The year 2018 marks 30 years of the legendary Honda XRV650 Africa Twin. Launched in 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin, the motorcycle shares no part with its predecessor. However, the machine’s ‘True Adventure’ philosophy means that it inherits all of the essence and spirit of the original.
For 2018, the base model receives a host of upgrades for both, the manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) variants. The CRF1000L Africa Twin’s 998cc SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine gets Throttle By Wire (TBW) plus riding modes and expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for 2018. Throttle By Wire enables the rider to manage engine output, feel and rear wheel traction. While the outgoing model has only 3 levels of HSTC, plus OFF, the new one features 7 Levels – from Level 1, for aggressive riding off-road on block pattern tyres, to Level 7 for maximum sense of security on a slippery and wet tarmac. You also get the option of shutting down the HSTC.
There are also 3 levels of Power and Engine Braking modes available. The three riding modes offer pre-set combinations of each parameter, suitable to different riding environments and scenarios. The unique DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version features the standard manual mode – allowing the rider to operate gear shifts through triggers on the left handlebar – and two automatic modes. D mode offers the best balance of fuel economy and comfort cruising whilst S mode gives three different, sportier shift patterns to choose from.
For the 2018 model, wet weight has been reduced by 2kg and now stands at 240kg (DCT version). The pillion footpeg hangers have also been redesigned to allow more room for the rider’s feet when standing. To make the readouts more legible while standing and riding, the instrument console has also been angled. The range of Honda accessories available for the CRF1000L Africa Twin include top box and inner bags, touring bags, frame guard, smoked screen, high screen, upper and lower wind deflectors, rubber pillion footpegs.
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