2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin/Adventure Sports

For Honda riders, adventure comes in two liter-class flavors

2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa TwinHonda

Got people to see, places to visit, a bucket list to check off? The 2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin will take you everywhere you want to go, on or off road, in comfort and style. And it will do all of that for, in some cases, thousands of dollars less than its direct competition. Honda burst onto the adventure-bike scene in 2016 with the Africa Twin (named after yesteryear’s Paris-Dakar Rally-inspired XRV650 and XRV750T). Then, as now, that model was available with an optional six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Unlike some so-called adventure bikes, the Africa Twin is fitted with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, which makes running off-road-specific rubber easy. Keeping things simple, the Showa cartridge-type fork and remote-reservoir-equipped shock are manually adjustable for spring preload, as well as compression and rebound damping.

An alternative to the already dirt-capable Africa Twin, the Adventure Sports is marketed by Honda as a $1,500-premium trim level—taller windscreen, larger fuel tank, additional suspension travel, bigger skid plate, and wider footpegs—that encourages you to “go farther.” That said, the base model is already pretty premium and capable of going pretty far. Tough decision…

Likes: One of the most user-friendly 500-plus-pound motorcycles you'll ever meet

Dislikes: Got inseam? Good. Even with the adjustable-height seat, you might need it.

Verdict: A little heavier, slower, and taller than best in class—but a lot less expensive

2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Reviews And Comparisons

“When you crunch the numbers, the Adventure Sports starts to look like a bargain,” Bonnier Motorcycle Group Video Producer Spenser Robert wrote after riding the standard Africa Twin back to back with the Adventure Sports model. “Even my conservative estimates point to this package being a great bang for your buck.”

2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Competition

“Adventure” is one of the most popular and hotly contested categories in motorcycling. Other top mid-displacement/liter-class players in this versatility-first segment include the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, 1090 Adventure R, and 790 Adventure R, as well as models from BMW (F850GS, R1250GS), Ducati (Multistrada), and Triumph (Scrambler, Tiger).

2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specifications And Pricing

For 2019, both CRF1000L models—the Africa Twin and the Africa Twin Adventure Sports—can be purchased with either a six-speed manual transmission or, for $800 more, a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Plus, Honda offers a gamut of accessories, ranging from windscreens to heated handgrips and luggage options.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $13,599/$15,099
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel twin
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 92.0mm x 75.0mm
Horsepower 94.0 hp @ 7,500 rpm
Torque 73.0 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 33.5/35.4 in.
Rake 27.5°
Trail 4.4/4.3 in.
Front Suspension 45mm; fully adjustable; 9.1/9.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 8.7/9.4-in. travel
Front Tire 90/90-21
Rear Tire 150/70-18
Fuel Capacity 4.9/6.4 gal.
Wheelbase 62.0/62.2 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 508/533 lb.

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2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports Right Front
2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports Right FrontHonda
2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Right Front
2019 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Right FrontHonda