The long-awaited predecessor to the epic, Paris-Dakar Rally winning Africa Twins of the 1980s, the CRF1000L first hit the roads in 2016, reviving the legend. Bigger, stronger and even more powerful than the original, the CRF1000L enjoys a 1000cc engine.

Lighter and more agile than the bulkier 1200’s, the Africa Twin is all about balance. It’s slim and sleek, allowing the rider to get right into the bike and gain more control off road, and its lighter weight is appreciated when the going gets slow. Ideal for less experienced riders who want to get out into the wild and tackle some off-road tracks.

With a choice between standard manual gears and dual clutch transmission (DCT), the bike is accessible for all types of riders. It’s comfortable in any terrain and offers an enjoyable ride. The agility is great in traffic and a welcome change on rougher terrain.

This old classic has returned bigger and better, and fits seamlessly into the ever-changing world of adventure motorcycles.

Key stats

  • Wet weight: 228 kg (503 lbs)
  • Seat height: 870/850 mm (standard/lowered) (34.2/33.5 in.)
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
  • Power: 94 HP (70 kW) @ 7,500 RPM
  • Displacement: 998 cm³
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, Stock
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, Stock. (Photo courtesy of

Why people like the CRF1000L Africa Twin

  • Lightweight and slim, it’s great for off roading and city riding alike and with great clearance, it handles very well.
  • It’s far more affordable compared to other bikes in this category.
  • The engine is reliable and it’s possible to work on the bike yourself with basic tools.
  • Comfortable over long distances.
  • The choice between manual transmission and DCT ensures a variety of riders can enjoy this bike.
  • Excellent weight distribution, most of the heavier components are located in the centre of the bike.
  • Simple approach takes things back to basics and removes a lot of the complicated extras other more expensive bikes in this category boast.

Why people choose other bikes

  • Many riders don’t like the idea of DCT and will opt for a ‘traditional’ bike. However, a traditional clutch and foot switch model is available.
  • Lacks the features of other bikes in the category, such as ride by wire, cruise control, fuel maps, adjustable screen and off-road ABS.
  • No centre stand.

What are common modifications on the bike

  • Tyres: Replace the standard road tyres with a set that suit your riding.
  • Screen: A larger screen is a must for taller riders.
  • Fender Lifter: Providing more clearance for off roading, preventing mud guard damage.
  • Foot Pegs: The stock pegs are a bit slippy in the wet. A larger grippier pair are recommended.
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, Fully Loaded
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, Fully Loaded. (Photo courtesy of