Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (EBL-SD04) 2016

Big Adventure Motorcycle Model 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specs, Price, Overview & Photos Gallery

Launched on on February 22 (Monday) 2016, Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin is an adventure model equipped with a newly developed water-cooled, 4-stroke, OHC, in-line 2-cylinder 998cc engine.
2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin DCT Red

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (DCT) photo.
Colour: Victory Red.

Since its launch in Japan in 1988, the CRF1000L Africa Twin, like the "XRV750 Africa Twin" that established the adventure category in the 1990s, has been used in a variety of ways, from on-road in urban areas to highways and even unpaved roads. It is an adventure model that can run the whole road. Based on the development concept of "go anywhere" and "True Adventure," this model was developed as a model equipped with equipment and technology suitable for a next-generation adventure model.

Equipped with a newly developed in-line 2-cylinder engine, including powerful and neat styling. The engine uses a 270-degree phase crank for unevenly spaced explosions and a twin-plug "phase ignition control system" to achieve excellent traction performance and a crisp throbbing feeling. In addition, mass concentration is achieved by placing heavy objects such as the battery in the back of the engine. In addition, the use of a "semi-double cradle frame" that secures sufficient rigidity while being lightweight achieves both excellent off-road driving performance and stable on-road handling. In addition, Honda's unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) for motorcycles has improved control performance from on-road to off-road to match the rider's senses. In addition, all models are equipped with "Honda Selectable Torque Control," which efficiently transmits power even on rough roads.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin ABS 2016

Picture of Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Model Year 2016.
Type : ABS. Body Color : Pearl Glare White. Rims: Gold.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Pricelist in 2016

Planned sales volume (domestic/annual) : 1,000

Manufacturer's suggested retail price (including 8% consumption tax)

  • Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (ABS) Digital Silver Metallic price: 1,350,000 yen (1,250,000 yen without consumption tax)
  • Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (ABS) Victory Red/Pearl Glare White price: 1,382,400 yen (1,280,000 yen without consumption tax)
  • Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (DCT) Digital Silver Metallic price: 1,458,000 yen (1,350,000 yen without consumption tax)
  • Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (DCT) Victory Red/Pearl Glare White price: 1,490,400 yen (1,380,000 yen without consumption tax)

Prices (including recycling costs) do not include insurance premiums, taxes (excluding consumption tax), registration fees, etc.

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Main Features


Equipped with a 4-valve "Unicam valve train" that utilizes the know-how cultivated in the development of racing machines such as the "CRF450R" and "CRF250R" dedicated to motocross. The camshaft uses a lightweight cast camshaft made from the same material as Honda's flagship sports model, the CBR1000RR. In addition, the "crankcase built-in oil tank type dry sump structure" achieves the lowest ground clearance in its class *1. The water pump is built into the clutch case and driven by the balancer shaft along with the oil pump, resulting in a lightweight and compact package. Due to the 270-degree phase crankshaft, the output characteristic has a good response from normal use to high revs, and as the revs rise, it produces a crisp pulse and a powerful exhaust sound while firmly transmitting power to the road surface. The "2-axis primary balance shaft" reduces vibration while letting you feel the traction.
In addition, Honda's original DCT-equipped vehicle, which has a good reputation, is set as a transmission along with a manual transmission. In addition to the manual mode, the "D mode" is set to achieve the optimum balance between good fuel efficiency and comfortable cruising, and the "S mode" is a three-stage shift pattern that pursues sportier driving. It has two automatic modes. Also, as a new function, it adopts a control that estimates uphill and downhill, and selects the optimum shift pattern for the angle of inclination. In addition, in order to maximize the original performance of this DCT even on rough terrain, the G-switch equipped on the right side of the instrument panel directly changes the driving force due to throttle operation. It modifies the control to transfer to the wheels, making it easier to control the machine, which is critical when driving off-road.

*1. Honda research in 2014

Vehicle Equipment

Twin headlights follow the identity of the original Africa Twin. The steel semi-double cradle frame, which has both moderate suppleness and rigidity, ensures the necessary rigidity in various situations such as "off-road driving", "comfort on highways", and "driving with luggage loaded". and balanced lightness and stability at a high level. The brakes are equipped with a combination of 4-pot radial fit calipers and 310mm wave-shaped floating discs at the front. The rear brake uses a 256mm wavy disc. In addition, the ABS on the rear side can be switched on and off, improving the usability of off-road driving. The suspension employs a long-stroke inverted front fork that absorbs shock from the road surface, and a fully adjustable mechanism that can be adjusted according to the road surface conditions. The rear shock adopts a fully adjustable mechanism including a dial type hydraulic preload adjuster that can be adjusted without tools. The wheels are 21/18 inch spoke wheels on the front and rear, and are equipped with 90/90-21 and 150/70R 18 size tires respectively. The seat height uses a "seat adjustment mechanism" that can be easily adjusted simply by removing and attaching the seat when riding in tandem or when placing emphasis on foot grounding. It is possible to change from the standard position of 870mm to 850mm, which is 20mm lower.

Design color variations

The styling, designed under the theme of "UNLIMITED ADVENTURE," inherits the identity of the first generation Africa Twin, while also giving an adventurous look that evokes the image of the Dakar Rally participation model "CRF450 RALLY." .
Body colors include Victory Red, which is the color of the Dakar Rally machine "CRF450 RALLY", Tricolor Pearl Glare White, which is reminiscent of successive Africa Twins, and a metallic mass that makes it an urban setting. We have set all three types of digital silver metallic that beautifully reflects the sunlight.

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specifications

NicknameCRF1000L Africa Twin
Car name/modelHonda EBL-SD04
Length x Width x Height (mm)2,335 x 930 x 1,475
wheelbase (mm)1,575
Minimum ground clearance (mm)250
Seat height (mm)870/850
Vehicle weight (kg)232〔242〕
Capacity (persons)2
Fuel consumption rate *2 (km/L)Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reported value
Fuel consumption value
32.0 (60km/h level running test value) (when two passengers are on board)
WMTC mode value
21.6 (Class 3-2) *3 (When one person is on board)
Minimum turning radius (m)2.6
Engine model/typeSD04E・water-cooled 4-stroke OHC 4-valve in-line 2-cylinder
Total Displacement (cm3 )998
Inner Diameter x Stroke (mm)92.0×75.1
Compression Ratio10.0
Max output (kW [PS]/rpm)68[92]/7,500
Maximum torque (N・m [kgf・m]/rpm)95[9.7]/6,000
Fuel supply systemElectronic (Electronically controlled fuel injection system (PGM-FI))
Starting methodSelf-operated
Ignition typeFull transistor battery ignition
Lubrication methodCombined pumping and splashing method
Fuel tank capacity (L)18
Clutch typeWet multi-plate coil spring type
Transmission typeConstant mesh 6-speed return [electronic 6-speed]
Transmission ratio1  speed2.866〔2.562〕
2  fast1.888〔1.761〕
3  fast1.480〔1.375〕
4  fast1.230〔1.133〕
5  fast1.100 [0.972]
6  fast0.968〔0.882〕
Reduction ratio (primary/secondary)1.733〔1.883〕/2.625
Caster angle (degrees) / Trail amount (mm)27°30´/113
TireFront90/90 - 21M/C 54H (tube type)
Rear150/70R 18M/C 70H (tube type)
Brake typeFrontHydraulic double disc
RearHydraulic disc
Suspension systemFrontTelescopic
RearSwing Arm (Pro-Link)
Frame formatSemi-double cradle

[] indicates dual clutch transmission (ABS) specifications

  • *2 The fuel consumption rate is the value under specified test conditions. It varies depending on various conditions such as the customer's usage environment (weather, traffic jams, etc.), driving method, vehicle condition (equipment, specifications), maintenance condition, etc.
  • *3 WMTC mode values ​​are calculated values ​​based on emissions test results measured in international standard driving modes including starting, accelerating and stopping. Driving mode classes are classified by displacement and maximum speed


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