New Honda Africa Twin: Photos and Specs Revealed

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Off-road appeals to the new Africa Twin

New Honda Africa Twin: Photos and Specs Revealed

Further official details of Honda’s new 1000cc adventure motorcycle have been released with the CRF1000L Africa Twin set to be available in dealerships across Europe later this year.

The completely revised model features a brand new parallel twin engine with 93.8bhp (70kW) power and 70.3 ft lbs (98Nm) torque. Other new functionality includes Switchable ABS and multi-mode Traction Control as well as a revised version of Honda’s DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) gearbox with handlebar mounted gear shift, as an option.

Several versions of the CRF1000L Africa Twin will be available and Honda has only thus far confirmed a price in Euros, starting from €12,100 plus local taxes (which according to today’s conversion rates equates to £8,556).

Honda has made no secret of their intention for the reborn Africa Twin name made famous in the late eighties and early nineties to be off-road biased, following in the footsteps of the 750. It's a massive class for Honda to enter into and they're keen to make sure the new 1000 fits its role as ‘True Adventure’, in the same vein as BMW’s R1200GS and KTM’s Adventure range.

Honda claim the new model shares no common parts with the old version but its heritage remains. A chassis and engine combination designed and built to perform equally as well off-road as on-road for long-range touring. The bike will be available in four colour schemes: CRF Rally (Red) and Tricolour (white with red and blue), silver and black.

One of the four available colour schemes: SilverOne of the four available colour schemes: CRF Rally

According to the press material, the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 1000cc parallel twin power plant is claimed to “draw heavily on Honda’s off-road race experience in the form of the CRF250R/450R competition machines, and uses the same four-valve Unicam head design for compact overall dimensions. A lightweight cast camshaft – using the same materials as the CBR1000RR Fireblade – operates the valve train, and twin spark plugs fire the fuel/air mixture in each combustion chamber.”

See the new Africa Twin in action! Honda has released a film of the test riders in action on the bikes and in discussion about the development:

The 'True Adventure' concept was launched at the International Motorcycle Show last autumn - a dimly-lit prototype adventure bike heavily disguised in camouflage and mud. Although very little information was offered at the time, the bike was placed alongside an XRV750, the last Honda to bear the Africa Twin name until it was dropped in 2003.


Gearbox and Electronics

The entry level version of the Africa Twin is equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox using the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF250R/450R and is equipped with an assist slipper clutch.

As previously seen in models including Honda’s VFR1200F, a revised version of the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) will be available as an option on the Africa Twin. In standard manual mode the rider can operate gear shifts through triggers on the left handlebar. Two automatic modes can also be selected: ‘D’ offers the a balance of fuel economy and comfort cruising but it’s the ‘S’ mode which has been revised to give extra levels of sports performance, with three different shift patterns to choose from: S1, S2 and S3.

Then there’s Gravel mode. Being an off-road focussed machine, the CRF1000L Africa Twin is also equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with the G switch, positioned on the right side of the instrument panel. Pushing the G spot, sorry switch, in any riding mode improves traction by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.

Further new functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, where the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of any incline.

Expect the new Honda in dealerships before the end of 2015

Chassis, Brakes and Suspension

For the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s chassis three key attributes – highlights of the original XRV750 – were targeted: off-road performance, touring comfort and day-to-day commuter.

A steel semi-double cradle frame will aid stability at high-speed and off-road ability, agility and strength.

Fully adjustable, long-travel Showa inverted forks are paired with dual radial-mount Nissin four-piston brake calipers and 310mm ‘wave’ style floating discs. The Showa rear shock has hydraulic spring preload adjustment and the CRF1000L Africa Twin uses a 21 inch spoked wheel at the front and an 18 inch version for the rear.

Its seat height is adjustable from its standard height of 870mm and can be reduced by 20mm to 850mm while the 18.8 litre tank should be good for a range north of 200 miles.

The brand new twin cylinder engine platform won’t only be exclusively used in the Africa Twin, so expect to see it in a range of CB models from Honda over the next 18-24 months.

Tall and equipped for the daily commute too


Engine Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam

Engine Displacement


Max. Power Output

93.8bhp / 70kW @ 7500rpm

Max. Torque

70.3 ft lbs / 98Nm @ 6000rpm

Bore & Stroke

92.0 & 75.1mm


Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch

Final Drive

O-ring sealed chain

Gearbox / Transmission Type

Constant mesh 6-speed MT / 6-speed DCT with on and off-road riding modes

Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC)

* HSTC 3-levels +  Switch Off (*ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)

Frame Type

Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe

Turning Radius


Dry Weight

208kg (STD), 212 kg (ABS), 222kg (DCT)

Kerb Weight

228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)

Fuel Capacity

18.8 litres  

Length x Width x Height

2,335 x 875 x 1,475mm (STD), 2,335 x 930 x 1,475mm (ABS/DCT)



Seat Height (STD position / Low position)


Ground Clearance



Front: 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers (*ABS) and sintered metal pads.

Rear: 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper (*ABS) and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model.

ABS system type

ABS* 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch (* ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)

Wheels & Tyres

Front: Wire spoke with aluminium rim. 21M/C x MT2.15. 90/90-R21 tube type

Rear: Wire spoke with aluminium rim. 18M/C x MT4.00. 150/70-R18 tube type

* HSTC and ABS not available on base version; equipped as standard on ABS and DCT versions.

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