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.
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.
HONDA CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN TECH SPECS
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4 valve-per-cylinder parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam|
|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)|
|Seat Height (STD position / Low position)||870/850mm|
|Dry Weight||208kg (STD), 212 kg (ABS), 222kg (DCT)|
|Kerb Weight||228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)|
|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 & ELECTRICS|
|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|
|Indicators||STD: Bulb type
ABS/DCT: LED type. Both with Amber Position Light function (APL)