A set of government paperwork filed in Australia has confirmed the new Honda Africa Twin will be called the CRF1100L, and gives us some other details on the upcoming bike.
For a few weeks, we’ve known Honda has plans to introduce a new Africa Twin for 2020. The gossip said Honda would built a slightly bigger engine, with an increase in horsepower. Honda addressed the rumors by releasing a teaser video in July, indicating a new machine was coming, but giving up not much else.
Now, Motorcycle.com has dug up some bureaucratic paperwork from Down Under that says the new machine will be called the CRF1100L, with a 1084 cc parallel twin engine. It will make 101 hp at 7,500 rpm (the current model makes 94 hp), and that leads us to believe the earlier rumor of a 78 lb-ft torque rating is likely also correct.
The new engine will be available with DCT or six-speed transmission, like the current model.
What else is new? The photos published by Motorcycle.com show a new frame and bolt-on subframe, cross-spoke wheels, new dash, and some changes to the bodywork. The Adventure Sports version isn’t pictured with crash bars, although they may be added later. The tail rack appears to be larger, and the skid plate appears to be more rugged. The windshield also appears to be different for 2020.
You can see some low-res photos of the new Honda at Motorcycle.com. We’d expect to see this machine launched at November’s EICMA show, with availability sometime next spring for North American customers.