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about Honda Africa Twin CRF 1000L

The CRF1000L is a 998 cc 270° crank, parallel-twin dual-sport that revived the Africa Twin name for the 2016 model year. It became available in the UK in late 2015 and early 2016 in the US. It was developed as a modern interpretation of its predecessors, the XRV 750 and Honda XRV650, based on the NXR-750 which won the Paris-Dakar rally four times in the late 1980s. The original V-twin Africa Twin was first sold in Europe from 1988 to the final production year of 2003 but was never brought to the United States. The CRF1000L has also been seen as a response by Honda to the heavier on road focused adventure touring motorcycles such as the BMW R1200GS, Ducati Multistrada, and Triumph Tiger Explorer with a lighter more off-road focused machine.

In 2018, the CRF1000L was updated with additional riding modes, more options for the Honda Selectable Torque Control, improved intake and exhaust tuning, throttle by wire and other refinements. That was also the year Honda introduced the Africa Twin Adventure Sports variant, which got a bigger gas tank, longer suspension travel (9.9” front / 9.4” rear) and more wind protection in addition to all the other upgrades.

Engine size853cc
Engine type Parallel Twin
Frame typeSteel trellis subframe
Fuel capacity20 litres
Seat height85 GS: 33.9″ GSA: 34.4”
Bike weightGSA 244 kg , GS 229kg
Front suspensionnone adjustable
Rear suspensionPreload, rebound,ESA 46MM shock PDS
Front brakeTwin 320mm discs
Rear brake220mm disc
Front tyre size110/80 x 21
Rear tyre size150/70 x 17

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