Honda has revealed the 2020 Africa Twin model also dubbed as the CRF1100L. This would replace the existing motorcycle and is also coming with a bigger engine. Honda reveals that the new Africa Twin CRF1100L offers a proper balance to the true adventure touring enthusiast with plenty of electronic controls on offer. The 2020 Africa Twin CRF1100L also makes use of a 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU).
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L comes with features such as touchscreen 6.5″ LCD instrument console, cruise control and new LED headlamp design for better visibility while cornering. Honda has also announced a new CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES Dual Clutch Transmission model which rides on Showa electronic controlled suspension which allows for damping adjustment on the front forks. Both these bike models will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L comes powered by a 1,084cc, liquid-cooledm 4-stroke motor producing 102 BHP of power which is 7 BHP more than before and 105 Nm of torque bumped up from the previous output of 98 Nm. The bike although gets a bigger engine, weight reduction has been achieved via a lighter swing arm and the subframe is now detachable and made of aluminium along with the overall frame being revised. Overall weight of the motorcycle has also been reduced thanks to the lighter components used in the engine and gearbox. The Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L comes matched to a manual as well as DCT gearbox option across the standard and adventure sports variant.
Electronic aids on the 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L include cornering ABS, wheelie control, rear lift control, cruise control and cornering lamps. The touchscreen instrument cluster on the new bike also comes with bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay.
In India, we expect the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L to be launched in early 2020, and be displayed at the Auto Expo next year. When launched, this bike will rival the likes of Ducati Multistrada 1260, Triumph Tiger 1200, etc.