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Return of the African beast

HOT METAL: Honda’s new CFR1000L Africa Twin
HOT METAL: Honda’s new CFR1000L Africa Twin

It’s the rebirth of a legend – and they don’t come much more legendary than Honda’s Africa Twin.

Twelve years after the seminal Africa Twin XRV750 went out of production, Honda has unveiled the new CFR1000L Africa Twin.

And the new beast is more than just a road bike with off-road looks – this is truly an uber tourer with real off-road capability. 

The new bike has been designed from the ground up, and features a brand-new 998cc, twin-cylinder engine producing and 94hp of power and 98Nm of torque, packaged in a compact, lightweight frame.

Honda claims the new machine will have a range of up to 400km from its 18.8-litre tank which, even if slightly over-stated, is an impressive figure.

A 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel boost the new Africa Twin’s off-road credentials, as does 250mm of ground clearance.

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. The CRF1000L Africa Twin uses 21/18-inch front/rear spoked wheels, wearing 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres. Wet weight is a claimed 228kg.

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. 

The CRF1000L Africa Twin will be available in three colour options: CRF Rally, Tricolour and Black.