Amid yesterdays news that Honda had released pricing for the 2016 CRF1000L Africa in North America was a quiet note that all DCT models would be equipped with a foot shift lever.
Honda has offered a foot shift lever with their DCT gearboxes in the past, albeit as an additional accessory.
Mechanically we are offered new details, the oil tank, oil pump and water pump are all incorporated into the engine. The battery is located near the engine, towards the bikes centre. Honda says this optimizes compactness and center of gravity. You will also be able to access the air filters without removing the fuel tank.
Compression and rebound are adjustable both front and rear, preload adjustable rear shock and massive amounts of suspension travel should keep things comfortable.
Honda also plans to offer a breadth of OEM accessories, including side cases, top boxes, heated grips, electrical sockets, a lower 32.3 inch seat option and likely a windscreen or two.
“The CRF1000L Africa Twin is one of the most exciting new products of the 2016 model year,” summarizes 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.”