Built to go any­where

The Honda CRF1000L is wor­thy of in­her­it­ing the Africa Twin name

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

IN­HER­IT­ING the “go any­where” spirit of its cel­e­brated pre­de­ces­sors, the all­new CRF1000L Africa Twin packs an in­no­va­tive and pow­er­ful par­al­lel twin-cylin­der en­gine into a light­weight, ag­ile chas­sis ready for true ad­ven­ture both on and off road, whether cross­ing con­ti­nents or com­mut­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the stan­dard model, two fur­ther ver­sions are avail­able: the first with switch­able rear ABS and mul­ti­ple mode Honda Se­lectable Torque Con­trol (HSTC), and the sec­ond equipped with Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Trans­mis­sion (fea­tur­ing new of­froad func­tion­al­ity), switch­able rear ABS and HSTC.

IN­TRO­DUC­TION

The es­sen­tial fea­tures of an ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle — strong en­gine, tough chas­sis with long travel sus­pen­sion, up­right rid­ing po­si­tion and wide han­dle­bars — en­sure its use­abil­ity what­ever the ter­rain. Through­out the de­vel­op­ment of the CRF1000L Africa Twin, the search for the op­ti­mal blend of off-road per­for­mance, tour­ing com­fort and agility was a con­stant theme. One mo­tor­cy­cle im­pressed con­sis­tently: the orig­i­nal XRV750L Africa Twin. The ma­chine that now bears its name may share no com­mon part with the old model, but it in­her­its to the full the essence and spirit of what made the XRV750L Africa Twin so pop­u­lar.

Y. Hasegawa, Se­ries Large Project leader (S-LPL) CRF1000L Africa Twin, said: “From the out­set of de­sign­ing and en­gi­neer­ing our new Africa Twin, we wanted to cre­ate a full-scale true ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle that was equally en­joy­able and ca­pa­ble in cross­ing vast con­ti­nents as it was on the high­way and in ev­ery­day use … In other words, a model

Honda’s all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin. truly wor­thy of in­her­it­ing the Africa Twin name.”

MODEL OVER­VIEW

The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 998 cc par­al­lel twin power plant draws heav­ily on Honda’s CRF250R/450R com­pe­ti­tion ma­chines, us­ing the same four-valve Uni­cam head de­sign for com­pact over­all di­men­sions.

Strong and lin­ear power and torque de­liver in­stant re­sponse any­where in the rev range. 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 semi-dry sump en­gine’s short height con­trib­utes to the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 250 mm ground clear­ance. It also uses clever pack­ag­ing of com­po­nents to both dy­namic and aes­thetic ef­fect. The wa­ter pump is housed within the clutch cas­ing, and both wa­ter and oil pumps are driven by the en­gine’s balancer shafts.

The light­weight six-speed man­ual gear­box uses the same shift-cam de­sign as found on the CRF250R/450R to en­sure pos­i­tive changes and is equipped with an alu­minium as­sist slip­per clutch.

On ABS-equipped mod­els, it is pos­si­ble for the rider to turn off the ABS sys­tem for the rear brake, al­low­ing the rider to lock the rear wheel when rid­ing of­froad. There are four lev­els of con­trol to choose from the Honda Se­lectable Torque Con­trol: Level 1, 2, 3 and Off. The de­gree of in­ter­ven­tion de­creases as the lev­els rise, al­low­ing in­creas­ing amounts of rear-wheel spin.

The unique DCT (Dual Clutch Trans­mis­sion) ver­sion fea­tures the stan­dard man­ual mode — al­low­ing the rider to op­er­ate gear shifts through trig­gers on the left han­dle­bar — and two au­to­matic modes. D mode of­fers the best bal­ance of fuel econ­omy and com­fort cruis­ing, while S mode has been re­vised to give ex­tra lev­els of sports per­for­mance, with three shift pat­terns to choose from.

The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s semi­dou­ble cra­dle steel frame pro­vides the per­fect bal­ance of high-speed sta­bil­ity matched to gen­uine off-road abil­ity.

The 45 mm Showa in­verted forks are fully ad­justable and fea­ture dual ra­dial­mount Nis­san four-pis­ton brake calipers and 310 mm “wave” style float­ing discs. The Showa rear shock has hy­draulic spring preload ad­just­ment. Like the CRF450R Rally, the CRF1000L Africa Twin uses 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels. A 18,8-litre fuel tank and the en­gine’s fuel ef­fi­ciency of 61,6 mpg (WMTC in DCT mode), pro­vide a range of over 399 kilo­me­tres.

KEY FEA­TURES • EN­GINE

Com­pact, light­weight and pow­er­ful, the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s par­al­lel twin­cylin­der en­gine makes 70 kw peak power at 7 500 rpm, and 98 Nm torque at 6 000 rpm.

• CHAS­SIS

Fully ad­justable Showa sus­pen­sion is matched to a tough dou­ble cra­dle frame, with rigid­ity lev­els tuned for op­ti­mum han­dling.

AC­CES­SORIES

A full range of gen­uine Honda ac­ces­sories will be avail­able.

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