Honda is pleased to announce further technical
details of the new CRF1000L Africa Twin, which will be in Honda showrooms across
Europe in late 2015. Like its celebrated forerunners, 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.
Honda’s new 1000cc
adventure motorcycle featuring an all-new, compact parallel twin engine with
70kW power and 98Nm torque.
Engine packaged in compact, lightweight
frame to offer outstanding off-road performance, touring comfort and agile
handling for everyday use.
New DCT functionality, switchable ABS and
multi-mode HSTC available for optimal traction both off and on-road.
Four colour schemes to be available
including CRF Rally and Tricolour.
From the start of the CRF1000L Africa Twin project there
was one motorcycle that consistently impressed with its balance of usability,
poise and handling, on road and in the dirt – the seminal XRV750 Africa Twin. It
proved a worthwhile benchmark, even when set against today’s myriad choice of
adventure motorcycles. 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 XRV750 Africa Twin sogood.
The “go anywhere” approach starts with the
engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road
long-range touring, and all points in between. The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 1000cc
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 –
using the same materials as the CBR1000RR Fireblade – operates the valve train,
and twin spark plugs fire the fuel/air mixture in each combustion chamber.
Strong and linear power and torque deliver instant
response anywhere in the rev-range – accompanied by a satisfying, characterful
deep growl as rpm rises. 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 engine’s short height contributes to the CRF1000L
Africa Twin’s excellent ground clearance – another prerequisite for a true
adventure machine. It also uses clever packaging of componentry to both dynamic
and aesthetic effect. The water pump is housed within the clutch casing, and the
water and oil pumps are driven by a shared balancer shaft. Further reducing
engine size is the lower crankcase design, which stores the oil and houses the
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 assist slipper clutch.
For the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s chassis three key
attributes – highlights of the original XRV750 – were targeted: off-road
performance, touring comfort and the everyday agility that makes for a great
all-rounder or day-to-day commuter.
A steel semi-double cradle frame provides the perfect
balance of high-speed stability – also while fully loaded – matched to genuine
off-road ability, agility and sheer strength. Mass centralisation – with items
like the battery packaged at the rear of the cylinder head – contributes to a
low centre of gravity.
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.
Following its design theme of “unlimited adventure”, the
Africa Twin is styled with minimum bodywork in a tough, lightweight form that
offers both weather protection for the rider and a slim, agile feel. Dual
headlights maintain the original’s signature presence and the seat height
adjusts 20mm to either 870mm or 850mm. A large18.8-litre fuel tank – coupled
with the engine’s fuel efficiency – provides a range of up to 400km.
To tailor the overall electronics package to capably
tackle any conditions on or off-road, the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)* system
offers three levels of control, and it is possible for the rider to turn off the
ABS* system for the rear wheel.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin will be available in four colour
options: CRF Rally, Tricolour, Silver and Black.
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) for adventure
Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) will be
available as an option on the CRF1000L Africa Twin, with the use of a common
crankcase keeping the width the same as the manual transmission version.
It 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. S mode has now been
revised to give extra levels of sports performance, with three different shift
patterns to choose from: S1, S2 and S3.
Of course, DCT for the CRF1000L Africa Twin is also fully
equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality
enhanced by the G switch positioned on the right side
of the instrument panel. Pushing the G switch in any
riding mode improves traction and machine control – all-important for off-road
riding – by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.
Further new functionality for the DCT system comes in the
form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted
depending on the grade of any incline to provide optimum control.
* HSTC and ABS not available on base version; equipped as
standard on ABS and DCT versions.