2023 Africa Twin Adventure Sport CRF1100L

Model updatesWith the performance and options to transport you across a continent, the fundamentals of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ enduringly popular specification carry on unchanged for 23YM. A lightweight chassis and torque-heavy 1084cc engine; a full electronics package uses a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit to manage HSTC, cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control and cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. Practicality comes in the shape of multiple riding modes, standard fit cruise control, heated grips, USB port, ACC charger and full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporating Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Cornering Lights. There’s also the option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA).

 

For 23YM, a striking, new, contemporary Mat Gray colour option will be available alongside the ‘Pearl Glare White’ Tricolor to further elevate the Africa Twin Adventure Sport from its competition.

 

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Accessories
  5. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

It’s been well over three decades since the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin first rolled into Europe and while the motorcycle that now bears its name – launched in 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin – was a brand-new motorcycle from the wheels up, it fully inherited the essence and spirit of what made the original so popular.

It was the balance between power and weight that was at the heart of the original bike’s appeal, just as it was for the new model. With its unique, athletic appearance, an enjoyable, usable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, the CRF1000L Africa Twin proved itself a true modern-day all-rounder and has been hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike, with over 85,000 units sold.

2018 saw the Africa Twin, in both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) control plus 4 riding modes, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) options, as well as intake and exhaust development for improved engine response and sound. The platform also expanded: the Africa Twin Adventure Sports – with the same updates but featuring improved wind protection, greater tank range and longer-travel suspension – extended the machine even further into long-range off-road territory.

For 20YM, the introduction of a bigger capacity, longer stroke 1084cc engine marked another landmark in the evolution of the Africa Twin. The CRF1100L Africa Twin* itself was comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and even sharper off-road focus. Meanwhile, the touring comfort, technology and ability of the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports were also further enhanced – including the option of the cutting-edge Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA) suspension.

For 22YM, the Africa Twin Adventure Sports (which accounted for 57% of all Africa Twin sales in 2021) was equipped with refined DCT settings for even smoother handling in 1st and 2nd gears, a new, more compact screen design and striking ultra-modern ‘Cracked Terrain’ graphics. Although there are no specification changes for 23YM, the addition of a new Mat Iridium Gray Metallic colour adds further to the Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ appeal.

 

*See separate CRF1100L Africa Twin Press Kit.

 

  1. Model Overview

The CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports shares the frame, engine and riding position of the off-road focussed CRF1100L Africa Twin but has a role very much of its own: to offer riders real continent-crossing long-haul ability and practicality both on and off-road. This comes in the shape of a large 24.8L fuel tank, extensive wind protection (from both the fairing and fairing side panels), height-adjustable screen, large engine sump guard, aluminium rear carrier plus tubeless wheels and tyres. ACC charger and heated grips are also standard fit.

There’s 75kW power with 105Nm torque available from the1,084cc parallel twin cylinder engine, while the steel frame is the foundation of its handling prowess; it also uses a bolt-on bolt-on aluminium subframe. The aluminium swingarm references that of the CRF450R moto-crosser.

A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controls not only the 7-level HSTC but also 3-level Wheelie Control, cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection. There are four default riding modes: URBAN, TOUR, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD.

For cutting edge suspension damping front and rear the Africa Twin Adventure Sports is also available with Showa EERA as an option. Four default modes – SOFT, MID, HARD and OFF-ROAD – cover every type of riding situation, and there’s a USER mode for further fine-tuning. Rear spring preload can also be adjusted while stationary.

Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) feature three-stage Cornering Lights – that automatically adjust the field of illumination depending on the lean angle, giving optimum visibility for improved safety. Cruise control and heated grips are standard-fit. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen brings immersive engagement with the machine’s systems, plus Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity.

 

For 23YM the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports will be available in the following paint options:

  • **NEW** Mat Iridium Gray Metallic
  • Pearl Glare White

 

  1. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Protective bodywork with compact, height-adjustable screen
  • 8L fuel tank, aluminium insert panels, rear rack and engine bash plate
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with Cornering Lights
  • Cruise control, heated grips and ACC charger
  • Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® allow use of a smartphone through the MID

 

Designed for the long-haul, the Africa Twin Adventure Sports has an extensive front fairing with 5-level adjustable screen – a compact design that opens up vision while still offering plenty of wind and weather protection. Sharing the 850-870mm seat height of the Africa Twin, the 1182mm handlebars give an upright, high-visibility riding position and comfortable control, whether standing or seated.

The tail section is extremely slim, and the narrow seat carefully contoured to allow easy back and forth movement as well as good ground reach. Holding 24.8L, the fuel tank offers a potential range of over 500km, thanks to fuel economy of 4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT and 4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT (WMTC mode). A large engine sump guard and aluminium rear carrier are included in the specification.

Dual LED headlights are set high, delivering a penetrating beam and also feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that automatically adjust to ambient light intensity, improving safety, no matter the conditions. For additional security, the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports features three-stage Cornering Lights that use speed and lean angle (controlled by the IMU) to automatically adjust the area illuminated when cornering. Large knuckle guards are standard.

The full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen keeps the rider in control of all of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ systems, with each of the riding modes­ selectable through the top left of the screen. The MID can also be customised to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

It also incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, allowing use of a smartphone through the touchscreen. Navigation apps can also be accessed and displayed and, via a Bluetooth helmet headset, calls can be made or received. The smartphone itself plugs into a USB charging port on the right of the MID. Hands-free wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also an option and all control inputs are made from the left-hand switchgear.

The front and rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. When braking suddenly over 50kph the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. The indicators include an auto-cancel function; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation. The auto-cancel feature can be switched off using the MID. Standard-fit cruise control eases long-distance highway travel.

For 23YM, the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports will be available in two paint options. The Pearl Glare White Tricolor continues for 23YM, with its classic, evocative  colour scheme and striking gold wheels. It is joined by a stylish new Mat Iridium Gray Metallic, with black wheel rims.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 1,084cc twin-cylinder engine gives 75kW peak power and 105Nm peak torque
  • Unicam 8-valve head and semi-dry sump
  • Variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) offers an engaging low-rpm sound and high-rpm performance

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ 1,084cc, 8-valve parallel-twin engine produces 75kW @ 7,500rpm and peak torque of 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Bore is set at 92mm with 81.5mm stroke and compression ratio of 10.1:1. 46mm throttle bodies feed the inlet ports and the bore and cylinder pitches are aligned to create a smooth air intake profile. The ECU setting and injector angle work in unison to deliver a direct spray into the twin-spark combustion chambers.

Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the MX competition-specification CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head and entire engine package; inlet valves are 10.1mm diameter, exhaust valves 9.3mm. Aluminium cylinder sleeves save weight while the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine’s signature ‘throb’.

The crankcases are split horizontally; the water pump is housed efficiently within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences; the water and oil pumps are both driven by the engine’s balancer shafts.

It’s a semi-dry sump design with in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth that keeps overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts.

The aluminium clutch centre and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; with the change to the 1100cc engine for 20YM, the clutch diameter was reduced in size compared to the previous design, with reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel. The six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes. A quickshifter remains available as an optional extra.

The exhaust end-can features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV), very similar to the unit fitted to the Fireblade. It offers enhanced engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing exhaust note ‘pulse’ at lower rpm.

 

3.3 Engine & Chassis Management Electronics

  • IMU-managed HSTC intervention levels have focus on off-road use
  • Wheelie Control features 3 levels and IMU management
  • Four riding modes: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD
  • Two USER modes allow for complete riding modes customisation

Throttle By Wire (TBW) management and a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)* are at the heart of the electronic package. The system offers 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking. There are seven levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) with each level’s amount of intervention being optimised to work with real-time input (yaw/roll angle and rate) from the IMU. The spacing of the levels is optimised to allow the rider a finer choice of the amount of rear tyre slide for off-road riding. HSTC can also be turned off completely.

Wheelie Control is another feature. With the IMU measuring pitch angle and rate, and controlling engine torque via TBW, the rider can choose between 3 levels of input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement. Level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two. Wheelie Control can also be turned off completely.

There are four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions and situations plus two customisable USER settings. Even within the default riding modes, it’s possible to change some parameters – HSTC between levels 1-7 (plus off), Wheelie Control between levels 1-3 (plus off) and DCT S mode shift pattern levels 1-3.

 

TOUR employs the highest level of Power (1), for touring loaded with pillion and luggage plus mid-range Engine Braking (2) with active on-road cornering ABS.

URBAN suits wide-ranging riding requirements and uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

GRAVEL delivers the lowest level of Power (4) and Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; in this setting, the rear brake ABS cannot be switched off.

OFF-ROAD uses lower-mid level Power (3) and the lowest amount of Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; the rear brake ABS can be switched off.

USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups – choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, plus HSTC, Wheelie Control and ABS (on-road/off-road) parameters. USER 1 starts out with level 2 Power and Engine Braking, USER 2 uses level 4 Power and 3 Engine Braking.

 

*See the Chassis section 3.5 of this press kit.

 

3.4 Dual Clutch Transmission

  • ‘Easy and direct’ system offers super-fast gear changes in either Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D and S modes
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner than D, for more aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on gradient
  • IMU allows corning detection function for improved shift timings
  • Designed for smooth handling at pull-away and in lower gears

Honda has sold over 200,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F in 2009. Testament to its acceptance in the marketplace, in 2021 DCT versions of Africa Twin (including Adventure Sports version) accounted for 51% of the model’s sales. For the Adventure Sports version itself, the figure rises to 61%.

The unique DCT system delivers consistent, super-fast seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth.

The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear), impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and greater ability to focus on cornering lines and braking points add to DCT’s appeal.

Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time, DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

DCT for the Africa Twin is also fully equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality enhanced by the G switch accessed via the TFT touch screen display. Activating the G switch in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes

Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of an incline to provide optimum control.

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ DCT system also uses cornering detection; when the IMU recognises the bike is cornering, the system subtly adjusts the shifting programme for the most natural gear changes. The DCT settings are also optimised in first and second gears to allow smoother handling from a standing start and at very low speeds.

 

3.5 Chassis

  • Lightweight frame, with bolt-on aluminium subframe and light, rigid CRF450R-style swingarm for outstanding rear wheel traction and feel
  • A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit is housed in the centre of the machine
  • Cornering ABS provides sure-footed feel and features an off-road setting

At the very heart of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ elevated on and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tucked away at the centre of the machine, that measures – in real-time – roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It aids the management of rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.

The strength and rigidity balance of the steel semi-double cradle frame revolves around boosted off-road ability – at the same time reinforcing its all-round on-road manners. Rigidity around the steering head is optimised to enhance feel for front end grip; the main spars are slim and straight with no front cross pipe. Ground clearance is 250mm, with wheelbase of 1575mm and rake and trail of 27.5°/113mm. Wet weight is 238kg, with DCT at 248kg. The Showa EERATM adds a further 2kg in both Manual and DCT guises.

A bolt-on aluminium subframe allows a width of 195mm – crucial for easier ground reach. The lightweight aluminium swingarm – taking its direction from the design used by the CRF450R – improves rear wheel traction and rider feel.

To tailor damping force front and rear – and spring preload to suit load and riding conditions – Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA) is an option on the Africa Twin Adventure Sports. Showa EERA adjusts damping force relative to riding mode selected and aims to deliver high-quality suspension reaction in diverse and opposite conditions – riding comfort at slower speeds and stability at higher speeds.

Input is gathered from stroke sensors plus Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). There are three road settings: SOFT has the lowest damping force for smoothest reaction, versatile MID operates as an all-round setting with HARD, using the highest damping force through low-to-high stroke speed, designed for sportier riding.

There is an OFF-ROAD setting that gradually raises front fork damping force as stroke speed rises and uses higher damping settings for the rear shock.

Rear spring preload can be electronically adjusted while stationary, through four default settings; 1) riding solo, 2) riding solo with luggage, 3) riding two-up and 4) riding two-up with luggage. A USER option allows for fine-tuning of damping force front and rear and 24 points of rear spring preload.

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports is also available with standard Showa suspension. With stroke length of 230mm, the 45mm cartridge-type inverted front fork offers long-travel bump absorption and features revised internal settings to improve all-round performance. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminium top yoke and forged bottom yoke – with a hollow aluminium stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

Matching the front suspension, the Showa rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel and features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.

The swingarm pivot points’ inner plates use 600MPa high-strength steel and the upper cross tube that connects them acts as the rear shock upper mount (through a pillow-ball joint) improving feel for rear wheel traction.

The IMU takes in lean angle, deceleration (from front/rear wheel speed sensors) and incorporates the slip rate of the front and rear wheels to manage braking pressure through the ABS; likewise if it detects sudden rear wheel lift, it finely controls brake force to maintain stability. When stationary the rear ABS can be cancelled for off-road riding.

Compact two-piece radial-mount four-piston calipers work dual 310mm ‘wave’ floating discs through sintered pads. The rear 256mm ‘wave’ disc features hole punching and shaping. 21/18-inch front rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q, rated at 180km/h and 160km/h respectively) are approved for fitment.

To make puncture repair easier when on tour the 21/18-inch front and rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear tubeless Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T or Metzeler Karoo Street tyres, sized 90/90-21M/C 54H and 150/70R18 M/C 70H. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q are also approved for fitment).

 

4 Accessories

A range of Honda Genuine Accessories is available for the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, available individually as well as in selected packs for convenience.

The Super Pack has been developed to enhance both long distance comfort and increase luggage capacity, with two luggage versions available: aluminium and plastic.

 

This pack includes

  • Full aluminium luggage set featuring a top box (42L) and panniers (37L left / 33L right) with inner bags

or

  • Full plastic luggage set featuring a large plastic top box (58L) and panniers (40L left / 30L right), with inner bags
  • 5L tank bag
  • Front side pipes
  • Front fog lights
  • Engine guard (with attachment)
  • Radiator grills
  • 12V accessory socket
  • Visors and deflectors sets
  • Main stand

 

The Travel Pack maximises the Africa Twins long distance travelling abilities. Like the Super Pack, the Travel pack is also available in two versions, aluminium and plastic

  • Full aluminium luggage set featuring a top box (42L) and panniers (37L left / 33L right) with inner bags

or

  • Full plastic luggage set featuring a large plastic top box (58L) and panniers (40L left / 30L right), with inner bags
  • 5L tank bag
  • Engine guard attachment
  • Front side pipes
  • Visors and deflectors sets
  • Main stand

 

Additional accessories are also available and include:

  • Low (825-845mm) or high (870-895mm) seat options
  • Full sticker protection
  • Slip-on SC-Project muffler
  • 38L top box
  • 3L tank bag

 

5 Technical Specifications

ENGINE
Type SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam
Displacement 1084cc
Bore & Stroke 92mm x 81.5mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Max. Power Output 75kW at 7500rpm
Max. Torque 105Nm at 6250rpm
Noise Level L-urban73.2dB, L-wot78.9dB – MT;
L-urban 73.7dB, L-wot 79.6dB – DCT
Oil Capacity 4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 24.8L
CO2 Emissions 112g/km MT

110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption 4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT

4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)
ACG Output  0.49kW/5000rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch

DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type 6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)
FRAME
Type Semi double cradle
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2330mm x 960mm x 1490mm (1545mm with screen in uppermost position)
Wheelbase 1575mm
Caster Angle 27.5°
Trail 113mm
Seat Height 850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)
Ground Clearance 250mm
Kerb Weight 238kg (DCT 248kg)

With Showa EERATM 240kg MT (DCT 250kg)

SUSPENSION
Type Front  

Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and damping adjustment, 230mm stroke

 

EERATM – Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 45mm, and Showa EERATM with compression and rebound dumping adjustments, 230mm stroke

 

Type Rear Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.

 

EERATM – Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic remote control preload adjuster and electric control unit with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel

WHEELS
Type Front 21M/C x MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Type Rear 18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Rim Size Front 21″
Rim Size Rear 18″
Tyres Front 90/90-21M/C 54H (tubeless type)

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T
Metzler Karoo Street

Tyres Rear 150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type)

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T
Metzler Karoo Street

BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting
Type Front 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD Meter, TFT 6.5inch touch panel multi information display
Security System Immobiliser, security alarm (optional)
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Electrics Daytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto®, USB socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC, cornering lights, wheelie control

 

** Please note that the 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, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2023 Africa Twin CRF1100L

Model updates: Rugged, agile and highly capable, the fundamentals of the Africa Twin’s enduringly popular package carry on unchanged for 23YM. On offer is hard-edged off-road performance from an athletic, lightweight chassis with slim rally-style bodywork and characterful, torque-heavy 1084cc engine. A full electronics package uses a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit to manage HSTC, cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control and  cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. Practicality comes in the shape of multiple riding modes, standard fit cruise control, USB port and full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporating Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity.

 

For 23YM, there are updates to two of the three available paint schemes – a full-stealth Black Metallic version and a new ‘Glint Wave Blue Metallic’ Tricolour.

 

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Accessories
  5. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

It’s been well over three decades since the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin first rolled into Europe and while the motorcycle that now bears its name – launched for 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin – was a brand-new machine from the wheels up, it fully inherited the essence and spirit of what made the original so popular.

It was the balance between power and weight that was at the heart of the original bike’s appeal, just as it was for the new model. With its unique, athletic appearance, an enjoyable, usable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, the CRF1000L Africa Twin proved itself a true modern-day all-rounder and has been hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike, with over 85,000 units sold.

2018 saw the Africa Twin, in both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) control plus 3 riding modes, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) options, as well as intake and exhaust development for improved engine response and sound. The platform also expanded: the Africa Twin Adventure Sports – with the same updates but featuring improved wind protection, greater tank range and longer-travel suspension – extended the machine even further into long-range territory.

For the 20YM, the introduction of a bigger capacity, longer stroke 1084cc engine marked another landmark in the evolution of the Africa Twin. The touring comfort, technology and ability of the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports* were further enhanced – adding the option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (SHOWA EERA) suspension, and the CRF1100L Africa Twin itself was comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and even sharper off-road focus. Alongside the increase in power and torque from the new engine, it was also significantly lighter – in keeping with the first principles set out all those years ago

22YM saw the Africa Twin equipped with refined DCT settings for even smoother handling in 1st and 2nd gears, standard fitment aluminium rear carrier and striking, ultra-modern ‘Big Logo’ graphics. Although there are no specification changes for 23YM, the evolution of two, ultra-cool paint choices add even more to the Africa Twin’s all-round desirability.

 

*See separate CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports Press Kit.

 

  1. Model Overview

The CRF1100L Africa Twin is a motorcycle focused on core off-road ability with the look – and feel – of a true rally machine. Slim and lightweight, its 1,084cc parallel twin cylinder engine produces 75kW power with 105Nm torque, while the steel frame is the foundation of its handling prowess; it also uses a bolt-on aluminium subframe. The aluminium swingarm references that of the CRF450R moto-crosser.

At the centre of the Africa Twin, a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controls not only the 7-level HSTC but also 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and enhanced DCT cornering detection. There are four default riding modes: URBAN, TOUR, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD.

Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) give optimum visibility, improving safety. Cruise control is standard-fit.  A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen brings immersive engagement with the machine’s systems, plus Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity.

For 23YM CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in the following paint options:

  • Grand Prix Red
  • **NEW** Mat Ballistic Black Metallic – now with all-black frame
  • **NEW** Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolour – with blue front ‘face’, and blue front fender and tail section with red and white detailing

 

 

  1. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Compact body style designed for off-road, with slim seat and high handlebars
  • Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® allow use of a smartphone through the MID
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control

Aggressive and compact. Two words that sum up the Africa Twin’s taut rally-style bodywork. And it’s for a reason – to work better off-road. The fixed screen is short to allow for easy scanning of the trail ahead and, with a seat height of 850-870mm, the high-set handlebars give an upright, high-visibility riding position and comfortable control, whether standing or seated. The tail section is extremely slim and the narrow seat carefully contoured to allow good ground reach and easy back and forth movement while an aluminium rear carrier is standard fit for convenient carrying ability.

Dual LED headlights are set high, delivering a penetrating beam, and also feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that automatically adjust to ambient light intensity, improving safety, no matter the conditions. Knuckle guards are standard.

The full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen keeps the rider in control of all of the Africa Twin’s systems, with each of the riding modes­ selectable through the top left of the screen. The MID can also be customised to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

It also incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, allowing use of a smartphone through the touchscreen. Navigation apps can also be accessed and displayed and, via a Bluetooth helmet headset, calls can be made or received. The smartphone itself plugs into a USB charging port on the right of the MID. Hands-free wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also an option and all control inputs are made from the left-hand switchgear.

The front and rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. When braking suddenly over 50kph the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. They also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation. The auto-cancel feature can be switched off using the MID. Standard-fit cruise control eases long-distance highway travel.

For 23YM, the CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in three paint options. The Mat Ballistic Black Metallic, new for 23YM, comes complete with a colour matched rear subframe. The classic Tricolore option is renamed as ‘Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolore’, as it features blue front ‘face’, and blue front fender and tail section with red and white detailing.  The third colour is the classic ‘CRF’ Grand Prix Red, which pays homage to Honda’s off road racing heritage.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 1,084cc twin-cylinder engine gives 75kW peak power with 105Nm torque
  • Unicam 8-valve head and semi-dry sump
  • Variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) offers an engaging low-rpm sound and high-rpm performance

The 1,084cc, 8-valve parallel-twin engine produces 75kW @ 7,500rpm and peak torque of 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Bore is set at 92mm with 81.5mm stroke and compression ratio of 10.1:1. 46mm throttle bodies feed the inlet ports and the bore and cylinder pitches are aligned to create a smooth air intake profile. The ECU setting and injector angle work in unison to deliver a direct spray into the twin-spark combustion chambers.

Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the MX competition-specification CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head and entire engine package; inlet valves are 10.1mm in diameter, exhaust valves 9.3mm. Aluminium cylinder sleeves save weight while the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine’s signature ‘throb’.

The crankcases are split horizontally; the water pump is housed efficiently within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences; the water and oil pumps are both driven by the engine’s balancer shafts.

It’s a semi-dry sump design with in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth that keeps overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts.

The aluminium clutch centre and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; with the change to the 1100cc engine for 20YM, the clutch diameter was reduced in size compared to the previous design, with reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel. The six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes. A quickshifter remains available as an optional extra.

The exhaust end-can features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV), very similar to the unit fitted to the Fireblade. It offers enhanced engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing exhaust note ‘pulse’ at lower rpm.

 

3.3 Engine & Chassis Management Electronics

  • IMU-managed HSTC intervention levels have focus on off-road use
  • Wheelie Control features 3 levels and IMU management
  • Four riding modes: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD
  • Two USER modes allow for complete riding modes customisation

Throttle By Wire (TBW) management and a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)* are at the heart of the electronic package. The system offers 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking. There are seven levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) with each level’s amount of intervention being optimised to work with real-time input (yaw/roll angle and rate) from the IMU. The spacing of the levels is optimised to allow the rider a finer choice of the amount of rear tyre slide for off-road riding. HSTC can also be turned off completely.

Wheelie Control is another feature. With the IMU measuring pitch angle and rate, and controlling engine torque via TBW, the rider can choose between 3 levels of input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement. Level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two. Wheelie Control can also be turned off completely.

There are four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions and situations plus two customisable USER settings. Even within the default riding modes, it’s possible to change some parameters – HSTC between levels 1-7 (plus off), Wheelie Control between levels 1-3 (plus off) and DCT S mode shift pattern levels 1-3.

 

TOUR employs the highest level of Power (1), for touring loaded with pillion and luggage plus mid-range Engine Braking (2) with active on-road cornering ABS.

URBAN suits wide-ranging riding requirements and uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

GRAVEL delivers the lowest level of Power (4) and Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; in this setting, the rear brake ABS cannot be switched off.

OFF-ROAD uses lower-mid level Power (3) and the lowest amount of Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; the rear brake ABS can be switched off.

USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups – choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, plus HSTC, Wheelie Control and ABS (on-road/off-road) parameters. USER 1 starts out with level 2 Power and Engine Braking, USER 2 uses level 4 Power and 3 Engine Braking.

 

*See the Chassis section 3.5 of this press kit.

 

3.4 Dual Clutch Transmission

  • ‘Easy and direct’ system offers super-fast gear changes in either Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D and S modes
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner than D, for more aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on gradient
  • IMU allows corning detection function for improved shift timings
  • Designed for smooth handling at pull-away and in lower gears

Honda has sold over 200,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F in 2009. Testament to its acceptance in the marketplace, in 2021 DCT versions of Africa Twin (including Adventure Sports version) accounted for 51% of the model’s sales.

The unique DCT system delivers consistent, super-fast seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth.

The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear), impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and greater ability to focus on cornering lines and braking points add to DCT’s appeal.

Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time, DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

DCT for the Africa Twin is also fully equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality enhanced by the G switch accessed via the TFT touch screen display. Activating the G switch in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.

Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of an incline to provide optimum control.

The Africa Twin’s DCT system also uses cornering detection; when the IMU recognises the bike is cornering, the system subtly adjusts the shifting programme for the most natural gear changes. The DCT settings are also optimised in first and second gears to allow smoother handling from a standing start and at very low speeds.

 

3.5 Chassis

  • Lightweight frame, with bolt-on aluminium subframe and light, rigid CRF450R-style swingarm for outstanding rear wheel traction and feel
  • A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit is housed in the centre of the machine
  • Cornering ABS provides sure-footed feel and features an off-road setting
  • Optimised damping and spring rates for the front and rear Showa suspension

At the very heart of the Africa Twin’s elevated on- and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tucked away at the centre of the machine, that measures – in real-time – roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It aids the management of rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.

The strength and rigidity balance of the steel semi-double cradle frame revolves around boosted off-road ability – at the same time reinforcing its all-round on-road manners. Rigidity around the steering head is optimised to enhance feel for front end grip; the main spars are slim and straight with no front cross pipe. Ground clearance is 250mm, with wheelbase of 1574mm and rake and trail of 27° 30’/113mm. Wet weight is 229kg (DCT 240kg).

A bolt-on aluminium subframe allows a width of 195mm – crucial for easier ground reach. The lightweight aluminium swingarm – taking its direction from the design used by the CRF450R – improves rear wheel traction and rider feel.

With stroke length of 230mm the 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front fork offers long-travel bump absorption and with internal settings for high-quality on- and off-road performance. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminium top yoke and forged bottom yoke – joined by hollow aluminium stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

Matching the front suspension, the Showa rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel and features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.

The swingarm pivot points’ inner plates use 600MPa high-strength steel and the upper cross tube that connects them acts as the rear shock upper mount (through a pillow-ball joint) improving feel for rear wheel traction.

The IMU takes in lean angle, deceleration (from front/rear wheel speed sensors) and incorporates the slip rate of the front and rear wheels to manage braking pressure through the ABS; likewise if it detects sudden rear wheel lift, it finely controls brake force to maintain stability. When stationary the rear ABS can be cancelled for off-road riding.

Compact two-piece radial-mount four-piston calipers work dual 310mm ‘wave’ floating discs through sintered pads. The rear 256mm ‘wave’ disc features hole punching and shaping. 21/18-inch front rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q, rated at 180km/h and 160km/h respectively) are approved for fitment.

 

4 Accessories

A range of Honda Genuine Accessories is available for the Africa Twin, available individually as well as in selected packs for convenience to further enhance the Africa Twin riding experience.

The Off-Road Pack enhances the Africa Twin’s natural off-road ability and includes:

  • Rally steps
  • DCT pedal shift (Only for DCT version)
  • Quick Shifter (Only for MT version)
  • Engine guard and attachment
  • Front side pipes
  • Radiator grills
  • Smoke windscreen
  • Wheel stripes
  • Side tank pads
  • Knuckle guard extensions

 

The Electric Pack contains all the electrical accessories needed for maximum comfort while riding and includes:

  • Front fog lights
  • Heated grips
  • 12V Accessory Socket

 

The Super Pack has been developed to enhance both long distance comfort and increase luggage capacity, with two versions available: aluminium and plastic.

This pack includes

  • Full aluminium luggage set featuring a top box (42L) and panniers (37L left / 33L right) with inner bags

or

  • Full plastic luggage set featuring a large plastic top box (58L) and panniers (40L left / 30L right), with inner bags

Plus

  • 5L tank bag
  • Front side pipes
  • Front fog lights
  • Engine guard (with attachment)
  • Heated grips
  • 12V accessory socket
  • High windscreen
  • Visors and deflectors sets
  • Centre stand

 

The Travel Pack maximises the Africa Twins long distance travelling abilities. Like the Super Pack, the Travel pack is also available in two versions, aluminium and plastic

  • Full aluminium luggage set featuring a top box (42L) and panniers (37L left / 33L right) with inner bags

or

  • Full plastic luggage set featuring a large plastic top box (58L) and panniers (40L left / 30L right), with inner bags

Plus

  • 5L tank bag
  • Engine guard attachment
  • Front side pipes
  • Main Stand

 

Additional accessories are also available and include:

  • Low (825-845mm) or high (870-895mm) seat options
  • Full sticker protection
  • Slip-on SC-Project muffler
  • 38L top box
  • 3L tank bag

 

5 Technical Specifications

ENGINE
Type SOHC Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam
Displacement 1084cc
Bore x Stroke 92mm x 81.5mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Max. Power Output 75kW at 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 105Nm at 6,250rpm
Noise Level L-urban73.5dB, L-wot79.2dB – MT;
L-urban 73.6dB, L-wot 79.4dB – DCT
Oil Capacity 4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 18.8L
CO2 Emissions 112g/km MT

110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption 4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT

4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-6Ah Li-ion BATTERY (20Hr)
ACG Output  0.49 kW / 5000rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch

DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type 6 Speed Manual (6 Speed DCT)
FRAME
Type Semi Double Cradle
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,330mm x 960mm x 1,395mm
Wheelbase 1,575mm
Caster Angle 27.5°
Trail 113mm
Seat Height 850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)
Ground Clearance 250mm
Kerb Weight 229kg (DCT 240kg)
SUSPENSION
Type Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230mm stroke.
Type Rear Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
WHEELS
Type Front 21M/C x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Type Rear 18M/C x 4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Rim Size Front 21″
Rim Size Rear 18″
Tyres Front 90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type)

(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)

Tyres Rear 150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type)

(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)

BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with ON road and OFF road setting
Type Front 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads.
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD meter, TFT 6.5inch touch panel multi information display
Security System Immobiliser, security alarm (optional)
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Electrics Daytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay®, Android Auto®, USB Socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC, wheelie control

 

** Please note that the 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, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

 

2022 Chieftain Elite

 

 

Designed for discerning riders who demand the best of the best, the 2022 Chieftain Elite combines a sophisticated design with custom-inspired details straight from the factory. With only 20 available in Europe from the 150 being produced, the Chieftain Elite is highly exclusive.

 

Features:

  • Heavy Metal Smoke Paint
  • Polished Bronze Engine Finishes
  • Polished Bronze Badging
  • 10-Spoke Machined Wheels
  • Full Powerband Audio
  • Adaptive LED Headlight
  • LED Saddlebag Lights
  • Select Floorboards
  • Flare Windscreen
  • Back-lit Switch Cubes
  • ‘Elite’ Saddlebag Decal

Price:

  • Heavy Metal Smoke with Polished Bronze Accents – £29,651

 

Custom-Inspired Style

It’s all in the details, as the Chieftain Elite’s eye-catching Heavy Metal Smoke paint is complemented by premium bronze finishes, including the tank’s Indian Motorcycle headdress, saddlebag latches, centre console, primary cover and airbox. Oil-rubbed bronze finishes across the engine’s push rod tubes, horn cover, and cam cover take the Chieftain Elite’s style to an entirely new level straight from the factory.

The Chieftain Elite’s streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags with sharp lines and hard edges contribute to the bike’s aggressive demeanour. In addition, LED saddlebag lights, a two-up comfort seat, low suspension, precision machined wheels, and premium blacked-out finishes complete the Chieftain Elite’s head-turning style.

 

Unmatched, Air-Cooled Performance

Packing the most powerful Indian Motorcycle air-cooled engine, the Thunderstroke 116, the Chieftain Elite delivers class-leading performance with 171 Nm of torque. Rear cylinder deactivation improves rider comfort when riding through slower traffic, while three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard and Sport, allow riders to adjust the bike’s throttle response to match their riding style.

 

Premium Amenities & Ride-Enhancing Technology

As standard equipment, the 2022 Chieftain Elite packs premium amenities, including an Adaptive Pathfinder LED headlight, an adjustable and tinted flare windscreen, spacious aluminium select floorboards, rear saddlebag LED lights, backlit switch cubes, and an integrated 400-watt PowerBand audio system. Like the Indian Challenger Elite, the Chieftain Elite features the seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND with Apple CarPlay® and GPS with navigation*. Standard features include, ABS, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring, as well as weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags with more than 68 litres of storage.

Riders looking to personalise their Indian Challenger Elite or Chieftain Elite can do so with a variety of style, comfort and touring accessory upgrades. Indian Challenger Elite riders can add even more custom style to the rear with Pathfinder LED Saddlebag Lights, while Chieftain Elite riders can add even more lighting up-front with Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights. Elite riders can also take their comfort to the next level with the ClimaCommand Heated and Cooled two-up seat that features individual controls for rider and passenger. Riders of either model can enjoy longer rides with the versatile Spirit Lake Luggage Collection, colour-matched Hard Lower Fairings, a colour-matched Trunk and up to 800 watts of PowerBand audio.

2022 FTR Special Edition

This beautiful, new, limited edition model sets an unique precedent in the FTR line-up, combining bold style and exhilarating performance.

And, with availability strictly limited to just 150 exclusive FTR Stealth Grey motorcycles, don’t miss your opportunity to own one.

RRP – £16,095+ OTR

 

The 2022 FTR has a refined engine tune, optimised suspension settings plus a steeper head angle, shorter trail and Metzeler Sportec tyres on 17” wheels.

 

“From its 2019 launch, we have seen the global appeal of the FTR as a true American original,” said Grant Bester Vice President International, Indian Motorcycle. “From its incarnation as the flat tracker for the street, to the 2022 refinements that upped the street performance to another level, we are now proud to introduce the FTR Stealth Grey Special Edition. This factory exclusive, designed by our internationally staffed design teams, takes the FTR’s American heritage and iconic silhouette, and combines its dynamic performance with understated, under the radar, styling.”

 

Delivering a truly superior riding experience, the FTR Stealth Gray benefits from 92 kW (123 hp) and 120 Nm (88.5 ft-lb) of torque from its punchy, sporty 1203cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine.

Precise handling is ensured through a combination of ProTaper handlebars, rake angle of 25°, trail of 99.9 mm, fully-adjustable suspension and 17-inch cast wheels wrapped in Metzeler Sportec tyres while Radially mounted dual Brembo brakes provide powerful stopping power.

For a comfortable and convenient ride, the FTR Stealth Gray comes as standard with cruise control, cylinder deactivation to manage engine heat when the motorcycle is idle and Indian Motorcycle’s 110 mm (4.3-inch) touchscreen display, which offers phone integration via Bluetooth or USB and configurable gauges.

Rounding out the feature set are the Akrapovič exhaust, three ride modes, wheelie control with rear lift mitigation, stability control, traction control and cornering ABS.

 

2022 Challenger Elite

 

With only 200 available worldwide and just 25 coming to Europe, 2022 marks the debut for the Indian Challenger Elite. Its muscle car-inspired styling turns heads, while class-leading performance provides unmatched passing power. Premium amenities and advanced ride-enhancing technology combine for a comfortable ride – whether cruising city streets or touring backroads.

 

Features:

  • Electronically Adjustable Rear Suspension
  • Adaptive LED Headlight
  • LED Driving Lights
  • Full Powerband Audio
  • Heated Grips
  • Select Floorboards
  • Flare Windscreen
  • Red-stitched Seat
  • Elite Colour-matched Badging
  • Low-rise Handlebars

Price:

  • Stealth Grey with Black Metallic & Indy Red Accents – £33,651

 

Muscle Car-Inspired Styling

The Challenger Elite’s Stealth Grey and Black Metallic paint with Indy Red accents screams American muscle. A red stitched seat and colour-matched Elite badging complete the bike’s performance-inspired design.

 

Class-Leading Performance

At the heart of the Indian Challenger Elite is the liquid-cooled, 1768 cc (108 ci) PowerPlus engine. With best-in-class 122 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque, the Indian Challenger Elite delivers incredible V-twin performance with unmatched passing power.

With three ride modes, riders can customise the bike’s throttle mapping by selecting from Rain, Standard or Sport mode – resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct performance personalities. Each ride mode has been engineered with its own distinct traction control setting to align with each mode’s specific throttle mapping.

 

Premium Amenities & Ride-Enhancing Technology

With loads of premium amenities and advanced ride-enhancing technology, riders will have no problems traversing hundreds of miles a day. Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox® allows riders to conveniently dial in their bike to account for extra cargo or two-up riding, while intuitive Smart Lean Technology keeps riders confidently grounded. Back lit switch cubes improve the rider’s ability to see the bike’s controls at night, while an adaptive LED Headlight, along with LED driving lights, deliver superior illumination, as the adaptive headlight adjusts light spread based on the bike’s lean angle. An adjustable flare windscreen, select floorboards, and heated grips contribute to a comfortable ride experience.

In addition, an upgraded and fully integrated 400-watt PowerBand audio system, including saddlebag speakers, produce crystal-clear sound quality at any speed. The bike’s industry-leading seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND offers Apple CarPlay® and GPS with turn-by-turn navigation*. Standard features aboard the Indian Challenger Elite include, ABS, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring, as well as weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags with more than 68 litres of storage.

 

23YM DAX

Model updates: Sprinting joyfully out of the traps – and after a 41-year absence from Honda’s European line-up – the new Dax joins the Monkey and MSX125 Grom in Honda’s mini-bike line-up. Authentic, robust and offering simple riding pleasure, it features a pressed steel frame, 31mm USD forks, 12-inch wheels and air-cooled SOHC two-valve engine with four-speed gearbox and centrifugal clutch. Full LED lighting, compact negative LCD display and pillion grab rail complete the full specification list, and the intangible and timeless appeal of the unmistakeable Dax styling is something no spec sheet can encapsulate.

23YM HONDA ST125 DAX

Colours:

  • Pearl Nebula Red
  • Pearl Cadet Grey

Price:

  • £TBC

 

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Milestones
  5. Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

Honda’s pocketful of mini motorcycles has struck a chord with young and old riders alike. The re-imagined Monkey 125 tugs at heart strings that remember the golden 1970s while  providing thoroughly modern, compact and funky urban transport for riders of any age. The MSX125 Grom serves up left-field, customisable style for ‘Generation Y’ but also as perfect paddock transport in the worlds of car and bike racing.

For 23YM a new bike joins the fold. The ST125 Dax fully owns the genuine authenticity of the 1969 original* but brings thoroughly 21st century performance from chassis, engine and ergonomics. The most recent version of the Dax was produced from 1995 to 2003 for the Japanese market. The more recent European success of its siblings has hastened its return and its mischievous charm and easy-going riding proposition bless the ST125 Dax with an extra layer of desirability.

Of course, nostalgia will play a part in the Dax’s appeal to riders now in middle age – riders who may have owned a Dax in their youth and are pleased to see it return. Equally, ‘retro’ is important to younger owners; that’s real retro, not faux. A certain style sets some machines apart and the Dax has just that in abundance thanks to the form of its iconic T-shaped frame. Which is also how the bike got its name: extending from under the seat to the handlebars, and sitting atop the small 12” wheels, the look is reminiscent of the universally-adored Dachshund. Or Sausage Dog, to give it its everyday English name…

Unique, easy, usable and great fun. That’s the new Honda Dax. A faithful old friend is back.

*See Dax Milestones below.

 

 

  1. Model Overview

As it should, the Dax keeps it simple. A steel frame provides strength and houses the fuel tank while 31mm USD forks, twin rear shocks and 12-inch wheels with chunky tyres provide light steering and good suspension performance. Braking is via hydraulic discs front and rear with ABS control.

Robust and fuel efficient, the 124cc SOHC two-valve engine’s power is linear in delivery with smooth torque. A centrifugal clutch manages shifting between the four ratios so there’s no need for a handlebar-mounted clutch lever. It offers twist-and-go simplicity with the added entertainment of changes via a traditional left-foot gear lever.

All lighting is LED and a circular LCD display shows exactly what the rider needs to know. The pillion gets a chromed grab rail, too.

 

 

  1. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Chassis

  • T-shaped pressed steel frame integral to handling and looks
  • 31mm USD forks, twin rear shocks and 12-inch wheels provide a smooth ride
  • Hydraulic disc braking front and rear with ABS
  • Full LED lighting and LCD instrument display

While the Dax is small, its proportions provide enough room to be comfortable for two adults to ride.

The styling really is the frame; everything is attached to, or held within it, giving the Dax its unmistakeable retro look. As do all the other parts; the thick dual seat – seat height is just 775mm – chrome high-set handlebars and the 1970’s dirt bike-inspired upswept muffler with drilled, slotted and chromed heat shield. The frame’s mid-section wears a black stripe with ‘Dax’ picked out in quirky font, right next to the classic Honda Wing logo that marks its special heritage. A unique finishing touch comes in the form of a cartoon image of a Dachshund.

A chromed mudguard leads and sits below the evocative, circular headlight. To add extra charm to the light, signature round LEDs are used and the front indicators/position lights sit snugly in between low and high beams. The compact instrument display is a round, negative LCD while the rear taillight and indicators take their cues from the headlight and are also LED.

There’s a neat chrome grabrail for the passenger to hold while a cover seals the drive chain away from weather and loose clothing. A rear carrier and heated grips are available as optional extras.

The iconic T-shaped frame design houses the fuel tank, is authentic in aesthetic detail and constructed in pressed-steel with modern engineering know-how. Rake and trail are set at 24.9°/84mm with wheelbase of 1020mm. Wet weight is just 107kg.

31mm USD forks provide supple suspension response and, combined with the wide upswept handlebar, easy steering. Twin rear shocks are tuned for smooth compliance, even with a pillion. Blacked-out 12-inch rims (from the super-cool MSX125 Grom) wear fat, balloon-like tyres; a 120mm wide front and 130mm rear. They add sure-footed grip allied to nimble agility.

Single-channel ABS manages braking force. Hydraulic front and rear calipers grip 220/190mm diameter discs respectively.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 124cc, air-cooled SOHC two-valve design produces 6.9kW and 10.8Nm
  • Stress-free centrifugal clutch and four-speed gearbox
  • Fuel economy of 63.7km/l (WMTC mode)

Drawn from the new Super Cub C125 – so flexible, efficient and durable – the Dax’s 124cc air-cooled engine features a SOHC two-valve cylinder head, with relatively long stroke and high compression; bore is set at 50mm, stroke at 63.1mm with compression ratio of 10.0:1. Peak power of 6.9kW arrives @ 7,000rpm, with peak torque of 10.8Nm @ 5,000rpm.

The engine’s strong performance means that even two-up a 90km/h cruising speed is achievable, with smart acceleration from low speed – just what’s needed for lively around-town amusement.

On the left-hand side of the bike the distinctive oval air box, filter and connecting tube ensure smooth, efficient airflow through the clean side, delivering crisp throttle response and driveability. The upswept muffler and heat shield is evocative of that golden motorcycling era of the ‘70s. A single catalyser is all that’s necessary; thanks to precise ECU settings and the engine’s combustion efficiency, EURO5 compliance is achieved.

In keeping with the laid-back, easy to ride feel the gearbox is a 4-speed unit (with neutral at the bottom) operated via centrifugal clutch, without the need for a clutch lever. At standstill the rider simply selects the gear required with the left-hand foot lever and, as the throttle is opened, the clutch operates automatically and does so through each ratio change, up or down.

Various low-friction technologies, like an offset cylinder and roller-rocker arms in the head, ensure impressive fuel economy of 63.7km/l (WMTC mode). This gives the Dax a range of approx. 240km from the 3.8L fuel tank.

 

 

  1. Origins of the Dax

In 1967, The Monkey Z50M was introduced in response to the demand for a ‘leisure-oriented bike’ for the American and European markets. Although well received, especially in America, by adults and children alike, thanks to its adjustable seat height and foldable features which allowed it to be loaded into a car, for 1969 American Honda requested a larger bike for its customers, but one that was still filled with the spirit of Monkey.

After visiting the US to better understand the requirements, engineers, inspired by the T-shaped frame of the CS90, which was a very popular bike in Japan, developed the Dax to have lower and longer proportions (compared to the Monkey) that allowed adults to have a more relaxed riding position as well as ride two up. The fuel tank, wiring and other components were housed in the T-shaped frame to create a unique, but also simple – and now iconic – design.

 

  1. Dax Milestones

1969 ST50/70 Dax Honda

Built for the export markets of Europe and the USA the original Dax was nifty, nimble and easy to ride. It appealed to both die-hard motorcyclists and recreational users as it was just plain fun. This is the bike that launched many two-wheeled journeys.

The engine was based on the well-established Super Cub engine, but with the addition of modifications to both the intake and exhaust system to provide more torque at low-mid range.

Available in both 50cc and 70cc versions, the Dax featured a 3-speed automatic centrifugal clutch, telescopic front suspension, hydraulic rear suspension and wide tyres with a unique tread pattern for stability and handling even when off-road.

 

1972 ST90 Mighty Dax

The ST90 Mighty Dax featured a more rigid T-shape frame, wider, more upright custom style ‘mini ape’ bars, high level front mudguard and a bigger engine that packed more speed and acceleration. The new larger 14in wheels came fitted with semi-off road pattern tyres to increase handling performance and stability, even when off-road.

 

1973 CY50 Nauty Dax

Aimed squarely at the RV (Recreational Vehicle) leisure market, the Nauty Dax was developed to offer even better riding performance and stability over rough terrain. Changes to the valve timing and the final drive – now with 4 speeds – increased torque in the low to mid range. With a new exhaust, fuel tank, side covers and unique rectangular shaped headlight, the Nauty Dax also featured a stepped seat and funky paint scheme. The new light and rigid diamond frame and the new fat balloon tyres made for easy rolling over rough campsite terrain

 

1995 ST50 Dax

After 14 years, the Dax returned to the Japanese market. All the iconic design cues remained in place – a pressed steel backbone frame, telescopic suspension, wide foldable bars, chrome mudguard, muffler and block tyres – and were joined by the addition of a longer seat. The 50cc engine featured an automatic cam chain tensioner and magneto ignition for easy starting. Enjoying an eight-year production run, the ST50 Dax finally went off sale in 2003.

 

2022 ST125 Dax

Straight out of the traps with a useful, usable 124cc engine, four speed gearbox and centrifugal clutch the Dax makes a welcome return to the Honda minibike fold, joining the Monkey and MSX125 Grom.

 

  1. Technical specification
ENGINE
Type Air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve
Displacement 124cc
Bore x Stroke 50.0 x 63.1mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Max. Power Output 6.9kW @ 7,000rpm
Max. Torque 10.8Nm @ 5,000rpm
Noise Level (dB) 79.2dB
Oil Capacity 1 litre
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.8 litres
Fuel Consumption 63.7km/l
CO2 Emissions WMTC 35 g/km
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery 12V 3.5Ah
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet Multiplate and Automatic Centrifugal Clutch
Transmission Type 4 speed rotary
FRAME
Type Press backbone frame
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 1,760 x 760 x 1,020mm
Wheelbase 1,020mm
Caster Angle 24.9°
Trail 84mm
Seat Height 775mm
Ground Clearance 180mm
Turning radius 2m
Kerb Weight 107kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front Telescopic 31mm USD fork, 100mm axle travel
Type Rear Twin shock, 120mm axle travel
WHEELS
Type Front 5-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear 5-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70-12M/C 51L
Tyres Rear 130/70-12M/C 56L
BRAKES
Type Front Single 220mm hydraulic disc with IMU-based ABS
Type Rear Single 190mm hydraulic disc
ABS Type Single Channel ABS
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice

Please note that the 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, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 Indian Pursuit Dark Horse

The next generation of American touring performance, with an aggressive blacked-out finish to match.

 

  • Black Smoke £27,895 + OTR
  • Silver Quartz Smoke £28,195 + OTR
  • Quartz Grey ICON £28,995 + OTR

 

RESERVE YOURS TODAY

 

Accessories:

  • Click here to see Accessories

 

AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

The next generation of American touring performance, with an aggressive blacked-out finish to match.

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

You’ll crush miles with unimaginable low-end torque right off the line and exhilarating top-end passing power from the liquid-cooled V-twin PowerPlus engine.

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

With a chassis-mounted fairing, with optional electronically adjustable Fox® rear suspension, inverted front forks, and a cast-aluminium frame, you have the ultimate control.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Cruise control, built in audio, keyless ignition and even more ride enhancing tech are combined with a 7-inch touchscreen.

PREMIUM AUDIO

PREMIUM AUDIO

High-output speakers in the fairing and trunk deliver 200-watts of crystal-clear audio. It also sports a dynamic equaliser that automatically adjusts for road, wind and engine noise.

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

More than 133 Litres of weatherproof, remote-locking storage can handle all the gear you’ve got. Or take off the quick-release trunk to drop weight and give yourself a whole new profile.

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

The frame-mounted fairing provides exceptional wind protection on its own. For even more, adjust the vents in the lowers or simply push a button to send up the windshield. Both Rider and passenger get a heated seat with premium style. Adjust to your preference with controls on the seat, or from your infotainment screen.

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload lets you optimise suspension setting based on exactly who you’re riding with and what you’re hauling. Plus, Smart Lean technology uses a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit to tune traction control, ABS, and torque for even more control.

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

Along with aggressive running lights and an LED headlight, you also get premium driving lights integrated in the lowers.

 

2 years warranty + 3 years extended limited warranty (engine, transmission, electronics).
Please contact your authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer for applicable terms and conditions.

Check your Owner’s Manual for Indian Motorcycle Warranty Policy and extended limited warranty. Applicable for following models : Indian Springfield, Indian Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Limited, Roadmaster, Roadmaster Dark Horse, Roadmaster Limited, Indian Challenger Dark Horse, Indian Challenger Limited, Pursuit Dark Horse Premium Package, Pursuit Limited Premium Package.

2022 Indian Pursuit Limited

The Next Generation of American V-Twin Touring Performance is Here

2022 Indian Pursuit Touts Class-Leading Power, All-Day Comfort & Seamless Ride-Enhancing Technology

  • Black Metallic £27,695 + OTR
  • Alumina Jade (w/ graphics) £29,095 + OTR

 

RESERVE YOURS TODAY

 

Accessories:

  • Click here to see Accessories

 

AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

This chromed-out powerhouse redefines American touring performance. It’s ready for any route you can dream up.

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

You’ll crush miles with unimaginable low-end torque right off the line and exhilarating top-end passing power from the liquid-cooled V-twin PowerPlus engine.

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

With a chassis-mounted fairing, with optional electronically adjustable Fox® rear suspension, inverted front forks, and a cast-aluminium frame, you have the ultimate control.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Cruise control, built in audio, keyless ignition and even more ride enhancing tech are combined with a 7-inch touchscreen.

PREMIUM AUDIO

PREMIUM AUDIO

High-output speakers in the fairing and trunk deliver 200-watts of crystal-clear audio. It also sports a dynamic equaliser that automatically adjusts for road, wind and engine noise.

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

More than 133 Litres of weatherproof, remote-locking storage can handle all the gear you’ve got. Or take off the quick-release trunk to drop weight and give yourself a whole new profile.

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

The frame-mounted fairing provides exceptional wind protection on its own. For even more, adjust the vents in the lowers or simply push a button to send up the windshield. Both Rider and passenger get a heated seat with premium style. Adjust to your preference with controls on the seat, or from your infotainment screen.

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload lets you optimise suspension setting based on exactly who you’re riding with and what you’re hauling. Plus, Smart Lean technology uses a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit to tune traction control, ABS, and torque for even more control.

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

Along with aggressive running lights and an LED headlight, you also get premium driving lights integrated in the lowers.

 

 

2 years warranty + 3 years extended limited warranty (engine, transmission, electronics).
Please contact your authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer for applicable terms and conditions.

Check your Owner’s Manual for Indian Motorcycle Warranty Policy and extended limited warranty. Applicable for following models : Indian Springfield, Indian Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Limited, Roadmaster, Roadmaster Dark Horse, Roadmaster Limited, Indian Challenger Dark Horse, Indian Challenger Limited, Pursuit Dark Horse Premium Package, Pursuit Limited Premium Package.

2022 Scout Rogue

A ride reserved for those who want to be a part of something bigger. A lean, mean cruiser with that menacing vibe you’ve been looking for, and a high-revving engine that demands everyone’s attention.

The new Scout Rogue. Packed with attitude and edge, thanks to its aggressive styling and performance-minded features, Scout Rogue exudes performance,
begs for more throttle and is ready for whatever comes its way.

Combining iconic design with contemporary style, the Scout Rogue demands attention and inspires riders to express a bolder sense of self-expression.
A line-up of new features give Scout Rogue its edgy, hard-riding demeanour, including a quarter fairing, mini ape-hanger handlebars, sport style seat,
blacked-out fenders and valve covers, and a 19-inch front wheel. The proven Scout powertrain packs serious punch with loads of low-end torque for snappy
acceleration.

 

Colours/Price:

  • Black Smoke Midnight – £13,295 + OTR
  • Stealth Grey – £13,495 + OTR
  • Sagebrush Smoke – £13,495 + OTR

Some colours may not be available in your country. Please contact your local dealer for more information.

RESERVE YOURS TODAY

BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

With modern inspired style and amenities, the Scout Rogue brings a new spirit to the Scout line-up.

BARELY-TAMED POWER

The liquid-cooled, 1,133 cc, 70kW V-twin delivers punchy acceleration and the power to pass anyone, anywhere. Electronic fuel injection delivers class-leading horsepower and acceleration, while a responsive 6-speed transmission allows for sporty, aggressive riding.

AGGRESSIVE ERGOS

Mini-ape handlebars complement the bold stance, begging riders to ride as aggressively as it looks.

DESIGNED TO MAKE A STATEMENT

The quarter fairing gives the Scout Rogue a distinct look. Add accessories like LED lighting or a colour-matched quarter fairing to make it tailored to you.

 

SPORT STYLE SEAT

The sport style seat provides a sleek look while keeping riders confidently in command of their motorcycle.

Be part of something bigger

 

19″ FRONT WHEEL

The 19-inch front wheel adds to the aggressive nature of the Scout Rogue – both in style and agile handling.

ENGINEERED FOR EASE

ENGINEERED FOR EASE

The lightweight, cast aluminium frame and low seat make for an expertly balanced bike that’s easy to handle at all speeds.

Always Charging

ALWAYS CHARGING

The hidden USB port makes it easy to charge your mobile devices on the go meaning you don’t have to sacrifice aggressive styling for modern function.

FULL STOP

FULL STOP

Eventually, you’ll have to stop. ABS standard on all colours for superior stopping power.

 

2022 CB300R

Model updates: Honda’s CB300R Neo Sports Café lightweight gains 41mm Showa ‘Separate Function front Fork Big Piston’ (SFF-BP) USD forks, plus an assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for its 286cc liquid-cooled engine. Specification includes radial-mount 4-piston front caliper, floating disc, IMU-controlled ABS and preload adjustable monoshock. Full LED lighting complements a smartly updated LCD display.

2022 HONDA CB300R

 

Colours:

  • Pearl Dusk Yellow **NEW for 2022**
  • Mat Pearl Agile Blue **NEW for 2022**
  • Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
  • Candy Chromosphere Red

OTR Price:

  • £5,099

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

Strip motorcycling down to its bare essentials and often less equals more. Honda has long understood this, and for 18YM created the CB300R. Part of the Neo Sports Café family – which includes the flagship CB1000R, A1 licence-friendly CB125R and recently updated CB650R four cylinder middleweight – it distils all of the excitement of two wheels into lightweight form.

Representing a major stepping-stone for any young or new rider, the CB300R is very much a first ‘big’ bike after a 125cc machine, offering as it does engaging response and sensations from both engine and chassis without the weight, cost and licence implications of a larger capacity motorcycle. It’s also a great introduction to Honda, with the brand’s engineering prowess, design philosophy, premium equipment and high build quality firmly on display. Conversely, the CB300R also offers an attractive proposition for experienced riders looking to downsize.

Fun to ride, easy and affordable to own, the CB300R receives some major upgrades for 22YM, including high-quality front suspension, assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for the engine. Just as before, it brings unique style to Europe’s city streets, with a bare-boned attitude that is guaranteed to turn heads.

 

  1. Model Overview

Light weight – the CB300R tips the scales at a wet weight of just 144kg – gives Honda’s small-bore superstar an immediate performance advantage. Mix in a free-revving 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, with new assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for 22YM, plus the unique Neo Sports Café naked bike presence and the CB300R has the perfect formula to excite and inspire young riders.

The frame mixes pressed and tubular steel for a tuned rigidity balance that gives great feedback. For 22YM the CB300R now features, as standard equipment, 41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks (the same high-quality specification as fitted to the CB650R, with spring rate and damping changes)  as well as a radial-mounted 4-piston caliper, hubless floating front disc, IMU-controlled ABS and radial tyres.

A tapered steel handlebar, updated LCD instrument display and full LED lighting exude quality and add to pride of ownership.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Chassis

  • New 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks 
  • Radial-mounted 4-piston caliper and hubless 296mm floating front disc
  • ABS works through Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

Underpinning the CB300R’s minimalism is its tubular and pressed steel construction diamond-style frame. The swingarm is manufactured from steel plate, irregularly shaped in cross-section. Both are designed to achieve high longitudinal rigidity and control torsion from wheel deflection without excess rigidity or weight.

The chassis’ core strength is anchored by the pressed steel swingarm pivot plates and swingarm, allowing the frame to deliver agile handling with stability and feedback; rake and trail are set at 24.2°/90.2mm. 24.7° / 93mm

41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks are a major new upgrade for 22YM. A pressure separation damper in one fork tube and spring mechanism in the other deliver high damper performance and lighter weight. Together with the use of a larger sized piston the result is increased feel, bump absorption and control. The rear shock offers 5-step spring preload adjustment.

A 49.6% front/50.4% rear weight bias provides a positive feel for front-end grip and easy steering which is also helped by the low, 144kg wet weight and compact 1,352mm wheelbase. Seat height is set at 799mm.

Braking is managed by a 296mm hubless floating front disc, worked by a radial-mounted Nissin 4-piston caliper, the rear 220mm disc via a single-piston caliper. Both are modulated by 2-channel ABS. The high specification system works through an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front and rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the vehicle behaviour.

A 150/60R-17 radial rear tyre matches the 110/70R-17 radial front.

 

3.2 Styling & Equipment

  • Unique Neo Sports Café style puts the hardware on display
  • New seat material improves comfort
  • Full LED lighting and LCD dash with updated gear position indicator

Styling is true to Honda’s Neo Sports Café naked bike design language, putting the CB300R’s blacked-out hardware on display. It’s also brutally neat; the cutaway tail unit is barely there, and supports separate rider and pillion seat. The seat features a new revised cover thickness for additional comfort and both rider and pillion footpeg hangers are aluminium.

A thin (23.5mm and weighing just 230g) full function LCD instrument display provides speed, engine rpm and fuel level, with gear position now highlighted in its own, negative form for 22YM. Warning lights are arranged across the top. Full LED lighting – including indicators – gives a premium feel and contributes to mass centralisation. The headlight uses a dual bar light signature, upper for low beam and lower for high beam and the taillight is extremely thin.

The 10L fuel tank is hidden underneath an angular cover and shrouds and houses an aircraft-style filler cap. With fuel economy of 30.2km/l (WMTC mode), the CB300R can cover over 320km from full.

 

Valerio Aiello, of Honda’s Rome R&D Department on the Neo Sports Café design aesthetic: 

“The entire current Neo Sport Café range from Honda is the result of the CB4 Concept model presented at EICMA in 2015. Our desire was to explore the world of the café racer and reinterpret it in a modern key.

All the models of this CB series are not simply retro-vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – that is, modern motorbikes showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques.

 We wanted to create a new stylistic dimension, different from the muscular streetfighters of the last few years, and at the same time, far from the simpler café-racer style. The end result is that none of the bikes from the competition resemble the Neo Sports Café range and, like them or not, they are easily recognisable as Hondas. The competitors have classic or very modern motorcycles in their ranges, but in my opinion, not something that goes in the wake of both styles.

 During development of the CB4 concept, I found inspiration from outside the world of motorcycles, in watches. I’ve always liked their technicality and one of the key concepts used during the Neo Sports Café design was ‘Mechanical Art’.

 ‘Mechanical Art’ is the desire to show the beauty of the various mechanical elements to which Honda has always given great importance. Watches do this very well indeed, with their mechanics always creating a certain charm.”

 

 

3.3 Engine

  • Responsive single-cylinder DOHC 4-valve engine
  • 9kW peak power/27.5Nm peak torque with EURO5 compliance
  • Redesigned underslung side-exit exhaust
  • Assist/slipper clutch now managing 6-speed gearbox

The CB300R’s compact, 286cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is a diminutive jewel that has won many fans for its free-revving and responsive nature. And while it may pump adrenaline as revs rise it’s also an engine that works well in real-world road riding conditions, around town or out on the highway. Peak power of 22.9kW arrives @ 9,000rpm, with peak torque of 27.5Nm delivered @ 7,750rpm.

New for 22YM, an assist/slipper clutch allows super-smooth shifts and manages rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifting and hard braking. The 6-speed gearbox offers an even spread of gears for strong acceleration and the gear change mechanism employs an adjustable rose joint linkage.

Bore and stroke is set at 76 x 63mm, with compression ratio of 10.7:1. PGM-FI fuel injection – with 38mm throttle bore and straight-shot intake path – delivers crisp throttle response across the rev range. For EURO5 compliance – alongside an OBD2-compatible crank sensor – the underslung exhaust mid-section has been redesigned and incorporates a new larger catalyser. The right-side exit muffler also features a new, simpler internal structure.

To reduce maintenance costs – an important factor for younger riders – the engine is also designed with the minimum number of moving parts. Details like the low-friction piston rings, high-density core radiator and iridium spark plug help increase fuel efficiency.

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-valve DOHC single
Engine Displacement (cm³) 286cc
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 76mm x 63mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 22.9kW @ 9,000rpm
Max. Torque 27.5Nm @ 7,750rpm
Oil Capacity 1.8L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0L
Fuel Consumption 30.2km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery Capacity 12V-7AH
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Steel diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2012mm x 802mm x 1052mm
Wheelbase 1352mm
Caster Angle 24.2° 24.7°
Trail 90.2mm 93mm
Seat Height 799mm
Ground Clearance 157mm 151mm
Kerb Weight 144kg
Turning radius 2.3m
SUSPENSION
Type Front 41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks. 130mm stroke
Type Rear Monoshock damper with 5 stage adjustable preload, 107mm travel
WHEELS
Rim Size Front 17inch
Rim Size Rear 17inch
Tyres Front 110/70R17M/C 54H
Tyres Rear 150/60R17M/C 65H
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 channel;
Front 296mm hubless floating disc with radial-mount Nissin 4-piston caliper
Rear 220mm disc with single piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Connectivity No
USB No
12V Socket No
Auto Winker cancel No
Security System No
Cruise Control No
Additional Features No

 

# Please note that the 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, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.