Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

RiDE (UK) - - New Bikes -

Car­ry­ing the model name made fa­mous by the four-time Dakar-win­ning Africa Twin fac­tory rac­ers in the late 80s, the cur­rent ver­sion fol­lows the 750cc V-twin road bike which ran from 1988 to 2003.

Re­turn­ing to pro­duc­tion as a 998cc par­al­lel twin in 2016, the lat­est Africa Twin joined the big ad­ven­ture bike class with a dif­fer­ent take. Its 94bhp engine makes ap­pre­cia­bly less power than its ri­vals, though its torque spread gives it plenty of flex­i­bil­ity. There’s an op­tion of DCT and man­ual gear­box ar­range­ments, the lat­ter be­ing £969 cheaper and bet­ter suited to off-road use.

The Honda’s over­all di­men­sions are more com­pact than other big ad­ven­ture bikes. Not quite as well equipped as many of them, the Honda fea­tures three-level trac­tion con­trol and switch­able ABS for the rear brake. Tubed tyres are a strange choice, mak­ing punc­tures more has­sle. A range of of­fi­cial Honda ac­ces­sories is avail­able in­clud­ing pan­niers, top box, tall screen, crash bars, heated grips, fog lights, power socket and cen­tre­stand – all of which were fit­ted to our test bike (£14,509).

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