American Honda has released pricing details on the 2016 Honda Africa Twin today, an eagerly awaited nugget of information for many adventure-touring riders who are interested in the CRF1000L.

We won’t waste your time with hyperbole, if you want a Honda Africa Twin, you’ll need $12,999. If the dual-clutch transmission model is your cup of ADV, then you’ll need some extra coin, as its MSRP is $13,699.

This pricing setup positions the new Africa Twin very aggressively against its rival Japanese ADV bikes: the Yamaha Super Ténéré ($15,090) and Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ($12,699), and of course American Honda hopes that it will give riders interested in the KTM 1190 Adventure and BMW R1200GS some pause about their purchase.

What remains to be seen though is how the 2016 Honda Africa Twin handles in the real world. Honda’s marketing team is billing Africa Twin as a true off-roader, while internet spec-sheet racers bemoan the bike’s lack of peak horsepower and bulky mass.

The truth surely lies somewhere in the middle with those two views. We can’t wait to swing a leg over the CRF1000L and see how it rides in the wild. Until then, A&R readers.

Source: American Honda

  • Joe D

    Any one want to place a bet on how long it stays in the line? I say two years.

  • Bruce Steever

    You’re thinking this the wrong way – it will sell quite a few units initially, then linger on in the line. Unchanged. Forever.

  • Roasted Piglet

    Be reasonable. Honda will have significant upgrades by 2035.

  • TCWB

    love the way the article is written as well as the content! thank you for keeping us posted!!

  • Paulo

    LOL…….I love how this bike doesn’t make sense to a lot of riders. I love the BS that’s been written since its HP figures were released……the class presidents, all without actually riding the bike, already have the AT’s tombstone etched. I can’t wait to see how this all pans out in the end.

    In realityI can buy one of these new and just about have enough for a new Husky 501……and really laugh off the bottom line price of ONE 1200GSA!!!!

  • MrDefo

    I think that’s a fair price. Better start saving up now…but seriously, I personally think Honda’s hit a home run with this bike. And I welcome the dual clutch option; I could definitely see that being useful off-road.

  • appliance5000

    Looks way less bulky than the ktm or the BMW and is $5-10K less expensive. With minor mods it could be 100lbs lighter than an s10. The HP is near 100 and the torque is about the same – how much do you need? Also, the strom – it’s nearest price competitor, is purely a road bike, the AT is a ground up design catering to long distance dirt riding. Looks like a very nice bike at a good price.

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    Unchanged. Forever. Just like the 450X.

  • smellysam .

    In the real world, on sweeping South African dirt roads, it makes more sense than the BMW (for me).

  • C’mon Man

    Looks like the reaction to the Africa Twin has been very polarized. I guess this is a good thing and what Honda had hoped. For those who are looking for an offroad-oriented ADV, this seems to be a homerun. Some would walk right past it and go straight to a KTM, GS, etc. I think the new Africa Twin stroke the heart string of a very specific segment of riders. It will be a profitable product for years to come.

  • RL

    It’s about 50 lbs heavier than I had hoped it would be. But, by the time you put on a cat-free exhaust, ditch the evap canister, and swap for a LiFePO4 battery, it’ll be darn close to where we all were thinking it would weigh in at.

  • John

    The new Africa Twin looks very promising.
    I’m tempted to get one.

    BTW. Why is the font for numbers displayed smaller than letters on this site?
    It makes the model name look like “CRFroooL” .

  • Dan Hughes

    The price is much more in line with the BMW and Triumph 800’s and KTM’s now discontinued 990 (though still easy to find). It is actually what I paid for my F800GS….6 years ago. pound for pound, I think this is going to sell quite well among those who want more than a KLR, but less than a 1200+ cc bike.