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CRF1000L Africa Twin

Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. Now, it’s been re-imagined with the same True Adventure spirit.

At a Glance:

1000cc Liquid-cooled 4-stroke with switchable ABS & multi-mode HSTC

Colours: CRF Rally, Africa Twin Tricolour, Matt Ballistic Black Metallic, Candy Prominence Red, Blue Wave Glint Metallic

Price (DCT): €16,200.00
Price (STD): €15,100.00


Splashes of style

The Africa Twin is full of neat little design touches that nod to the past. Brilliant design withstands the test of time – and the Africa Twin is no different.
Whether it’s the dual headlights with their handsome looks and great visibility, or the range of rally paintwork to choose from, the new Africa Twin pays homage to the original with classic styling that still looks great today.

Light touch control

The Africa Twin might look like an off-road powerhouse. But its lightweight construction keeps it nimble on the road, too. The Africa Twin’s engine is housed in a compact, lightweight steel frame that offers outstanding off-road performance, as well as agility for everyday use. Weighing just 212kg (CFR1000L Africa Twin ABS model, dry weight), it has minimal bodywork and a camshaft made from the same lightweight material as the Fireblade.

Customise your ride

Sitting at the handlebars of the Africa Twin, you can adjust the seat’s height anywhere between 870mm and 850mm – nice and low. The long-travel Showa inverted forks are also fully adjustable – so you can customise your ride just the way you like.

Grip the ground

Anti-locking Braking System (ABS) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) provide a new level of advanced traction.The Africa Twin’s optional ABS stops the bike from skidding – keeping you in control when you have to brake hard. If the sensors detect a wheel lock, a series of valves use a pulsating braking sequence to quickly stop the bike – without losing traction.

Total control

When HSTC senses an imminent loss of rear wheel traction, it seamlessly reduces torque to boost grip and avoid wheel spin. Two levels are available, and mode selection appears on the LCD display.

All-Terrain performance

With 98Nm of torque, the Africa Twin is built to take you all the way from tarmac touring to off-road rally. The new Africa Twin packs an all-new 4-stroke 1000cc parallel twin engine. It has the muscle to take on extreme off-road environments, offers smooth comfort for long distance touring, and sprightly agility for the everyday commute.

Up and down the gears

The standard manual version of the Africa Twin has a lightweight six-speed manual gearbox that uses the same shift-cam design found on the trusty CRF250R/450R – and is equipped with an assist slipper clutch. Coupled with a large 18.8 litre fuel tank and top fuel efficiency, it has a range of up to 248 miles. Enough to get where you wanted (or weren’t expecting) to go.

Dual Clutch Transmission

Soak up the scenery while the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) takes care of the gears – with four modes of control.

Keep in control – Choose the CRF1000L Africa Twin with our unique DCT. It comes with different modes to match your environment, leaving you to focus on the ride. Smooth Shifting Gear Box

  • Standard Manual Mode
    Standard Manual Mode allows you to operate gear shifts via triggers on the left handlebar for maximum control over the bike.
  • D Mode
    The first of three automatic settings is D Mode. It offers the best balance of fuel economy and comfort suited for cruising.
  • S Mode
    Turn up the heat with S Mode – it offers extra levels of sports performance with three different shift patterns that gradually up the ante: S1, S2, and S3.
  • The G Switch
    Take on rocky roads and tough terrain – hit the G Switch positioned on the right side of the instrument panel. It boosts traction and machine control by reducing clutch slip during gear changes.
  • It senses the land
    The new DCT system also comes loaded with incline detection, which alters the gear shift pattern depending on the grade of the incline. This means you get the right torque on steep climbs and improved engine control for deep descents.


Bore × Stroke (mm) 92.0 & 75.1mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Engine Displacement (cc) 998cm3
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Max. Power Output 70kW/7,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Brakes Front 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch.
Suspension Front Show 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230mm stroke.
Suspension Rear Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
Tyres Front 21M/C x MT2.15
Tyre Size Front 90/90-21 tube type
Tyre Size Rear 150/70-R18 tube type
Tyres Rear 18M/C x MT4.00
Wheels Front 21 x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Wheels Rear 19 x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Dimensions and Weights
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,335 x 930 x 1,475mm
Frame type Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 18.8 litres
Fuel Consumption 21.7 km/l (WMTC)
Ground Clearance (mm) 250mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 232 kg (ABS)
Seat Height (mm) 870/850mm (STD position / Low position)
Wheelbase (mm) 1,575mm
Clutch ABS Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
Final Drive ABS O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox ABS Constant mesh 6-speed MT
Clutch DCT 2 Wet multiple clutches with coil springs
Final Drive DCT O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox DCT Constant mesh 6-speed DCT with on and off-road riding modes
Instruments and Electrics
Headlights Dual LED (1 High/1 Low) with LED
Instruments Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, *ABS, *HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock
Tail Light LED