Built to go anywhere
The Honda CRF1000L is worthy of inheriting the Africa Twin name
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.
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.”
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.
Fully adjustable Showa suspension is matched to a tough double cradle frame, with rigidity levels tuned for optimum handling.
A full range of genuine Honda accessories will be available.