The worst-kept secret in motorcycling has been confirmed with Honda unveiling the full tech specs for the bigger, narrower and higher-tech Africa Twin CRF1100L at the AIMExpo motorcycle show in Ohio, USA.
Of course, the biggest news is that the engine has gone from 998cc to a longer-stroke 1084cc with power up from 70kW to 75kW. All details that had already been tipped.
Yet weight has dropped from 243kg to 226kg and 236kg for the ducal-clutch transmission (DCT) model.
It’s largely thanks to a lighter engine and gearbox and a slimmer and lighter frame, subframe and swingarm inspired by the CRF450.
With the extra tech and power, we expect a price rise, but there is no word yet on pricing or availability.
They currently cost about $A17,499 for the standard and $A19,999 for the DCT (plus on-road costs).
The bigger Euro5-compliant engine will now make it more competitive with the BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph adventurers.
It not only has 6% more power, but also 7% more torque at 105Nm.
Stroke has been lengthened from 75.1mm to 81.5mm but the bore remains the same at 92mm.
Honda has made the CRF1100L 2.5 lighter (2.2kg in the DCT version) with aluminium cylinder sleeves and redesigned engine casings.
It features a larger 43mm throttle body, smoother air intake profile, new ECU and more direct fuel injection to improve efficiency.
Exhaust gas flow is controlled in a similar way to the CBR1000RR for a better note.
To compete with the current crop of big adventurers, Honda has added a raft of electronic rider aids to the CRF1100L.
It’s all thanks to a six-axis inertial measurement unit-managed.
Rider aids include optimised off-road “torque control” (basically traction control that manages power and engine braking), three-level wheelie control, two customised riding modes and now four default riding modes.
The new mode is “off-road”.
It also has an LED headlight, automatic indicator cancel and a USB port.
The new touchscreen instrument panel has Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay which only works when your phone is plugged in, not via Bluetooth.