There is no denying the Africa Twin is one of the most anticipated bikes of 2016. The impatient wait has been ongoing since Honda unveiled a “prototype” at EICMA in 2014. Once we knew the bike was a go for 2016 the amount it would lighten the wallet was unknown even after the US price was announced but it looks as though Honda has committed to a Canadian price for the CRF1000L Africa Twin at long last. With fluctuations in the Canadian dollar making a price tag for the year a moving target it appears that $13,999 for the non-DCT bike and $14,999 for the heavier DCT version has become the defacto price for 2016 (if you prefer your price produce style that is a little over $60/kg). That seems very aggressive pricing for a machine that really has no direct competitors. Here’s to Honda giving Canadian riders – and those with an offroad bent in particular – an exciting and relatively affordable alternative. Start saving those loonies!
Africa Twin Specs:
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270-degree crank and unicam
Bore & Stroke
92 mm x 75.1 mm
Unicam, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Standard model: Six-speed constant mesh DCT model: Six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with on & off-road riding modes
Front: 90/90-R21 tube type; Rear: 150/70-R18 tube type
Front: 310 mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers (*ABS) and sintered metal pads; Rear: 256 mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper (*ABS) and sintered metal pads.
870 mm (34.3 in.)
1,575 mm (62 in.)
Standard model: 232 kg (511 lbs.) DCT model: 242 kg (534 lbs) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride