It all starts with the engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road long-range touring, and all points in between. The CRF1000L Africa Twin's 998cc parallel twin power plant draws heavily on Honda's CRF250R/450R competition machines, using the same four-valve Unicam head design for compact overall dimensions.
Strong and linear power and torque deliver instant response anywhere in the rev-range - accompanied by a satisfying, characterful deep growl as rpm rises. A 270° phased crankshaft gives the power delivery a distinct character as well delivering excellent feel for rear wheel traction. Biaxial primary balance shafts cancel vibration.
The semi-dry sump engine's short height contributes to the CRF1000L Africa Twin's 250mm ground clearance. It also uses clever packaging of componentry to both dynamic and aesthetic effect. The water pump is housed within the clutch casing, and both water and oil pumps are driven by the engine's balancer shafts.
The lightweight six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF250R/450R to ensure positive changes and is equipped with an aluminium assist slipper clutch.
In addition to the standard model, two further versions are available: the first with ABS and multiple mode Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), and the second equipped with Honda's unique Dual Clutch Transmission (featuring new off-road functionality), ABS and HSTC. On ABS-equipped models, it is possible for the rider to turn off the ABS system for the rear brake, allowing the rider to lock the rear wheel when riding off-road. There are four levels of control to choose from the Honda Selectable Torque Control: Level 1, 2, 3 and Off. The degree of intervention decreases as the levels rise, allowing increasing amounts of rear wheel spin.
The unique DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version features the standard manual mode - allowing the rider to operate gear shifts through triggers on the left handlebar - and two automatic modes. D mode offers the best balance of fuel economy and comfort cruising whilst S mode has been revised to give extra levels of sports performance, with three different shift patterns to choose from.
Of course, for the CRF1000L Africa Twin, DCT is also fully equipped to operate in an off-road environment and off-road functionality is enhanced by the G button. Pushing the G button in any riding mode modifies the control of the clutch system to give a more direct drive.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin's semi-double cradle steel frame provides the perfect balance of high-speed stability - while fully loaded - matched to genuine off-road ability by combining sheer strength with flexibility. Mass centralization - with items like the battery packaged at the rear of the cylinder head - contributes to a low centre of gravity and aids agility.
The 45mm Showa inverted forks are fully adjustable and feature dual radial-mount Nissin four-piston brake calipers and 310mm ‘wave' style floating discs. The Showa rear shock has hydraulic spring preload adjustment. Like the CRF450R Rally, the CRF1000L Africa Twin uses 21-inch front and 18 inch rear spoked wheels. This enables a wide range of off-road tyres to be fitted in addition to the standard dual purpose 90 front / 150 rear tyres.
Following its design theme of "unlimited adventure", the Africa Twin is styled with minimum bodywork in a tough, lightweight form that offers both weather protection for the rider and a slim, agile feel. Dual LED headlights maintain the original's presence and the seat height adjusts 20mm from the standard 870mm down to 850mm. A large 18.8-litre fuel tank - and the engine's fuel efficiency of 21.8km/l (WMTC in DCT mode) - provides a range of over 400km.
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4 valve-per-cylinder parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Bore X Stroke
92 mm x 75.1 mm
Max Power Output
Fuel Tank Capacity
2335 mm x 875 mm x 1,475 mm (STD), 2,335 x 930 mm x 1,475 mm (ABS/DCT)
228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)
Tyre Size Front
90/90-21 tube type
Tyre Size Rear
150/70-18 tube type
Brakes Type Front
310mm dual wave floating disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Type Rear
256mm wave disc with 1-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model with additional slide type 1-piston caliper
We offer two simple and affordable finance options: PCP and VPL. But how do they differ?
Your repayments will be less than traditional finance. You put down a deposit on a bike, and we calculate its Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV). We deduct this from the price of the bike and your monthly payments are based on what’s left. You can then choose to pay the GMFV and keep your Honda, return it or part-exchange it for a new bike.
This is more like a simple loan. You decide on the model and put down a deposit the same way as with PCP. We calculate for you how much you want your fixed monthly payment to be, and the term. That means you know up front how much your Honda will cost each month until it’s paid off and you own the bike.
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 17YM (PCP) - Representative Example
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 17YM (VPL) - Representative Example
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 17YM (PCP) - Representative Example
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 17YM (VPL) - Representative Example
CRF1000L Africa Twin 16YM (VPL) - Representative Example
CRF1000L DCT Africa Twin 16YM (VPL) - Representative Example
PCP Terms and Conditions: New retail CRF1000L Africa Twin (including DCT) registrations from 01 April 2017 to 30 June 2017. Subject to model and colour availability. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion. Representative example based on 3 years 5.9% PCP. Excess mileage rate applies. Maximum deposit 30%. Final payment includes £10 option to purchase fee. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the bike at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the bike is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage of 4,000 has not been exceeded. Excess mileage rate applies should this be exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.
VPL Terms and Conditions: New CRF1000L Africa Twin (including DCT model) registrations from 01 April 2017 to 30 June 2017. Subject to model and colour availability. Representative Example based on 5.9% VPL; Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe Plc. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.
If you have a complaint about your finance agreement, please write to us at:
Honda Finance Europe Plc
Alternatively, please telephone us on 0345 128 8908 quoting your agreement number, if possible.
We will endeavour to resolve your complaint quickly and, in any event, we will issue you with a final response within eight weeks of its receipt. If you are dissatisfied with our final response, you may refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Details of how to do this can be found at:
We are members of the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) who offer a conciliation service which, again, you may refer to if you remain dissatisfied with our final response. Details of how to refer your complaint to the FLA can be found at: