Africa Twin Crf1000l Review – A User’s Gripe

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  1. DavidFL

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    Just wondering now - would you ever buy another one, or is this one good enough.
    The new 2020 model has so much more

    2020 Africa Twin improvements

    1. The water-cooled, overhead-cam, parallel-twin engine receives an 86cc displacement increase, growing from 998cc to 1084cc. Honda says it has improved intake and exhaust systems, resulting in a horsepower boost of approximately six percent. The new bike makes 101 horsepower, up seven horsepower over the previous generation. It also puts out 77 ft/lbs of torque.

    2. The 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin’s frame is updated for optimized for handling. The rear subframe is now aluminum and detachable, plus the CRF450R-style aluminum swingarm is lighter and more rigid.

    3. Due to the use of a six-axis IMU, the new CRF1100L Africa Twin has more advanced electronic aids. Functions include wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear-lift control, DCT cornering detection, and cornering lights.

    4. The new Adventure Sports ES model now features electronic ride-height suspension. The Adventure Sports ES model is also updated with tubeless wheels, heated grips, accessory socket, larger skid plate, aluminum rear rack, and a larger 6.5-gallon tank over the base model’s five-gallon tank.

    5. Although power has increased, the ADV motorcycle weighs less than the outgoing 2019 model. The base CRF1100L weighs 498 pounds, and the DCT model tips the scales at 520 pounds. The weight savings are due to a lighter engine and transmission.

    6. The seat also got lower—from 34.3 to 33.4 inches. A low seat is available at 32.5 inches, and a taller one up to 35.2 inches.

    7. The standard CRF1100L has a renewed focus on off-road use, with a shorter, fixed windscreen and a 5.0-gallon fuel tank.

    8. There are now four versions of the Africa Twin: the base CRF1100L in both standard and DCT; and the CRF1100L Adventure Sports ES in both standard and DCT.

    9. The 2020 versions have a new 6.5-inch TFT color touchscreen display that is compatible with Apple CarPlay. The touchscreen display is optimized for ease of use when changing the electronic adjustments.

    10. Cruise control is now standard on all Africa Twin versions.

    11. Wheel sizes are still dirt-oriented. The 2020 Africa Twin has a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear, both wire-spoked wheels. The Adventure Sports ES uses tubeless tires.

    12. Except for the addition of cornering ABS, the braking system remains unchanged. The 2020 CRF1100L arrives with dual 310mm front discs squeezed by four-piston Nissin calipers, and a single 256mm disc out back squeezed by a single-piston caliper.

    13. For 2020, two color options are available: Pearl Glare White/Blue, and Matte Metallic Black.

    Source: 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin: 11 Fast Facts (Larger & Lighter)
     
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    With the crises going on there will be many AT for sale when this is over.
    If you are a dirt biker, 250's, you will appreciate the standard version as you can stand over the tank with your knees locked to the tank. Thanks to the "outside" air box. (A pain in the arse to actually get to the air filters.)
    If you are of the new breed,"Adventure rider", the adventure sport version is probably the right bike.
    DCT or manual is a personal choice.
    If I for some reason had to choose just one bike for my garage, it would be AT standard DCT.
    BMW says that less than 1% of the GS sold are never on dirt, wonder what those number would be on other "Adventure bikes".:p:p
     
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    Time to check the actual milage in one tank.
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    Loaded with one Rotopax tank I set off along the Boklua road. Right after the Santisuk intersection the bike started to "cough" in the uphills. But once up on the flats the bike was flying. In the hill leading up to the switch backs it started to give a clear message!
    As this was a hot day I chose to stop in the shade. Bike still idling.

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    388.2km. Various roads and engine settings. I am happy with that. 20.98 km/litre.
    A similar test with the CRF250L and the Acerbis tank gave me 386km. 32.16 km/litre.
    My Valkyrie F6 has been up to 8.4 km/litre. ;)
     
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    OK I just back read this post so Congratulations Oddvar! Catch up soon for a Look!
     
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    Impressed you were able to afford running the Valkyrie for so long.
     
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    Time to ride the Valk then when the gas price is down to 18-19 baht a litre...

    Joke aside - do you use 91or 95 gasohol on your bikes?
    On my Crf250 I get ~ 33 kilometers to the litre using 91 gasohol. Using 95 gasohol I get ~ 35 kms to the litre. And when the gas price is only 27 satang pr litre I have used 95 gasohol the last couple of years.

    The Valk I presume you use 100 % benzine?
     
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    About 10 years or so ago, the yellow benzine was 53 bath pr litre. And I manage to fill up for 1060 bath. 3-4 fillings a day made it an expensive bike to use. For other bikes I use 95.

    Knowing from a test can make a big difference.
    One time in China we were all short of fuel. I stopped next to a guy on a GS. He was not empty but his "meter" said 0 km. So as a good German, he stopped. I encouraged him to continue and I would ride behind him. After 18km we stopped at a gas station and he filled 2-3 dl short of full tank while mumbling "It should not be possible because the "meter" said 0 km'.:joy::joy::joy:
     
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    Is that to prolong or prevent...?
     
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    Anyone with experience with steering dampers?
    Is it worth getting one for the AT?

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