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Honda announces new Africa Twin CRF1000L

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CRF1000L Africa Twin confirmed for 2016 model year


Honda is delighted to announce the return of one of motorcycling’s most celebrated and evocative names—the Africa Twin. Having clearly shown the direction of its development and intent with the reveal of the True Adventure prototype at EICMA in November 2014, American Honda can now confirm that the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will be in U.S. dealers early next year.

Some motorcycles encapsulate perfectly what an adventure motorcycle is all about. The original XRV650 Africa Twin—which debuted in 1989 after Honda’s four successive wins in the Dakar Rally—was one such machine. Its go-anywhere ability, rugged durability, agile handling and all-day comfort made it the perfect partner with which to explore. And it helped to define a motorcycling segment that has now grown into one of the most popular worldwide. The new Africa Twin remains true to all the attributes and abilities of the XRV650 and its successor, the XRV750, while adding the benefits of everything Honda has learned on and off-road over the last decade, including Team HRC’s return to the Dakar in 2013.

Furthermore, in a first for the category, the Africa Twin will feature the option of a new evolution of Honda’s Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, which remains unique to Honda in motorcycling. This latest evolution of DCT has been specifically developed and programmed to provide the off-road ability with which the Africa Twin is synonymous.

The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin is set to redefine expectations of just what a large-capacity adventure motorcycle can and should be capable of, both on and off-road, and it opens an entirely new chapter in Honda’s illustrious history of dual-purpose motorcycles made for true adventure.

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Return of CRF models, Montesa Cota, NM4 and PCX150 to 2016 model year

Honda today announced the return of CRF motorcycles to suit the needs of any off-road enthusiast. Also included in the announcement are the 2016 Montesa Cota 4RT260 trials motorcycle, as well as a pair of road-going models: the category-shattering NM4 and the efficient PCX150 scooter.

“Our first two-wheel powersports-product announcement of the 2016 model year will make plenty of adventure enthusiasts and dirt bike riders happy,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Our incredibly extensive lineup of off-road bikes includes returning models from the little CRF50F to the enduro-ready CRF450X. There’s even some news for our road-riding customers, with the return of the futuristic NM4 and the practical PCX150.”


With an impressive desert-racing win record, including victory at the recent inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500, the CRF450X is a hit with trail riders and off-road racers, who love its proven strength and durability. Inspired by the CRF450R, the X-model is user-friendly and well suited for a wide variety of off-road terrain, from open desert to woods. It has a smooth power delivery with plenty of low-end torque and excellent throttle response, and the superior ergonomics maximize comfort for long days in the saddle. The bike delivers exceptional handling, thanks in part to works-style front and rear suspension, as well as Honda’s Progressive Steering Damper, which improves cornering and increases stability at high speed. Also standard are a gear-driven counterbalance and electric start.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $8,440
  • Availability: October 2015 



A hit with the enduro/trail crowd, the CRF250X is based on Honda’s successful quarter-liter motocross machine, but with off-road-ready features like a headlight, push-button electric start, wide-ratio five-speed transmission and T-ring-sealed chain. The bike is powered by a lightweight, liquid-cooled four-stroke Unicam engine, while suspension duties are handled by a 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and Pro-Link single shock. Also standard are works-type front and rear hydraulic disc brakes.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $7,410
  • Availability: October 2015 



Ideal for riders who want to focus on fun and improving their abilities rather than frequently performing maintenance chores, the CRF230F offers value and performance in a great-looking package. It has a proven 223cc air-cooled engine, durable six-speed transmission, plush suspension and electric start, and its lightweight components, reliable platform and full-size ergonomics make it great for adults and larger teens who put a premium on their riding experience.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $3,699
  • Availability: August 2015


Offering fun, maintenance-free riding, the midsized CRF150F is the logical choice for riders moving up from its smaller siblings. Electric start simplifies the learning process, while a smooth-shifting, five-speed transmission makes for easy gear changes. The motorcycle’s compact 149cc four-stroke engine is small enough for beginners but packs enough power to entertain experienced riders. Above all, the CRF150F offers fun in an in-between size that is hard to beat.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $3,699
  • Availability: August 2015


Honda’s commitment to riders of all ages is perhaps most apparent in the CRF125F. The easy-to-ride package is offered in both a standard size and a Big Wheel version that has larger-diameter rims and a two-inch taller seat height, ensuring that riders of varying sizes can find a motorcycle with just the right feel. Both versions come equipped with electric start, a smooth four-speed transmission and a 125cc, air-cooled four-stroke engine. While they’re small in size, both versions combine reliability and fun in a big way.

  • Color: Red
  • Price

CRF125F: $2,799

CRF125F Big Wheel: $3,199

  • Availability: July 2015



Built with beginners in mind, the CRF110F offers a great first-ride experience in a reliable package, with a proven, automatic four-speed transmission and the option to use either an electric-start button or a manual kickstarter. Youngsters can focus on the fundamentals of riding, while a built-in throttle limiter enables parents to customize the amount of available power depending on their little rider’s ability. Sized similarly to the CRF70F but with a 110cc four-stroke engine, the CRF110F delivers appropriate power for new riders even as they improve. It’s a great choice for first-time riders, starting them on a lifelong path of fun off-road riding.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $2,099
  • Availability: June 2015


When it comes to a young rider’s first motorcycle, few would dispute that the CRF50F is the best choice around, and for 2016 the littlest Honda has the same durable, low-maintenance, controllable engine that helped build its reputation. With an automatic clutch and an adjustable throttle limiter, the CRF50F represents an unintimidating gateway to the world of motorcycling.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $1,399
  • Availability: June 2015


Following trials legend Toni Bou’s recent winning of a record ninth-consecutive FIM X-Trial World Championship for Repsol Honda, comes news of a revised Montesa Cota 4RT260, with updated graphics and a new fuel pump that improves low-end power. The 4RT260 has a reliable and tractable 260cc PGM-FI four-stroke engine. Premium, adjustable suspension helps riders “clean” the most technical sections and for longer trials sections, there’s even a removable seat that increases comfort and incorporates a convenient storage area.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $7,799
  • Availability: December 2015



Since its introduction, the innovative NM4 has accumulated aficionados from all walks of life, including people who previously paid no attention to motorcycling. That’s understandable considering the model’s sculpted styling with integrated storage, plus features like a 25-color LED display and integrated front and rear LED lights. That said, there’s plenty below the surface as well, such as the 670cc fuel-injected parallel-twin engine, plus rider-friendly attributes like a low seat height, six-speed Automatic DCT transmission, anti-lock brakes and passenger seat that flips up to become a backrest for the rider. For 2016, the NM4 is sure to continue turning heads and creating unique riding experiences.

  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • Price: $10,999
  • Availability: June 2015


Known for being practical, versatile and affordable, the PCX150 is great for customers who are looking for the ultimate commuter or a fun way to get around town. Powered by a low-friction, liquid-cooled 153cc engine, the PCX150 has a sleek and nimble design, comfortable passenger seat and 12-volt accessory adapter for charging personal electronics. With excellent fuel efficiency and a 2.1-gallon tank, visits to gas stations are few and far between. For 2016, the PCX150 comes in two striking new color options: Dark Candy Red and Steel Gray.

  • Colors: Dark Candy Red, Steel Gray
  • Price: $3,499
  • Availability: August 2015


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