NEW AFRICA TWINS TO ARRIVE IN EUROPE IN 2019

23/09/2019

2020 Africa Twin

  • New front fairing new face design with modified lights and the air management 18.8L fuel tank
  • Reformed body frame and weight reduction to improve maneuverability
  • Increased 1084cc displacement to improve the vehicle performance and comfort
  • Newly designed air intake and exhaust system to provide pulse feeling and powerful sound
  • Additional riding modes to match various situations
  • Cruise control for comfortable long range tours
  • ABS with a mode switch which offers an easy to control setting in off road use
  • TFT touch panel LCD multi information display for the infotainment system
  • (Bluetooth enabled & Apple CarPlay enabled using a USB cord)
  • Dual Clutch Transmission option

A major evolution for Honda’s definitive full size adventurer: harder edged off road performance comes via lighter chassis , slim rally style bodywork and revised  riding position; weight is reduced by 5kg, while engine capacity is increased, boosting power and torque. It’s also EURO5 compliant. A six axis Inertial
Measurement Unit now manages riding modes and HSTC as well as three additional systems Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control , plus new cornering detection functionality on the DCT version . A full TFT touch colour 6.5 inch screen incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control is fitted as standard.

 

2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports

  • New front fairing new face design with modified lights and the air management
  • Reformed body frame and weight reduction to improve maneuverability
  • Increased 1084cc displacement to improve the vehicle performance and comfort
  • Newly designed air intake and exhaust system to provide pulse feeling and powerful
    sound
  • Additional riding modes to match various situations
  • Large 24.8L fuel tank
  • Large size screen adjustable to 5 positions
  • Grip heater and ACC socket
  • Cornering light for better visibility at night riding
  • Tubeless tyres
  • Aluminum rear carrier and big skid plate
  • Cruise control for comfortable long range tours
  • ABS with a mode switch which offers an easy to control setting in off road use
  • TFT touch panel LCD multi information display for the infotainment system (Bluetooth enabled & Apple CarPlay enabled using a USB cord)
  • Electric suspension EERA*1 (Showa’s electronically controlled suspension EERA: Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) *1: A conventional suspension is also available
  • Dual Clutch Transmission option

A major evolution for Honda’s Africa Twin Adventure Sports: its sights are now set more firmly than ever on the far horizon, as a comfortable, long haul, go anywhere adventure machine . The new 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 larger 24.8L fuel tank , extended 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. For optimum 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.

 

Frame and engine

Set to arrive in Europe within 2019, the Africa Twin will now be powered by a new Euro5-compliant 1084cc parallel twin engine (up from 998cc). Comprehensive revisions to the engine, including revised valve lift, aluminium cylinder sleeves and a new exhaust control valve, bring even stronger performance, while meeting the stringent new Euro5 regulations for 2020. Maximum power output increases by 7% to 75kW @ 7500rpm, with maximum torque up 6% to 105Nm @ 6250rpm, while the motor retains its silky-smooth power and torque delivery and distinctive ‘throb’.

The power unit is held in a new frame with aluminium sub-frame – bolted rather than welded to the main frame. The all-new, lighter aluminium swingarm is based on the same design as the CRF450R moto-crosser, for even better rear wheel traction and rider feel.

 

Electronics and instrument panel

A comprehensive electronics package managed by a new six-axis IMU includes Ride by Wire and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) plus new features including Cruise Control, Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control and Emergency Stop Signals. Six riding modes are available: four have pre-set levels of power, engine braking and ABS characteristics for different riding scenarios: Tour, Urban, Gravel and Off-road; two User modes allow the rider to set their own preferred combinations of these parameters.

The CRF1100L Africa Twin comes equipped with a 6.5” TFT Multi Information Display touchscreen as standard. The level of information shown on the easy-to-use, sleek and slender unit can be customised to the rider’s preference; information is displayed clearly and concisely, digestible at a glance at any time of day. The TFT touchscreen is also compatible with Apple Carplay®, allowing riders to get directions, make calls, receive messages, and listen to music via the applications on their phone.

 

CRF1100L Africa Twin

Further sharpening its genuine off-road capabilities, the new CRF1100L Africa Twin itself has been slimmed down even further, with new striking rally-style body work, slimmer fuel tank and 40mm narrower seat, adjustable between 850mm or 870mm.

The low screen allows the rider to move forward and backward freely, whether seated or standing up; compact handguards and sump guard complement the sharper look, while also contributing to the overall 4kg weight reduction. The 10% increase in power to weight ratio brings a new level of dynamic performance.

 

CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Now sharing the same riding triangle as the Africa Twin itself, the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports is fully equipped for the long haul.

The larger 24.8L tank with range of over 500km, broader front fairing, five stage adjustable screen, standard-fit heated grips and ACC socket bring even greater comfort and practicality.

Further rider-focussed technology upgrades come in the shape of new three-stage cornering lights – which create a wider beam of light as the bike leans over – and the option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (EERA) suspension.

Aligned to the four pre-set riding modes, and adjustable at will in the two User modes, the Showa EERA has three rear preload pre-sets, and utilises the six-axis IMU and balance-free valve technology in the front forks to provide the perfect suspension response no matter the terrain.

 

Dual Clutch Transmission

Honda has sold over 100,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system – still unique in the motorcycle industry – first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F in 2009, and approximately half of Africa Twin customers choose it as an option.

The system has evolved consistently over the last decade. On the new Africa Twin’s DCT, the system’s ‘cornering detect’ function is operated through the IMU, allowing even more natural shift patterns when in automatic ‘D’ or ‘S’ mode.

 

Colours

The CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black Metallic, both of which include a striking new red sub-frame. The Adventure Sports version comes in Pearl Glare White Tricolour – reminiscent of the original classic XRV650 – and Darkness Black Metallic.

Over 87,000 Africa Twins have been sold worldwide since 2016. With this comprehensive round of upgrades – the development of which involved 21 new patent applications – Honda is aiming to attract thousands more customers to the myriad life-affirming experiences made possible by its ‘True Adventure’ flagship machine.