Honda has finally revealed its new bike called the CRF1000L Africa Twin after years of rumours surrounding this new Honda Africa Twin. This report was recently published in Motorcycle News.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin uses a whole new machine from top to bottom and is built with a new 998cc parallel-twin engine, multiple mode traction control that includes an off-road setting, a switchable anti-lock braking system (ABS), 18 inch rear wheel, 21 inch front wheel with the option of Honda’s dual clutch transmission (DCT), and twin-spar cast aluminium chassis.
The comfort of a touring bike paired with off-road performance and the ‘everyday agility’ were vital attributes in the development of the CRF1000L Africa Twin. These attributes make the bike capable of everyday riding. Despite the similar attributes shared with the famous XRV750 Africa Twin, the CRF1000L Africa Twin Honda shares nothing else similar except for its name. Honda has quoted that the CRF1000L Africa Twin Honda engine’s short height gives added advantage to its excellent ground clearance. Clever assembling of its components gives rise to both aesthetic and dynamic effect. The oil and water pump which is housed within the clutch casing are driven by a shared balance shaft. A serious overhaul of the DCT gearbox version enables it for off and on-road pretensions. Despite its six-speed gearbox adapting the same shift-cam design and lightweight design mantra that is found on the CRF250/450 motocross bikes, the Africa Twin comes with a slipper clutch to smooth out downshifts and deceleration. Further details on the CRF1000L Africa Twin can be found online.
In terms of style, some hints of the original XRV750 model can be seen with the twin air intakes with the twin headlamps as a reminiscence to the past. The new Africa Twin will come in four available colors. The front end of the Africa twin chassis is cast aluminium, the subframe is steel making it strong to take on pillion and huge loads, and the rear footrests unbolt. This means it will be easier to repair any crash damage.