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Adventure bikes have been accounting for a larger share of motorcycle sales in the last decade and there are a lot of new bikes offering more power, features and performance in the segment. The ADV boom has been so big even Harley Davidson has joined the fray in the last year with their own dual sport adventure based model, but with stiff competition, especially from European brands, buyers now have a lot of compelling choices and one of the most popular options in the last five years has been Honda’s Africa Twin.
The return of the Africa Twin in 2016 was widely anticipated as the worlds largest motorcycle builder had for years been absent from the ADV segment when they quietly retired the previous AT model in 2003. Moreover the U.S. never got the Africa Twin in any official capacity leaving Honda loyalists wanting for a large adventure bike built by the renowned Japanese manufacturer. Honda actually could be considered one of the pioneers in the adventure genre right along side BMW. Before the Africa Twin was the XLV750 and the lesser known XL250R Paris Dakar replica bike produced in 1983 and 1982 respectively. Honda grew the production based bike from its HRC factory Paris Dakar racers and it saw steady improvements over the years growing from 650 to 750cc in it’s narrow v-twin engine layout. Honda also offered the smaller more street focused Transalp ( a bike that the U.S. did get for a few years ) that ranged in displacement from 400cc to 650cc alongside the larger Africa Twin in the late 1980’s and 90’s.
The new Africa Twin (CRF 1000) was well received when it was introduced in 2016, offering riders a more dirt focused ADV bike in a lighter package compared to it’s rivals. The compact parallel twin 1000cc engine helped keep the bike light and thin in the mid section. Good for around 94 HP, the engine had plenty of power to propel the 500lb Africa Twin with the aid of traction control and ABS equipped brakes to help slow it down. Reviewers gave high marks to the Africa Twin for its off road ability, good power from the 1000cc engine and for giving riders an option with the dual clutch transmission, unique in this segment.
2020 saw a big update for the Africa Twin, now known as the CRF1100L, it not only gained more power from a larger displacement version of the parallel twin engine, it dropped weight with a new frame and swingarm, added many technological upgrades in its new touchscreen dash display and added the option of electrically adjustable suspension. The choice between Honda’s DCT and six speed manual transmission remained. A new six axis IMU along with cruise control were very nice upgrades in the electronics package. Honda fans were also pleased to see that Big Red brought back the classic Honda red, white and blue livery stateside as a color option on the newly updated bike.
The seller of this 2021 Africa Twin purchased the bike new in Southern California earlier this year, opting for the standard model with the manual transmission and tri-color paint. Not finding enough time to ride it, he is now offering it up for sale with just less than 250 miles on the odometer, all of which are street miles, never having had a chance to get the bike in the dirt.
Currently located in Santa Monica, California, this Honda is offered on a clean California title with registration current through June 2022. Have any Africa Twin stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!