Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Higlights

Its worth the wait! Honda finally launched its latest version of Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin. This is the long awaited bike suitable for off road adventure, long distance rides and works well on any road conditions. It carries a compact 998cc liquid-cooled SOHC designed engine partnered with a 270° crankshaft to give rider smooth and excellent traction control. The engine is perfectly tuned to deliver optimum and linear power and torque at any rev range. Also it is equipped with balance shafts that reduces vibrations and keeps stable for utmost comfort. The African Twin comes available with either DCT transmission or 6-speed manual gearbox selectable with on and off modes. Both versions are geared up with standard ABS that supplies unparalleled stopping power while gives good feeling. The integration of Honda Selectable Torque Control offers three control levels and the most important is the ability to lock off the ABS on the rear wheel. The HSTC boost confidence allowing the rider to push the bike to the limits and that is when the real fun and adventure begins. Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin’s maximum comfort is achieved by its excellent ground reach, fair 34.3 inches seat height (adjustable to 33.5 inches) and its soft and sturdy suspension. These are the essential characteristics of a long distance adventurer which are highly appreciated by the enduro enthusiasts. Its body is slim, minimal plastic fairing and tires designed for on and off the road action.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Technical Details


Engine Type: Liquid-cooled SOHC 8-valve parallel twin with 270-degree crank
Displacement: 998cc
Bore And Stroke: 92.0 x 75.1mm
Torque Control System: HSTC 3-levels + switch-off (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Clutch: Wet multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch
Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes
Final Drive: O-ring sealed chain


ABS System: ABS 2-channel with rear ABS off switch
Front Brake: 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminum hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Rear Brake: 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model
Front Tire: 90/90-R21 tube type
Rear Tire: 150/70-R18 tube type
Ground Clearance: 9.8 inches
Wheelbase: 62.0 inches
Seat Height: Standard position 34.3/Low position 33.5 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.96 gallons
Curb Weight: 511 lbs (ABS), 534 lbs (DCT/ABS). Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel€”ready to ride

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Review

We are invited to test the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin for couple of hours on the pavement and off the road. Swinging a leg over this motocross inspired bike, we noticed the ground reach is set pretty low, allowing us to rest our bare foot on the ground easily. The engine is smooth and responsive willing to show us its true power. On the highway, the bike did well, we passed corners and curves without difficulty. It seamlessly go along with other four wheel vehicles and successfully travel along a tight paved road. We love the protection from the taller windscreen, the noisy air buffeting was reduced. We never had the chance to ride the African Twin on wet road condition since it was a calm sunny day back then but will surely try it next time. We don’t want to end our day without going to the dirt. The bike delivered impressive handling, chassis soaked up the bumpy road and managed to provide us a stable ride. The bike remains nimble on the sand and is easy to turn when desired. Steering is very easy and the tires did a great job on running through a muddy and rocky trails. All our expectations on this adventurer was met, it was actually a fun experience riding this bike. Standard ABS provide ample stopping power and its traction control allow the rider to make the most out of this dual-purpose motorcycle.

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