Honda Brings Back the Africa Twin

In the world of adventure motorcycle riding, few names are as evocative as Africa Twin. Honda plans to revive that name in an all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin for early next year. The new motorcycle will be based on the True Adventure prototype shown at EICMA last year.

CRF1000L_Africa_Twin_Adventure_2016_005Back in 1989, Honda introduced the XRV650 Africa Twin as a consumer rmodel based on what they learned and earned after four consecutive wins at Dakar. Made to go anywhere, maneuver with agility, and be ridden all day, the Africa Twin immediately won acclaim as one of the few adventure motorcycles worthy of the name.

Having gone through successive models as the XRV650 then XRV750, the Africa Twin returned to Dakar in 2013 with Team HRC. This led to the prototype shown in November last year and now to the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin.

Honda has given little information about the bike, but says that the large-capacity adventure motorcycle will “redefine expectations” both on and off the road.

Aaron Turpen
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