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News Honda’s adventurous Africa Twin

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. #1 NetriderBot, Aug 24, 2015
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    HONDA is back in the adventure game, bringing back the CRF1000L Africa Twin, one of its most popular adventure bike names ever.

    The 2016 model will have a 1000cc V-twin engine, but instead of being based on the V-twin Varadero power plant, itself developed from the VTR1000 sports engine from the mid 1990s, the new Africa Twin will use a parallel twin cylinder engine. But it will have a 270 degree crank set up, mimicking a V-twin in sound and feel.

    It’s also using a six speed gearbox but with the shift-cam design from the CRF250R/450R models, with the option of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology for adventure.

    The DCT features the standard manual mode, allowing the rider to shift gears through a handlebar trigger, as well as two automatic modes. According to Honda, ’D’ mode offers a good balance of fuel economy and comfort cruising, while ‘S’ mode has been revised to give extra levels of sports performance, with three different shift patterns to choose from: S1, S2 and S3.

    The DCT technology has also been customised for the Africa Twin, with a ‘G’ switch on the right side of the instrument panel improving traction and machine control by reducing clutch slip. The new system also features incline detection, which adapts the gear shift pattern to match to the grade of incline, aiding overall control.

    Then there’s the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system offers three levels of control, while the rider is also able to turn off the ABS system for the rear wheel. Phew!

    Honda hasn’t had a true big bore adventure bike for some time now. Maybe the Africa Twin will love up to hype. We hope so. It will be in showrooms in 2016 but there’s no word on exactly when or how much it will be.

    For more info visit your local Honda dealer or www.hondamotorcycles.com.au.

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  2. I'm surprised we haven't seen someone with one of these on the forum yet. They certainly look the part in the dealership. The tricolour one is wicked.
  3. Thinking of getting one, but waiting to see if there are any teething problems. A number of owners have had problems with buttons on the left switchgear sticking and a couple of DCT owners have had dangerous incidents caused by unusual gear changes causing wheelies.
  4. Saw one filtering, the other day.
    Looked beaut.
  5. Yip, saw the brand new one at nerang some 2 weeks ago. It said "do not touch, I am sold". Great looking, wonder how it stacks up against tenere?
  6. No, actually it won't and the genius who wrote the press release knew this because he says in the same paragraph.

    It's easy enough to make typos but to make two completely contradictory statements in one paragraph ?
  7. Had a mate test ride one over a couple days and reported back to me today. The biggest thing he commented on was on paper it looks way too heavy, but in reality it doesn't feel anywhere near that heavy. Guess it's to do with where the centre of gravity is. There are a couple of good youtube videos comparing the DCT version against the manual.

    If I ever get the touring bug in the future, I think I'd be more inclined to go this route (adventure touring) then the sport touring route. Which is a big thing for me to say.
  8. The first big adventure bike in a long time that is actually trying to be capable on dirt, and it's not horrendously expensive. Brave move Honda. I hope it pays off.
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  9. The 270 deg crank helps for traction in dry & wet too plus gives it that great V twin feel. Should be a nice bike with lots of potential regards a slated future road going only upright/comfort number like the verseys 1000 etc but a lot lighter/nimbler.
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  10. They do look like a good package I have to say.

    At first glance they appear to have better off road ability than the v-strom, better pricing than the BMW R1200GS and better styling than the Yamaha XTZ1200.
  11. A couple of photos.


    This is the sport concept. I could see me having a crack at this.

  12. I'm not complaining about the bike, I'm complaining about the journalism. It's a clever parallel twin design, with a lot of the benefits of a the V configuration but being more compact which is also going to assist with weight distribution as well, but it isn't a V-twin anymore than an R1 has a V4 under the fairing in spite of that cross plane crank and it's V4 mimicking properties. A motorcycling journalist should have a passing interest in getting that right.

    I think it'll be a great bike once they get the teething problems sorted and I think they'll sell well. Not my cup of tea though. Something a chunk lighter in the dirt is more appealing for me.
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