After months of teasing and years of rumour surrounding a new Honda Africa Twin, Honda have finally taken the wraps off the new bike it calls the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
This is a completely new machine from the ground-up, and uses a new 998cc parallel-twin engine, Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe, spoked 21in front and 18in rear wheel, the option of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), switchable ABS, and multiple mode traction control that also has an off-road setting.
Honda say three attributes from the original XRV750 Africa Twin were central to the development of the new bike : off-road performance, the comfort of a touring bike and “everyday agility” that makes for a bike capable of everyday riding or day-to-day commuter.
The Africa Twin will be available in four paint schemes: CRF Rally (that’s the red one), A more heritage inspired Tricolour, plus Silver or Black. The tricolore version seems likely to attract the most sales as it’s the one that harks back so closely to the original XRV750 models.
Honda New CRF1000L Africa Twin Main technical specifications :
Engine Type : 4-stroke, Parallel Twin with 270° Crank, Uni-cam 8-Valve, Liquid-Cooled
Bore x Stroke : 92.0 x 75.1mm
Engine Displacement : 998 cc
Clutch : Wet, Multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
Gearbox / Transmission Type : Constant mesh 6-speed MT / 6-speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with on and off-road riding modes. Honda Selectable Torque Control System (*HSTC)
Final Drive : O-ring sealed chain
Max Power : 70kW (93,8 HP) @ 7.500 RPM
Max Torque : 98N.m @ 6.000 RPM
Dimensions – Length x Width x Height : 2.335 x 875 x 1.475 mm (STD), 2.335 x 930 x 1.475 mm (ABS/DCT)
Wheelbase : 1.575 mm
Seat Height (STD position / Low position) : 870 / 850 mm
Ground Clearance : 250 mm
Turning Radius : 2.5 m
Dry Weight : 208kg (STD), 212 kg (ABS), 222kg (DCT)
Kerb Weight : 228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)
Fuel Capacity : 18.8 litres
Frame Type : Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe
Front Brakes : 310mm Dual Wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers (**ABS) and sintered metal pads
Rear Brakes : 256mm Single Wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper (**ABS) and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model.
Wheels Front : Wire spoke, with Aluminium rim
Wheels Rear : Wire spoke, with Aluminium rim
Rim Size Front : 21M/C x MT2.15
Rim Size Rear : 18M/C x MT4.00
Tyres Front : 90/90 – R21 Tube type
Tyres Rear : 150/70 – R18 Tube type
Prices : Starting from €12,100 (prices vary according to local taxes)
– * Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) is not available on base version; equipped as standard on ABS and DCT versions.
– **ABS system type : ABS 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch ( ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)
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