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New Honda Adventure Sports set for early 2020 arrival

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New CRF1100L Honda Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports to arrive in Australia first quarter 2020





  • Honda‰ЫЄs celebrated adventure machine gains wide-ranging performance and technology upgrades for 2020
  • New 1100cc parallel twin engine - power and torque increases of 7% and 6% respectively
  • 5kg lighter, with 10% improvement in power to weight ratio, thanks to weight reduction in areas including engine, frame and swing arm
  • All-new 6.5‰Ыќ TFT Multi-Information Display incorporates Apple CarPlayеЁ and Bluetooth connectivity, with touchscreen functionality
  • Four pre-set riding modes - plus two user-selectable options - offer scenario-specific tailoring of Power, Engine Braking, Honda Selectable Torque Control, (HSTC), Wheelie Control and Cornering ABS settings
  • HSTC, plus new Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control and Rear Lift Control functions are now managed by a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit; Cruise Control is standard fit
  • CRF1100L Africa Twin itself has even sharper off-road focus
  • CRF1100L Adventure Sports is more ready than ever for the long haul ‰ЫТ with one variant offering cutting-edge Showa EERA‰гў suspension


The Africa Twin has evolved. Lighter, more powerful and bristling with cutting edge technologies, both the Africa Twin itself and its ‰ЫчAdventure Sports‰ЫЄ sibling have been thoroughly updated - with even clearer distinct identities - to give riders the optimal equipment to tackle any ‰ЫчTrue Adventure‰ЫЄ from an off-road trail to a continent-crossing marathon.

For Australia, the options are as follows; there will be one Africa Twin variant available, with a Manual transmission, offered in two colours ‰ЫТ Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black. There will be three Africa Twin Adventure Sports variants available: Manual, DCT and the Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES (DCT with Showa EERA‰гў /Electronic Suspension.) All three Adventure Sports models are available in Pearl Glare White (Tri-Colour)

The 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin has a sharply-renewed focus on off-road core ability, that brings with it the look ‰ЫТ and feel ‰ЫТ of a true rally machine. Smaller, slimmer and 5kg lighter, it offers even more athletic performance, thanks also to changes to the engine, which now produces 7% more peak power, 6% more peak torque and is much stronger everywhere in the rev-range.

The frame has been completely revised and now features a bolt-on aluminium subframe. The swingarm, too, is 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) controls not only the 7-level HSTC but also (new for 2020) 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection. An OFF-ROAD setting also joins the URBAN, TOUR and GRAVEL default riding modes.

Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a slimmer-section seat and higher-set handlebars. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen offers immersive engagement with the machine‰ЫЄs systems, plus Apple CarPlayеЁ and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are highly visible, improving safety, and cruise control is standard-fit.

The new CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports shares the frame, engine and riding position of the off-road focussed CRF1100L Africa Twin, but has a role very much of its own: to offer riders real continent-crossing long-haul ability and practicality both on and off-road. This comes in the shape of a larger 24.8L fuel tank, extended wind protection (from both the fairing and fairing side panels), height-adjustable screen, large engine sump guard, aluminium rear carrier plus tubeless wheels and tyres. ACC charger and heated grips are also standard fit.

The Adventure Sports ES offers brand a new Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment system (Showa EERA‰гў) which manages damping force relative to mode selection where a dedicated suspension ECU draws real-time information from front and rear stroke sensors, IMU and Cornering ABS. Rear spring preload can also be adjusted electronically while stationary to suit load. Four default modes ‰ЫТ SOFT, MID, HARD and OFF-ROAD ‰ЫТ cover every type of riding situation, and there‰ЫЄs a USER mode for further fine-tuning. Rear spring preload can also be adjusted while stationary.

Just like the 2020 Africa Twin, its engine produces 7% more peak power and 6% more peak torque and is much stronger everywhere in the rev-range compared to the previous design. The frame too has been revised and now features a bolt-on aluminium subframe; the swingarm is aluminium and based on that of the CRF450R. And at the centre of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, the addition of a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) allows control not only of the 7-level HSTC but also (new for 2020) 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting) Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection.

Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are highly visible, improving safety, and cruise control is standard-fit. The Africa Twin Adventure Sports also features three-stage Cornering Lights ‰ЫТ also managed by the IMU ‰ЫТ that automatically adjust the field of illumination depending on the lean angle.

Tailored for control and comfort, the riding position features a slimmer-section seat, which is also set 50mm lower than before. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen offers immersive engagement with the machine‰ЫЄs systems (including the Showa EERA‰гў) plus Apple CarPlayеЁ and Bluetooth connectivity.

For more information on the 2020 Africa Twin range, visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to https://motorcycles.honda.com.au/Adventure_Touring

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