Last night we brought you a leaked video of the new Honda Africa Twin, which revealed the off-road oriented adventure bike in all its glory. Today, we get to see the leaked specs of the Honda CRF1000L (the model designation of the Africa Twin), along with what looks like an official high-resolution photo.
The spec-sheet for the Africa Twin has long been something of interest for ADV fans, with the obvious questions being 1) how much horsepower will it make? and 2) how much will it weight. The answers are 94hp, and 458 lbs dry (467 lbs with ABS, 489 lbs with DCT).
This makes the base model Honda Africa Twin lighter than the KTM 1190 Adventure R by over 12 lbs at the curb and topped up with fuel, and lighter than the venerable BMW R1200GS Adventure by the massive margin of 70 lbs, under the same conditions. Fitted with DCT, the Africa Twin is 20 lbs heavier than the 1190 Adventure, if that puts things in perspective.
Of course, when it comes to raw power figures, the Honda falls short. Not even in the triple-digits, the Honda Africa Twin’s 94hp rating will likely turn off some spec-sheet racers, who were looking for something closer to the BMW’s passable 125hp, or the KTM’s ample 147hp.
Considering that the Honda Africa Twin is supposed to be an ADV bike biuilt for true for off-road use, where anything over 100hp is just wasteful, this figure sort of makes sense. Taking one look at the 72 lbs•ft of torque the Honda makes at 6,000 rpm, should say something about the Africa Twin’s down-low grunt, and trail-crunching ability.
It may not be the ideal ADV machine for sweeping turns and high-speed apexes, but we expect the 2016 Honda Africa Twin to live up to the hype of being the off-road tourers weapon of choice. It will be up to consumers as to whether that’s what they really want from an adventure-tourer.
For those who can’t read Portuguese, here’s the spec-sheet translated into English:
Engine Type: Cooling by liquid, 4-stroke, 8-valve, two parallel cylinders, crankshaft 270 and Unicam system
Displacement Engine: 998cc
Maximum power: 70 kW (93.9hp) @ 7500 rpm
Maximum torque: 98 N.m (72.3 lb-ft.) @ 6000 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 92.0 x 75.1 mm
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc corn coil springs, camshaft Assistant aluminum and sliding clutch
Final transmission: Chain sealed by O-rings
Type Gearbox / Transmission: 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with driving modes for on-road and off-road
HSTC system (Honda Selectable Torque Control): HSTC 3 levels + interrupter switch-off (only versions ABS and DCT, not the STD version)
Frame Type: Frame semi-double cradle steel, with rear sub-frame in high strength steel traction
Turning diameter: 2.5m
Dry weight: 208 kg/458 lb (STD), 212 kg/467 lb (ABS), 222kg/489 lb (DCT)
Curb weight: 228 kg/502 lb (STD), 232 kg/511 lb (ABS), 242kg/534 lb (DCT)
Fuel tank capacity: 18.8 l (5 gallons)
Length x Width x Height: 2,335mm x 875mm x 1,475mm (STD) 2,335mm x 930mm x 1,475mm (ABS / DCT)
Seat height (STD / lowered): 870 / 850mm (34.3 inches/33.5 inches)
Ground clearance: 250mm (9.82 inches)
ABS system: ABS 2 channels switch off the rear ABS (ABS and DCT versions only)
Front brakes: Two 310 mm floating discs, radial calipers hub and 4 pistons (ABS) and sintered pads
Rear brakes: A floating disc 256 mm a 2-piston calipers (ABS) and sintered pads. DCT version also includes parking brake system.
Front wheel: wire-spoke with aluminum rim
Rear wheel: wire-spoke with aluminum rim
Front wheel: 21 m / c x MT2.15
Rear wheel: 18 m/c x MT4.00
Front Tire Size: 90/90-R21 with tube
Rear Tire Size: 90/90-R21 with tube