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Honda has finally let the cat out of the bag, shedding some more light on Africa Twin 1000 details that we have all been longing for.
Up until today (September 1 @ 3:00 AM) we didn’t know what the MSRP Price would be on the CRF1000L. Honda had already released pricing information to other countries around the world, but not us. It did help give us a rough idea on the price once we did conversions to the US dollar. Those #’s and doing the conversion is flawed to say the least.
2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L MSRP / Price: $12,999
2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L DCT MSRP / Price: $13,699
2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L Colors: Red/Black/White Dakar Rally, Silver
Following a series of information releases on the CRF1000L Africa Twin, American Honda today publicized pricing for the all-new model and also revealed additional details on the trailblazing adventure bike. At the same time, Honda officially announced a number of returning on-road models, several of which are offered in new colors for 2016.
Powered by a brand-new 998cc parallel-twin engine, the Africa Twin is available in two versions—one with a highly advanced Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and another with a standard gearbox; pricing is set at $13,699 and $12,999, respectively. Both versions come standard with ABS and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and are extremely capable in highway and off-road applications.
“The CRF1000L Africa Twin is one of the most exciting new products of the 2016 model year, and we’re pleased to provide customers with additional information, including details on our competitive pricing,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “No fewer than 32 patents have been applied for on this innovative model, and its specifications surpass the competition in several important areas. We know our customers have been hungry for a no-compromise, do-it-all adventure bike, and we’re confident that the Africa Twin fits the bill.”
The highly anticipated Africa Twin was developed following the “True Adventure” concept, with an emphasis on achieving outstanding performance across a broad array of applications, from open highways to technical trails. To that end, the parallel-twin power plant was designed to have concentration of mass and a low center of gravity, with the Unicam® head and dry-sump crankcase enabling a low engine height. In order to realize a compact package, components like the oil tank, oil pump and water pump have all been incorporated into the engine, and a number of components, including the battery, are located as near as possible to the vehicle’s center.
Both the standard Africa Twin and the Africa Twin DCT come with ABS and HSTC. For certain off-road conditions in which the ability to have differing wheel-speeds is advantageous, the HSTC and rear ABS can both be switched off. On the highly advanced DCT version, an accessory foot-pedal shifter is offered for customers who want a traditional feel. (In stock form, the DCT is shifted either automatically or, when in manual mode, by buttons on the left handlebar.) Other available accessories include pannier cases, a top box, heated grips, an electrical socket and more.
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To help maximize durability off-road, the Africa Twin has ample ground clearance, a tough aluminum skid plate, a high-tensile-steel semi-double-cradle frame and a minimum of projecting parts. A slim cross section and smooth layout simplify moving back and forth on the bike in order to maneuver through challenging sections. Between the standard adjustable saddle and an accessory low version, seat height can be adjusted between four different settings ranging between 34.3 and 32.3 inches. The Africa Twin has the most suspension travel in its class: 9.1 inches for the inverted 45mm Showa fork and 8.7 inches for the rear wheel. Adjustable compression and rebound damping are standard at both ends, as is hydraulic adjustable spring preload (in order to more easily accommodate passengers or cargo). Off-road-friendly features include tube tires, wire-spoke wheels, hollow aluminum axles, wave-design brake rotors and a rubber-mounted aluminum handlebar with a tapered design. An innovative air-intake design makes it possible to access the viscous air filters without removing the fuel tank.
The rally-style upright windscreen minimizes buffeting at high speeds, and the instrument panel has information efficiently arranged in a vertical layout. LED headlights are standard. You can also check out more information here on the Africa Twin.
I’m surprised that Honda isn’t offering a non-ABS option on the Africa Twin. On all of Honda’s other DCT models you only get the ABS option if you went with the DCT option. In my experience, I stil have a lot of customers that don’t want an ABS bike. I am glad to see that Honda kept the price very competitive and even moreso on the DCT CRF1000L. In years passed the DCT / ABS upgrade was $1,000 but this go-around it only bumps the price up $700.
What do you think about the Africe Twin prices ? Too much? Just right?
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