By Wade Thiel
There’s been a lot of speculation about what the next Africa Twin will be. I’d heard it would be a smaller displacement machine and that it would be a bigger displacement one. The jury is still out on the smaller displacement model, but Motorcycle.com has confirmation that the CRF1100 is coming.
According to some recent documents filed with the Australian government, the new Honda Africa Twin will have a 1,084cc engine. This new engine will make 101 hp and be mated to the rider’s choice of either a manual transmission or DCT.
Motorcycle.com also had some low-res black and white images of the bike. From what I can see of the motorcycle, it looks a lot more streamlined than the previous version. Honda will sell the bike both as the standard Africa Twin and as an Adventure model.
— Motorcycle.com (@MotorcycleCom) September 10, 2019
Honda seems to have the bike built on a new frame and subframe. It shows off a tougher-looking brush plate and tail rack. While the overall look is more refined and sleeker, the chunky looking exhaust is a bit of an eyesore. It’s there to help meet the Euro 5 emissions standards, so it’s necessary.
Overall, it looks like a good bike. I’m excited to learn more about it. The motorcycle will likely officially debut at EIMCA in November.x