Extending Territory

CRF1000L Adventure Sports

Building on the CRF1000L Africa Twin impressive features and chassis the new CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports version extends the platform even further into long-range off-road ready territory.

At a Glance:

A new version of Honda’s Africa Twin is ready for Adventure Sports in 2018, with larger fuel tank for a range of over 500km, higher riding position, greater ground clearance, heated grips, extended fairing plus longer travel suspension.

Price Standard: €15,900.00
Price DCT: €16,900.00

Features

Better riding position

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ steel semi-double cradle frame provides nimble on-road manners plus high-speed stability matched to genuine off-road ability, agility and strength. For extended off-road use the seat features a flatter profile – and is 50mm taller – than the standard CRF1000L Africa Twin

New styling

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ styling is less minimalist than the Africa Twin; the dual headlights are shared but it has a larger fairing matched with an 80mm taller screen to offer greater wind protection. It also features heated grips as standard plus an AC socket.

Caution

The rear indicators offer an Emergency Stop Signal function. The hazard lights flash, warning other road users a hard stop is in process. The indicators now also auto-cancel. Rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.

Throttle by wire

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ 998cc SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine’s 2018 upgrade sees it receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) plus riding modes and expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

Ground clearance

Good ground clearance – crucial to off-road performance – starts with a compact, short engine.
So the crankcases are split vertically; the water pump is housed within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences. There are also 3 levels of Power and Engine Braking available.

Long battery

New for 2018 a lithium-ion battery is 2.3kg lighter than the lead unit of the 2017 Africa Twin, and offers greater longevity, both in terms of life and the ability to hold onto a charge when left.

Optimum Balance

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ comprehensive abilities start with its engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road, over long-range tours, short commutes and all points in between. As such, it provides an optimum balance between power, torque, mass and physical dimension.

DCT

The unique DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version features the standard manual mode – allowing the rider to operate gearshifts through triggers on the left handlebar – and two automatic modes. D mode offers the best balance of fuel economy and comfort cruising whilst S mode gives three different, sportier shift patterns to choose from. The DCT is also fully equipped to operate in an off-road environment and off-road functionality is enhanced by the G button. Pushing the G button in any riding mode modifies the control of the clutch system to give a more direct drive.

Specifications

Engine
Bore × Stroke (mm) 92.0 x 75.1mm
Engine Displacement (cc) 998
Engine Type 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 99Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Wheels
Suspension Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with hydraulic dial-style preload and damping (compression & rebound) adjuster, 252mm stroke, 224mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 240 mm rear wheel travel, 101 mm stroke
Tyre Size Front 90/90-21 tube type
Tyre Size Rear 150/70-R18 tube type
Rim Front 21M/C x MT2.15
Rim Rear 18M/C x MT4.00
Dimensions and Weights
Turning Radius 2.6m
Dimensions (mm) (L x W x H) 2,340 x 930 x 1,570mm
Frame type Aluminum die-cast, twin tube
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 24.2 litres
Ground Clearance (mm) 270mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 243 kg (MT), 253kg (DCT)
Seat Height (mm) 900/920mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1,580mm
Transmission
Clutch ABS Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
Clutch DCT 2 Wet multiple clutches
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox ABS Constant mesh 6-speed
Gearbox DCT / 6-speed DCT with on and off-road riding modes
Instruments and Electrics
Headlights Dual LED (1 High/1 Low)
Instruments Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Riding Modes, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, ABS, HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock
Taillight & Indicators LED