2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Preview

Honda Releases New 1000cc Rally Bike

Honda has a new adventure bike for 2016 and if you’re looking for a full liter motorcycle that’s ready for anything, you’ll want to check out the CRF1000L Africa Twin when it hits the showrooms in early 2016. The engine is a 998cc twin, with each head housing a Unicam valve system and two spark plugs per piston, has an automatic transmission that can be shifted ‘manually’ with triggers on the handlebar, or put into two different modes: comfort/economy mode or sport mode (and sport mode has three shift patterns to choose from). The clutch detects when less abrupt throttle response would be better, such as in slow, technical riding, and automatically gets into a ‘slip’ mode to lessen the hit (not a bad idea with 1000cc of torque at hand). The bike also knows when it’s going uphill or downhill, and adjusts the shift points with a later shift when climbing, and earlier downshift when descending. The bike is available with ABS, which can be turned off to the rear wheel. The big CRF rolls on a 21” front wheel and 18” rear wheel, is engineered with mass centralization and a slim feel in mind, and comes in two colors: red/black/white and silver.

Here are the specs, provided by Honda:

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specs
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Unicam
Engine Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 92.0 x 75.1 mm
Clutch Wet, multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox/Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes
Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) HSTC 3-levels + switch-off (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Frame Type Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame
Turning Radius 8'2"
Curb Weight 503 lb. (STD), 534 lb. (DCT/ABS)
Fuel Capacity 4.96 gallons
Length x Width x Height 91.9 x 34.4 x 58.1 inches (STD), 91.9 x 36.6 x 58.1 inches (DCT/ABS)
Wheelbase 62.0 inches
Seat Height (STD position / Low position) 34.3/33.5 inches
Ground Clearance 9.8 inches
ABS system type ABS 2-channel with rear ABS off switch (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Front Brakes 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminum hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Rear Brake 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT/ABS model
Front Wheel Wire spoke with aluminum rim
Rear Wheel Wire spoke with aluminum rim
Front Rim Size 21M/C x MT2.15
Rear Rim Size 18M/C x MT4.00
Front Tire 90/90-R21 tube type
Rear Tire 150/70-R18 tube type