With the historical name like Africa Twin, Honda CRF1000L will go to the Adventure market by putting forward the term “SIMPLICITY” as its strength. We got a chance to review and see how good the Africa Twin stack up against its continental competitors.
A bike that sprang from the Rally, and more specifically from the Dakar Rally, where Honda have won several times with Africa Twin 650cc and continue until 750cc which ended in 2003. Fast forward to 2017, many changes since then, most notably the dual purpose adventure and touring category has boomed with full loaded with electronics goodies ABS, TC, power modes. etc…
Here comes Honda Africa Twin with a 94 hp by 1000cc, no electronic mounts, no adjustable windshield, but with “dirt wheels”, without the numbers or features I guess you will still fall for the Africa Twin after riding it. Honda focus on using the practicality, riding comfort, traveling long distance and enjoying the fun in the sun and with an adventure bike for everyday use in mind.
Even I’m not so tall, lifting the Africa Twin on its stand with ease even it weighs 218kg. We found out that the seat height can be lowered to 850 mm from 870 and if you want it lower, there is a lower saddle that reaches the height of 810 mm.
Finding an Adventure Ride
When I open the throttle and do not feel any lag but a smooth and very comfortable ride from the 94hp bike which can do “little of everything.” Daily travel, travel comfort, off-road capabilities, and more sporty, fit for all riding tastes on any condition.
While the 218 kilos, you do not say its light but, it’s quite light for this category, and it makes the ride between the cars in the traffic, relatively easy and comfortable in the normal adversity of the city. Weight is the “key,” and this Honda will accelerate with explosion of power, just like giving you a mild adrenaline rush.
The extremely convenient riding position puts me in perfect ergonomically, with the controls contributing to this, enabling you to control the Africa Twin with minimal effort.
Curve and torque
I always love Honda’s smooth engine in the low torque, while the engine give me a positive vibe when opening the throttle, without any bumps after the middle of the corner with the DP size tyres. You need to understand it is an engine without many features, which does not seem to match the aggressive style of the new Africa. This is because it does not respond to what you might expect from a liquid-cooled parallel twin 1000cc. Riding the Africa Twin though various routes, open highways, rocky terrain, twisty hills and in the city streets, I find many positive things that eventually Africa Twin will win you over. The first thing you see is that the engine is so smooth no matter how you twist the throttle, the Africa does not spin. It even yields so linearly to the middle of the turn, which makes you wonder what you need Traction Control. The electronic traction loss control system adjusts in three stages, from the switch we usually make to the left switch. It turns off completely, all on the go, while the information is transmitted in a “bar” format, on the main negative LCD screen.
Speed in 1st gear ratio reaches 85 km/h, the second 130km/h, the third at 160, the 4th at 196, the 5th at 212, the 6th at 225km/h. Definitely a bike to travel around especially to long border rides, the Africa burns close to 4.7 – 4.8 litres per 100km, this figures is particularly impressive for the speed I’m travelling. The most demanding, however, you will need to change different gears to get a better response to the throttle opening.
The test bike was courtesy of Ras Niaga Motorsports. They are an Perkema AP holder, that allow importation of pre-own, unregistered and new bikes. Ras Niaga also sell used bikes. Ras Niaga is located at No 9 Jalan Semarak Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 54100.