Following a series of information releases on the CRF1000L Africa Twin, American Honda today publicized pricing for the all-new model and also revealed additional details on the trailblazing adventure bike. At the same time, Honda officially announced a number of returning on-road models, several of which are offered in new colors for 2016.
Powered by a brand-new 998cc parallel-twin engine, the Africa Twin is available in two versions — one with a highly advanced Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and another with a standard gearbox; pricing is set at $13,699 and $12,999, respectively. Both versions come standard with ABS and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and are extremely capable in highway and off-road applications.
“The CRF1000L Africa Twin is one of the most exciting new products of the 2016 model year, and we’re pleased to provide customers with additional information, including details on our competitive pricing,” said Lee Edmunds, manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “No fewer than 32 patents have been applied for on this innovative model, and its specifications surpass the competition in several important areas. We know our customers have been hungry for a no-compromise, do-it-all adventure bike, and we’re confident that the Africa Twin fits the bill.”
CRF1000L AFRICA TWIN
The highly anticipated Africa Twin was developed following the “True Adventure” concept, with an emphasis on achieving outstanding performance across a broad array of applications, from open highways to technical trails. To that end, the parallel-twin power plant was designed to have concentration of mass and a low center of gravity, with the Unicam head and dry-sump crankcase enabling a low engine height. In order to realize a compact package, components like the oil tank, oil pump and water pump have all been incorporated into the engine, and a number of components, including the battery, are located as near as possible to the vehicle’s center.
Both the standard Africa Twin and the Africa Twin DCT come with ABS and HSTC. For certain off-road conditions in which the ability to have differing wheel-speeds is advantageous, the HSTC and rear ABS can both be switched off. On the highly advanced DCT version, an accessory foot-pedal shifter is offered for customers who want a traditional feel. (In stock form, the DCT is shifted either automatically or, when in manual mode, by buttons on the left handlebar.) Other available accessories include pannier cases, a top box, heated grips, an electrical socket and more.
To help maximize durability off-road, the Africa Twin has ample ground clearance, a tough aluminum skid plate, a high-tensile-steel semi-double-cradle frame and a minimum of projecting parts. A slim cross section and smooth layout simplify moving back and forth on the bike in order to maneuver through challenging sections. Between the standard adjustable saddle and an accessory low version, seat height can be adjusted between four different settings ranging between 34.3 and 32.3 inches. The Africa Twin has the most suspension travel in its class: 9.1 inches for the inverted 45mm Showa fork and 8.7 inches for the rear wheel. Adjustable compression and rebound damping are standard at both ends, as is hydraulic adjustable spring preload (in order to more easily accommodate passengers or cargo). Off-road-friendly features include tube tires, wire-spoke wheels, hollow aluminum axles, wave-design brake rotors and a rubber-mounted aluminum handlebar with a tapered design. An innovative air-intake design makes it possible to access the viscous air filters without removing the fuel tank.
The rally-style upright windscreen minimizes buffeting at high speeds, and the instrument panel has information efficiently arranged in a vertical layout. LED headlights are standard.
- Colors: Red/Black/White Dakar Rally, Silver
- Prices CRF1000L Africa Twin: $12,999 CRF1000L Africa Twin DCT: $13,699
- Availability: Spring 2016
Now entering its second model year, the CB300F has a deserved reputation as being fun, affordable and beginner-friendly, and for 2016 it’s available in a striking new Black color. This naked sport bike has the same liquid-cooled, 286cc counterbalanced single-cylinder engine as its CBR300R counterpart, but with a more upright riding position. Though extremely popular among customers who are new to motorcycling, the CB300F still packs a punch that even an experienced rider can appreciate. Because it is highly fuel efficient, with fuel economy estimate of 71 miles per gallon*, customers should plan to spend more time on the road and less time at the pump.
- Color: Black
- Price: TBD
- Availability: December 2015
Few motorcycles evoke the open road like Honda’s legendary Gold Wing which, after more than 40 years of production, remains the standard for luxury touring, ready to carry customers on their next adventure. For 2016, motorcycle travelers can count on the reliable 1,832cc, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine and renowned Honda ergonomics, all of which have combined to give the Gold Wing its reputation as an unsurpassed two-up touring bike. To suit the requirements of any touring enthusiast, the Gold Wing will continue to be offered in four different build options (including the world’s first production-motorcycle airbag system), and for 2016, it’s available in three beautiful color options, two of which are new.
- Colors Gold Wing: Grey Metallic/Black, Matte Altair Silver, Candy Red Gold Wing Airbag: Grey Metallic/Black
- Prices: Starting from $23,999
- Availability: November 2015
GOLD WING F6B
Based on the Gold Wing but in a leaner, lighter package, Honda’s Gold Wing F6B and F6B Deluxe return for 2016. A powerful 1,832cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine provides incredible cruising power, while integrated luggage, adjustable suspension, cruise control and premium surround sound ensure comfort and convenience. The Gold Wing F6B Deluxe builds upon the standard model with a centerstand, passenger backrest, heated grips and self-cancelling turn signals, and in addition to the Matte Silver color of the standard version, the Deluxe is also offered in a new Matte Pearl White color.
- Colors Gold Wing F6B: Matte Silver Gold Wing F6B Deluxe: Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White
- Prices Gold Wing F6B: $20,499 Gold Wing F6B Deluxe: $21,499
- Availability: December 2015
One of the boldest, most eye-catching cruisers on the market, the long, lean Fury gets even more aggressive for 2016, with the removal of the passenger seat and foot pegs enhancing what was already a custom look. With its stretched-out wheelbase and rumbling 1,312cc, 52 degree V-twin engine, the Fury certainly turns heads wherever it goes, but it also offers practical elements like Programmed Fuel Injection, shaft final drive, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes and—perhaps most importantly—Honda’s famous finish and reliability.
- Colors: Ultra Blue Metallic, Matte Silver
- Prices Fury: $9,999 Fury ABS: $10,999
- Availability: November 2015
The following models return unchanged for 2016
- Shadow Line
- XR 650L
*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions; tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.