Honda has released a teaser video that shows a rapid dust trail across the desert and the words “True Adventure” which could be the tipped CRF1100L Africa Twin.
It is expected the 998cc engine from the CRF1000L will be upgraded to a longer-stroke 1084cc unit in the CRF11009L.
The bigger engine capacity will make it more competitive with the BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph adventurers.
Performance is expected to increase slightly from 70kW to 75kW, but weight may also be up from 243kg to about 250kg.
It is expected the new engine will meet the coming tough Euro5 emissions regulations and be 3dB quieter.
It is also suggested the standard tank may be increased from 18.9 litres to 24.2 litres like the Adventure Sports model.
Last year, Australia’s Safari Tanks introduced a $1140 34-litre tank for the Honda Africa Twin to allay touring concerns and provide up to 500km of range.
There could also be some styling tweaks, although the video shows nothing of the bike.
Many expect the 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin to go on show at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show (24 October – 4 November 2019).