Atop Honda’s adventure bike lineup you see the CRF1100L, aka the Africa Twin. Then, you get the CB500X, sometimes called the “Halfrica Twin.” Now, in China, we see reports of a new CRF190L—does that mean we now have an “Africa Single”?
Errrr, probably not, but it is another option for Asian customers who can’t afford a big-bore adventure bike, or aren’t allowed to buy one thanks to local regulations. Or maybe they just don’t see the need for a big-bore engine, seeing that everyone else on their street is riding a motorcycle in the 250-or-less range.
The CRF190L will be produced at Sundiro Honda facilities; this Shanghai-based offshoot was founded in 2001, and has produced and delivered more than 10 million motorcycles in the years since. It produces small-bore motorcycles like the CBR300R, CBF190R, and other little bikes that are basically unknown to the North American market. Sundiro Honda’s focus is the Chinese market, but it exports to more than 60 countries.
So what do we know about the CRF190L?
Unlike many of these budget-oriented downsized ADV machines, the CRF190L has spoked wheels, not cast wheels. The front is a 19-incher, the rear is a 17-incher, meaning this bike strikes a compromise between on-road handling and off-road capability.
You can see an Asian-market advert for the bike below:
The engine itself is a 184 cc air-cooled single with five-speed gearbox. It’s the same powerplant the existing Honda XR190L uses, a bike that’s likely familiar to RTW travelers. The XR190L makes almost 16 horsepower and 11.6 pound-feet of torque. Not the stuff that power-mad Euro and North American customers want, but pretty standard for developing countries, which is where this bike is sold.
Really, the CRF190L is just a set of ADV clothes thrown on the XR190L, meaning weight rises to the 320-pound range; the suspension is a similar set of telescopic forks, and there’s a drum rear brake and disc front.
While this machine isn’t likely to ever be sold in Europe, Canada or the US, it is highly likely it’ll make it to South America, and it’s possible riders looking to travel there on locally-sourced bikes may end up on one of these.