The “go anywhere” approach starts with the engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road long-range touring, and all points in between.
For the CRF1000L Africa Twin’s chassis three key attributes were targeted: off-road performance, the comfort of a touring motorcycle and the everyday agility that makes for a great all-rounder or day-to-day commuter.
A steel semi-double cradle frame provides the perfect balance of high-speed stability – also while fully loaded – matched to genuine off-road ability, agility and sheer strength. Mass centralisation – with items like the battery packaged at the rear of the cylinder head – contributes to a low centre of gravity.
Parallel twin with 270 degree crank and uni-cam, 4 stroke, 8 valve, liquid cooled
Constant mesh 6 speed MT
45 mm fork 230 mm stroke 4 pot radial calliper, fully adjustable
220 mm stroke, hydraulic spring preload adjustor
2 x 310 mm wavy floating discs, aluminium hub, radially mounted 4 piston calliper, 2 channel ABS
256 mm wavy disc, 2 piston calliper, 2 channel ABS with read off switch