Honda has confirmed the imminent arrival of its flagship adventure bike, the CRF1100 Africa Twin, which will hit showrooms before year’s end priced from $20,999 plus on-road costs.
The four-variant range, which sees minor updates for 2022 like new graphics and a standard fit rear carrier, will be offered in Adventure Sports guise from $24,699, while automatic DCT and DCT ES grades top out at $25,649 and $27,799, respectively.
As well as the new look ‘Big Logo’ graphics, the up-spec Africa Twin Adventure Sports also sees a 110mm shorter adjustable windscreen and enhancements to its dual-clutch transmission (DCT) settings for ‘smoother handling’ at low speeds.
Mechanically, the Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin 2022 range remains unchanged with its 1084cc parallel-twin engine that can be mated with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an automatic DCT.
The Africa Twin also comes standard with a six-axis electronics suite with up to six rider modes, as well as cruise control and a 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen dash unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Stepping up to the Adventure Sports affords a number of enhancements, including a larger 24.8-litre fuel tank (up 6.0L), increased wind protection and heated grips, while the range-topping ES gains electronic Showa suspension.
This Showa EERA system gives control of damping force at both ends with four settings, Soft, Hard, Mid and Off-Road, while the rear-end gets four preload modes dubbed Riding Solo, With Luggage, Two-up, and Two-up with luggage.
Honda expects the CRF1100 Africa Twin 2022 range to hit local showrooms in the fourth-quarter of this year, sitting above the CB500X and CRF300 Rally in its Adventure Touring line-up.
This year, Honda released its new CMX1100 cruiser which draws power from the the same 1084cc parallel-twin engine used in the Africa Twin adventure bike, with a unique tune that puts outputs at 64kW and 98Nm.
The new cruiser is available from $20,078 rideaway in both manual and automatic guises.
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