2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin First Look

Byron Wilson | July 24, 2015

Honda confirmed its CRF1000L Africa Twin as a 2016 model back in May, but Big Red revealed few technical details. Today, Honda released a detailed spec sheet for the liquid-cooled, 998cc eight-valve Parallel Twin which will be available to consumers sometime “in early 2016.” Suggested retail price, however, is not among the details included.

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

The Parallel Twin inherits the four-valve Unicam head design found on the company’s CRF250R and CRF450R. Twin spark plugs are fitted to each combustion chamber. The mill sources a 270-degree crankshaft, with biaxial primary balance shafts to help reduce vibration.

The 2016 Africa Twin comes with a six-speed gearbox, which utilizes the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF250R and CRF450R. It also features a slipper clutch. Honda will offer its Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) as an option for the Africa Twin. The DCT comes with a standard manual mode and two automatic modes, D and S. D mode is designed for fuel efficiency and “comfort cruising” while the S mode is for more sporty performance. Honda also touts new DCT incline detection, which delays upshifts during ascents to allow for a higher rpm to be held. On descents, downshifts are made earlier to make more effective use of engine braking.

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

The Africa Twin makes use of a steel, semi-double cradle frame. The machine is suspended by Showa components, with fully-adjustable inverted fork and a preload-adjustable rear shock. Showing its off-road bent, the Africa Twin rolls on a wire-spoked 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel. Braking duties are handled by dual, radial-mount Nissin four-piston calipers at the front biting 310mm floating wave discs and a 256mm wave disc, dual-piston caliper set-up at the rear.

On the upgraded DCT version of the Africa Twin, customers will also have additional electronics available, including the three-level Honda Selectable Torque Control and ABS. The ABS system can be disengaged for the rear wheel.

Seat height is adjustable between 33.5 and 34.3 inches and the Africa Twin carries a 4.96 gallon fuel tank. Color options are a Red/Black/White Dakar Rally scheme and Silver. The spec sheet is included below along with a gallery of photos.

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specs

Engine: 998cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, eight-valve Parallel Twin with 270-degree crank and Unicam
Bore x Stroke: 92mm x 75.1mm
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist with slipper clutch
Final Drive: O-ring sealed chain
Transmission: Constant mesh, six-speed manual/six-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes
Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC): HSTC 3-levels plus switch-off (DCT/ABS model only, not on Standard model)
Frame: Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame
Turning Radius: 8’2″
Curb Weight: 503 pounds (Standard), 534 pounds (DCT/ABS)
Fuel Capacity: 4.96 gallons
Wheelbase: 62 inches
Seat Height: 34.3 inches (Standard position), 33.5 inches (Low position)
Ground Clearance: 9.8 inches
ABS System Type: ABS two-channel with rear ABS off switch (DCT/ABS model only, not on Standard model)
Front Brakes: 310mm dual wave floating discs with aluminum hub and radial-mount, four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: 256mm wave disc with two-piston caliper (Lever-lock type parking brake on DCT/ABS model)
Front Wheel: Wire spoke with aluminum rim, 21 M/C x MT 2.15
Rear Wheel: Wire spoke with aluminum rim, 18 M/C x MT 4.00
Front Tire: 90/90-R21 tube type
Rear Tire: 150/70-R18 tube type

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