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Honda Africa Twin prices

9th December 2015

 

CRF1000L | Unicam | DCT | 94hp | ABS | 2016

 

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Honda has released pricing details of its new CRF1000L Africa Twin which goes on sale in January 2016.

 

The new, 2016 bike was first shown to the UK press just ahead of this year's December EICMA Show and revealed a 998cc liquid-cooled parallel twin featuring Honda's compact Unicam head architecture as revealed on the CRF450R.

 

The firm reckons the 270-degree crank helps generate 94 horses and churns out 72lb-ft of torque. Owners have the option of buying into Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and ABS is (of course) now mandated on all bikes above 125cc. Variable modes (including an off-road algorithm) are offered courtesy of the traction control system. The seat height starts at a lofty 33.8-inches (860mm). The weight, with DCT, is said to be 457lbs (208kg).

 

The fuel tank holds 4.1 gallons (18.8 litres) which will go some way towards propelling this motorcycle between Paris and Dakar (albeit nowhere near far enough). The wheels are 21-inch at the front, and 18-inch at the rear. Meanwhile, the original Africa Twin camp is (bitterly?) divided over this bike. Yes, it carries the legendary and hallowed Africa Twin name, and yes, it obviously carries the Africa Twin spiritual torch and physical colours.

 

But it's not a V-twin (as was both the original XRV650 and its successor, the XRV750). And the CRF1000L doesn't have the punch and impact and doesn't really stand out from the crowd of new pretenders anxious to seize the coveted off-road crown. 

 

Moreover, some would say that the bike has become cruelly emasculated with its "derisory" 94hp output and has become more of a cosy touring armchair rather than the desert demolishing sandhopper that it once was. But what about the price? Well if you're quick, Honda Motorcycles will flog you one for 10,499 for the "basic" ABS model, or 11,299 for the DCT variant. Chances of it selling out before you get there? You tell us.

 

 

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