2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT

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NEW DAY, NEW ADVENTURES.

Get ready for an even better Africa Twin, the new Adventure Sports 30th Anniversary Edition. Same great engine, but now you get a bigger fuel tank, more suspension travel, throttle-by-wire, a larger skid plate, wider footpegs and a flatter seat. There's even a rear rack.

Chassis / Suspension

  • The Adventure Sports' updated 45 mm Showa cartridge-type inverted fork has 8.9 inches of suspension stroke, offering excellent long-travel performance. At the Adventure Sports' rear, a similarly revised Showa shock delivers 9.4 inches of travel, up .8 inches. The shock has a low upper mount for mass centralization, and it features a 46 mm remote reservoir for stable damping control under more extreme off-road conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.
  • Compact two-piece, radial-mount, four-piston calipers work dual 310 mm "wave" floating rotors through sintered pads and serve up consistent stopping power and feel on-road or off. The rear rotor has a diameter of 256 mm and also features a "wave" design. The lightweight two-channel ABS can be turned off at the rear.
  • The Africa Twin features spoke front and rear wheels in size 21 and 18 inches, respectively, wearing 90 / 90-21 and 150 / 70-18 tires. The spokes are manufactured in stainless steel for improved durability and ease of care.

DCT

  • Honda's advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) delivers consistent, rapid, seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature to use. It utilizes two clutches—one for startup and first, third, and fifth gears, the other for second, fourth, and sixth, with the main shaft for one clutch located inside that of the other. Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear through the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as the second clutch simultaneously engages. As the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption to rear-wheel drive, gear-change shock and pitching of the machine are minimized, resulting in shifts that are not only smooth, but direct. The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a shift), impossibility of stalling, low-stress urban riding, and reduced rider fatigue add to the appeal of DCT.
  • Three modes of gear-change operation are available. Manual mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar triggers. Automatic Drive mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic Sport 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 Drive or Sport mode, immediate manual intervention is possible; the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left side of the handlebar. After an appropriate interval (depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed, and gear position), the DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode.
  • The Africa Twin models' DCT 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. In any riding mode, pushing the G switch reduces the amount of clutch slip during gear changes. Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, adapting the gear-shift pattern depending on the grade of an incline.

Design

  • The Africa Twin Adventure Sports' styling is less minimalist than that of the Africa Twin; the dual headlights are shared but the new model has a larger fairing matched with an 80 mm taller screen to offer greater wind protection. It also comes standard with heated grips and a 12V accessory socket, facilitating longer tours in wide-ranging conditions.
  • The Adventure Sports model comes standard with a larger sump guard and front light bars. Brushed-aluminum cowling panels add tough appeal and class to this adventure-ready machine, while the rear mudguard and steel rack can be easily removed. Thanks to a 6.37-gallon fuel tank, range for the Adventure Sports model is extended.
  • On the Africa Twin Adventure Sports model, the turn indicator is now auto-cancel. Rather than using a simple timer, the system detects differences in front and rear wheel speed and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.

Engine

  • The 998 cc SOHC eight-valve parallel-twin engine is updated with a new airbox, now featuring a 20 mm longer funnel and matched to redesigned exhaust internals that significantly improve midrange response and sound quality. The two-into-one downpipe now feeds exhaust through two catalyzers (up from one) into a simplified, smaller-volume muffler (4 liters instead of 4.6) that houses two chambers rather than three. Bore and stroke are set at 92 x 75.1 mm, with a compression ratio of 10.0:1; the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine's distinctive throb and feel for rear-wheel traction.
  • For 2018, the engine's balancer-shaft weights have been lightened by 10.6 ounces for added character and feel in power delivery. As was the case before, the crankcases are split vertically; the water pump is housed within the clutch casing, with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. The water and oil pumps are driven by the engine's balancer shafts. These features contribute to the engine being compact and short, and to optimum ground clearance, a crucial element to off-road performance.
  • 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 Adventure Sport and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head. The inlet valves are 36.5 mm in diameter, whereas the exhaust valves are 31 mm.
  • The engine uses a semi-dry sump and in-tank lower-crankcase oil storage, allowing a shallow pan depth and reducing overall engine height. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the oil tank, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage, again saving weight and space.
  • Secondary vibrations are neutralized 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.
  • On the manual-transmission versions, the aluminum clutch center and pressure plate use "assist" cams to ease shifting (with light lever feel) and "slipper" cams for deceleration and downshifting. Oil-gathering ribs on the main journal side of the primary gear ensure consistent lubrication for the gear, damper spring, and primary sub-gear. The lightweight six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes.
  • The lithium-ion battery is 5.1 lb. lighter than the lead-acid unit of the 2017 Africa Twin and offers greater longevity, both in terms of life and the ability to retain a charge.

Ergonomics

  • For extended off-road use, the Adventure Sports' seat features a flatter profile, and seat height is 1.2 inches higher than the standard model. The seat adjusts .8 inches, for a seat height of either 35.4 inches or 36.2 inches (compared to 33.5 inches and 34.3 inches); there's also a rear storage pocket tucked away on the right side. To match the raised seat height, the handlebar position is 1.3 inches higher and .2 inches further back than that of the standard model, resulting in a more upright riding position.
  • The 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sports has a steel semi-double-cradle frame that provides nimble on-road manners plus stable high-speed characteristics, as well as genuine off-road capability. Thanks to updated Showa suspension, the Adventure Sports offers 10.6 inches of ground clearance (.8 inches more than the Africa Twin).

Technology

  • For 2018, the entire Africa Twin platform is updated by way of a Throttle By Wire (TBW) system that opens the door to four individual riding modes and an expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system. The use of TBW greatly expands the choices available to the rider to manage engine output, feel, and rear-wheel traction. Whereas the 2017 Africa Twin had three levels of HSTC, plus OFF, the new system features seven levels—from Level 1, for aggressive riding off-road on block-pattern tires, to Level 7, for maximum sense of security on slippery, wet tarmac. It is still possible to turn HSTC completely off, and there are also three levels of power and engine braking available.
  • In a setup first used on the RC213V-S—the street-legal version of Honda's MotoGP racer—three riding modes offer preset combinations of each parameter, suitable to different riding environments and scenarios: 1. TOUR mode employs the lowest Power (1), medium Engine Braking (2), and high HSTC (6). 2. URBAN mode uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2), and high HSTC (6). 3. GRAVEL mode allows maximum Power (3) and Engine Braking (1), with high HSTC (6). 4. A fourth mode—USER—allows the rider to set and save his or her preferred combination of Power, engine braking, and HSTC levels. Riding mode and HSTC level can be changed at any time using the controls on the left switchgear.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2018
Model Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT
Model Code CRF1000L2DJ
Color White / Blue / Red

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

Wheels Spoked
Tires

Front - 90 / 90-21

Rear - 150 / 70R-17

Dimensions

Length 92.1 in.
Height 61.8 in.
Width 36.6 in.
Weight Curb Weight - 555.8 lb. (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Ground Clearance 10.6 in.
Wheelbase 62.2 in.
Seat Height 35.4 or 36.2 in. adjustable

Drivetrain

Transmission 6-speed automatic DCT
Final Drive Chain

Engine

Engine Unicam 4-stroke 22.5° parallel-twin; SOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
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 6.4 gal.
Ignition Full transistorized
Clutch (2) Multiplate wet
Cooling Liquid
Battery Lithium ion

Operational

Starting Electric
Frame Steel semi-double-cradle
Suspension

Front - 45 mm inverted telescopic fork; 9.9 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link system with single shock; 9.4 in. travel

Rake 27.5°
Trail 4.37 in. (111 mm)

Other

Additional Colors White / Blue / Red