2018 Honda Africa Twin
Matte Ballistic Black Metallic (DCT Model Shown)
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Engine & Drivetrain Features
- Powerful Performance: The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 998 cc parallel-twin fuel-injected engine draws heavily from iconic Honda off-road racing bikes, including the CRF250R and CRF450R.
- Engineered to perfection: Four-valve Unicam cylinder head design has numerous performance benefits – including lightweight and reduced gyro effect – while also contributing to the engine’s compact dimensions. A lightweight camshaft – using the same materials as the CBR1000RR’s camshaft – operates the valve train.
- Dual spark: Twin sparkplugs in each cylinder help to produce rapid, thorough combustion.
- Distinctive sound and feel: A 270-degree phased crankshaft gives the engine a distinctive sound and feel – almost like a V-twin – while helping to produce strong and linear power and instant response anywhere in the rev range. There’s a deep growl as the rpm rises that will be music to any motorhead’s ears.
- Clever design integration: The dry-sump oil system with internal tank reduces engine height. Combined with the Unicam cylinder head and other design elements, this contributes to an extremely low engine height, which in turn results in generous ground clearance.
- Lightweight architecture: The water pump is housed within the clutch casing, and the water and oil pumps are driven by a shared balancer shaft, all of which reduces engine size and weight.
- Maximized airflow: Forward-mounted air intakes feed a large airbox. Dual air filters can be changed without removing fuel tank, and the system is designed to minimize the risk of dirt or other debris entering the engine when servicing the filters.
- Dynamically responsive: The six-speed manual gearbox is both lightweight and robust – it uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF250R and CRF450R to ensure positive changes. Plus the all-new throttle-by-wire system and addtition of three new selectable riding modes (Tour, Urban, Gravel) deliver the right performance to match your riding style and conditions. An assist slipper clutch helps to maintain traction during downshifts or deceleration.
- Torque control: The Africa Twin even allows you to select from various levels of traction control. The Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system adjusts the allowable rear-wheel slip through 7 levels (or off).
Chassis & Suspension Features
- Perfected dual-purpose design: The Africa Twin’s chassis is engineered to handle the most rugged off-road adventures, while also providing the comfort of a touring motorcycle and the everyday competence of a great all-rounder or day-to-day commuter.
- Strength and agility: The semi-double-cradle steel frame uses oval-shaped tubing for extra strength without extra weight.
- Balanced handling characteristics: Careful attention to mass centralization – with wide footpegs and the Lithium-ion battery packaged at the rear of the cylinder head – contributing to agile handling.
- Nimble handling and tight control: The chassis design allows for superior manoeuvrability, with a wide 43-degree steering angle and a tight 2.5-metre turning radius.
- Superior suspension dynamics: The long-travel Showa 45 mm inverted stainless steel fork offers full spring preload, compression damping and rebound damping adjustment, and was designed specifically for a leading-axle wheel and radial-caliper mounting.
- Engineered functionality: The Africa Twin’s Pro-link rear suspension design positions the shock lower at the front of the aluminum swingarm, lowering C of G even further and allowing designers to keep the seat/tank area above the shock as slim as possible.
- Selectable suspension: The Showa rear shock’s hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster, combined with full adjustment for compression and rebound damping, makes it easy to change suspension performance to suit street or dirt riding.
- Adventure ready: Like the CRF450R Rally, the Africa Twin uses 21-inch front and 18-inch rear stainless steel spoked wheels, wearing 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tires.
- Superb braking system: Dual front radial-mounted Nissin four-piston brake calipers and 310 mm wave-style floating rotors provide strong braking force on pavement or dirt.
- Proven Performance: Standard ABS provides confident braking control on all types of surfaces. The Africa Twin’s Adaptive Rear ABS Cancelling allows you to disable the rear-wheel ABS – a benefit in certain types of off-road riding. The system reverts to normal operation when the engine is restarted.
- Durable construction: Following its design theme of “unlimited adventure”, the Africa Twin is styled with a minimum of bodywork in a tough, lightweight form that offers both weather protection for the rider and a slim, agile feel.
- Distinct styling cues: Dual LED headlights give the Africa Twin an imposing presence while providing excellent nighttime illumination.
- Ergonomic seating adjustment: A wide seat at the rear tapers to narrow at the front, which provides extra comfort when sitting plus an easy transition to standing when off-road. The seat can be raised or lowered through a range of 20 mm.
- Excellent range capacity: A large 18.8-litre fuel tank, coupled with the engine’s excellent fuel efficiency, provides a range of up to 400 km.
- Enhanced comfort and stability: Off-road-style tapered aluminum handlebar is strong yet lightweight, and is rubber mounted for reduced vibration.
- True adventure design: An aluminum skid plate helps protect against damage from stones, rocks and other obstacles.
- Advanced instrumentation: New instrument panel for 2018 features white-on-black LCD instrumentation mounted high for clear visibility, even when standing.
Engine & Drivetrain
- Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270-degree crank and unicam
- Displacement: 998 cc
- Bore & Stroke: 92 mm x 75.1 mm
- Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
- Valve Train: Unicam, 4 valves per cylinder
- Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
- Transmission: Six-speed constant mesh
- Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension
- Front Suspension: Inverted telescopic fork with full adjustability; 204 mm (8 in.) travel
- Rear Suspension: Pro-Link® single shock with full adjustability; 220 mm (8.7 in.) travel
- Tires: Front: 90/90-R21 tube type Rear: 150/70-R18 tube type
- Brakes: Front: 310 mm dual wave floating hydraulic discs with aluminium hub and radial mounted 4-piston calipers | Rear: 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper with ABS. Rear ABS on/off switch.
- Ground Clearance: 250 mm (9.8 in.)
- Seat Height: 850 mm / 870 mm (33.5 in. / 34.3 in.)
- Wheelbase: 1,575 mm (62 in.)
- Curb Weight: 229 kg (507 lb.) including required fluids and full tank of gas—ready to ride
- Fuel Capacity: 18.8 L
- Colour: Mat Ballistic Black Metallic
- Warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
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- Engine Type
- 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270-deg. crank and unicam
- 998 cc
- Bore and Stroke
- 92 mm x 75.1 mm
- Compression Ratio
- Fuel System
- PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
- Six-speed constant mesh
- Final Drive
- O-ring-sealed chain
- Front Suspension
- Inverted telescopic fork with full adjustability; 204 mm (8 in.) travel
- Rear Suspension
- Pro-Link® single shock with full adjustability; 220 mm (8.7 in.) travel
- Front Brakes
- 310 mm dual wave floating hydraulic discs with aluminium hub and radial mounted 4-piston calipers
- Rear Brakes
- 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper with ABS. Rear ABS on/off switch.
- Front Tire
- 90/90-R21 tube type
- Rear Tire
- 150/70-R18 tube type
- 1,575 mm (62 in.)
- Seat Height
- 850 mm / 870 mm (33.5 in. / 34.3 in.)
- Fuel Capacity
- 18.8 L
- Dry Weight
- Curb Weight: 229 kg (507 lb.)
- Mat Ballistic Black Metallic
- 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus