Honda confirms THREE new Africa Twins for 2020. Here’s everything you need to know.


Honda’s just revealed all the information about its new CRF1100F Africa Twin – and for 2020 there are three different models to choose from. There’s a standard Africa Twin, an Africa Twin Adventure Sports and a tricked out, electronically assisted Adventure Sports.

Building on the massive success of the 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin and 2018 CRF1000L Adventure Sports, Honda’s just confirmed its stepping things up for 2020, with three new model variants on the way.

The big news is that the new Africa Twins are lighter, more powerful and come dripping with the latest technology. It’s a serious step up from the previous generation. And there’s been a shift of priorities too. For 2020, the ‘standard’ Africa Twin becomes Honda’s off-road adventure machine, while the Adventure Sports is all set for more focused on serious touring – either with or without Showa’s EERA hi-tech suspension system.

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Here’s what Honda’s saying about its new Africa Twin; “A major evolution for Honda’s definitive full-size adventurer: harder-edged off-road performance comes via lighter chassis, slim rally-style bodywork and revised riding position; weight is reduced by 5kg, while engine capacity is increased, boosting power and torque. It’s also EURO5 compliant. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit now manages riding modes and HSTC as well as three additional systems – Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, plus new cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. A full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporates Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control is fitted as standard.”

Here’s what Honda’s saying about its new Africa Twin Adventure Sports; “A major evolution for Honda’s AfricaTwin Adventure Sports: its sights are now set more firmly than ever on the far horizon, as a comfortable, long-haul, go-anywhere adventure machine. Engine capacity is increased, boosting power and torque, with EURO5 compliance, while weight is reduced by 5kg. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit now manages riding modes and HSTC as well as three additional systems – Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, plus new cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA) is also now an option. A full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporates Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) technology and Cornering Lights. Cruise control, heated grips and an ACC charger are also fitted as standard.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – AFRICA TWIN

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ENGINE

Type: SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam

Displacement: 1084cc

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Bore & Stroke:  92mm x 81.5mm

Compression Ratio: 10.1:1

Max. Power Output: 75kW (100bhp) at 7,500rpm

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Max. Torque: 105Nm (77 lb-ft) at 6,250rpm

Noise Level: 73dB

Oil Capacity: 4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation: PGM-FI

Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.8L

CO2 Emissions: 112g/km MT // 110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption: 4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT // 4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter: Electric

Battery Capacity: 12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)

ACG Output: 0.49 kW/5,000rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type: MT – Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch // DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type: 6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)

FRAME

Type: Semi double cradle

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H): 2330mm x 960mm x 1395mm

Wheelbase: 1575mm

Caster Angle: 27.5°

Trail: 113mm

Seat Height: 850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)

Ground Clearance: 250mm

Kerb Weight: 226kg (DCT 236kg)

SUSPENSION

Type: (F) Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230mm stroke (R)Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel

WHEELS

Type: (F) 21M/C x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim (R) 18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Rims: (F) 21″ (R) 18″

Tyres: (F) 90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type) – (Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T/Metzler Karoo Street) (R) 150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type) – (Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T/AX41T Metzler Karoo Street)

BRAKES

ABS System Type: 2 channel with IMU (Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting)

Type: (F) 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads (R) 256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-channel with rear ABS OFF mode.

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments: LCD Meter, TFT 6.5inch touch panel multi information display

Security System: Immobiliser, security alarm (optional)

Headlight: LED

Taillight: LED

Electrics: Daytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay, USB socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC and wheelie control)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORTS

ENGINE

Type: SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam

Displacement: 1084cc

Bore & Stroke: 92mm x 81.5mm

Compression Ratio: 10.1:1

Max. Power Output: 100bhp (75kW) at 7500rpm

Max. Torque: 77lb-ft (105Nm) at 6250rpm

Noise Level: 73dB

Oil Capacity: 4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation: PGM-FI

Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.8L

CO2 Emissions: 112g/km MT // 110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption: 4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT // 4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter: Electric

Battery Capacity: 12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)

ACG Output: 0.49kW/5000rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type: MT – Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch // DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type: 6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)

FRAME

Type: Semi double cradle

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H): 2330mm x 960mm x 1560mm (1620mm with screen in uppermost position)

Wheelbase: 1575mm

Caster Angle: 27.5°

Trail: 113mm

Seat Height: 850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)

Ground Clearance: 250mm

Kerb Weight: 238kg (DCT 248kg) // With Showa EERATM 240kg MT (DCT 250kg)

SUSPENSION

Type: (F) Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and damping adjustment, 230mm stroke // EERATM – Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 45mm, and Showa EERATM with compression and rebound dumping adjustments, 230mm stroke (R) Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel // EERATM – Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic remote control preload adjuster and electric control unit with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel

WHEELS

Type: (F) 21M/C x MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim (R) 18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Rims: (F) 21″ (R) 18″

Tyres: (F) 90/90-21M/C 54H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T/Metzler Karoo Street (R)                150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T/ Metzler Karoo Street

BRAKES

ABS System Type: 2 channel with IMU / Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting

Type: (F) 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads (R) 256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments: LCD Meter, TFT 6.5inch touch panel multi information display

Security System: Immobiliser, security alarm (optional)

Headlight: LED

Taillight: LED

Electrics: Daytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple CarPlay, USB socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC, cornering lights, wheelie control

For more information on Honda’s new Africa Twins, click HERE.

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