Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
Wheels Front Wire spoke with aluminium rim
Wheels Rear Wire spoke with aluminium rim
Rim Size Front 21 x 2.15
Rim Size Rear 18 x 4.00
Tyres Front 90/90-21 tube type
Tyres Rear 150/70-18 tube type
ABS system type ABS* 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch (* ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)
 Type Front 310mm dual wave floating disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 256mm wave disc with 1-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model with additional slide type 1-piston caliper
Instruments Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, *ABS, *HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock

*denotes ABS/DCT type

Headlight Dual LED (1 High/1 Low) with LED
Taillight LED
Indicators STD: Bulb type
ABS/DCT: LED type. Both with Amber Position Light function (APL)