Honda Africa Twin

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Straddling the sweet spot between its brawny big brother and the more demure entry-level models, the Honda Africa Twin rolls onto the scene with a whisper of adventure and a roar of anticipation. As the latest addition to a lineage that's as much about the legacy as it is about innovation, this machine isn't just a motorcycle; it's a ticket to uncharted territories and well-worn paths alike.

The Africa Twin is a nod to the free-spirited, a salute to the adventurers who believe home is just another word for the road not yet travelled. It's a bike that doesn't just ask for a rider; it seeks a storyteller. So, join me as we unpack what makes the Africa Twin the steed for those who dream with their eyes wide open on the open road.

The Evolution of the Honda Africa Twin

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The journey of the Honda Africa Twin began in 1988, marking its foray into the world of adventure motorcycling with the introduction of the XRV650. This initial model was powered by a 650 cc V-twin engine, a reflection of Honda's commitment to balance and manoeuvrability in a segment where power and ruggedness were paramount. The XRV650, with its distinct rally-raid styling inspired by Honda's Paris-Dakar rally bikes, quickly garnered attention and admiration from adventure enthusiasts. This model set the foundational ethos for the Africa Twin: a blend of reliability, capability, and a spirit of adventure.

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In 1990, Honda upped the ante by launching the XRV750T, a more robust iteration with a 750 cc V-twin engine. This model, which continued until the year 2000, built upon the XRV650's legacy, offering enhanced power and improved performance. The XRV750T solidified the Africa Twin's reputation as a versatile and durable machine, capable of handling both the demands of long-distance touring and the challenges of off-road excursions. During its decade-long run, the XRV750T became a beloved icon in the adventure motorcycling community, celebrated for its dependability and all-round prowess.

Entering the modern era, Honda reimagined the Africa Twin with the CRF1000L in 2016, featuring a 1000 cc parallel-twin engine. This model marked a significant leap in terms of technology and performance, integrating advanced features like traction control, ABS, and multiple riding modes to cater to the evolving demands of riders. In 2020, Honda introduced the latest incarnation, the CRF1100L, further enlarging the engine capacity to 1100 cc. This current version represents the pinnacle of the Africa Twin's evolution, combining Honda's rich legacy in adventure biking with cutting-edge technology, enhanced power, and refined ergonomics, continuing to captivate the hearts of riders across the globe.

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Design & Aesthetics

With a glance, the Honda Africa Twin commands attention. Its stance is proud, yet not imposing - a blend of elegance and endurance. The design ethos speaks of fluid lines and an aggressive silhouette, a hint at its off-road lineage. Honda has sculpted this model with a meticulous eye, ensuring that every curve serves both form and function.

The seating posture is upright and natural, inviting long stints in the saddle without complaint. Adjustable components mean it can accommodate riders of various sizes, a thoughtful nod to inclusivity. Unique design features? The dash, with its seamless integration of digital displays, is a cockpit hat feels both futuristic and intuitive, while the LED lighting system doesn't just illuminate; it carves out visibility like a beacon in the wilderness.

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Engine & Performance

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At the very core of the Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin beats a heart of mechanical artistry: its 1,084cc parallel-twin engine. This powerhouse is not just about the numbers; it's about the symphony it creates from 2,500 rpm, climbing passionately to the redline. The unique 270-degree phased crankshaft and the uneven firing interval are not mere technical terms; they are the maestros behind this engine's distinctive soundtrack and feel, a rhythmic pulse that resonates with the spirit of adventure.

On the open road, this engine transforms technical prowess into a tangible experience. Responsive and torque-laden, it responds to the rider's every command with a surge of power, whether chasing the horizon at full throttle or cruising where the journey itself is the destination. Off the beaten path, the engine's grit becomes evident. Its low-end grunt doesn't falter, powering through challenging terrains with a relentless determination.

During extended tours, the 1,084cc engine reveals its true character: unyielding reliability and a rhythm that inspires confidence. Hills capitulate beneath its steady climb; distances shrink as it devours mile after mile with an insatiable hunger. This engine is not just a source of power; it's the mediator of a dialogue between rider and road, ensuring that every journey is not just a ride, but a story waiting to unfold.

Manual or DCT

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES caters to a diverse range of riders by offering a choice between two distinct transmission systems. For the traditionalists, there's the robust six-speed manual gearbox, providing a hands-on, tactile connection between rider and machine. It's all about the classic, engaging experience of shifting gears, feeling every transition and controlling every aspect of your ride.

On the other side of the spectrum lies the innovative six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). This advanced system revolutionizes the riding experience with its seamless, automatic gear shifts. DCT is designed to adapt to you, featuring four automatic modes that intelligently adjust shifting patterns to suit your riding style or to respond adeptly to the riding conditions. For those who crave a bit more control, DCT also includes a manual mode. Here, you can take charge of gear shifts using convenient triggers located on the left handlebar, ensuring that you're never out of sync with your bike's rhythm. These triggers aren't just for the manual mode; they can be used to override the automatic settings at any moment, giving you the best of both worlds.

Main Features, Spec and Considerations

Specs - Main Features
ENGINE 1084cc, Liquid-cooled, 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
MAX TORQUE 112Nm / 11.4kg-m / 82.6 ft-lb @ 5,500 rpm
POWER 100.5bhp (75kW) @ 7,500 rpm
FUEL CONSUMPTION 44mpg / 5.34l/100km
TRANSMISSION 6-speed, Manual or Dual Clutch
FRONT SUSPENSION SHOWA Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 45mm, and an Electric controlled unit (SHOWA EERA) with compression and rebound dumping adjustments, 230mm stroke
REAR SUSPENSION Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, hydraulic remote control preload adjuster and electric control unit (SHOWA EERA) with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 220mm rear wheel travel.
FRONT BREAKS 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers
REAR BREAKS 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode
TYRES (FRONT - REAR) 90/90-21M/C 54H - 150/70-R18M/C 70H
LENGTH 2330mm (91 ")
WIDTH 960mm (36.3")
WHEELBASE 1,575mm (62")
SEAT HEIGHT 850/870mm (Low Seat option 825mm, Comfort Seat option 885mm)
FUEL CAPACITY 24.8 litres
TANK RANGE 315 miles / 500km
WET WEIGHT 233 kg (513 lb)


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In a world where technology reigns supreme, the Honda Africa Twin proves itself a noble steed in the digital domain. Its ride modes are the jewels in its crown, offering bespoke settings for a tailored experience. The Riding modes include: Urban, Tour, Gravel, Off Road and User. USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups - choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, plus HSTC, Wheelie Control and ABS (on-road/off-road) parameters.

Central to the Africa Twin's exceptional performance, both on winding roads and untamed trails, is the cutting-edge Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This sophisticated piece of technology is like the bike's sixth sense, continuously measuring data across six axes of motion. It's not just gathering information; it's the neural hub that communicates crucial data to the motorcycle's vital systems, such as the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Wheelie Control.

What does this mean for you, the rider? It translates to a motorcycle that intelligently adjusts its behaviour in real-time. Whether you're navigating tight corners, tackling rugged off-road conditions, or managing sudden changes in terrain, the IMU ensures that the bike's response is finely tuned to the situation. These systems work in harmony to offer a riding experience that's both exhilarating and secure, ensuring that you have total control, irrespective of the challenges the road or trail presents.

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES and its DCT variant feature advanced SHOWA EERA (Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) suspension. This state-of-the-art electronic suspension system offers riders a spectrum of choices with five damper settings: hard, medium, soft, off-road, and a fully customizable “user” setting. Switching between these settings is effortlessly simple, empowering you to fine-tune your ride on the fly. Opt for a firmer setting on smooth highways, then effortlessly transition to a softer or off-road setting when you venture onto the path less taken. The flexibility to adapt to varying terrains is at your fingertips.

The heart of the Africa Twin's interactive features is its 6.5-inch TFT Multi Information Display (MID), a touch screen that puts control at your fingertips. This intuitive interface allows you to effortlessly manage the bike's extensive systems - from riding modes and suspension settings to Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), wheelie control, and ABS settings. Designed for the modern rider, the MID's touch screen is glove-friendly, ensuring seamless interaction even in full gear. It's not just about functionality; it's about keeping you connected and in command, regardless of where your journey takes you.

Reliability in the Age of Tech

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The Honda Africa Twin's reputation is anchored in its reliability - a trusty companion on both long hauls and rugged trails. However, in this modern iteration, loaded with gadgets and electronics, there lies a shadow of a question: with more tech, do we invite more trouble?

It's a point that isn't unique to the Africa Twin but is a whisper in the ear across the class of high-tech adventure bikes. The more features and electronic assists there are, the higher the likelihood that something might hiccup. It's the double-edged sword of modern motorcycling, technology adds to the riding experience but also brings complexity.

Potential owners should consider this: while the Africa Twin is by all accounts a robust beast, the intricate dance of sensors, modes, and connectivity options introduces more variables into the equation. It's a narrative of progress, one where reliability isn't just about mechanical endurance, but electronic resilience too.

As with any tale of adventure, the possibility of a twist in the plot adds to the excitement. The Africa Twin may ask for a little faith in its electronic symphony, but for many, the overture of innovation is worth the occasional off-note.

Known Problems

Like any motorcycle, Honda Africa Twin has its share of known issues, although it's generally well-regarded for its reliability and performance. It's important to note that specific problems can vary between different model years and individual bikes. Here are some commonly reported issues:

  • Transmission Concerns: Some riders have reported issues with the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) on certain models. These concerns typically revolve around smoothness and response, particularly in stop-and-go traffic or at low speeds.

  • Electronics and Sensor Issues: Given its array of electronic aids and sensors, there have been instances where riders faced glitches or malfunctions, often necessitating resets or dealer visits for diagnostics and firmware updates.

  • Suspension and Handling: For riders who push the bike to its limits, especially off-road, the stock suspension setup may sometimes be seen as a limiting factor. While it's generally capable, those looking for more aggressive off-road performance might seek upgrades.

  • Windshield and Aerodynamics: Some taller riders have found the stock windshield insufficient for deflecting wind and reducing buffeting at higher speeds, leading them to opt for aftermarket solutions.

  • Fuel Pump Issues: Earlier models of the Africa Twin were subject to recalls due to fuel pump issues. It's always wise to check if any recalls have been issued for the specific model year you're interested in.

Price Comparison:

We have compared the prices of the 2024 Honda Africa Twin and its competitors in the UK market, here's how it stands:

The base price for the 2024 Honda Africa Twin starts at £13,199 (approximately $17,899 USD). This is for the manual transmission model.

The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) variant is priced slightly higher, starting from around £15,299 (about $20,752 USD).

For the more premium Adventure Sports SE model, the prices are £17,299 (approximately $23,468 USD) for the manual model and £18,099 (around $24,548 USD) for the DCT variant.

The BMW F900 GS Adventure, that offers more power and less weight, has a starting price of £12,350, around $16,746 USD. This pricing places the BMW F900 GS Adventure slightly lower than the base model of the Africa Twin. It's important to consider these models for their specific features and how they align with your riding needs and budget.

Additionally, the Honda Transalp, with a power difference of just 10hp compared to the Africa Twin, emerges as a more affordable alternative within Honda's own lineup.

Remember, the final cost of the Africa Twin can significantly increase with optional add-ons. For example, adding the Showa electronic suspension and the DCT transmission can bring the total cost to approximately £15,899 (about $21,567 USD)


As the final word weaves the narrative to its close, it's clear that the Honda Africa Twin is not merely a motorcycle; it's a companion for the road less travelled. Its value lies not just in the specs or the metal, it's in the stories it will gather like stamps in a passport. Does it live up to the Africa Twin name? Without a shadow of a doubt, it does more than just live up to it; it takes the legacy and rides it into the sunset, beckoning adventurers to follow. The Africa Twin is more than a mode of transport; it's a promise of adventure, and a call to the wilds that the heart of every true rider cannot help but answer.

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