At the 2018 Bangkok International Motor Show, Honda highlighted its exciting new off-roader for adventure lovers: the CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports. This higher-spec version of the Africa Twin marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the 1988 XRV 650 with a matching retrospective Tricolore paint scheme. Its upgrades show Honda’s willingness to listen to the feedback of customers who desired more comfort, range, and features from the Africa Twin platform.
Peak power remains at 95 PS at 7,500 rpm with 99 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The Adventure Sports gives the 998 cc Africa Twin a larger tank capacity of 24.2 L for long distance riding, more protective components, heated grips, and a 12-volt socket for charging devices.
It rides taller than the base model thanks to revised adjustable Showa suspension — and receives a higher windscreen, a slightly bigger fairing, and a lightweight lithium-ion battery. A flatter adjustable seat, wider foot pegs, and repositioned handlebars provide a more comfortable riding position. The standard seat height measures at 920 mm, with a lower setting of 900 mm possible. Ground clearance is 270 mm and kerb weight is 243 kg.
The Adventure Sports also receives Honda’s Throttle By Wire system — featuring seven levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (with the option to turn it completely off), three levels of Power and Engine Braking, and three riding mode presets with a fourth user programmable setting. Like the base model, the Adventure Sports should be available to purchase with the optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show is ongoing from March 27 to April 8, 2018 at the IMPACT Challenger Halls 1-3 at Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand.