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Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin: The Ultimate Adventure ‘Dakar’ Bike

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin: The Ultimate Adventure ‘Dakar’ Bike

Prices in Different Metro Cities

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Key Highlights

  • Displacement
    1,082 cc
  • Mileage
    24 kmpl
  • Top Speed
    200 Kmph
  • Kerb Weight
    239 kg
    Kerb Weight
    249 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.5 litres
  • Seat Height
    810 mm
    Seat Height
    830 mm

Latest on Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

  • Honda launched Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin in India in March 2022 for a starting price of Rs. 16.02 lakhs.
  • The Japanese auto behemoth made its two new bikes on the same engine platform as the CRF1100L Africa Twin. The new bikes are Hawk 11 and Honda NT1100.

Introduction of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is a dual-sport adventurer bike that was first rolled out in 2020. The bike is inspired by Honda CRF450 Rally and looks like a ‘Dakar bike,’ a specialised bike designed for the prestigious and challenging Dakar motorcycle rally.

The bike aims at globetrotters and motorcycle enthusiasts with a strong passion for rally bikes and the money to own one.

The bike is the latest addition to the company’s Africa Twin brand. Apart from it, Honda has 650 cc and 1000 cc Africa Twins, which have carved a coveted place in the adventure biking category.

Since its launch in 2020, the bike has received rave reviews from auto experts and bike lovers alike. The company has made several changes to the bike at least two times since its launch. In 2022 alone, the bike received several big and small upgrades and became available in a new colour option.

What's new in Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin?

The Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin gets fitted with a 1084.0 cc BS6 engine, which is more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly than the previous engine, six per cent more powerful, and seven per cent more torquey.

The 2022 version of the bike gets a 6.5″ TFT display with Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity.

The bike also gets some new bold and exciting graphics and decals that enhance its ‘rally’ appeal and makes it more attractive than the 2020 Honda Africa Twin.

The new model comes with a shorter windscreen with five adjustable positions.

An aluminium luggage rack, exclusive to the high-end models, now comes as a standard feature across variants.

The company has optimised DCT transmission in the first and second gears to give the bike a smooth movement from low speeds and a stop.

The system identifies slip at the rear wheel and adjusts engine torque, thereby reducing the rear-wheel slip. It optimises the torque by modulating the fuel injection.

Highlights of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Design of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

The Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin looks like a true adventure bike that can traverse any terrain and weather conditions.

The design has been inspired by ‘Dakar bikes,’ long-distance motorcycles used in the prestigious Dakar rally. However, the machine isn’t just a replica of the rally bikes, but one of the originals.

Just a cursory glance at the bike is enough to give you confidence. The first thing that meets the eyes is the bike’s front portion, which provides a highly aggressive and bold look.

Its side indicators are also eye-catching. The front side indicators get fitted adjacent to the headlamp, while the rear side indicators are in between the rear number plate.

The headlight below the extended windscreen resembles a pair of hawkeyes—sharp, clear, and precise. Attached to it is a pair of indicators that does a great job indicating the turn the rider intends to take. So, it works like a charm both day and night.

The 24.5-litre fuel tank is the most imposing feature of the bike, and it’s one of the biggest in terms of its capacity and size. Guarding the tank is a pair of extended shrouds that give a sporty feel to the bike.

The bike is built on a strong steel semi-double cradle frame designed for flexibility and linked to Showa suspensions.

Regarding the seat design, the upswept saddle isn’t only striking to look at but provides comfort and a fantastic experience during long rides. The passenger seat gets stepped up for even distribution of pressure.

The bike rides on a 21-inch front wheel and an 18-inch rear wheel, which give it a ground clearance of 210 mm.

Colour options and variants of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

The bike is available in two colours:

  • Pearl Glare White Tricolour
  • Darkness Black Metallic

It comes in two variants:

  • Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin DCT
  • Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Manual

Features of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

The Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin has many interesting features that make the bike premium and extremely special in the adventure and touring space.

The adventure bike has six riding modes, Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-Road, User 1, and User 2, enabling riders to select the most suitable mode per the road and traffic conditions.

Its TFT touchscreen display features a digital speedometer, tachometer, fuel warning indicator, fuel gauge, low oil, and low battery indicator.

The bike’s attractive and prominent LED headlamp gives brilliant light. Its taillamp is also extremely well-synced with the brakes and provides light when slowed down.

The bike has dual, radial-mount four-piston callipers fitted with 310 mm double disc brakes at the front and a 256 mm single disc brake at the rear with dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)

The bike’s suspension system incorporates a 43 mm Showa cartridge-type inverted telescopic forks at the front and a monoblock aluminium swing arm with pro link Showa gas-charged damper at the rear.

The Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) identifies slip at the rear wheel and adjusts engine torque, reducing the rear-wheel slip. It optimises the torque by modulating the fuel injection.

Engine of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Powering the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is a 1084.0 cc, dual-cylinder, four-valve, four-stroke, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, BS6 engine. The powertrain gets equipped with a new throttle body, cylinder head, and ECU that gives just the right throttle control.

To enhance performance, the maximum power and torque get tuned into the parallel twin-cylinder engine. The mill can produce a maximum power of 98 bhp @ 7500 rpm and a peak torque of 103 Nm @ 6000 rpm.

Apart from being more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient, the BS 6 powertrain is six per cent more powerful and seven per cent more torque than the previous BS 5 engine.

The potent engine can enable the bike to achieve a top speed of 190 km/hr. It does a great job in pick-up by sprinting from rest to 100 km/hr in just 3.5 seconds.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the engine gives a mileage of 20.4 km/l to 20.8 km/l, which is not bad considering its engine capacity, power and torque, and overall weight.

Transmission, suspension, and braking of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

The bike comes in a six-speed gearbox, which has two variants DCT and manual. In the former, the transmission is taken care of by an automatic system.

The bike is built on a semi-double-cradle frame linked to a 43 mm Showa cartridge-type inverted telescopic forks at the front and a monoblock aluminium swing arm with pro link Showa gas-charged damper at the rear.

Taking care of the braking is a 310 mm double disc brake at the front and a 256 mm single disc brake at the rear with dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). A dual-channel anti-lock braking system assists the braking system by offering an extra safety net when the brakes are applied.

Pros and Cons of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Pros

  • Looks and design
  • Wind protection
  • Best-in-class features
  • Suitable for off-road biking and touring
  • A more robust and lighter swingarm
  • Smoother air intake
  • Lighter and smoother brakes

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Limited availability and services

Specifications & Features

Power & Performance

  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Max Power
    97.89 bhp @ 7,500 rpm
  • Max Torque
    103 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
  • Emission Standard
    BS-VI
  • Displacement
    1,082 cc
  • Cylinders
    2
  • Bore
    92 mm
  • Stroke
    81.45 mm
  • Valves Per Cylinder
    8
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Ignition
    Digital
  • Spark Plugs
    1 Per Cylinder
  • Cooling System
    Liquid Cooled
  • Transmission
    6 Speed Manual
    Transmission
    6 Speed DCT Automatic
  • Transmission Type
    Chain Drive
  • Gear Shifting Pattern
    1 Down 5 Up
    Gear Shifting Pattern
    Automatic/Electronic
  • Clutch
    Wet Multiplate
    Clutch
    2 Multiplate Wet Clutches
  • Fuel Delivery System
    Fuel Injection
  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.5 litres
  • Reserve Fuel Capacity
    3.6 litres
  • Riding Range
    588 Km
  • Mileage - ARAI
    24 kmpl
  • Mileage - Owner Reported
    20.8 Kmpl
  • Top Speed
    200 Kmph
  • Engine Type
    4 Stroke

Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

  • Braking System
    Switchable ABS
  • Front Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Size
    310 mm
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Rear Brake Size
    256 mm
  • Calliper Type
    Front-4-Piston , Rear-2 Piston Calliper
  • Wheel Type
    Spoke
  • Front Wheel Size
    21 inch
  • Rear Wheel Size
    18 inch
  • Front Tyre Size
    90/90 - 21
  • Rear Tyre Size
    150/70 - R18
  • Tyre Type
    Tubeless
  • Radial Tyres
    No
  • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider)
    29 psi
  • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider)
    36 psi
  • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
    32 psi
  • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
    41 psi
  • Front Suspension
    Telescopic
  • Rear Suspension
    Pro-Link

Dimensions & Chassis

  • Kerb Weight
    239 kg
    Kerb Weight
    249 kg
  • Overall Length
    2,307 mm
  • Overall Width
    963 mm
  • Overall Height
    1,523 mm
  • Wheelbase
    1,558 mm
  • Ground Clearance
    210 mm
  • Seat Height
    810 mm
    Seat Height
    830 mm
  • Chassis Type
    Semi Double Cradle

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Standard Warranty (Year)
    2 Year
  • Standard Warranty (Kilometers)
    32000 Kilometers

Features

  • Odometer
    Digital
  • DRLs (Daytime running lights)
    Yes
  • Mobile App Connectivity
    Yes
  • GPS & Navigation
    Yes
  • USB charging port
    Yes
  • Front storage box
    No
  • Under seat storage
    No
  • AHO (Automatic Headlight On)
    Yes
  • Speedometer
    Digital
  • Fuel Guage
    Yes
  • Tachometer
    Digital
  • Stand Alarm
    Yes
  • Stepped Seat
    Yes
  • No. of Tripmeters
    2
  • Tripmeter Type
    Digital
  • Low Fuel Indicator
    Yes
  • Low Oil Indicator
    Yes
  • Low Battery Indicator
    Yes
  • Pillion Backrest
    No
  • Pillion Grabrail
    Yes
  • Pillion Seat
    Yes
  • Pillion Footrest
    Yes
  • Digital Fuel Guage
    Yes
  • Start Type
    Electric Start
  • Shift Light
    Yes
  • Killswitch
    Yes
  • Clock
    Yes
  • Battery
    12V, 6Ah
  • Headlight Type
    Dual LED Head Lamp
  • Brake/Tail Light
    LED Tail Lamp
  • Turn Signal
    Yes
  • Pass Light
    Yes
  • Additional features
    Six Riding Modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-Road, User 1 and User 2

Expert Reviews

  • Progressive and reassuring, the CRF1100L Africa Twin has excellent power, torque, braking, and gear change. At 190 km/hr, the adventure tourer also gives nifty acceleration with a comfy ride experience. Its braking system equipped with a dual front disc and a rear disc brake with ABS does a fantastic job of slowing down the bike or putting it to a halt.

  • The CRF1100L Africa Twin is the quintessential adventure bike. It’s comfortable, fast, and handles extremely well, and the 1100 cc bike’s 98 bhp of power and 103 Nm of torque is an absolute delight for hardcore adventure bike lovers.

  • The CRF1100L Africa Twin is a comfortable, practical, and extraordinary adventure that can travel on all rugged terrains. With a seat height of 810mm, it offers fun and adventure on short and long rides.

  • Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is an agile and ergonomically-designed bike. The big tank and narrow seat make it easy to manoeuvre at all speeds and road conditions, and the Showa suspension system makes riding on any road condition an absolute breeze.

Top 3 Competitors of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

The specifications and features of Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin give tough competition to all leading and best-in-class adventurer tourer bikes in the 900 cc to 1200 cc range.

However, it is extremely close to three bikes in particular-Yamaha XT1200, Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, and Triumph Street Scrambler.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin vs Yamaha XT1200

In terms of price, Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is a little more expensive than Yamaha XT1200. While the former commands between Rs. 16.02 lakhs and Rs. 17.56 lakhs, the latter is priced from Rs. 13 lakhs to 14.5 lakhs.

Regarding engine and power, Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin gets powered by a 1084.0 cc BS6 engine that can generate a maximum power of 98 bhp @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 103 Nm @ 6000 rpm. Propelling the Yamaha XT1200 is a 1,199 cc Euro 5 engine that can produce a maximum power of 80.9 kW (108.5 hp) @ 7,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 116.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm.

In fuel efficiency, Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin fares better with its 20.4 km/l and 20.8 km/l than Yamaha XT1200’s 15.9 km/l. On full throttle, Yamaha XT1200’s top speed of 217 km/hr can beat Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin’s full speed of 190 km/hr.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin has a fuel capacity of 24.5 litres, whereas Yamaha XT1200 has a tank capacity of 23 litres.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin comes in two variants and two colours. Yamaha XT1200 comes in one variant and two colours.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin vs Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Priced at Rs. 10.89 lakhs to Rs. 10.99 lakhs, Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is more affordable than Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin.

Fitted with an 803 cc L-Twin engine that churns a peak power of 72.8 PS @ 8250 rpm and a top torque of 66.2 Nm @ 5750 rpm. Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin gets powered by a 1084.0 cc, dual-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, BS6 engine that can generate a maximum power of 98 bhp @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 103 Nm @ 6000 rpm.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled has a fuel efficiency of 18.5 km/l to 20 km/l, slightly less than the Africa Twin’s 20.4 to 20.8 km/l. Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled can race at the highest speed of 193 km/hr, marginally higher than Africa Twin’s 190 km/hr.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin has a fuel capacity of 24.5 litres, whereas Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled has a tank capacity of 13.5 litres.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin comes in two variants and two colours. Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled comes in one variant and two colours.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin vs Triumph Street Scrambler

Triumph Street Scrambler, which can be bought by paying Rs. 9.45 lakhs to Rs. 10.05 lakhs, is also more affordable than Africa Twin.

In terms of power, Triumph Street Scrambler gets powered by a 900 cc, liquid-cooled engine that can generate the highest power of 65 PS @ 7250 rpm and a peak torque of 80 Nm @ 3250 rpm. Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin gets powered by a 1084.0 cc, dual-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, BS6 engine that can generate a maximum power of 98 bhp @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 103 Nm @ 6000 rpm.

Triumph Street Scrambler shows a mileage of 23.3 km/l to 24.4 km/l, which is higher than its 1100 cc competitor’s fuel efficiency of 20.4 km/l to 20.8 km/l. Regarding the need for speed, it lags a little despite its maximum speed of 175 km/hr compared to Africa Twin’s 190 km/hr.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin has a fuel capacity of 24.5 litres, whereas Triumph Street Scrambler has a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin comes in two variants and two colours. Triumph Street Scrambler comes in one variant and three colours.

Conclusion

The Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is a Dakar-inspired bike modelled on the Honda CRF450 Rally. It is, in fact, the more powerful and bulkier version of the Dakar Rally bike.

The bike, powered by a 1080 cc engine, generates a maximum power of 98 bhp and a maximum torque of 103 PS. It makes it perfect for negotiating the toughest of terrains.

The bike gives a mileage of 20.4-20.8 km/l, which isn’t bad for such a powerful bike. Its tank capacity also makes it a long-distance traveller.

The bike starts from an ex-showroom price of over Rs. 16 lakhs and goes up to nearly Rs. 18 lakhs, which is a bit more expensive than its competitors but offers a lot of value to its owners. Summing up, Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is the darling bike of many young riders that satisfies the riders’ needs with its feature.

FAQs

What's the on-road price of the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin in Mumbai?

The on-road price of the Honda Africa Twin for sale is Rs. 18.52 lakhs for the manual variant and Rs. 20.29 lakhs for the DCT variant.

What distance can Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin travel on a full tank?

The mileage of the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is 20.4 to 20.8 km/l, and the fuel tank capacity is 24.5. It can cover a distance of 490 kilometres on a full tank.

What's the top speed Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin can achieve?

The Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin can achieve a top speed of 190 km/hr.

Is Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin a twin shaft drive?

The CRF1100L Africa Twin gets chain drive instead of shaft drive.

Does the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin 2022 get new features compared to the Africa Twin 2020?

Yes, the 2022 bike comes with many new updates and features compared to the older one, which includes an aluminium rack, optimised DCT transmission, new bold graphics and decals, and many more.

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