Get Ready for a Middleweight Africa Twin
There have been previous Honda Africa Twin rumors, but those were about a bigger version of the bike. A new rendering of the possible upcoming CRF850L has surfaced at a Japanese publication, suggesting Honda will go the other way. DriveMag Riders recently showcased the rendering. The Japanese publication seems pretty adamant that the motorcycle will come in 2020 as a 2021 model. Beyond that, though, I don’t have much information.
I did some digging around the Web and all I could find was more of the same. The bike will likely be an 850 and compete with the Yamaha Tenere 700, the BMW F850GS, and the KTM 790 Adventure R. These bikes demand a huge portion of the ADV motorcycle market, and another player from Honda will likely be welcomed.
According to DriveMag Riders, the motorcycle will be an inline-twin engine and likely be very similar to the engine in the current Africa Twin. That motorcycle has seen success, and the CRF850L would just be a slightly downsized version of it. Downsized in this instance is not a bad thing. The company would be able to tackle a whole other portion of the growing ADV motorcycle segment.
I would expect Honda to put this motorcycle out near the second half of 2020. That means it could show off the bike at one of the bigger shows coming up in the fall. It will be interesting to see how long we have to wait for this bike if Honda chooses to make it.