2018 Honda Africa Twin

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NEW DAY, NEW ADVENTURES.

Humans have always wondered what lies over the horizon. First we walked. Then we had horses. And now we have the best exploration tool yet: the Honda Africa Twin. Even better news? Now there’s a second option, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Honda’s original Africa Twin: the new Africa Twin Adventure Sports. Same great engine, but optimized for riders looking for more range and comfort, on and off road. You get a bigger fuel tank, more suspension travel, a larger skid plate, wider footpegs, a larger windscreen, and more. So turn your next vacation into an adventure—whether it’s a weekend or a year off. Where will that take you? On a Honda Africa Twin, anywhere you want.

Comfort

  • RALLY WINDSCREEN: Developed from our racing experience in the Dakar Rally, the Africa Twin’s windscreen helps shield you from the wind and the elements, especially during long miles of high-speed touring. At lower speeds, the clear construction gives you better visibility off road.
  • NARROW RIDING POSITION: Adventure riding is an active sport, and that means you need to be able to move around on your bike naturally and athletically. The Africa Twin is extremely narrow where you sit, and the peg-bar-seat triangle lets you move up and forward and far back as well, to enhance handling, especially under demanding trail conditions.
  • ADJUSTABLE SEAT: The Africa Twin offers an adjustable rider’s seat. This makes reaching the ground easier, and also lets you fine-tune your riding position in respect to the footpeg and handlebar placement.
  • BIAXIAL COUNTERBALANCE: By using counterbalancing elements on two axes, Honda’s engineers can cancel out both primary and coupling vibrations from the engine. The result is that we can mount the engine solidly for superior strength and handling, yet you still get an extraordinarily smooth, vibration-free ride.

Engineering

  • LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY, COMPACT MASS: By locating heavy components like the battery as close to the bike’s center of gravity as possible, and using a compact engine, the Africa Twin provides a superior platform for excellent handling.
  • ANTI-LOCK BRAKES: The Africa Twin’s Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) comes standard. Off-road riders will appreciate the fact that they can turn the ABS function off for the rear wheel in the dirt.
  • TRANSMISSION CHOICE: You pick: The Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports are available with either our standard six-speed manual gearbox or Honda’s exclusive automatic six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). Both transmissions are excellent choices, and both feature stout, strong steel gears inside—the only difference is who does the shifting.
  • DRY-SUMP ENGINE: The Africa Twin’s dry-sump engine design is the only way to go. The more compact sump increases ground clearance and eliminates the vulnerability of a conventional wet sump.
  • WATER PUMP: Can you see the Africa Twin’s water pump? Trick question! It’s tucked behind the right side cover, out of harm’s way. There are no vulnerable hoses leading to it either, a weakness on some bikes. Driven by the balancer shaft, in case of a tip-over or in rocky sections, it’s one less thing to worry about.
  • 270-DEGREE-PHASE CRANK: Most twins use a 180-degree crank. By phasing the Africa Twin's at 270 degrees, you get a unique power delivery that’s easy to modulate, especially in terrain where traction is challenging.
  • THROTTLE-BY-WIRE: Our throttle-by-wire system greatly expands the Africa Twin’s versatility. First, you get seven levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control. Second, you can choose from four power delivery modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel, and a fourth that’s user-programmable. First used on our RC213V-S, throttle-by-wire is an excellent example of how Honda’s technology works for you.
  • EMISSIONS: Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.

Handling

  • 43 DEGREE STEERING LOCK: With 43 degrees of steering lock both left and right, the Africa Twin provides excellent maneuverability on tight trails. This is one of the reasons the Africa Twin feels so much more nimble than many of the other bigger adventure bikes out there.
  • SEMI-DOUBLE-CRADLE FRAME: The Africa Twin’s semi-double-cradle frame layout has been proven in countless Honda dirtbikes. In principle it’s similar to the design we use on our CRF450R Rally bike—a machine that’s designed to perform in the challenging Dakar rally and similar events.
  • FRONT SUSPENSION: The Africa Twin uses a specially built inverted Showa fork with huge 45mm fork tubes and 9.1 inches of travel. It’s fully adjustable for both compression and rebound damping.
  • REAR SUSPENSION: Not only is the Africa Twin’s rear suspension fully adjustable, it offers a 220 mm stroke for 8.7 inches of rear-wheel travel. Even better, there’s a special remote preload adjuster—you just turn a convenient knob, and you can compensate for varying loads like a passenger or full panniers.
  • PRO-LINK REAR SUSPENSION: We worked hard to tuck the Africa Twin’s Pro-Link rear suspension linkage up away from harm. The rising-rate design resists bottoming, yet gives you a plush ride over small bumps.
  • LONG TRAVEL SUSPENSION: The Africa Twin doesn't just look like an adventure bike – it’s the real deal. Exhibit A: Check out its long-travel suspension. The fork features huge 45 mm tubes and 9.1 inches of travel, while the single-shock Pro-Link® rear suspension is also fully adjustable, with 8.7 inches of travel and a convenient remote preload adjustment.
  • HOLLOW AXLE SHAFTS: The Africa Twin uses large-diameter hollow steel axles front and rear. They’re super strong, durable, but also light: a combination which describes just about everything associated with this bike.
  • HONDA SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL: The Africa Twin’s throttle-by-wire system lets us offer Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). You can dial in exactly the kind of power delivery you want for the conditions at hand. Honda Selectable Torque Control features seven settings for a wide range of conditions, from pavement to fast, loose fire roads to challenging singletrack. You can also turn it off.

Performance

  • PARALLEL-TWIN ENGINE LAYOUT: The Africa Twin’s parallel-twin engine layout makes the bike shorter front-to-back. That means the front wheel can tuck in closer to the engine, reducing the wheelbase and making the bike more nimble off road and on pavement.
  • TAPERED ALUMINUM HANDLEBAR: Another example of fitting premium equipment to the Africa Twin wherever we can, the aluminum handlebar is much lighter than a steel unit. The design tapers from a thinner diameter under your grips to a fatter section at the top clamp, and is fine-tuned for optimal flex and rigidity.
  • TIRES AND WHEELS: Real adventure bikes use spoked wheels because they better survive the dings and hits of off-road riding. The Africa Twin features a 21-inch front and an 18-inch rear for superior performance, especially when it comes to off-road riding.
  • BRAKES: With a pair of 310 mm front disc brakes and a single 256 mm disc in the rear, the Africa Twin offers up ample stopping power in all conditions.
  • FOUR-PISTON CALIPERS: Up front, the Africa Twin features twin four-piston brake calipers for powerful braking performance. The radial-mount design also helps make them stiffer, increasing brake feel and control.
  • UNICAM ENGINE DESIGN: Honda’s exclusive Unicam® engine design helps us give the Africa Twin a compact cylinder head for optimal engine placement. But the engine also benefits from superior performance, thanks to the entire cylinder-head layout. It’s the best of both worlds!
  • TWIN INTAKES: The Africa Twin uses a unique twin air-intake design with two vertical filtration elements. All that clean air helps the engine deliver excellent performance, even under prolonged operation in dusty conditions.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2018
Model Africa Twin
Model Code CRF1000L
Color Matte Black Metallic

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - Two dual-piston hydraulic calipers with 310 mm discs, ABS

Rear - Single one-piston hydraulic caliper with 256 mm disc, ABS

Tires

Front - 90 / 90-21

Rear - 150 / 70R-17

Dimensions

Weight Curb Weight - 506.8 lb. (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Wheelbase 62 in.
Seat Height

Standard position - 34.3 in.

Low position - 33.5 in.

Drivetrain

Transmission 6-speed manual
Final Drive Chain

Engine

Engine Unicam® four-stroke 22.5º parallel-twin
Displacement 998 cc
Bore x Stroke 92 x 75 mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel System PGM-FI electronic fuel injection (Throttle By Wire)
Fuel Capacity 4.97 gal.
Ignition Full transistorized
Clutch Multiplate wet
Cooling Liquid

Operational

Starting Electric
Frame Semi-double-cradle
Suspension

Front - 45 mm inverted telescopic fork, 9.1 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link system with single shock, 8.7 in. travel

Other

Additional Colors Red / Black / White
Warranty 1 Year transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty