Honda CRF1000L Review & Ratings
- 17 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
THIS IS HONDA’S CRF1000L Africa Twin, and it could be an invigorating blast of crisp air for the adventure market. Its 998cc parallel twin has four-valve Unicam heads, two plugs per pot and a 270˚ crank for feel and noise. Twin balance shafts drive the oil pump and also the water pump, which is hidden in the clutch housing. The original XRV750 Africa Twin had lazy power, and the new bike makes its 94bhp at an accessible 7500rpm. There’s 72 lb.ft at 6000rpm, and Honda claim 250 miles from the 18.8-litre tank.
Blimey, that’s 60mpg. It’s the slender chassis where the 1000 promises to be more than a dirt-styled tourer. Fully adjustable forks and remote-preload shock have trail-absorbing travel, and 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels are pukka dirt sizes. The battery lives behind the cylinder head to centralise mass, ABS can be turned off at the rear and there’s 250mm of ground clearance – two inches more than a wider, heavier German. No, it’s not light at 228kg wet, and yes, the accessory luggage and tall screen are clearly for motorways. However, we’ve got a feeling about the Honda. We’re hoping for something like KTM’s supple, capable, sorely missed 990 Adventure when it arrives later this year.