New Honda Africa Twin!

The 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin arrives early next year.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure studio view

For those of us who love Adventure motorcycles (and maybe lusted after the Transalp in the late 1980s but never managed to pull the trigger on one), we have some great news: Honda has just announced that it will sell a new Africa Twin beginning early in 2016. This new Honda, dubbed the CRF1000L Africa Twin, is a production version of the True Adventure prototype that was revealed with scant information at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last fall.

Honda Adventure bike prototype at EICMA 2014

Honda says the new 2016 Honda Africa Twin will be true to the attributes of the original XRV650 Africa Twin produced by HRC in 1988 and 1989, as well as the XRV750 model from late 1989 that helped jump-start the ADV movement. This is Honda’s way of saying the new Africa Twin has been designed as a durable and comfortable all-day explorer with enough power to gobble up large chunks of highway miles with ease.

Interestingly, this new Africa Twin—which looks like it's powered by a 1000cc parallel twin and not a V-twin like the original—will be available with the latest version of Honda's dual-clutch transmission, tuned to work well in the dirt. Honda also says this new Africa Twin benefits from everything the company has learned on and off-road over the last decade, including Team HRC's return to The Dakar in 2013.

We’ll share more information as soon as we get it.

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Prototype at EICMA 2014.