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Fri, 25 May 2018

Used bike spotlight: Honda Africa Twin

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Few bikes have been as hotly anticipated as the reincarnation of Honda’s Africa Twin. In 2016, the Japanese motorcycle giants brought back the legendary name with the CRF1000L Africa Twin.

Designed from the ground up, the bike was a large step away from the 650cc and 750cc v-twins that featured in the earlier incarnations of this globe-busting machine. Instead, it utilised a brand new 1000cc parallel twin engine with a 270 degree crank, to give the motor bags of character and loads of grunt.

With a fantastic chassis, 21-inch front wheel and rugged design, this bike was made to go anywhere and do anything, and it’s proven to be a hugely capable both on, and off-road. Keeping in line with the rich Dakar history from which the original machines were built in homage to back in the 80’s.

A world first for a bike capable of being taken to the rough stuff was the optional DCT automatic gearbox. Honda had been working with the Dual Clutch Transmission for a good few years on bikes such as the NC750 before deciding to put it on the Africa Twin, and it was received extremely well by both the world’s motorcycle press and customers alike.

It’s a truly fantastic and equally capable bike, at home when cutting it up through a twisty alpine pass as it is cutting through a desert or muddy British byway there’s not much you can’t do on this bike.

This fantastic 1-owner machine is finished in the stunning tri-colour paint scheme and comes with a load of sensible extras that make it ready for anything. The additionally fitted centre stand make general maintenance a cinch, while the engine crash protection bars mean it’s ready to hit the difficult terrain and the heated grips that are fitted make it a sensible option for anybody who will ride all year, or just to take the edge off of those fresh mornings. Finishing it off is a colour-matched leather tank cover, wide enduro footpegs and an exhaust header guard.

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