The legendary Africa Twin is back. Honda has announced that the new adventure model based on the True Adventure prototype shown at EICMA last November will be called CRF1000L Africa Twin, and will be available in dealerships across Europe in late 2015.
In the course of the last seven months Honda has been very keen on circulating the occasional teaser, but has yet to disclose a comprehensive technical description of this motorcycle. Apart from acknowledging its official name, the latest press release includes two new photos and also confirms the option to equip the Africa Twin with a new evolution of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) – a world first in this segment.
Judging from the two new teaser images, the production model is very close to the True Adventure prototype, now adorned with an Africa Twin logo and a red, white and blue color scheme that is so reminiscent of the original model from the late '80s.
The CRF1000L promises to be an efficient dual purpose machine, powered by a completely new 1000 cc two cylinder engine. An obvious target for the new Africa Twin would be the KTM Adventure range, a series of motorcycles that built on KTM's success at the Dakar Rally. Now Honda has the chance to collect on its return to the rally world since 2013 and this new adventure model can definitely benefit from the lessons learned in the sand dunes of South America. Actually Honda can afford some concessions in order to allow for good off-road capabilities, given that its lineup also includes the VFR1200X Crosstourer, a choice catering to the more street-oriented clientele.
So far the press release informs us that the new model will be available in Europe in late 2015, no word yet for the US or any other market. Stay tuned for updates as soon as more information is released.