CRF1000L Africa Twin


CRF1000L Africa Twin

The call of the wild can come at any time

When it does, you need to be prepared for it. The Africa Twin Adventure Sports has a large capacity fuel tank, long travel suspension for greater ground clearance and better weather protection. Throttle By Wire comes with 3 ride modes – and an additional G mode, for going off road – plus a host of other innovative features to take you further than you’ve ever gone before. For the final touch, we’ve given it special colours to celebrate and commemorate the bike’s 30th anniversary. It’s all looking good to go… you ready?

An adventurous spirit is hard to contain.

The CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sport is not scared of the worst roads in the world. There’s nothing that can hold it back, or you for that matter. North, West, East or South, whichever horizon you point it at, this motorcycle is equipped to take you anywhere. How far you want you go with it, is entirely up to you.

CRF1000L’s new engine has a lighter balance shaft and a revised inlet and exhaust system to improve mid-range torque. It’s a combination that delivers an eager and energetic response – on demand. Together with the engine management control package, this machine instils great confidence when riding across all kinds of terrain, in the city, the country or the desert.

Light and compact

The engine not only contributes to the increased ground clearance, but also to rider comfort. It’s held by 6 hangers, keeping vibration to a minimum. The chassis – a semi-double cradle steel – is strong and with outstanding versatility between high-speed touring and genuine off-road ability.

Everything is at your fingertips; just choose the ride that suits your mood, your ability and the conditions.

There are three set combinations: TOUR employs the maximum Power setting and provides mid-range Engine Braking combined with a high HSTC level. URBAN uses mid-level Power setting with the same settings as TOUR for HSTC and EB.

All roads are accessible with 3 different rider modes.

A fourth mode – USER – allows the rider to set and save a preferred combination of Power, Engine Braking and HSTC levels. For best off-road performance hit the G button; used in any riding mode, it modifies the clutch control giving a more direct drive through the Dual Clutch Transmission.

As the name implies, there are two clutches, independently controlled by their own electro-hydraulic circuit. One is for starting, 1st, 3rd and 5th gears and the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, so when a gear is selected they switch through one to the other. It’s slick, quick and eliminates shift-shock – keeping the bike stable – as you go up, or down, through the gears.

Select the mode you want for touring and DCT does the rest; just grab the bars and let the adventure begin. Riding mode and HSTC can be adjusted at any time using the controls on the switchgear.

A standard manual mode allows gear changing using a trigger on the left handlebar. D mode offers the best balance of fuel economy and cruising comfort, while S mode gives three different, sportier shift patterns.



Bore × Stroke (mm) 92.0mm x 75.1mm
C02 Emissions 109
Engine Displacement (cc) 998cc
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Max. Power Output 70kW/7,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 99Nm/6,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Starter Electric


ABS System 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch
Brakes Front 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 1-piston caliper and sintered metal pads.

Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model with additional slide type 1-piston caliper

Suspension Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with hydraulic dial-style preload and damping (compression & rebound) adjuster, 252mm stroke, 224mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 240 mm rear wheel travel, 101 mm stroke
Tyre Size Front 90/90-R21 tube type
Tyre Size Rear 150/70-R18 tube type
Wheels Front 21M/C x MT2.15 Wire spoke with aluminium rim
Wheels Rear 18M/C x MT4.00 Wire spoke with aluminium rim

Dimensions and weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) Standard
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2340mm x 930mm x 1570mm
Frame type Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 24.2 litres
Fuel Consumption 61.3 mpg (WMTC)
Ground Clearance (mm) 270mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 243kg
Seat Height (mm) Standard height 920mm / Low position 900mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1580mm


Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed

Instruments and Electrics

Headlights Dual LED (1 High/1 Low)
Instruments Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Riding Modes, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, ABS, HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock
Tail Light LED