Honda CRF1000L Adventure Sports


Building on the CRF1000L Africa Twin impressive features and chassis the new CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports version extends the platform even further into long-range off-road ready territory.

A new version of Honda’s Africa Twin is ready for Adventure Sports in 2018, with larger fuel tank for a range of over 500km, higher riding position, greater ground clearance, heated grips, extended fairing plus longer travel suspension.


  • Better riding position: The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ steel semi-double cradle frame provides nimble on-road manners plus high-speed stability matched to genuine off-road ability, agility and strength. For extended off-road use the seat features a flatter profile – and is 50mm taller – than the standard CRF1000L Africa Twin.
  • Throttle by wire: The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ 998cc SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine’s 2018 upgrade sees it receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) plus riding modes and expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
  • New styling: The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ styling is less minimalist than the Africa Twin; the dual headlights are shared but it has a larger fairing matched with an 80mm taller screen to offer greater wind protection. It also features heated grips as standard plus an AC socket.
  • Ground clearance: Good ground clearance – crucial to off-road performance – starts with a compact, short engine. So the crankcases are split vertically; the water pump is housed within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences. There are also 3 levels of Power and Engine Braking available.
  • Long battery: New for 2018 a lithium-ion battery is 2.3kg lighter than the lead unit of the 2017 Africa Twin, and offers greater longevity, both in terms of life and the ability to hold onto a charge when left.
  • Caution: The rear indicators offer an Emergency Stop Signal function. The hazard lights flash, warning other road users a hard stop is in process. The indicators now also auto-cancel. Rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.
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Bore × Stroke (mm) 92.0 x 75.1mm
Engine Displacement (cc) 998
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Max. Power Output 70kW/7,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 99Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)


Suspension Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with hydraulic dial-style preload and damping (compression & rebound) adjuster, 252mm stroke, 224mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 240 mm rear wheel travel, 101 mm stroke
Tyre Size Front 90/90-21 tube type
Tyre Size Rear 150/70-R18 tube type
Rim Front 21M/C x MT2.15
Rim Rear 18M/C x MT4.00

Dimensions and Weights

Turning Radius 2.6m
Dimensions (mm) (L x W x H) 2,340 x 930 x 1,570mm
Frame type Aluminum die-cast, twin tube
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 24.2 litres
Ground Clearance (mm) 270mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 243 kg (MT), 253kg (DCT)
Seat Height (mm) 900/920mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1,580mm


Clutch ABS Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
Clutch DCT 2 Wet multiple clutches
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox ABS Constant mesh 6-speed
Gearbox DCT / 6-speed DCT with on and off-road riding modes

Instruments and Electrics

Headlights Dual LED (1 High/1 Low)
Instruments Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Riding Modes, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, ABS, HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock
Taillight & Indicators LED

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