When the “Africa Twin” graphic reappeared on a Honda motorcycle in 2016 for the first time in more than a decade, the large-bore adventure market got a little bit bigger and a whole lot sweeter. Available in both six-speed manual and dual-clutch-automatic versions, the 998cc CRF1000L was comfortable and capable on and off road. Fast-forward to 2020 and the CRF1100L Africa Twin. That’s right, the engine gets a bump in displacement via a 6.5mm stroke increase, along with IMU-aided electronics that include six ride modes, cornering ABS, wheelie and traction control, plus cruise control and Apple CarPlay compatibility—all trackable on a 6.5-inch TFT display.
Engineers further slimmed down the semi-double-cradle steel frame, lopping off a claimed 4 pounds, and redesigned the now-detachable and manufactured-from-aluminum subframe. The previous model’s tall windshield is replaced by a shorter screen that, Honda says, eases weight transfer when riding aggressively in rough terrain and reduces chest-level high-speed buffeting. If you’re seeking even greater off-road capability, Honda also offers the up-spec Adventure Sports ES models, for which DCT likewise remains an $800 option for those riders who want to leave clutch-work to old-timers.
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Editorial reception for the 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin was so positive that the brand-new model won Best Adventure Bike honors in its debut year. Thanks to its torquey 998cc parallel twin and balanced chassis—with wheel sizes that accept off-road rubber—the sophisticated machine delivered a rare combination of refinement and versatility.
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