New Africa Twin for the wild at heart

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE -

HONDA has re­leased more de­tails of the new 1 000 cc ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle CRF1000L Africa Twin, due for launch in Europe later this year.

The CRF1000L Africa Twin is thor­oughly equipped for true ad­ven­ture, with a po­tent en­gine and dy­namic chas­sis ready to cover con­ti­nents on or off-road.

UN­DER THE TANK

The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 1 000cc par­al­lel twin power plant draws 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 op­er­ates the valve train, and twin spark plugs fire the fuel/air mix­ture in each com­bus­tion cham­ber.

A 270° phased crankshaft gives the power de­liv­ery a dis­tinct char­ac­ter as well de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent feel for rear wheel trac­tion. Bi­ax­ial pri­mary bal­ance shafts can­cel vi­bra­tion.

MIN­I­MUM BODY­WORK

The long-travel Showa in­verted forks are fully ad­justable and fea­ture dual ra­dial-mount Nissin four-pis­ton brake calipers and 310mm “wave” style float­ing discs. The Showa rear shock has hy­draulic spring preload ad­just­ment. Like the CRF450R Rally, the CRF1000L Africa Twin uses 21/18-inch front rear spoked wheels, wear­ing 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres.

Prices will be an­nounced close to the Africa Twin’s ar­rival at lo­cal deal­ers. — WR.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The new 1 000 cc ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle CRF1000L Africa Twin.

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