Updates for the 2022 year model of Honda’s definitive full-sized adventurer include standard-fit rear carrier, new ‘Big Logo’ graphics and revised settings for the DCT version.
The fundamentals of the enduringly popular package remain: hard-edged off-road performance from an athletic, lightweight chassis with slim rally-style bodywork and characterful, torque-heavy 1084cc engine; a full electronics package using a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit to manage riding modes and HSTC as well as Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, plus cornering detection functionality on the DCT version; USB port, standard fit cruise control; a full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen that incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity. And unmistakeable Africa Twin design and styling.
From £13,049.00 OTR
The 20YM CRF1100L Africa Twin came with a sharply-renewed focus on off-road core ability, that brought with it the look – and feel – of a true rally machine.
The 20YM change made it smaller, slimmer, lower and 4kg 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.
Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) give optimum visibility, improving safety. Cruise control is 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 2022, the CRF1100L Africa Twin now features refined Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) settings for even smoother handling in 1st and second gears, standard fitment for the aluminium rear carrier, and striking ultra-modern ‘Big Logo’ graphics.
Aggressive and compact. Two words that sum up the Africa Twin’s taut rally-style bodywork. And it’s for a reason – to work better off-road. The fixed screen is short to allow for easy scanning of the trail ahead and, with a seat height of 850-870mm, the high handlebars (increased by 22.5mm in height for 20YM) give an upright, high-visibility riding position and comfortable control, whether standing or seated. The tail section is extremely slim and the narrow seat carefully contoured to allow good ground reach and easy back and forth movement.
The SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine’s essential architecture remained unchanged for the 2020 update, but displacement increased to 1,084cc, up from 998cc. As a result, peak power increased from 70kW to 75kW @ 7,500rpm and peak torque from 99Nm to 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Significantly, the obvious increase in both power and torque made itself felt from 2,500rpm all the way through to the redline.
The Africa Twin’s engine received the benefits of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control in 2018, allowing much finer management of engine output and character as well as expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for rear tyre grip; for 2020 the system evolved to work in conjunction with a six-axis IMU*.
At the very heart of the Africa Twin’s elevated on- and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tucked away at the centre of the machine, that measures – in real-time – roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It manages rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through Cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.
|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.|
|Front Suspension||Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF 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.|
|Front Wheel||21M/C x 2.15 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 4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim (150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T Metzler Karoo Street)|
|Dimensions||2,330mm x 960mm x 1,395mm|
|Frame Type||Semi double cradle|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||18.8L|
|Kerb Weight||229kg (DCT 240kg)|
|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)|