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Gone Riding: Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L

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Hello from the road, dear readers. I’m out in Moab, Utah for the next few days, testing the Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L adventure-touring motorcycle. We have a solid couple of days riding ahead of us, with Tuesday being an on-road day, and Wednesday seeing our feet get dirty with some off-road action.

Weather here in Moab has been fluctuating for the past few days, with rain, hail, and flurries being previously on the menu, but the forecast promises us some sunshine for our stay. Hopefully the weatherman right.

One of the most anticipated machines for the 2016 model year, the Honda Africa Twin is finally about to arrive in motorcycle dealerships (though, in limited numbers). We’ve been looking forward to swinging a leg over this off-road focused ADV machine for some time, to see if it lives up to the hype.

Moab is the perfect venue for our test, and it’s also a location where I’ve already ridden the liquid-cooled BMW R1200GS and Yamaha Super Ténéré, two other stalwarts of this riding segment.

Cellphone reception is pretty spotty (read: non-existent), and our wifi isn’t much better, but I will attempt to answer any questions you post here in the comments and on social media.

As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Honda personnel that are here with me in Utah. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. You can also try searching for the hashtags: #AfricaTwin for the thoughts of our colleagues as well.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Adventure-Touring Motorcycles:

Honda Africa Twin Yamaha Super Ténéré Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS KTM 1190 Adventure BMW R1200GS
Displacement 998cc 1,199cc 1,037cc 1,195cc 1,170cc
Engine Parallel-Twin Parallel-Twin 90° V-Twin 75° V-Twin Boxer Twin
Power 93 hp 109 hp 91 hp 148 hp 125 hp
Torque 72 lbs•ft 84 lbs•ft 67 lbs•ft 92 lbs•ft 92 lbs•ft
Wet Weight 511 lbs 575 lbs 503 lbs 518 lbs 525 lbs
Price $12,999 $15,090 $12,699 $16,699 $16,495

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016-Honda-Africa-Twin-CRF1000L-price

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT

Photos: Honda

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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