Honda Releases Specs for the 2016 CRF1000L

Aug 04, 2015 View Comments by

Honda Releases Specs for the 2016 CRF1000LThe Lowdown on the New Africa Twin –

Honda Releases Specs for the 2016 CRF1000LWe announced the resurrection of the Honda’s famed Africa Twin awhile back, but details on the all-new 1,000cc adventure bike from Big Red were scarce. Now we have a bit more to reveal about the new machine. Firstly, and this is no surprise, the CRF1000L will be powered by a 998cc parallel twin. The engine is based on Honda’s extensive off-road experience and features a lightweight cast camshaft, dual spark plugs, and a 270-degree phased crankshaft. The power plant is designed to be compact and to keep the bike’s center of gravity low to improve its off-road prowess.

As we previously reported, Honda will be offering the CRF1000L with an optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) in addition to the standard six-speed gearbox. The DCT will allow riders to manually shift, using switches on the left hand grip, or choose one of two automatic modes. According to Honda, the Africa Twin’s DCT has been optimized for off-road action and is able to partially disengage the clutch at low speeds so that abrupt throttle inputs won’t upset the chassis too much. It can also detect when the bike is moving up an incline and can hold gears longer. When going downhill the DCT will keep the bike in lower gears for optimal engine braking.

Honda Releases Specs for the 2016 CRF1000LThe engine and transmission are supported by a semi-double cradle steel frame that Honda has designed with mass centralization in mind. Suspension components include a long travel, upside down Showa fork, which is fully adjustable, and a Showa rear shock with hydraulic spring pre-load adjustment. No word yet on how long that travel actually is. Of keen interest to those looking to take their Africa Twin off-road will be the wire spoke wheel sizes, which come in at 21-inches for the front and 18 in the rear—ideal for trail riding. The front brakes consist of dual 310mm “wave style” floating discs with radially mounted Nissin four piston calipers while the rear features a 256mm disc with two-piston caliper. Seat height is adjustable between 33.5 and 34.3 inches and the fuel capacity comes in at just under five gallons.

The 2016 CRF1000L certainly seems to have the hardware to compete in the crowded 1,000cc and up adventure class. Of course, it also includes a bevy of electronic aids (traction control, ABS, etc.) that are hallmarks of modern machines. How will it stack up to the class leaders from BMW and KTM? Only time will tell.

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