Ever since its inception, Honda's versatile Africa Twin has presented motorcyclists with unprecedented capability for pavement excitement and off-road adventure. Today Honda introduces the 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin platform, whose two model versions return with even more ability to take riders anywhere while broadening options for how they can do so.
Both Africa Twin iterations—the standard version and the
Adventure Sports ES—are lighter despite receiving a larger, more powerful
engine, and they also benefit from a much more advanced suite of electronic rider
aids. The two types diverge in terms of specialization for 2020, with the
standard Africa Twin honed to improve sporting and off-road performance, while
the Adventure Sports ES benefits from technology to bolster comfort and
confidence when tackling long distances.
"Since the Africa Twin's 2016 rebirth, it's been
gratifying to see riders gravitate to a practical-but-fun adventure bike,"
said Chris Cox, American Honda's Manager of Experiential Marketing/Public
Relations. "For 2020, Honda has amplified what customers appreciate most
about the Africa Twin platform—its ability to go anywhere, whether that means
safety and comfort on the road, or performance and maneuverability in the dirt.
With a long list of important updates to both model types, riders will find
even more ways to pursue 'True Adventure.'"
With an aggressive appearance, enjoyable engine and capable
chassis, Honda's true all-rounder continues to win fans among a broad range of
consumers. For 2020, both Africa Twin versions (each of which is still
available with either an improved manual transmission or a more advanced
version of Honda's automatic DCT), cram more power and torque into a lighter
overall package, maintaining principles that have been intrinsic to the model
since day one. The water-cooled, overhead-cam, parallel-twin engine receives an
86cc displacement increase, along with improved intake and exhaust systems,
resulting in a horsepower boost of approximately 6 percent. The frame is
updated for optimized handling characteristics, the rear subframe now has
aluminum construction and is detachable, and the CRF450R-style aluminum
swingarm is lighter and more rigid.
A six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) makes possible
the addition of new rider aids including wheelie control, cornering ABS,
rear-lift control, DCT cornering detection and cornering lights, while a new,
6.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) color touchscreen display is compatible
with Apple CarPlay®. Cruise control is now standard on both Africa Twin versions.
Despite sharing improvements, each Africa Twin type
maintains an individual role. The standard version has a sharply renewed focus
on off-road use, with a shorter, fixed windscreen and a 5.0 gallon fuel tank.
Meanwhile, the Adventure Sports ES offers real long-haul ability and
practicality, boasting intelligent Showa Electronically Equipped Ride
Adjustment suspension (EERA™), tubeless wheels, heated grips, accessory socket,
larger skid plate, aluminum rear rack and a 6.5 gallon tank.
Africa Twin: $14,399
Africa Twin DCT: $15,199
Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE: $17,199
Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE DCT: $17,999
Availability: March 2020
Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES: Pearl Glare White/Blue
Africa Twin: Matte Black Metallic
In addition, Honda welcomes two returning on-road models for
The legendary XR650L boasts truly broadband dual-sport performance, Baja heritage and a long record of reliability, all of which have garnered it a diehard following of riders. Equally at home on dirt roads, single-track trails, highways and byways, the versatile dual-sport model opens the door to riding adventure like few motorcycles ever have.
Availability: March 2020
Last year's U.S. return of the celebrated Super Cub—the
model behind American Honda's transformative "You Meet the Nicest
People" ad campaign of the 1960s—proved to be a big hit, with customers
drawn to its nostalgic look and friendly performance. For 2020, the highest-selling
motor vehicle of all time is back for more, now in a new Pearl Nebula Red
Availability: December 2019
Color: Pearl Nebula Red
Source: Honda Powersports