Day: 6 October 2020

ADVENTURE AWAITS ON AFRICA TWINS FROM £28 PER MONTH WITH NEW FINANCE PACKAGES

Adventure awaits on Africa Twins from £28 per month with new finance packages

Honda has revealed finance packages to help true adventurers realise CRF1100L Africa Twin ownership with bite-size monthly payments, which can be taken advantage of on all variants of the flagship model, from the CRF1100L Africa Twin right up to range-topping, DCT-equipped, Adventure Sports with Electronic Suspension and ‘Plus’ edition which adds a full range of Genuine Honda Accessories, including a choice of all-new Aluminium or Plastic Luggage boasting a combined storage capability (Top Box + Panniers) of 112L or 128L respectively.

A combination of a larger deposit and reduced interest rates on financed purchases of a CRF1100L, results in monthly instalments more common to 125cc motorcycle rather than a full-blooded adventurer.

The new finance packages provide aspiring tourers and adventurers a route to ownership of an Africa Twin, afforded by a deposit, with a contribution of up to £1,000 pounds on selected models, followed by 11 monthly instalments and a final payment. For example, a buyer of a CRF1100L Africa Twin would place a deposit of £5,524.50, with a £1,000 deposit contribution, before making 11 (monthly) payments of £27.67. After the year term has elapsed, the final payment is £6,524.50.

Similar financial mechanics apply across the full Africa Twin line-up so you can ride a DCT Adventure Sports with Electronic Suspension ‘Plus’ Edition away from a Honda dealership for £42.73 per month. This top of the range model has electronically adjustable suspension at the flick of a switch, a myriad of rider modes and a comprehensive infotainment system, boasting Apple CarPlay.

Reincarnated in 2015 the “new era” Africa Twin was overhauled in 2020. Lighter, more powerful and shot through with technology, the icon can take on any adventure in one of its various forms to tackle rugged off-road terrain or endlessly tour in total comfort.

See finance examples for all CRF1100L models below:

Model

OTR

Deposit

Deposit %

HUK Contribution

Amount of Credit

11 Payments of

Final Payment

Final Payment inc Option Fee

Total Amount Payable

APR

Option to Purchase Fee

Interest Rate pa

Africa Twin 20YM

£13,049.00

£5,524.50

50.00%

£1,000.00

£6,524.50

£27.67

£6,524.50

£6,534.50

£13,363.37

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin 20YM PLUS

£15,849.00

£6,924.50

50.00%

£1,000.00

£7,924.50

£33.61

£7,924.50

£7,934.50

£16,228.71

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin DCT 20YM

£13,949.00

£5,974.50

50.00%

£1,000.00

£6,974.50

£29.58

£6,974.50

£6,984.50

£14,284.38

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin DCT 20YM PLUS

£16,749.00

£7,374.50

50.00%

£1,000.00

£8,374.50

£35.52

£8,374.50

£8,384.50

£17,149.72

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports 20YM

£14,649.00

£6,824.50

50.00%

£500.00

£7,324.50

£31.06

£7,324.50

£7,334.50

£15,000.66

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports 20YM PLUS

£17,449.00

£8,224.50

50.00%

£500.00

£8,724.50

£37.00

£8,724.50

£8,734.50

£17,866.00

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT 20YM

£15,849.00

£7,424.50

50.00%

£500.00

£7,924.50

£33.61

£7,924.50

£7,934.50

£16,228.71

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT 20YM PLUS

£18,649.00

£8,824.50

50.00%

£500.00

£9,324.50

£39.55

£9,324.50

£9,334.50

£19,094.05

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES 20YM

£16,049.00

£8,024.50

50.00%

£0.00

£8,024.50

£34.03

£8,024.50

£8,034.50

£16,433.33

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES 20YM PLUS

£18,849.00

£9,424.50

50.00%

£0.00

£9,424.50

£39.97

£9,424.50

£9,434.50

£19,298.67

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT 20YM

£17,349.00

£8,674.50

50.00%

£0.00

£8,674.50

£36.79

£8,674.50

£8,684.50

£17,763.69

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT 20YM PLUS

£20,149.00

£10,074.50

50.00%

£0.00

£10,074.50

£42.73

£10,074.50

£10,084.50

£20,629.03

4.9%

£10.00

4.67%

 

Hire Purchase + Balloon Terms and Conditions: New CRF1100 Africa Twin ABS and DCT 20YM (all variants) orders from 01 October 2020 to 30 November 2020 and registered by 30 November 2020. Subject to model and colour availability. Representative Example based on 12 months 4.9% Hire Purchase + Balloon; The final payment must be paid at the end of the term. £10 option to purchase fee applies. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

*£1000 Honda UK Deposit Contribution available (CRF1100L Africa Twin 20YM, 20YM PLUS, 20YM DCT, 20YM DCT PLUS).

** £500 Honda UK Deposit Contribution available (20YM Adventure Sports, 20YM Adventure Sports PLUS, 20YM DCT Adventure Sports, 20YM DCT Adventure Sports PLUS) £10 option to purchase fee applies.

2021 HONDA CB650R

2021 HONDA CB650R

Model updates: Honda’s Neo Sports Café middleweight gains Showa’s 41mm Separate Function Big Piston forks, plus EURO5 compliance for its high-revving four cylinder engine. Other updates include more forward-set handlebars, improved LCD dash and USB Type-C socket under the seat. New side panels accentuate the minimalist styling.

 

 

Contents:

1 Introduction

2 Model overview

3 Key features

4 Accessories

5 Technical specifications

 

 

1. Introduction

 

Honda has always thrived on exploring new boundaries – in design as well as engineering. In 2018, the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R brought a fresh identity to its naked motorcycle line-up, mixing café racer inspirations with a forward-looking ultra-minimalist look under the ‘Neo Sports Café’ design theme.

 

One segment remained for the new aesthetic to find expression: the hugely competitive naked middleweight arena and in 2019, the CB650R confidently took on this role. Aimed at a young demographic that looks to show off in style and enjoy to the maximum a combination of exhilarating four cylinder engine performance and light, versatile, refined chassis handling, it has proved a great success.

 

Building on the momentum, for 2021 the CB650R receives a major front suspension upgrade, plus a range of detail improvements to enhance comfort, usability and practicality.

 

 

2. Model Overview

 

The major news of the CB650R’s update is application of 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston USD forks* – high quality suspension that further heighten the bike’s handling ability.

 

EURO5 compliance for the engine has been achieved with no loss of top end power; other improvements include slightly more forward-set handlebars, improved visibility for the LCD display and USB Type-C charging socket under the seat. New side panels and rear mudguard are minor cosmetic changes.

 

The 2021 CB650R will be available in the following colour options:

 

Pearl Smoky Gray **NEW**

Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic

Candy Chromosphere Red

Mat Jeans Blue Metallic

 

*Full name: Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP)

 

 

3. Key Features

 

3.1 Chassis

 

  • New Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks
  • Four-piston, radial-mount front brake calipers and floating discs
  • 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres

 

The CB650R’s steel diamond frame uses pressed swingarm pivot plates and twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance specifically tuned (stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections) to deliver balanced handling characteristics, with high levels of rider feedback. Rake is set at 25.5° with trail of 101mm and wheelbase of 1,450mm. Kerb weight is 202.5kg.

 

Showa’s Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) 41mm USD forks are a major upgrade. A pressure separation damper in one fork tube and spring mechanism in the other deliver high damping performance and lighter weight. Together with the use of a larger sized piston the result is increased feel, bump absorption and control. Adjustable for 7-stage spring preload, the single-tube monoshock operates directly on the curvaceous gravity die-cast aluminium swingarm.

 

Four-piston radial-mount front brake calipers work on 310mm wave-pattern floating discs, and are paired with a single-piston rear caliper and 240mm disc. The ABS is a two-channel system.

 

Cast aluminium wheels mount 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres.

 

3.2 Styling & equipment

 

  • New side panels and rear mudguard/number plate mount
  • · Handlebar angle increased for easier low-speed manoeuvring
  • LCD display now easier to read; USB Type-C socket under the seat

 

Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB650R’s Neo Sports Café style features the signature compact ‘Trapezoid’ proportion of short, stubby tail and short overhang headlight. The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four cylinder powerplant. It also houses the ignition.

 

New, smaller side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the rear mudguard, which is now constructed from steel rather than nylon plastic. There’s also now a USB Type-C socket located under the seat, for easy charging of a mobile device. Seat height remains 810mm.

 

The round headlight is one of the key words of the Neo Sports Café design language. It’s LED, as is the rest of the lighting. Sharp LCD instruments use the CB1000R as a baseline and include a Shift Up, Gear Position and Peak Hold indicator. For 2021 readability has been improved with a change of LED angle and font size.

 

Another detail change is an increase in the handlebar angle, up 3° to 35°. This adjustment makes tight, slow-speed turns and U-turns easier.

 

Valerio Aiello of Honda’s Rome R&D Department on the Neo Sports Café design aesthetic:

‘The entire current Neo Sport Café range from Honda is the result of the CB4 Concept model presented at EICMA in 2015. Our desire was to explore the world of the café racer and reinterpret it in a modern key.

 

All the models of this CB series are not simply retro-vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – that is, modern motorbikes showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques.

 

We wanted to create a new stylistic dimension, different from the muscular streetfighters of the last few years, and at the same time, far from the simpler café-racer style. The end result is that none of the bikes from the competition resemble the Neo Sports Café range and, like them or not, they are easily recognisable as Hondas. The competitors have classic or very modern motorcycles in their ranges, but in my opinion, not something that goes in the wake of both styles.

 

During development of the CB4 concept, I found inspiration from outside the world of motorcycles, in watches. I’ve always liked their technicality and one of the key concepts used during the Neo Sports Café design was 'Mechanical Art'.

 

‘Mechanical Art’ is the desire to show the beauty of the various mechanical elements to which Honda has always given great importance. Watches do this very well indeed, with their mechanics always creating a certain charm.’

 

3.3 Engine

 

  • 70kW peak power, 63Nm peak torque with 35kW A2 licence option
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Full EURO5 compliance

 

The 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine is tuned to create the purest, most enjoyable mid-sized four cylinder performance possible, with the classically fast ‘pick-up’ through the rev range and hard-hitting, high-revving top end for which Honda’s in-line’s fours are renowned. Peak power of 70kW arrives @ 12,000rpm with peak torque @ 63Nm delivered at 8,500 rpm. An easy 35kW conversion is available for A2 licence holders.

 

Through the 2021 update the only changes to engine specification are for EURO5 compliance; this has required revisions to the ECU, cam lobes, intake timing, exhaust pipe, catalyser and silencer, as well as the addition of a crank pulsar.

 

Direct cam actuation makes for a compact cylinder head; bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 46mm with compression ratio raised of 11.6:1. Iridium spark plugs are employed and twin air ducts – either side of the fuel tank – feed the airbox and produce a throaty intake roar.

 

Asymmetric piston skirts minimise bore contact and reduce friction. Ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and friction) with improved heat transfer and a silent SV cam chain reduces frictional losses by using a Vanadium coating on its pins. Internal water channelling from cylinder head to cylinders does away with most of the exterior hoses.

 

The engine uses a compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter layout with the cylinders canted forward 30°. An assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts while managing rear-wheel lock up under hard braking and rapid downshifts. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is fitted to manage rear wheel traction; it can be turned off should the rider choose.

 

Fuel consumption of 20.4km/l (WMTC mode) gives a range of over 300km from the 15.4L

fuel tank.

 

4. Accessories

 

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories is available for the CB650R:

 

Several aluminium parts and aluminium inserts to maximise the Neo Sport Café design that CB650R and CB1000R have in common (meter visor, front mudguard panels, shroud covers, side covers, seat cowl)

 

Under cowl

Wheel stripes

Tank bag and seat bag – the same as those for Honda’s native flagship the CB1000R

Quick shifter

Front visor

12V socket

Heated grips

Tank pad

 

 

5. Technical Specifications

 

 

ENGINE

 

Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 cylinder

Engine Displacement (cm³)

649cc

Bore ´ Stroke (mm)

67.0 x 46.0

Compression Ratio

11.6:1

Max. Power Output

70kW/12,000rpm

Max. Torque

63Nm/8,500rpm

Oil Capacity

2.7L

FUEL SYSTEM

 

Carburation

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.4L

Fuel Consumption

20.4km/litre

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

 

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V/8.6AH

ACG Output

370W

DRIVETRAIN

 

Clutch Type

Wet, multiplate disc

Transmission Type

6-speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

 

Type

Steel diamond

CHASSIS

 

Dimensions (LxWxH)

2130 x 780 x 1075mm

Wheelbase

1450mm

Caster Angle

25.5°

Trail

101mm

Seat Height

810mm

Ground Clearance

150mm

Kerb Weight

202.5kg

Turning radius

 

SUSPENSION

 

Type Front

41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks

Type Rear

Monoshock damper with 7 stage adjustable preload, 43.5mm stroke

WHEELS

 

Rim Size Front

Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Rim Size Rear

Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Tyres Front

120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)

Tyres Rear

180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)

BRAKES

 

ABS System Type

2 channel; hydraulic dual disc 310mm front, hydraulic disc 240mm rear

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

 

Instruments

Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meter, digital bar graph fuel gauge, gear position and upshift indicator, digital clock

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

 

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2021 HONDA CBR650R

2021 HONDA CBR650R

Model updates: Honda’s versatile middleweight sports bike gains Showa’s 41mm Separate Function Big Piston forks, plus EURO5 compliance for the high-revving four cylinder engine. Other updates include improved LCD dash, revised headlight reflectors, USB Type-C socket under the seat and updated graphic treatment.

 

Contents:

1 Introduction

2 Model overview

3 Key features

4 Accessories

5 Technical specifications

 

 

1. Introduction

 

Honda’s fully faired CBR650F, launched in 2014 alongside the naked CB650F, provided a healthy slice of four cylinder middleweight performance, very much at the sporty end of the ‘sports touring’ spectrum. In 2017 it received sharper styling, highlighting the engine more, plus a peak power boost, Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin brake calipers.

 

For its 2019 evolution the CBR650F became the CBR650R. The upgrade from ‘F’ to ‘R’ indicating an even more potent shot of sporty ability designed to be explored, used and enjoyed on the street.

 

In the process of its transformation the CBR650R became, deliberately, a rare breed: a four cylinder sports bike that provides similar pleasure, enjoyment and adrenaline to an RR machine, yet with enough practicality – and sensible running costs – to make it a viable option as day-to-day transport in addition to weekend fun.

 

It’s a direction that’s been well received. In its 2019 debut year, the CBR650R was the second best-selling sports bike in Europe and, for 2021, the CBR650R continues its development curve with user-driven detail improvements and a major upgrade for the front suspension.

 

 

2. Model Overview

The major news of the CBR650R’s update is application of 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston USD forks* – high quality suspension that further heightens the bike’s handling ability.

EURO5 compliance for the engine has been achieved with no loss of top end power; other improvements include improved visibility for the LCD display, new headlight reflectors and USB Type-C charging socket under the seat. New side panels and number plate mount are minor cosmetic changes.

The CBR650R will be available in two revised colour options: the Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic now features discreet silver (rather than red) accent lines adding to the ‘stealth’ appeal, while the Candy Chromosphere Red version employs sharp black/white graphics as a much stronger visual counterpoint on the fairing sides and (additionally, compared to the previous design) fuel tank and rear seat unit.

 

3. Key Features

3.1 Chassis

 

  • New Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks
  • Four-piston, radial-mount front brake calipers and floating discs
  • 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres

The steel diamond frame uses pressed swingarm pivot plates and twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance specifically tuned (stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections) to deliver balanced handling characteristics, with high levels of rider feedback. Rake is set at 25.5° with trail of 101mm and wheelbase of 1,450mm. Kerb weight is 208kg. 

Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks are a major upgrade; a pressure separation damper in one fork tube and spring mechanism in the other deliver high damping performance and lighter weight. Together with the use of a larger sized piston the result is increased feel, bump absorption and control. Adjustable for 7-stage spring preload, the single-tube monoshock operates directly on the curvaceous gravity die-cast aluminium swingarm.

Four-piston radial-mount front brake calipers work on 310mm wave-pattern floating discs, and are paired with a single-piston rear caliper and 240mm disc. The ABS is a two-channel system.

Cast aluminium wheels mount 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres.

 

3.2 Styling & equipment

  • New side panels and rear mudguard/number plate mount
  • · Revised headlight reflectors
  • LCD display now easier to read; USB Type-C socket under the seat

With its four-cylinder power unit clearly on display the CBR650R’s wrapping ramps up the pure sporting appeal; dual LED headlights emit a penetrating, uncompromising stare – with sharp new reflector profile for 2021 – and the upper and (extended) lower fairings blend muscularity with slim lines and angles.

The seat unit, too is compact and truncates the rear of the machine, adding to the hard-edged sense of purpose. New side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the steel rear mudguard/number plate mount.

The aggressive riding position starts with clip-on handlebars that mount beneath the top yoke, matched to rear set footpegs. There’s also now a USB Type-C socket located under the seat, for easy charging of a mobile device. Seat height remains 810mm.

Stylish LCD instruments include Shift Up, Gear Position and Peak Hold indicators. For 2021 readability has been improved with a change of LED angle and font size.

 

3.3 Engine

  • 70kW peak power, 63Nm peak torque with 35kW A2 licence option
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Full EURO5 compliance

 

The 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine is tuned to create the purest, most enjoyable mid-sized four cylinder performance possible, with the classically fast ‘pick-up’ through the rev range and hard-hitting, high-revving top end for which Honda’s in-line’s fours are renowned. Peak power of 70kW arrives @ 12,000rpm with peak torque @ 63Nm delivered at 8,500 rpm. An easy 35kW conversion is available for A2 licence holders.

Through the 2021 update the only changes to engine specification are for EURO5 compliance; this has required revisions to the ECU, cam lobes, intake timing, exhaust pipe, catalyser and silencer, as well as the addition of a crank pulsar.

Direct cam actuation makes for a compact cylinder head; bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 46mm with compression ratio raised of 11.6:1. Iridium spark plugs are employed and twin air ducts – either side of the fuel tank – feed the airbox and produce a throaty intake roar.

Asymmetric piston skirts minimise bore contact and reduce friction. Ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and friction) with improved heat transfer and a silent SV cam chain reduces frictional losses by using a Vanadium coating on its pins. Internal water channelling from cylinder head to cylinders does away with most of the exterior hoses.

The engine uses a compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter layout with the cylinders canted forward 30°. An assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts while managing rear-wheel lock up under hard braking and rapid downshifts. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is fitted to manage rear wheel traction; it can be turned off should the rider choose.

Fuel consumption of 20.4km/l (WMTC mode) gives a range of over 300km from the 15.4L

fuel tank.

 

 

4. Accessories

 

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the CBR650R:

Front mudguard panels, side covers, seat cowl (aluminium parts or aluminium inserts)

Wheel stripes

Tank bag and seat bag

Quick shifter

Tall screen – clear or smoked

Heated grips

 

 

5. Technical Specifications

 

ENGINE

 

Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 cylinder

Engine Displacement (cm³)

649cc

Bore ´ Stroke (mm)

67.0 x 46.0

Compression Ratio

11.6:1

Max. Power Output

70kW/12,000rpm

Max. Torque

63Nm/8,500rpm

Oil Capacity

2.7L

FUEL SYSTEM

 

Carburation

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.4L

Fuel Consumption

20.4km/litre

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

 

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V/8.6AH

ACG Output

370W

DRIVETRAIN

 

Clutch Type

Wet, multiplate disc

Transmission Type

6-speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

 

Type

Steel diamond

CHASSIS

 

Dimensions (LxWxH)

2120 x 750 x 1,150mm

Wheelbase

1450mm

Caster Angle

25.5°

Trail

101mm

Seat Height

810mm

Ground Clearance

130mm

Kerb Weight

208kg

Turning radius

 

SUSPENSION

 

Type Front

41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks

Type Rear

Monoshock damper with 7 stage adjustable preload, 43.5mm stroke

WHEELS

 

Rim Size Front

Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Rim Size Rear

Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Tyres Front

120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)

Tyres Rear

180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)

BRAKES

 

ABS System Type

2 channel; hydraulic dual disc 310mm front, hydraulic disc 240mm rear

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

 

Instruments

Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meter, digital bar graph fuel gauge, gear position and upshift indicator, digital clock

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

 

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2021 HONDA AFRICA TWIN

2021 HONDA AFRICA TWIN

Model updates: Honda’s definitive full-size adventurer was comprehensively updated for the 2020 with harder-edged off-road performance from a lighter chassis, slim rally-style bodywork and revised riding position; the newly-EURO5 compliant engine’s capacity was also increased, boosting power and torque. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit was introduced to manage riding modes and HSTC as well as three additional systems – Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, plus cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. A new full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporated Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity, the new dual LED headlights featured Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control was fitted as standard.

2021 sees the addition of the much-loved Pearl Glare White Tricolour colour scheme, previously only available on the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports version, for the Africa Twin itself.

 

Contents:

1 Introduction

2 Model overview

3 Key features

4 Technical specifications

 

1. Introduction

It’s been over three decades since the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin first rolled into Europe and while the motorcycle that now bears its name – launched in 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin – was a brand-new machine from the wheels up, it fully inherited the essence and spirit of what made the original so popular. 

It was the balance between power and weight that was at the heart of the original bike’s appeal, just as it was for the new model. With its unique, athletic appearance, an enjoyable, usable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, the CRF1000L Africa Twin proved itself a true modern-day all-rounder and has been hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike.

2018 saw the Africa Twin, in both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) control plus 3 riding modes, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) options, as well as intake and exhaust development for improved engine response and sound. The platform also expanded: the Africa Twin Adventure Sports – with the same updates but featuring improved wind protection, greater tank range and longer-travel suspension – extended the machine even further into long-range territory.

Building on strong European (and global) demand for both models, with over 87,000 sold worldwide since its 2016 relaunch, 2020 was a landmark year for the evolution of the Africa Twin. The touring comfort, technology and ability of the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports* were further enhanced – adding the option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (SHOWA EERA). Meanwhile, the CRF1100L Africa Twin itself was comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and even sharper off-road focus. Packing more power and torque, it was also significantly lighter – in keeping with the first principles set out all those years ago.

*See separate CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports Press Kit.

 

 

2. Model Overview

The 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin was given a sharply-renewed focus on off-road core ability, that brought with it the look – and feel – of a true rally machine. Smaller, slimmer and 4kg lighter than the previous model, it offered even more athletic performance, thanks also to changes to the engine, which produced 7% more peak power, 6% more peak torque and much greater strength everywhere in the rev-range. It also became Honda’s first EURO5 compliant engine.

The frame was completely revised and featured a new bolt-on aluminium subframe. The new swingarm, too, was aluminium and based on that of the CRF450R moto-crosser. And at the centre of the Africa Twin, the addition of a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controlled not only the 7-level HSTC but also 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection. An OFF-ROAD setting also joined the URBAN, TOUR and GRAVEL default riding modes. 

Tailored for complete control, the riding position featured a new slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen brought immersive engagement with the machine’s systems, plus Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth connectivity. The new Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) gave optimum visibility, improving safety, and cruise control was added as standard-fit.

For 21YM, the technical package is unchanged, but the new Pearl Glare White Tricolour brings the classic red, white and blue Africa Twin colour scheme back to the latest generation of the machine.

 

3. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Compact body style designed for off-road, with slim seat and high handlebars
  • Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay® allows use of Apple iPhone® through the MID
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control

 

Aggressive and compact. Two words that sum up the Africa Twin’s taut rally-style bodywork. And it’s for a reason – to work better off-road. The fixed screen is short to allow for easy scanning of the trail ahead and, with a seat height of 850-870mm, the handlebars mount 22.5mm higher than the previous 1000cc model, giving a more upright riding position and comfortable control, whether standing or seated.

Compared to the CRF1000L, the tail section is slimmer and the seat itself is 40mm narrower, for easier ground reach; its shape is also carefully contoured to allow easier back and forth movement. Low 825-845mm and high, 875-895mm seat options are also available as accessories.

Dual LED headlights are set high, delivering a penetrating beam and also feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that automatically adjust to ambient light intensity, improving safety, no matter the conditions. Knuckle guards are standard.

The full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen keeps the rider in control of all of the Africa Twin’s systems, with each of the riding modes­ selectable through the top left of the screen. The MID can also be customised to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

It also incorporates Apple CarPlay®, allowing use of an Apple iPhone® through the touchscreen. Navigation apps can also be accessed and displayed and via a Bluetooth helmet headset calls can be made or received. The iPhone® itself plugs into a USB charging port on the right of the MID. Hands-free wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also an option for an iPhone® or Android device and all control inputs are made from the left-hand switchgear.

The front and rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal function. When braking suddenly over 50kph the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. They also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation. The auto-cancel feature can be switched off using the MID.

The 2020 update also saw the introduction of cruise control as standard to ease long-distance highway travel.

 

For 2021 the CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in the following colours:

 

Pearl Glare White Tricolour **NEW for 2021**

Grand Prix Red

Matte Ballistic Black

 

3.2 Engine

  • 1,084cc giving 75kW peak power and 105Nm peak torque
  • 2020 updates included a new cylinder head, valve timing and lift, throttle body and exhaust
  • Manual transmission ratios and gear material were also optimised, saving weight
  • The muffler features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) for improved low-rpm sound and high-rpm performance

 

The SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine’s essential architecture remained unchanged for the 2020 update, but displacement increased to 1,084cc, up from 998cc. And as a result peak power went from 70kW to 75kW @ 7,500rpm with peak torque going from 99Nm to 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Significantly, the obvious increase in both power and torque made itself felt from 2,500rpm all the way through to the redline.

To create the larger capacity, bore remained at 92mm but stroke was lengthened to 81.5mm (from 75.1mm) with a compression ratio of 10.1:1. Aluminium cylinder sleeves saved weight. Thanks to other detailed weight savings in the transmission and elsewhere, the manual transmission version of the 1100cc engine is 2.5kg lighter (at 66.4kg) than the previous design, the DCT version 2.2kg lighter at 74.9kg.

The 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine’s distinctive throb and feel for rear wheel traction. For 2020 the cylinder head was completely revised, as was the larger diameter 46mm throttle body; the bore and cylinder pitches were also aligned to create a smooth air intake profile. The ECU setting was updated and the injector angle was modified to deliver a more direct spray into re-shaped twin-spark combustion chambers.

Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the MX competition-specification CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head. For 2020 the valve timing was optimised and the inlet and exhaust valve lift was increased to 10.1mm inlet and 9.3mm exhaust (from 9.2/8.6mm).

To match and deal with the uprated intake efficiency and higher output (thus gas flow) the exhaust end-can of the 2020 model featured a new variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) very similar to the unit fitted to the Fireblade. It enhanced both engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing exhaust note ‘pulse’ at lower rpm.

The crankcases are split vertically; the water pump is housed efficiently within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences; the water and oil pumps are both driven by the engine’s balancer shafts.

It’s a semi-dry sump design with in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth that keeps overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts.

For 2020 precision of the front and rear balance gears was improved, allowing removal of their scissor gears; the addition of a crank pulsar ring added misfire detection, important for OBD2/EURO5 compliance. In addition for EURO5 the 02 lambda exhaust sensors were replaced with Lean Air Flow (LAF) sensors in the downpipes to allow for much more accurate measurement of the air/fuel mixture ratio.

The aluminium clutch centre and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; the clutch diameter was reduced in size compared to the previous design and features reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel. The six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes and shorter ratios were also introduced for 2020. The gears themselves were re-shaped and constructed from stronger material. A quickshifter remains available as an optional extra.

 

3.3 Engine & Chassis Management Electronics

  • IMU-managed HSTC intervention levels optimised for off-road use
  • Wheelie Control features 3 levels and IMU management
  • OFF-ROAD joins the default riding modes TOUR, URBAN and GRAVEL
  • Two USER modes allow for complete riding modes customisation

 

The Africa Twin’s engine received the benefits of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control in 2018, allowing much finer management of engine output and character as well as expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for rear tyre grip; for 2020 the system evolved to work in conjunction with a six-axis IMU*.

The electronics system offers 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking. There are seven levels of HSTC with each level’s amount of intervention being optimised to work with real-time input (yaw/roll angle and rate) from the IMU. The spacing of the levels has been optimised to allowing the rider a finer choice of the amount of rear tyre slide for off-road riding. HSTC can also be turned off completely.

Wheelie Control is another feature that was introduced in 2020. Again, with the IMU measuring pitch angle and rate, and controlling engine torque via TBW, the rider can choose between 3 levels of input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement. Level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two. Wheelie Control can also be turned off completely. 

There are four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions and situations plus two customisable USER settings. Even within the default riding modes, it’s possible to change some parameters – HSTC between levels 1-7 (plus off), Wheelie Control between levels 1-3 (plus off) and DCT S mode shift pattern levels 1-3.

 

TOUR employs the highest level of Power (1), for touring loaded with pillion and luggage plus mid-range Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

URBAN suits wide-ranging riding requirements and uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

GRAVEL delivers the lowest level of Power (4) and Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; in this setting, the rear brake ABS cannot be switched off.

OFF-ROAD uses lower-mid level Power (3) and the lowest amount of Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; the rear brake ABS can be switched off.

USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups – choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, plus HSTC, Wheelie Control and ABS (on-road/off-road) parameters. USER 1 starts out with level 2 Power and Engine Braking, USER 2 uses level 4 Power and 3 Engine Braking.

*See the Chassis section 3.5 of this press kit.

 

3.4 Dual Clutch Transmission

  • ‘Easy and direct’ system offers super-fast gear changes in either Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D and S modes
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner than D, for more aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on gradient
  • IMU allows corning detection function for improved shift timings

 

Honda has sold over 140,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F a decade ago. Testament to its acceptance in the marketplace, in 2019 DCT versions of Africa Twin (including Adventure Sports version) accounted for 45% of the model’s sales in 2019.

The unique DCT system delivers consistent, super-fast seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth.

The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and greater ability to focus on cornering lines and braking points add to DCT’s appeal.

Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking. 

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time, DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

DCT for the Africa Twin is also fully equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality enhanced by the G switch accessed via the TFT touch screen display. Activating the G switch in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.

Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of an incline to provide optimum control.

A new feature for the CRF1100L Africa Twin’s DCT system for the change to the 1100cc model for 2020 was cornering detection. When the IMU recognises the bike is cornering, the system subtly adjusts the shifting programme for the most natural gear changes.

 

3.5 Chassis

  • A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit is housed in the centre of the machine
  • Light frame, with bolt-on aluminium subframe and light rigid CRF450R-style swingarm for improved rear wheel traction and feel
  • Cornering ABS provides sure-footed feel and features an off-road setting
  • Optimised damping and spring rates for the front and rear Showa suspension

 

At the very heart of the Africa Twin’s elevated on- and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tucked away at the centre of the machine, that measures – in real-time – roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It manages rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through Cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.

In conjunction with the addition of IMU control for its 2020 evolution, the strength and rigidity balance of the steel semi-double cradle frame was completely re-examined by Honda’s development engineers to boost off-road ability – at the same time reinforcing its all-round on-road manners. Rigidity around the steering head was optimised to enhance feel for front end grip; the main spars were made slimmer and straighter and did away with the front cross pipe. Frame weight of the CRF1100L Africa Twin is 1.8kg lighter than the previous 1000cc model.

A bolt-on aluminium subframe (finished in red) replaces the integral steel structure of the previous design and is 40mm slimmer at a width of 195mm – crucial for easier ground reach. The aluminium swingarm is 500g lighter than the previous model and took its direction from the design used by the CRF450R. Its improved rigidity improves rear wheel traction and rider feel.

Ground clearance remains 250mm, with wheelbase of 1574mm and rake and trail of 27° 30’/113mm. Wet weight is 226kg.

With stroke length of 230mm the 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front fork offers long-travel bump absorption and features revised internal settings to improve both on- and off-road performance. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminium top yoke and forged bottom yoke – joined by hollow aluminium stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

Matching the front suspension, the Showa rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel and features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.

The swingarm pivot points’ inner plates use 600MPa high-strength steel and the upper cross tube that connects them acts as the rear shock upper mount (through a pillow-ball joint) improving feel for rear wheel traction.

The IMU takes in lean angle, deceleration (from front/rear wheel speed sensors) and incorporates the slip rate of the front and rear wheels to manage braking pressure through the ABS; likewise if it detects sudden rear wheel lift, it finely controls brake force to maintain stability. When stationary the rear ABS can be cancelled for off-road riding.

Compact two-piece radial-mount four-piston calipers work dual 310mm ‘wave’ floating discs through sintered pads. The rear 256mm ‘wave’ disc features hole punching and shaping. 21/18-inch front rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q, rated at 180km/h and 160km/h respectively) are approved for fitment.

 

4 Accessories

The range of Honda Genuine Accessories for the Africa Twin includes premium (42L) aluminium top box and panniers plus large (58L) plastic top box and panniers, two seat heights (a lower 825-845mm and taller 870-895mm option), touring screen, radiator guards, engine guards and side pipes, knuckle guard extensions, heated grips and an ACC charging socket.

 

5 Technical Specifications

ENGINE

Type

SOHC Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam

Displacement

1084cc

Bore ´ Stroke

92mm x 81.5mm

Compression Ratio

10.1:1

Max. Power Output

75kW at 7,500rpm

Max. Torque

105Nm at 6,250rpm

Noise Level

73dB

Oil Capacity

4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-FI

Fuel Tank Capacity

18.8L

CO2 Emissions

 112g/km MT / 110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption

4.9L / 100Km (20.4Km/L) MT

4.8L / 100Km (20.8Km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V-6Ah Li-ion BATTERY (20Hr)

ACG Output

 0.49 kW / 5000rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet, Multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch

DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type

6 Speed Manual (6 Speed DCT)

Final Drive

Semi Double Cradle

FRAME

Type

Semi Double Cradle

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H)

2330mm x 960mm x 1395mm

Wheelbase

1575mm

Caster Angle

27.5°

Trail

113mm

Seat Height

850/870mm (Low Seat option 825, High Seat option 895)

Ground Clearance

250mm

Kerb Weight

226kg (DCT 236kg)

SUSPENSION

Type Front

Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230mm stroke.

Type Rear

Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.

WHEELS

Type Front

21M/C x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Type Rear

18M/C x 4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Rim Size Front

21″

Rim Size Rear

18″

Tyres Front

90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type)

(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)

Tyres Rear

150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type)

(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)

BRAKES

ABS System Type

2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with ON road and OFF road setting

Type Front

310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads

Type Rear

256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

LCD Meter, TFT 6.5inch Touch Panel Multi information display

Security System

Immobiliser, Security alarm (optional)

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

Electrics

Daytime Running Lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay, USB Socket, Auto Turn Signal Cancel, Cruise Control, Emergency Stop Signal, IMU, Torque Control, HSTC (Slip and Wheelie Control)

 

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

CLASSIC AFRICA TWIN COLOUR SCHEME AND EURO5-HOMOLOGATED CB650R AND CBR650R JOIN HONDA’S 2021 YEAR MODEL LINE-UP

  • Pearl Glare White Tricolor paint scheme to be made available on the CRF1100L Africa Twin
  • CB650R and CBR650R homologated for EURO5 and now come with Showa’s ‘Big Piston’ front forks

Following the announcement of new colour schemes and EURO5 homologation for the CB500F, CB500X and CBR500R, and the introduction of the new CB125F, Honda Motor Europe today confirms three more additions to its 2021 year model line-up.

The CRF1100L Africa Twin will now be available in the classic Pearl Glare White Tricolour paint scheme synonymous with the original XRV650 Africa Twin, which was launched in 1988 during Honda’s run of four consecutive (1986 to 1989) victories in the Paris Dakar Rally with the NXR750 – the inspiration for the Africa Twin.

The tricolor look is currently available only on the continent-crossing ‘Adventure Sports’ version of the Africa Twin. With over 70% of customers choosing it ahead of the Matt Ballistic Black Metallic option, the evocative paint scheme will also now sit alongside the ‘CRF’ Grand Prix Red and Matt Ballistic Black Metallic colourways of the Africa Twin itself.

In 2019, the Africa Twin’s 1100cc engine made the CRF1100L Africa Twin the first Honda motorcycle to meet EURO5 emission standards. Now, further news for Honda’s 2021 model line line-up comes with EURO5 homologation for the CB650R and CBR650R four cylinder middleweights, thanks to revised ECU, cam lobes and intake timing, as well as the addition of a crank pulsar.

Both the CB650R and CBR650R will now also come equipped with Showa’s Separate Function Big Piston* (SFF-BP) 41mm USD forks for improved feel, bump absorption and control, and a number of other detail improvements to enhance comfort, usability and practicality.

*Full name: Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP)