Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has launched the 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin in India with prices starting at Rs. 15.35 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new model comes with a new, bigger, parallel-twin engine displacing 1,084 cc but looks slimmer and is heavily loaded with more technology and new connectivity features. The Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports version has also undergone an overhaul for 2020 and gets a revised fairing, lighter frame and a 25-litre fuel tank. The key difference between the standard Honda Africa Twin and the Adventure Sports version is in the protective bodywork on the Adventure Sports model, height-adjustable windscreen, and a standard engine bash plate.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin range uses a bigger engine displacement at 1,084 cc, offering 12 per cent more power and 11 per cent more torque. The power to weight ratio has also improved by 10 per cent. The basic architecture of the engine has been retained, but the parallel-twin mill now gets a longer stroke, up from 75.1 mm to 81.5 mm, and has the same 92 mm bore. It has a compression ratio of 10.1:1 and puts out 101 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 105 Nm of peak torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine now gets lighter aluminium cylinder sleeves and redesigned engine casings, resulting in the manual transmission engine of the 2020 Africa Twin being 2.5 kg lighter than before, while the automatic DCT (dual-clutch transmission) engine is 2.2 kg lighter.
The fuelling has also been tweaked and the 2020 Honda Africa Twin gets a larger 43 mm throttle body with a smoother air intake profile. The ECU has been remapped on the new model as well, with reworked injector angles which is said to deliver a more direct spray into the re-shaped twin spark combustion chambers. The exhaust control valve inspired by the Honda CBR1000RR is designed to enhance higher rev performance, and with a throatier exhaust note at low revs.
The electronics on the 2020 Honda Africa Twin has also been completely updated with the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Honda's version of traction control system, now powered by the six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU). The engine now features four power levels and three levels of electronic engine braking.. Honda has also added wheelie control to the latest model of the Africa Twin with three levels of input. The Wheelie Control system can also be turned off completely. The new touchscreen instrument cluster now offers Bluetooth audio as well as Apple Carplay connectivity.
The new Africa Twin gets four default riding mode options - Tour, Urban, Gravel and Off-Road, and two more additional, and customisable User modes. The standard model of the new Africa Twin has a fuel tank capacity of 18.8 litres, with a kerb weight of 226 kg. The DCT version has a kerb weight of 236 kg. The suspension is handled by Showa 45 mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with 230 mm suspension travel. The rear suspension is a monoblock aluminium with Pro-Link and a Showa gas-charged damper with 220 mm rear-wheel travel.
The wheel size remains unchanged with a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear combination wire-spoked wheels shod with tubed tyres. Braking is handled by 310 mm dual wave floating hydraulic discs with radial fit 4-piston calipers on the front wheel, and a 256 mm single hydraulic disc gripped by a single-piston caliper. The dual-channel ABS system offers on-road and off-road settings, and ABS on the rear wheel can be switched off completely. The seat height has been lowered as well ranging from 850-870 mm. The new Africa Twin has claimed fuel efficiency figures of 20.4 kmpl for the manual transmission version and 20.8 kmpl for the automatic DCT version.