American Honda has announced pricing for the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin and also revealed additional details on the adventure bike. At the same time, Honda officially announced a number of returning on-road models, several of which are offered in new colors for 2016.
CRF1000L Africa Twin
Powered by a brand-new 998cc parallel-twin engine, the Africa Twin is available in two versions—one with a highly advanced Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and another with a standard gearbox; pricing is set at $13,699 and $12,999, respectively. Both versions come standard with ABS and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and are extremely capable in highway and off-road applications.
“The CRF1000L Africa Twin is one of the most exciting new products of the 2016 model year, and we’re pleased to provide customers with additional information, including details on our competitive pricing,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “No fewer than 32 patents have been applied for on this innovative model, and its specifications surpass the competition in several important areas. We know our customers have been hungry for a no-compromise, do-it-all adventure bike, and we’re confident that the Africa Twin fits the bill.”
The Africa Twin was developed following the “True Adventure” concept, with an emphasis on achieving outstanding performance across a broad array of applications, from open highways to technical trails. To that end, the parallel-twin power plant was designed to have concentration of mass and a low center of gravity, with the Unicam head and dry-sump crankcase enabling a low engine height. In order to realize a compact package, components like the oil tank, oil pump and water pump have all been incorporated into the engine, and a number of components, including the battery, are located as near as possible to the vehicle’s center.
Both the standard Africa Twin and the Africa Twin DCT come with ABS and HSTC. For certain off-road conditions in which the ability to have differing wheel-speeds is advantageous, the HSTC and rear ABS can both be switched off. On the highly advanced DCT version, an accessory foot-pedal shifter is offered for customers who want a traditional feel. (In stock form, the DCT is shifted either automatically or, when in manual mode, by buttons on the left handlebar.) Other available accessories include pannier cases, a top box, heated grips, an electrical socket and more.
To help maximize durability off-road, the Africa Twin has ample ground clearance, a tough aluminum skid plate, a high-tensile-steel semi-double-cradle frame and a minimum of projecting parts. A slim cross section and smooth layout simplify moving back and forth on the bike in order to maneuver through challenging sections. Between the standard adjustable saddle and an accessory low version, seat height can be adjusted between four different settings ranging between 34.3 and 32.3 inches. The Africa Twin has the most suspension travel in its class: 9.1 inches for the inverted 45mm Showa fork and 8.7 inches for the rear wheel. Adjustable compression and rebound damping are standard at both ends, as is hydraulic adjustable spring preload. Off-road-friendly features include tube tires, wire-spoke wheels, hollow aluminum axles, wave-design brake rotors and a rubber-mounted aluminum handlebar with a tapered design. An innovative air-intake design makes it possible to access the viscous air filters without removing the fuel tank.
The rally-style upright windscreen minimizes buffeting at high speeds, and the instrument panel has information efficiently arranged in a vertical layout. LED headlights are standard.
Colors: Red/Black/White Dakar Rally, Silver
CRF1000L Africa Twin: $12,999
CRF1000L Africa Twin DCT: $13,699
Availability: Spring 2016
Now entering its second model year, the CB300F has a reputation as being fun, affordable and beginner-friendly, and for 2016 it’s available in a striking new Black color. This naked sport bike has the same liquid-cooled, 286cc counterbalanced single-cylinder engine as its CBR300R counterpart, but with a more upright riding position. Though extremely popular among customers who are new to motorcycling, the CB300F still packs a punch that even an experienced rider can appreciate. Its fuel economy is estimated at 71 miles per gallon.
Availability: December 2015
After more than 40 years of production, Honda’s Gold Wing remains the standard for luxury touring. For 2016, motorcycle travelers can count on the reliable 1,832cc, horizontally opposed, 6-cylinder engine and renowned Honda ergonomics, all of which have combined to give the Gold Wing its reputation as an unsurpassed two-up touring bike. The Gold Wing will continue to be offered in four different build options (including the world’s first production-motorcycle airbag system), and for 2016, it’s available in three beautiful color options, two of which are new.
Gold Wing: Grey Metallic/Black, Matte Altair Silver, Candy Red
Gold Wing Airbag: Grey Metallic/Black
Prices: Starting from $23,999
Availability: November 2015
GOLD WING F6B
Based on the Gold Wing but in a leaner, lighter package, Honda’s Gold Wing F6B and F6B Deluxe return for 2016. A 1,832cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine provides cruising power, while integrated luggage, adjustable suspension, cruise control and surround sound ensure comfort and convenience. The Gold Wing F6B Deluxe builds upon the standard model with a centerstand, passenger backrest, heated grips and self-cancelling turn signals, and in addition to the Matte Silver color of the standard version, the Deluxe is also offered in a new Matte Pearl White color.
Gold Wing F6B: Matte Silver
Gold Wing F6B Deluxe: Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White
Gold Wing F6B: $20,499
Gold Wing F6B Deluxe: $21,499
Availability: December 2015
The long, lean Fury gets even more aggressive for 2016, with the removal of the passenger seat and foot pegs enhancing what was already a custom look. With its stretched-out wheelbase and rumbling 1,312cc, 52 degree V-twin engine, the Fury turns heads wherever it goes, but it also offers practical elements like Programmed Fuel Injection, shaft final drive, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes and—perhaps most importantly—Honda’s famous finish and reliability.
Colors: Ultra Blue Metallic, Matte Silver
Fury ABS: $10,999
Availability: November 2015
THE FOLLOWING MODELS RETURN UNCHANGED FOR 2016
Back for 2016 with its radical, retro-progressive styling, the Stateline boasts stretched-out, chopped-dragster lines, along with deep-valance fenders, low-profile tires and cast five-spoke wheels. Technically, the Stateline is totally modern, with features like fuel injection, shaft final drive and disc brakes (there’s even optional ABS), but its aesthetics appeals to those with traditional tastes. The 1,312cc, 52 degree V-twin power plant offers plenty of torque and a throaty rumble, and the wide, deep-dish seat is only 26.7 inches high.
Color: Blue Metallic
Stateline ABS: $10,999
Availability: March 2016
For customers looking for a tough-but-refined middleweight cruiser, Honda’s popular Shadow line returns for 2016, with two distinct models offered: the Shadow Aero (also available in an ABS version) and the Shadow Phantom. Both are powered by a liquid-cooled 750cc V-twin engine and have wire-spoke wheels, front disc brake, chrome 2-into-2 mufflers and shaft final drive, but the aesthetics are quite different; true to its name, the bobber-inspired Phantom has blacked-out looks, while the Aero has classic cruiser styling, with large fenders and a traditionally shaped fuel tank.
Shadow Aero, Shadow Aero ABS: Candy Red
Shadow Phantom: Black, Light Silver Metallic
Prices: Starting at $7,499
Availability: February 2016
The Rebel is Honda’s smallest-displacement cruiser model. The classically styled Rebel is powered by a 234cc parallel-twin engine and has a hydraulic disc front brake, semi-double-cradle frame and electric start, and the seat height is just 26.6 inches.
Colors: Black, Candy Red
Availability: February 2016
The XR650L is a favorite for adventure riders who feel completely at home on remote, technical singletrack but also want to be comfortable when linking those trails together on the highway. The smooth-running 644cc single-cylinder engine has dry-sump lubrication and push-button electric start. The frame is of a semi-double-cradle design, the air-adjustable 43mm Showa cartridge fork has adjustable compression damping, and the Pro-Link rear suspension has a Showa shock with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping.
Availability: December 2016