2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Two-wheel adventure staple boasts performance upgrades.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin front right
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa TwinHonda

When the “Africa Twin” graphic reappeared on a Honda motorcycle in 2016 for the first time in more than a decade, the large-bore adventure market got a little bit bigger and a whole lot sweeter. Available in both six-speed manual and dual-clutch-automatic versions, the 998cc CRF1000L was comfortable and capable on and off road. Fast-forward to 2020 and the CRF1100L Africa Twin. That’s right, the engine gets a bump in displacement via a 6.5mm stroke increase, along with IMU-aided electronics that include six ride modes, cornering ABS, wheelie and traction control, plus cruise control and Apple CarPlay compatibility—all trackable on a 6.5-inch TFT display.

Engineers further slimmed down the semi-double-cradle steel frame, lopping off a claimed 4 pounds, and redesigned the now-detachable and manufactured-from-aluminum subframe. The previous model’s tall windshield is replaced by a shorter screen that, Honda says, eases weight transfer when riding aggressively in rough terrain and reduces chest-level high-speed buffeting. If you’re seeking even greater off-road capability, Honda also offers the up-spec Adventure Sports ES models, for which DCT likewise remains an $800 option for those riders who want to leave clutch-work to old-timers.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin left side
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa TwinHonda

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Editorial reception for the 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin was so positive that the brand-new model won Best Adventure Bike honors in its debut year. Thanks to its torquey 998cc parallel twin and balanced chassis—with wheel sizes that accept off-road rubber—the sophisticated machine delivered a rare combination of refinement and versatility.

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin right side
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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $14,399/$15,199 (DCT)
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC, twin-cylinder
Displacement 1,084cc
Bore x Stroke 92.0mm x 81.5mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 34.3/33.7 in.
Rake 27.0º
Trail 4.4 in.
Front Suspension 45mm fully adjustable; 9.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 9.4-in. travel
Front Tire 90/90-21
Rear Tire 150/70-18
Wheelbase 62.0 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 501/524 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Dry Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower N/A
Rear-Wheel Torque N/A
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A