New Africa Twin for the wild at heart
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.
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.
The new 1 000 cc adventure motorcycle CRF1000L Africa Twin.