Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept

The off-road oriented Africa Twin has just landed in Australia in three models and already it looks like a fourth, even more adventurous model will be coming after Honda unveiled its Adventure Sports Concept.

The standard Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin starts at $15,499. Add another $1000 for ABS and another $100 for ABS and dual clutch semi-automatic transmission.

If you thought the Africa Twin was one of the more dirt-oriented of the big-bore all-roaders, the Adventure Sports Concept is even more so with a massive aluminium bash plate, highset Dakar-style Termignoni exhaust, motocross-style flat seat, rugged luggage rack with grab rails, aggressive knobby tyres and Honda’s Dakar race tricolour scheme.Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept

You could make all those changes yourself with aftermarket accessories and a good spray painter, but it seems likely Honda will offer a limited edition model at  some stage this year to give the model another kick along.

With the adventure market growing at a rapid rate and these models competitively priced and much lighter and more dirt oriented, the Africa Twin could finally topple the R 1200 GS and GSA from their big-bore adventure throne.

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept


Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4 valve-per-cylinder parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Displacement 998cm3
Bore & Stroke 92.0 x 75.1mm
Max. Power Output 70kW/7,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Fuel Capacity 18.8 litres
Fuel consumption (WMTC mode) MT: 61.3 mpg (WMTC)
DCT: 61.6 mpg (WMTC)
Clutch MT: Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutchDCT: 2 Wet multiple clutches with coil springs
Gearbox / Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed MT / 6-speed DCT
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) * HSTC 3-levels +  Switch Off (*ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)
Type Steel semi-double cradle type with steel rear subframe
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,335 x 875 x 1,475mm (STD), 2,335 x 930 x 1,475mm (ABS/DCT)
Wheelbase 1,575mm
Seat Height (STD position / Low position) 870/850mm
Ground Clearance 250mm
Dry Weight 208kg (STD), 212 kg (ABS), 222kg (DCT)
Kerb Weight 228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)
Turning Radius 2.6m
Suspension (front) Show 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230mm stroke.
Suspension (rear) Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
Wheels Front Wire spoke with aluminium rim
Wheels Rear Wire spoke with aluminium rim
Rim Size Front 21 x 2.15
Rim Size Rear 18 x 4.00
Tyres Front 90/90-21 tube type
Tyres Rear 150/70-18 tube type
ABS system type ABS* 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch (* ABS & DCT models only, not on STD model)
 Type Front 310mm dual wave floating disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 256mm wave disc with 1-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model with additional slide type 1-piston caliper
Instruments Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, *ABS, *HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock*denotes ABS/DCT type
Headlight Dual LED (1 High/1 Low) with LED
Taillight LED
Indicators STD: Bulb type
ABS/DCT: LED type. Both with Amber Position Light function (APL)

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept

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