CRF1000L Africa Twin Pearl Glare White (tricolor); its front and rear tires can be interchanged for off-road riding

Honda Africa Twin: An off-road vehicle with a completely new design, has dual-clutch transmission

The all-new Africa Twin has been unveiled in Japan during the Tokyo Motor Show last Autumn 2015. It will be released on February 22 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin; its settings was configured for Japan.

Honda conducted a test riding session for the media at Moto Sports Land Shidoki (Iwaki, Fukushima). The brand-new, new-generation Africa Twin equipped with LED dual headlamps waited at the venue.

Its engine and frame both have completely new designs. Its newly-developed semi-double cradle frame made of steel was equipped with a 998cc parallel-twin engine, which adopts a unicam valve train that mirrors the knowledge cultivated from the race machines, such as the CRF450R and more. It actualizes an excellent traction performance through its 270° crankshaft and two primary shafts, and it succeeded in generating a comfortable impulse.

The size of its front wheel is 21 inches, while the rear wheel is 18 inches, and it has a handstand front fork with a 45mm-sized inner tube. Its rear suspension was also equipped with a dial-type hydraulic pre-road adjuster.

On top of that, it has a dual clutch transmission (DCT) system. It honestly isn’t typical to ride a motorcycle off-road with DCT with an automatic vehicle that doesn’t have a clutch lever and shifter pedal.

However, Honda shows more confidence with theirs. The rider can have a more pleasant and more solid riding from shifting gears up to clutch operation by selecting the different modes through the switch: MT-mode for selecting gears as you please; D-mode for balancing great fuel consumption and pleasant cruising; and the S-mode that brings off a sporty performance.

Honda conducted a test riding session for the media using the CRF1000L Africa Twin in South Africa last November 2015. Even though there were participants who doubted whether it would be necessary to use a DCT during off-road riding, after the test riding session, many of them said that it was excellent.

It is available in three color variations: Digital Silver Metallic, Victory Red, and Pearl Glare White (tricolor). The silver CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS version costs 1.35 million yen with tax, while the red and tricolor units cost 1,382,400 yen. Furthermore, the silver CRF1000L Africa Twin DCT version costs 1,458,000 yen, while the red and tricolor units cost 1,382,400 yen. Its price is at around 1,494,400 yen.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)