CRF1000L Africa Twin Confirmed for 2015
After months of rumours and a mouth watering teaser at the 2014 EICMA Show in November, Honda have finally announced the return of one of motorcycling’s most celebrated and legendary adventure bike the Africa Twin. Honda has confirmed that the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will be in dealers across Europe in late 2015.
The Africa Twin will feature the option of a new evolution of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, which remains unique to Honda in motorcycling. This latest evolution of DCT has been specifically developed and programmed to provide the off-road ability with which the Africa Twin is synonymous.
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 opens an entirely new chapter in Honda’s illustrious history of dual-purpose motorcycles made for true adventure.
Much like the Yamaha Ténéré and the BMW GS the Africa Twin has it’s origins in the Paris to Dakar Rally where the NXR750V, a full HRC race machine, faced stiff competition in the gruelling Paris-Dakar through the late 1980s. Honda eventually won out in 1986 and 1987 in the hands of Cyril Neveu, in ’88 with Edi Orioli and finally in ’89 piloted by Gilles Lalay. The road-going XRV650 Africa Twin was produced between 1988-9 by HRC in tribute to their efforts, and laid the foundation of what would become a legendary machine.
In late 1989 the XRV750 Africa Twin was launched and quickly became an adventure touring benchmark. It featured a 742cc, 6-valve liquid-cooled V-twin engine (producing 45kW power and 62.7Nm torque), long travel suspension and large fuel tank, chain final drive, 21-inch front wheel (widening off-road tyre choice) and dual front disc brakes. Revised twice and in production until 2003 it remains a sought-after machine today, with good examples commanding premium prices like the Yamaha XTZ750 Super Ténéré.
There’s no news yet as to when the Africa Twin will be available in Australia but with the strong adventure riding market in this country we’re sure that Honda Australia will be getting there hands on them as soon as possible.