Featuring impressive off-road capabilities, the 2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L comes in two flavors—a manual clutch six speed, plus the high-tech DCT version that features an automatically shifting transmission.While dirt riders make look askance at the DCT version, the auto-shifting is so refined that it is fully functional off-road. For the times when you want to shift the DCT manually, it can be done via two buttons on the left handlebar (though there is no clutch lever).
Featuring a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear, the Africa Twin rolls over off-road obstacles like a dirt bike, with the invaluable help of outstanding Showa suspension with nearly nine inches of travel at each end.The motor puts out nearly 100 horsepower, which is plenty for both street and dirt riding. This is a highly refined adventure motorcycle that is also capable of long-distance touring and rally-style off-roading. This year, many buyers will be thrilled to see the traditional White/Blue/Red HRC livery.You will not handguards in some of the photos—they are optional.Read our Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L ReviewVisit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L Specs
Type: Parallel twin w/ 270-degree crank
Bore x stroke: 92 x 75mm
Valve train: SOHC, 4vpc
Compression ratio: 10:0:1
Transmission: Manual six-speed w/ slipper-clutch, or DCT
Final drive: O-ring sealed chain
Frame: Steel, semi-double cradle
Front suspension: Fully adjustable inverted 45mm Showa forks: 9.1 inches of travel
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!