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The ‘go anywhere’ approach starts with the engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road long-range touring, and all points in between. For the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s chassis three key attributes were targeted: off-road performance, the comfort of a touring motorcycle and the everyday agility that makes for a great all-rounder or day-to-day commuter. A steel semi-double cradle frame provides the perfect balance of high-speed stability – also while fully loaded – matched to genuine off-road ability, agility and sheer strength.

Mass centralisation, with items like the battery packaged at the rear of the cylinder head, contributes to a low centre of gravity.


The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 1000cc parallel twin power plant draws heavily on Honda’s off-road race experience in the form of the CRF250R/450R and CRF450R Rally competition machines, and uses the same four-valve Unicam head design for compact overall dimensions.

A lightweight cast camshaft – using the same materials as the CBR1000RR Fireblade – operates the valve train, and twin spark plugs fire the fuel/air mixture in each combustion chamber.

Strong and linear power and torque deliver instant response anywhere in the rev-range – accompanied by a satisfying, deep growl as rpm rises.

A 270° phased crankshaft gives the power delivery a distinct character as well delivering excellent feel for rear wheel traction.

Biaxial primary balance shafts cancel vibration. The engine’s short height contributes to the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s excellent ground clearance – another prerequisite for a true adventure machine. It also uses clever packaging of componentry to both dynamic and aesthetic effect.

The water pump is housed within the clutch casing, and the water and oil pumps are driven by a shared balancer shaft. Further reducing engine size is the lower crankcase design, which stores the oil, houses the pressure-fed pump.


The six-speed manual gearbox is both lightweight and robust; it uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF250R/450R to ensure positive changes.

An assist slipper clutch manages the drivetrain on deceleration and downshifts, making for smooth clutch lever operation at any moment of gear change.


ENGINE TYPE: 998cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270 degree crank and uni-Cam
BORE AND STROKE: 92.0 x 75.1mm
STARTER: Electric
CARBURATION: PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
IGNITION: Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
CLUTCH: Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
TRANSMISSION: Constant mesh 6-speed MT / 6-speed
FINAL DRIVE: O-ring sealed chain


DIMENSIONS: (LxWxH) 2,335mm x 875mm x 1,475mm (STD) / 2,335mm x 930mm x 1,475mm (ABS/DCT)
WHEELBASE: 1,575mm
SEAT HEIGHT: 870mm / 850mm
FUEL CAPACITY: 18.8 litres
KERB WEIGHT: 228kg (STD), 232 kg (ABS), 242kg (DCT)


FRONT: 90/90-R21 tube type
REAR: 150/70-R18 tube type


FRONT: 45mm fork, 230mm stroke 4-pot radial calliper, fully adjustable
REAR: 220mm stroke, hydraulic spring preload adjustor


FRONT: 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston callipers and sintered metal pads with ABS
REAR: 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston calliper and sintered metal pads.


WARRANTY: 24 months