Officially designated at the Honda CRF1000L, the Africa Twin will be a 2016 model (in dealerships early next year), and best of all, it will be coming to the USA.
The 2016 Honda Africa Twin draws upon a legacy of rugged off-road race-proven machines that also wore its name, a sign that Honda intends the CRF1000L to be very capable off-road, and thus not follow the road-going adventure-sport trend.
The company says, “the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin is set to redefine expectations of just what a large-capacity adventure motorcycle can and should be capable of, both on and off-road, and it opens an entirely new chapter in Honda’s illustrious history of dual-purpose motorcycles made for true adventure.”
We’re pretty sure that’s marketing speak for: the BMW R1200GSA has just been put on notice. We’re also pretty sure that that the Bavarians will be giving these photos a long look, to see how the Honda CRF1000L stacks up against the venerable GS.
One feature we can expect was already teased on the True Adventure, as Honda has confirmed that the Africa Twin will have option of Honda’s dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which has been specially rebuilt for off-road use.
No word on pricing has been mentioned yet, and the only photos of the finished machine that we have are the darkened ones below. We’ve enhanced them further to show more detail, but not much extra is shown.
Enhanced Photos of the Honda Africa Twin:
Source: American Honda