Africa Twin

Africa Twin

In 1986 the legendary NXR650 made its debut at the Dakar Rally and the dream of winning the most demanding off-road race in the world came true and did it again in ‘87, ‘88, and ’89, and the winning went into the original XRV650 Africa Twin which later became the now legendary XRV750 Africa Twin, after four years of development, it’s at the very heart of the new CRF1000L Africa Twin. True to its roots, which are firmly embedded in Dakar history, the Africa Twin is also a comfortable tourer as well as a practical commuter – but when you hear that call – it’s strong and agile enough to take you across the more challenging terrain of roads less travelled..

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The “G” Switch

The African Twin is also equipped with a G Switch, which responds to the unique needs of off-road riding by providing half-clutch control that responds directly to throttle operation. This feature really comes into its own when negotiating big rifts in the road surface. Hit the ‘G’ switch and traction is improved throughout all modes. There’s also a unique incline detection feature – just what you need when faced with a loose, steep track or dune – so you’ll be in full control of any situation.

The DCT Engine

The engine is Parallel Twin – 999.11cc with Max Power of 87.7 Bhp@7500rpm and 93.1 Nm Torque@6000rpm The Africa Twin retains Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Technology. An automated clutch and shift operation system that retains the direct acceleration feel of a manual transmission. Experience a more enjoyable ride by focusing on the sensations of accelerating, turning and braking your motorcycle. The addition of a lithium-ion battery contributes to a 2.3kg overall weight saving, while several detail changes further improve the machine’s off-road ability and durability.

Suit Yourself Riding Modes

In DCT, Three modes of operation are available. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking. The MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the left handlebar trigger control buttons.


Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted (Upside Down) telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230mm stroke. Rear: Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 220 mm rear wheel travel.

Manual Shift Selector

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.


The brakes (ABS) feature 310mm ‘wave’ style, twin floating front discs with Nissin 4-pot radial calipers for plenty of feel and strong stopping power. Rear disc is a 256mm ‘wave’ style with a 1-pot caliper. Off-road riders will appreciate the fact that they can turn the ABS function off for the rear wheel.

Rally Style Rider Console

Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Riding Modes, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, HSTC, Odometer, Trip Clock and ABS Indicator. The introduction of TBW greatly expands the choices available to the rider to manage engine output, feel and rear wheel traction. The new HSTC system features 7 Levels – from Level 1, for aggressive riding off-road to Level 7 for maximum sense of security on slippery, wet tarmac. It remains possible to turn HSTC completely OFF.

Rally Style Rider

The riding modes are comprised of different levels of Power (P) and Engine Braking (EB). There are also 3 levels of Power and Engine Braking available which offer pre-set combinations of each parameter, suitable to different riding environments and scenarios: TOUR , URBAN, GRAVEL. A fourth mode – USER – allows the rider to set and save his or her preferred combination of Power, EB and HSTC levels. Both riding mode and level of HSTC can be changed at any time using the controls on the left hand switchgear.

LED Winkers and Taillights

The indicators and tail light of the Africa Twin, also, have the LED Lights. The Indicators are now enable with Auto Cancel Feature, wherein the system compares the front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to Automatically Cancel the indicators relative to the situation.

LED Headlamps

Africa twin bears a Twin Lamp LED Headlight, which ensures brighter and richer vision, when the rider is on a dark road. It also complies with the global norm of AHO (Always Headlight On). The LED also helps reduce the power consumption by 90% as compared to conventional Headlamps.


Engine Specifications

Type Liquid Cooled, 4 stroke, SI Engine
No. of cylinder Two
Displacement 999.11 cc
Max net power 65.4 kW (89PS) @ 7500 rpm
Max net torque 93.1 Nm@6000 rpm
Bore 92.000 mm
Stroke 75.148 mm


No of gears 6
Gear pattern N-1-2-3-4-5-6
Max speed 196 kmph

Body Dimensions

Length 2334 mm
Width 932 mm
Height 1478 mm
Max net power 1571 mm
Ground clearance 251 mm
Kerb weight 243 Kg
Fuel tank capacity 18.8 Ltrs

Frame & Suspension

Frame type Semi Double Cradle
Front Inverted Telescopic Fork
Rear Pro-Link

Tyres & brakes

Tyre size (front) 90/90-21M/C 54H
Tyre size (Rear) 150/70R18M/C 70H
Tyre type (front) Tube Type
Tyre type (rear) Tube Type
ABS 2-channel with rear ABS off switch
Brake type & Dia (front) Hydraulic Double Disk 310 mm
Brake type & Dia (rear) Hydraulic Disk 256 mm


Lithium-ion battery 12V 6A-h  
Head lamp (LED) Hi 17W X 1, Low 18W X1  

Note: Prices ruling at the time of delivery will be applicable.