New Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L

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The secret to the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s wide-ranging abilities starts 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.

The balance between power and weight is at the heart of the Africa Twin’s appeal, then and now. The current version has proved itself a modern-day all-rounder, hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, commuters and casual tourers alike, because it offers enjoyable and usable engine performance in a chassis that works as well off-road as it does on.

For 2018 Honda is building on the Africa Twin’s strengths, and its success. The base model receives a host of detail upgrades to both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) options that enhance the riding and owning experience, while the new Adventure Sports version extends the platform even further into long-range off-road territory.

CRF1000L’s new 998cc engine has a lighter balance shaft and a revised inlet and exhaust system to improve mid-range torque. It’s a combination that delivers an eager and energetic response - on demand. Together with the engine management control package, this machine instils great confidence when riding across all kinds of terrain, in the city, the country or the desert.

Combine the peak power of 70Kw @ 7,500rpm, with 99Nm torque @ 6,000rpm and you get plenty of strong acceleration when you need it. The 2018 CRF1000L's lithium-ion battery is 2.3kg lighter than the lead unit it replaces, and offers greater longevity, both in terms of life and the ability to hold onto a charge when left.

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. The water and oil pumps are driven by the engine’s balancer shafts; for 2018 300g has been shaved from the balance weight, reducing inertia by 306g/cm2, further adding to the character and feel of the power delivery.

Four-valve cylinder heads, fed by PGM-FI fuel injection each employ twin spark plugs and dual and sequential ignition control for even combustion. Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head. The inlet valves are 36.5mm in diameter, the exhaust valves 31mm.

The engine uses a semi-dry sump and in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth, keeping overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage; again saving weight and space.

Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts. The front balancer shaft uses two weights, the rear only a single weight in order to save weight.

The lightweight six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes, and is equipped with an aluminium assist slipper clutch.

Honda’s unique DCT delivers consistent, super-fast seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding and reduced rider fatigue add to the DCT’s appeal.

Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

DCT for the Africa Twin is also fully equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality enhanced by the G switch positioned on the right side of the instrument panel. Pushing the G switch in any riding mode improves traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.

Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of an incline to provide optimum control.

The Africa Twin is styled with minimum bodywork in tough, lightweight form that offers both weather protection for the rider and a slim, agile feel; the rear mudguard and carrier are also easily removed. Dual headlights maintain the original’s signature presence.

A number of other updates for 2018 will be appreciated by off-road riders: the footpegs are now wider, and feature beefed-up steel mounting plates; the pillion footpeg hangers have also been redesigned to allow more room for the rider’s feet when standing, and the instruments are angled at a shallower angle to allow the rider to see them more easily from a standing position.

The rear indicators now also offer an Emergency Stop Signal function. At a minimum speed of 53km/h, with either brake working if negative acceleration of a minimum of 6.0m/s2 is detected, the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. At the same speed the threshold is reduced with ABS in play – for wet conditions ­– to a negative acceleration of a minimum 2.5m/s2.

The CRF1000L’s steel semi-double cradle frame provides nimble-on road manners plus high-speed stability matched to genuine off-road ability, agility and strength. Thanks to the compact design of both engine and frame, ground clearance is 250mm, with wheelbase of 1575mm and rake and trail of 27.5°/113mm. For the 2018 model, wet weight is 2kg lighter, at 230kg (240kg for DCT version).

A number of other updates for 2018 will be appreciated by off-road riders: the footpegs are now wider, and feature beefed-up steel mounting plates; the pillion footpeg hangers have also been redesigned to allow more room for the rider’s feet when standing, and the instruments are angled at a shallower angle to allow the rider to see them more easily from a standing position.

With stroke length of 230mm. the 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front fork offers class-leading levels of performance. For all-round compliance and feel the long extension stroke combines with a low spring rate and spring preload. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminium top yoke and forged bottom yoke – joined by hollow aluminium stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

Matching the supple front suspension, the Showa rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel. Its upper mount is set low for mass centralisation and it features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under more extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.


Colour Options


Matt Ballistic Black Metallic

Matt Ballistic Black Metallic


Pearl Glare White

Pearl Glare White


Grand Prix Red

Grand Prix Red


Candy Chromosphere Red

Candy Chromosphere Red



Representative example

CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN ABS 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£179.00
APR6.9%
OTR£11,999.00
Deposit£1,807.14
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,191.86
Final Payment£5,365.72
Final Payment inc Option Fee£5,375.72
Total Amount Payable£13,626.86
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge6p
Interest Rate pa6.69%

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CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£99.00
APR0.0%
OTR£11,575.00
Deposit£2,472.62
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,102.38
Final Payment£5,538.55
Final Payment inc Option Fee£5,538.55
Total Amount Payable£11,575.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge6p
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£99.00
APR0.0%
OTR£11,575.00
Deposit£2,471.49
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,103.51
Final Payment£5,539.50
Final Payment inc Option Fee£5,539.50
Total Amount Payable£11,575.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge6p
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£109.00
APR0.0%
OTR£12,549.00
Deposit£2,771.09
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,777.91
Final Payment£5,853.74
Final Payment inc Option Fee£5,853.74
Total Amount Payable£12,549.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge7p
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£109.00
APR0.0%
OTR£12,549.00
Deposit£2,759.98
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,789.02
Final Payment£5,864.99
Final Payment inc Option Fee£5,864.99
Total Amount Payable£12,549.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge6p
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN DCT 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£189.00
APR6.9%
OTR£12,999.00
Deposit£2,230.46
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,768.54
Final Payment£5,674.32
Final Payment inc Option Fee£5,684.32
Total Amount Payable£14,718.78
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge6p
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£269.00
APR0.0%
OTR£11,575.00
Deposit£1,890.88
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,684.12
Total Amount Payable£11,575.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£269.00
APR0.0%
OTR£11,575.00
Deposit£1,890.88
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,684.12
Total Amount Payable£11,575.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN ABS 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£309.00
APR6.9%
OTR£11,999.00
Deposit£1,945.78
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,053.22
Total Amount Payable£13,069.78
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£289.00
APR0.0%
OTR£12,549.00
Deposit£2,145.03
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,403.97
Total Amount Payable£12,549.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£289.00
APR0.0%
OTR£12,549.00
Deposit£2,145.03
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,403.97
Total Amount Payable£12,549.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN DCT 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£329.00
APR6.9%
OTR£12,999.00
Deposit£2,294.83
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,704.17
Total Amount Payable£14,138.83
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£269.00
APR0.0%
OTR£11,575.00
Deposit£1,890.88
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,684.12
Total Amount Payable£11,575.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£269.00
APR0.0%
OTR£11,575.00
Deposit£1,890.88
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£9,684.12
Total Amount Payable£11,575.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN ABS 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£309.00
APR6.9%
OTR£11,999.00
Deposit£1,932.15
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,066.85
Total Amount Payable£13,066.15
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£289.00
APR0.0%
OTR£12,549.00
Deposit£2,145.03
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,403.97
Total Amount Payable£12,549.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS DCT 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£289.00
APR0.0%
OTR£12,549.00
Deposit£2,145.03
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,403.97
Total Amount Payable£12,549.00
Option to Purchase Fee£0.00
Interest Rate pa0.00%
CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN DCT 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£329.00
APR6.9%
OTR£12,999.00
Deposit£2,280.41
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£10,718.59
Total Amount Payable£14,134.41
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%


Specifications

Bore × Stroke (mm)92.0 & 75.1mm
Compression Ratio10:1
C02 Emissions109 g/km
Engine Displacement (cc)998cm3
Engine Type (cm³)Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Max. Power Output70kW/7,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque98Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)
ClutchWet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
Final DriveO-ring sealed chain
GearboxConstant mesh 6-speed MT
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2,335 x 930 x 1,475mm
Frame typeSteel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)18.8 litres
Fuel Consumption21.7 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
Brakes Front310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch.
Suspension FrontShow 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230mm stroke.
Suspension RearMonoblock 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 Front21M/C x MT2.15
Tyres Rear18M/C x MT4.00
Tyre Size Front90/90-21 tube type
Tyre Size Rear150/70-R18 tube type
Wheels Front21 x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Wheels Rear19 x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
HeadlightsDual LED (1 High/1 Low) with LED
InstrumentsRally style negative LCD instrument display including: Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, *ABS, *HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock
Tail LightLED

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