A major evolution for Honda’s Africa Twin 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 full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity.
The CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports shares the frame, engine and riding position of the off-road focussed CRF1100L Africa Twin, but has a role very much of its own: to offer riders real continent-crossing long-haul ability and practicality both on and off-road. This comes in the shape of a large 24.8L fuel tank, extensive wind protection (from both the fairing and fairing side panels), height-adjustable screen, large engine sump guard, aluminium rear carrier plus tubeless wheels and tyres. ACC charger and heated grips are also standard fit.
The 20YM change made it smaller, slimmer, lower and 5kg lighter than the previous 998cc model, and offered stronger performance with changes to the engine that produced 7% more peak power, 6% more peak torque and much greater strength everywhere in the rev-range. It was also Honda’s first EURO5 compliant engine. The frame too was completely revised and featured a new bolt-on aluminium subframe. The aluminium swingarm was based on that of the CRF450R moto-crosser.
At the centre of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controls not only the 7-level HSTC but also 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection. There are four default riding modes: URBAN, TOUR, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD.
For optimum suspension damping front and rear the Africa Twin Adventure Sports is also available with Showa EERA™ as an option. Four default modes – SOFT, MID, HARD and OFF-ROAD – cover every type of riding situation, and there’s a USER mode for further fine-tuning. Rear spring preload can also be adjusted while stationary.
Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) feature three-stage Cornering Lights – that automatically adjust the field of illumination depending on the lean angle, giving optimum visibility, improving safety. Cruise control and heated grips are standard-fit. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen brings immersive engagement with the machine’s systems, plus Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity, with Android Auto® functionality introduced in early 2021.
For 22YM, the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sport now features refined Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) settings for even smoother handling in 1st and 2nd gears, a new shorter adjustable screen, and striking new ‘Cracked Terrain’ graphics.
|Engine Type||SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam|
|Max Power Output||75kW at 7500rpm|
|Max Torque||105Nm at 6250rpm|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||92mm x 81.5mm|
|Front Brake||310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads|
|Rear Brake||256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.|
|Front Suspension||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)|
|Rear Suspension||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. (EERA - 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)|
|Front Wheel||21M/C x MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim (90/90-21M/C 54H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T Metzler Karoo Street)|
|Rear Wheel||18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim (150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T Metzler Karoo Street)|
|Dimensions||2330mm x 960mm x 1490mm (1545mm with screen in uppermost position)|
|Frame Type||Semi double cradle|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||24.8L|
|Kerb Weight||238kg (DCT 248kg) [With Showa EERA 240kg MT (DCT 250kg)]|
|Seat Height||850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)|
|Clutch||Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch (DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs)|
|Gearbox||6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)|