After years of rumours and months of teaser images, the day has finally arrived for the brand new Honda Africa Twin. The legendary adventure bike from Honda has just been revealed with full specifications and images, and we are super happy with what we see.
Honda has finally taken the wraps off the bike and is calling it the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
According to Honda, the bike is a completely new machine from the ground-up. It also uses a brand new 998cc parallel-twin engine. Other features include a twin-spar cast aluminium chassis, spoked 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel. There is also an option of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Then there is also Switchable ABS, and multiple mode traction control that also has an off-road setting, making this bike the perfect all-round adventure machine.
The three main attributes from the original Africa Twin are off-road performance, touring comfort, and everyday ride-ability, and they have successfully been incorporated into the new bike. However, the new bike shares nothing with the famous XRV750 Africa Twin except for the name.
The bike gets an all-new 998cc water-cooled, parallel-twin producing around 94bhp and 98Nm of torque. The aluminium twin-spar chassis is an evolutionary design based on the Honda CRF250R, CRF450R and CRF450R Rally competition machines.
The bike gets a 6-speed manual, but there is also an option for a DCT unit. This new and improved DCT from Honda, which is still the only manufacturer to offer the technology, has different modes. There is a standard manual mode, which allows the rider to change gears using paddles on the handlebars, and then there are two different automatic modes. In ‘D’ mode the bike offers a more tamed gear ratio, but in ‘S’ mode there is a sportier performance available and there are also three gearshift patterns to choose from in ‘S1’, ‘S2’ and ‘S3’.
The bike weighs around 230 Kilograms and has a fuel tank capacity of 18.8 litres.The bike will be launched very soon globally, but it is not sure if it will make its way to India or not.