Honda have released a new Africa Twin for 2018, revealing the machine at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The CRF10002 Africa Twin Adventure Sports was previously displayed as a concept but will be available for purchase early next year in Europe and in the US by summer 2018. Retail price is listed at “approximately” $2000 more than the base model Africa Twin, which would put the Adventure Sports in the ballpark of $15,299.
“The Africa Twin’s success on showroom floors and in comparison tests is evidence of the platform’s profound capabilities, but the Adventure Sports model expands the possibilities by making it possible to ride further and more comfortably,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications in a company press release. “We’ve enjoyed seeing our customers put their own interpretations on the Africa Twin’s ‘True Adventure’ ethos, and with the increased capabilities of the new Adventure Sports, as well as those of the updated standard Africa Twin, we expect that spirit will be applied in new and exciting ways.”
So what sets the Adventure Sports apart? More fuel, updated chassis and revised design. The Adventure Sports edition carries 6.37-gallons of gas compared to the 4.97 gallon-capacity on the standard Africa Twin. It’s suspended on a longer-travel, 45mm Showa USD fork which provides 9..9-inches travel (nearly an inch more than the base model), and has 10.6 inches of ground clearance. The Showa rear shock also offers more travel at 9.4 inches.
It’s windscreen is three inches taller and the seat comes with a taller, flatter profile. The seat height is adjustable between 35.4 inches and 36.2 inches. Handlebars have been repositioned to accord with the revised cockpit layout, and the fairing has been enlarged. There’s a new sump guard underneath, brushed aluminum cowling panels, rear mudguard and removable steel rack. The Adventure Sports also packs a storage pocket on the rear right side of the motorcycle. Heated grips will be included standard on the AS, and be available as an accessory upgrade on the standard model.
A host of other changes affect both Africa Twins. The 998cc, liquid-cooled Unicam Parallel Twin engine comes with a revised airbox and exhaust components to improve mid-range performance and enhance the sound of the motorcycle.
A new Throttle By Wire system is now included on both, allowing Honda to also add three ride modes. These are Tour, Urban and Gravel. Additionally, the Honda Selectable Torque Control system comes with seven levels and an off setting.
Tour mode uses the highest amount of engine power, employs mid-range engine braking and a high level of HSTC. Urban sets power and engine braking to mid-levels and keeps HSTC high. Gravel mitigates power and engine braking with high HSTC. Riders can also choose a fourth, User, mode which allows for customized power, engine braking and HSTC levels.
Weight was shaved by lightening the balancer shaft and by adding a lithium-ion battery. The standard, manual transmission Africa Twin is listed to tip scales at 507-pounds (down four pounds from the 2017 model). The Dual Clutch Transmission option registers at 529-pounds. The Adventure Sports comes in at 535-pounds while the DCT Adventure Sports is 558-pounds.
Rear indicator lights utilize a new Emergency Stop Signal system that flashes hazard lights when either brake is working or negative acceleration is detected above 33 mph. The indicator lights are now self-canceling, too.
The rider’s footpegs are wider with more robust mounting plates, and the pillion pegs are updated to give the pilot more room when standing. Honda have also repositioned the instruments at a shallower angle to make it easier to read while standing.
The Adventure Sports also pays homage to its forebear, as 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the XRV650 Africa Twin, by way of its Tricolore paint scheme.