We haven’t seen the new motorcycle yet, but the Honda Africa Twin is set to get a massive update. The bike which is currently known as the CRF1000L will now be called the CRF1100L. The 2020 Honda Africa Twin will come with a bigger engine, more power and will be lighter in weight. The all-new Africa Twin will also get new body work and top-spec components as per the adventure tourer motorcycle standards.
Previously the Honda Africa Twin was internally codenamed by Honda as the SD04 in 2015-17, SD06 during 2018-19 and the new model will be dubbed as SD09. The bike in 2020 will continue to be sold in 4 model options.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L will get a 1,084cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine which will be 86cc more than the outgoing model. The bike will also see a bump in power output in the range of 101 HP, up from 94 HP before. The torque figure will also be up to 79 pound-feet, which the older bike had around 73 pound-feet. The bike will also meet the new emission standards worldwide, Euro 5 and in India BSVI. There are better catalytic converters in place for reducing emission norms. The bike will also be quieter by 3 decibels than the older model.
Honda’s well appreciated Dual Clutch Transmission will also continue on the 2020 Africa Twin. There will be variants which will have difference in body work and a higher seat for the adventure-spec model. The 2020 CRF1100L will have a larger fuel tank by 1.5 gallon which will make it a better tourer. The weight of the bike will also be reduced by 17.6 pounds which will make the bike user friendly.
All these figures are currently speculative though. Honda has not shared any official update on the upcoming CRF1100L, the new Africa Twin. The Honda Africa Twin rivals the likes of Triumph Tiger, BMW GS series and the Ducati Multistrada.