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The call of the wild. It’s hard to ignore it when you’re riding the Africa Twin. It’s a name inseparable from
the spirit of Dakar, on a bike that’s as impressive as the desert itself.
In 1986 the incredible NXR750 made its debut at the Dakar Rally and the dream of winning the most
demanding off road race in the world came true. We went back and did it again in ’87, ’88, and ’89, and
the knowledge and experience we gained from winning went into the original XRV650 Africa Twin which
later became the now legendary XRV750 Africa Twin. That same passion for racing and the philosophy
of learning from it continues to help us make all our production machines better. This is what we mean
when we say, ‘Made by Honda’ and, after four years of development, it’s at the very heart of the new
CRF1000L Africa Twin.
True to its roots, which are ﬁrmly embedded in Dakar history, the Africa Twin is also a comfortable tourer as
well as a practical commuter – but when you hear that call – it’s strong and agile enough to take you across
the more challenging terrain of roads less travelled. True adventure awaits, go ﬁnd it.
The strong 998 cc parallel twin has the
Unicam® head design as its competitive
It delivers handfuls of torque so satisfying
it will tempt you to break free from the
tarmac at the
Dual spark plugs per cylinder, a lightweight camshaft –
made from the same material proven in the Fireblade –
and a 270° phased crankshaft, give this bike a distinctive
feel and character all of its own. It’s like a drumbeat. The
linear response, when you roll on and off the throttle, will
lift your spirit even more when you hear that unmistakable,
off road, 4-stroke growl.
Wrapped in a steel double-cradle frame, the engine’s
compact dimensions allow other components to be
mounted closer to the machine’s centre; centralising the
mass and lowering the centre of gravity. With a class
leading 250 mm ground clearance for off road excursions,
riding this bike feels like second nature.
There’s nothing to hold you back. This unique, light and
agile combination of power and handling not only sets new
standards for adventure bikes; it will set you free.
From the moment you grip the handlebars you’ll just want to ride, and keep on going.
Similar to the CBR1000RR Fireblade, the new Africa Twin also features an aluminium assist slipper clutch, to help stop the rear wheel from
locking up under fast downchanges. In addition to the manual 6-speed model, you can choose optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
which gives you a choice of manual or automatic gear-shifting to suit tarmac, dirt tracks and steep mountain passes.
In ‘MT’ manual mode the gears can be changed manually, through a lightweight 6-speed gearbox, using up and down triggers
on the left handlebar. Then, there are four ‘AT’ automatic modes; ‘D’ mode, which is ideal for cruising and maximising fuel
economy, and ‘S’ Sport mode, with three progressively more sporty shift options: S1, S2 and S3.
With a higher ‘S’ mode selected, the engine holds higher revs before shifting up and down through the gears. So, when
the mood takes you, or where the road and track demands it, you get a much more exciting and sportier ride.
When the going gets tough, the Africa Twin really gets going. Hit the ‘G’ switch on DCT models and traction is
improved throughout all modes. There’s also a unique incline detection feature – just what you need when faced
with a loose, steep track or dune - so you’ll be in full control of any situation.
The Africa Twin’s DCT, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and ABS not only work in unison, but
they can be independently set to give you 80 different possible combinations. In other words, you can
adapt the Africa Twin’s response to suit your own skill level and to whatever the conditions demand.
No other bike of its type can do this. Up or downhill, on or off road, the Africa Twin is the perfect
companion wherever the journey takes you.
Where the road ends, adventure begins.
That’s when you’ll really appreciate how compliant the 45 mm Showa front forks really are. With a
230 mm stroke – the longest in its class – these inverted, cartridge type forks are fully adjustable with
a good range of rebound and compression settings. The rear shock, coupled with our proven off
road Pro-Link system and lightweight swingarm, has a class leading 220 mm travel. The rear
shock is also fully adjustable with an easy to operate, hydraulic spring preload adjustment.
This allows you to make quick changes – no tools required – as the load, the road and
weather conditions change.
The ABS brakes feature twin 310 mm ‘wave’ style ﬂoating front discs with Nissin
4-piston radial calipers for plenty of feel and strong stopping power. Rear disc is a
256 mm ‘wave’ style with a 1-piston caliper. Wheels are a rugged spoked type
21 inch front and 18 inch rear – just like the CRF450 Rally – suitable for ﬁtting
a wide range of road and off road tyres. Another feature taken straight
from our off road machines is the rubber mounted handlebar clamp.
This dramatically reduces any vibration and shock no matter what the
road conditions. We’ve also incorporated a unique brass dynamic
damper in the handle bar, to control vibration and help reduce arm
fatigue on a long haul.
With new bar end weights and knuckle guards up front, the
Africa Twin has a tough, purposeful and determined look
you just can’t argue with.
The look of the new Africa Twin says true adventure.
It’s slim, tough bodywork truly reﬂects the sharp lines of off road inﬂuence
and attitude. Light and agile with a good degree of weather protection, it’s
also an ideal machine for practical weekday commuting. The height of the
comfortable seat can be adjusted from 870 mm down to 850 mm, whilst the
upright riding position makes easy work of town trafﬁc.
The slim design disguises the 18.8 litre fuel tank which, combined with a fuel
efﬁcient engine, can take you up to 248 miles; that’s a lot of adventure!
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Africa Twin without the dual headlights - LED in
this case. When lit, they evoke memories of those Dakar winning machines.
The rear mudguard and tail light is sharp; underlining it’s off road intentions.
The LCD instrument panel displays information vertically, so there are no
distractions looking from side-to-side. Information is arranged in deﬁnite
clusters, making it easy for the eye to pin-point relevant information quickly
at speed, or off road, where you really need to focus on the ground ahead.
The LCD display can also be adapted to display a reading to suit your own
If you’re stopped on a hill, or off-camber, it can be tricky and awkward if
you can’t put both feet on the ground. A 4-position ‘Lever-Lock’ parking
brake system on DCT models gives you more conﬁdence when the bike is
stationary. Hill starts, even with a fully loaded machine, are as easy as pulling
away from the lights.
The windscreen and front cowl are designed to deﬂect the full force of the
wind. This not only reduces the buffeting effect when you’re touring at high
speed, but with clever air ducts positioned just in front of the display unit,
it helps maintain stability at higher speeds too.
The Africa Twin is ready to take you to another world, where fun and hardship
often go hand in hand. Where strange, uneven roads, desert tracks,
and unexplored pathways just can’t be ignored. You’ll always ﬁnd a way,
and once you’ve found it, you’ll know what ‘True Adventure’ really is.
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with Unicam® and 270° crank
Max. Power Output:
70 kW / 7,500 min-1 (95/1/EC)
98 Nm / 6,000 min-1 (95/1/EC)
Manual: 60.1 mpg (WMTC) / DCT: 60.2 mpg (WMTC)
Manual: Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
DCT: Dual wet, multiplate with coil springs
O-ring sealed chain
Manual: Constant mesh 6-speed / DCT: 6-speed DCT with on and off road riding modes
Honda Selectable Torque
Control System (HSTC):
HSTC 3-levels + Switch Off
Steel semi-double cradle type with steel rear subframe
Weight and Dimensions
212 kg / 222 kg
232 kg / 242 kg
Length × Width × Height:
2,335 × 930 × 1,475 mm
870 / 850 mm (STD position / Low position)
Brakes, Wheels and Suspension
ABS System Type:
ABS 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch
310 mm dual wave ﬂoating disc with aluminium hub and radial ﬁt 4-piston calipers,
ABS and sintered metal pads
256 mm wave disc with 1-piston caliper and sintered metal pads.
DCT: Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System with additional slide type 1-piston caliper
21 × MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
18 × MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
90/90 – R21 tube type
150/70 – R18 tube type
Showa 45 mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster
and DF adjustment, 230 mm stroke
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
Rally style negative LCD instrument display including:
Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, ABS, HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock
Dual LED (1 High/1 low)
LED type with Amber Position Light function (APL)
Instruments & Electrics
Pearl Glare White
(CRF Rally Red)
The Africa Twin is ready to go, but you can equip
yourself for the challenges along your adventure with
some well-chosen Honda Genuine Accessories.
Genuine Accessories are designed, tested and built to
the same rigourous standards that Honda applies to
their motorcycles, guaranteeing superb ﬁt, ﬁnish and
functionality. They’re made with true adventure in mind.
A full range of Genuine Accessories is available, including:
Africa Twin Logo
A name that triggers images of hard-riding through desert
landscapes, of man and machine in extreme and hostile places,
the Africa Twin earned the right to wear this badge in the 80s.
The spirit of Dakar lives on in the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
A fully functional LCD display with a vertical, cock-pit design
displays speed, temperature, fuel, DCT gear-shifts*, indicators and
even the time of day. All this information is perfectly arranged to
give you instant at-a-glance feedback.
Long travel suspension and plenty of ground clearance usually
mean a high seat on an adventure bike. No problem with the Africa
Twin, because the spacious and comfortable seat can be adjusted
from the standard 870 mm down to a more manageable 850 mm.
Dual LED Headlights
Bright dual LED headlights do more than just light the way ahead.
They have an attractive round lower half design feature that,
when lit, echoes the unmistakeable round eyes of the early, Dakar
*CRF1000L DCT ABS model only
12V DC Socket
High /Low Seat
An Aluminium effect Top Box with
Honda embossing to the lid. Offers
generous 35L load capacity and is
capable of storing an off road style
helmet plus more. Matching pannier
set available. All luggage is matched to
the bike’s ignition key for convenience.
A polycarbonate screen that provides
improved rider comfort by reducing
buffeting by directing airﬂow above the
helmet and around the shoulders. It is
85 mm taller and 30 mm wider than
the standard screen.
LED Front Fog Lights
LED front fog lights mounted on a
tubular frame which doubles up as
bodywork protection and matches
the sump guard. Provides invaluable
lighting assistance when tackling
DCT Foot Shifter
Allows DCT-equipped bikes to shift
gear in the traditional way with the left
foot. Handlebar mounted shift buttons
will still operate as usual, giving you
the option of using either.
For information on the full range of Honda Genuine Accessories
and Honda Genuine Parts contact your local Honda Dealership.
Part No: MC-BROCH-CRF1LAT1015
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colours, with or without notice at such times in such manner as deemed appropriate.
Major as well as minor changes may be involved. Every effort, however, is made to
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Customers are always advised to discuss specific details with the supplying Dealer,
especially if a selection is dependent upon one of the features advertised. Images in this
brochure show optional accessories and off road tyres that are not standard equipment.
Please contact your local dealer for information and specifications. Please note that the
fuel consumption figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised
testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a
standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment.
Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your
vehicle, weather, road conditions, tyre pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider
and passenger weight, and other factors. You accept that if you do go ahead and make
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and its capabilities. Concentration assists anticipation. Observe other road users’
movements. Brake in plenty of time. Always wear a helmet and quality kit, ride fit and
NEVER after drinking alcohol. Images shown in this brochure include some off road
riding carried out by professional riders in a controlled environment which should not
be replicated on public roads. Good roadcraft and courtesy identify the skilled and
stylish rider. Honda endorse the law that all helmet visors must comply with BS 4110.
Visors that transmit less than 50% of visible light cannot legally be used on the road.
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