2023 Honda Africa Twin Guide

2023 Honda Africa Twin

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2023 Honda Africa Twin: RUGGED. AGILE. HIGHLY CAPABLE.

Introducing the 2023 Honda Africa Twin…

The fundamentals of the Africa Twin’s enduringly popular package carry on unchanged for 2023. On offer is hard-edged off-road performance from an athletic, lightweight chassis with slim rally-style bodywork and characterful, torque-heavy 1084cc engine. A full electronics package uses a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit to manage HSTC, cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control and  cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. Practicality comes in the shape of multiple riding modes, standard fit cruise control, USB port and full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporating Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity.

For 2023, there are updates to two of the three available paint schemes – a full-stealth Black Metallic version and a new ‘Glint Wave Blue Metallic’ Tricolour.

The CRF1100L Africa Twin is a motorcycle focused on core off-road ability with the look – and feel – of a true rally machine. Slim and lightweight, its 1,084cc parallel twin cylinder engine produces 75kW power with 105Nm torque, while the steel frame is the foundation of its handling prowess; it also uses a bolt-on aluminum subframe. The aluminum swingarm references that of the CRF450R moto-crosser.

At the center of the Africa Twin, a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controls not only the 7-level HSTC but also 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and enhanced DCT cornering detection. There are four default riding modes: URBAN, TOUR, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD.

Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) give optimum visibility, improving safety. Cruise control is standard-fit.  A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen brings immersive engagement with the machine’s systems, plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity.

The greater the challenge, the greater the reward. We say bring it on. Inspired by the legend of Dakar with hard-hitting performance, blacked-out detailing and sharp new graphics straight from a rally racing stage, the CRF1100L Africa Twin is born to perform when the going gets tough.

It’s been well over three decades since the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin first rolled into Europe and while the motorcycle that now bears its name – launched for 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin – was a brand-new machine from the wheels up, it fully inherited the essence and spirit of what made the original so popular.

It was the balance between power and weight that was at the heart of the original bike’s appeal, just as it was for the new model. With its unique, athletic appearance, an enjoyable, usable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, the CRF1000L Africa Twin proved itself a true modern-day all-rounder and has been hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike, with over 85,000 units sold.

2018 saw the Africa Twin, in both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) control plus 3 riding modes, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) options, as well as intake and exhaust development for improved engine response and sound. The platform also expanded: the Africa Twin Adventure Sports – with the same updates but featuring improved wind protection, greater tank range and longer-travel suspension – extended the machine even further into long-range territory.

For the 2020, the introduction of a bigger capacity, longer stroke 1084cc engine marked another landmark in the evolution of the Africa Twin. The touring comfort, technology and ability of the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports* were further enhanced – adding the option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (SHOWA EERA) suspension, and the CRF1100L Africa Twin itself was comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and even sharper off-road focus. Alongside the increase in power and torque from the new engine, it was also significantly lighter – in keeping with the first principles set out all those years ago.

2022 saw the Africa Twin equipped with refined DCT settings for even smoother handling in 1st and 2nd gears, standard fitment aluminum rear carrier and striking, ultra-modern ‘Big Logo’ graphics. Although there are no specification changes for 2023, the evolution of two, ultra-cool paint choices add even more to the Africa Twin’s all-round desirability.

For 2023 CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in the following paint options:


Grand Prix Red

  • **NEW** Mat Ballistic Black Metallic – now with all-black frame
  • **NEW** Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolour – with blue front ‘face’, and blue front fender and tail section with red and white detailing



2023 Honda Africa Twin Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • Compact body style designed for off-road, with slim seat and high handlebars
  • Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow use of a smartphone through the MID
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control
  • 1,084cc twin-cylinder engine gives 75kW peak power with 105Nm torque
  • Unicam 8-valve head and semi-dry sump
  • Variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) offers an engaging low-rpm sound and high-rpm performance
  • IMU-managed HSTC intervention levels have focus on off-road use
  • Wheelie Control features 3 levels and IMU management
  • Four riding modes: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD
  • Two USER modes allow for complete riding modes customisation
  • ‘Easy and direct’ system offers super-fast gear changes in either Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D and S modes
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner than D, for more aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on gradient
  • IMU allows corning detection function for improved shift timings
  • Designed for smooth handling at pull-away and in lower gears
  • Lightweight frame, with bolt-on aluminum subframe and light, rigid CRF450R-style swingarm for outstanding rear wheel traction and feel
  • A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit is housed in the center of the machine
  • Cornering ABS provides sure-footed feel and features an off-road setting
  • Optimized damping and spring rates for the front and rear Showa suspension

TFT Touch Screen Display
A colour 6.5-inch screen puts full intuitive management at your fingertips and offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.

Rear Carrier Standard
Practicalities matter, even on a bike as focused as the Africa Twin. To allow you to fit a top box – or soft luggage – suitable for your next adventure a sleek, black rear carrier comes as standard-fit.

Aggressive Rally Design
Racing runs through our DNA. Tightly wrapped, aggressive rally-style bodywork wears stunning new paint options drawn from our Dakar-winning CRF450 RALLY.

Pure Off-Road Performance
Designed to push to the limit, no matter the terrain. Explore sharp, agile handling from a lightweight chassis and supple, long-travel Showa suspension.

Powerful Twin-Cylinder Engine
1100cc of low-down torque, muscular mid-range and searing top-end power linked by a fine throttle connection that enhances your feel for rear tyre traction.

We know exactly what you need: maximum performance and minimum weight, thanks to the smaller tank, and a lighter, more agile body. Push on where others fail; perfect for a variety of off-road riding conditions. But it is a straightforward proposition – it’s all down to you, and your motorcycle. Be prepared to take on new and more adventurous riding. It’s why we built the Africa Twin. We know what it can do.


The Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports receive new looks for 2023

  • Updated Mat Ballistic Black Metallic colour, and new Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolour for the CRF1100L Africa Twin
  • The continent-crossing CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports becomes available in a new Mat Iridium Gray Metallic
  • In 2021, 51% of Africa Twin customers in Europe chose Dual Clutch Transmission

The CRF1100L Africa Twin and CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports both receive striking new colour updates for 2023, giving riders the choice of three new looks for Honda’s flagship adventure machine.

The athletic, lightweight and sporty CRF1100L Africa Twin receives two colour updates for 2023. Joining the iconic Grand Prix Red, which is being carried over from 2022, the Africa Twin will be available in Mat Ballistic Black Metallic now complete with an all-black frame, and a new Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolour which features a new blue headlight cowl, and blue front fender and tail sections with red and white detailing.

The continent-crossing CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports – which in 2021 accounted for 56% of Africa Twin sales in Europe- will be available in two distinctive colours for 2023. The timeless Pearl Glare White Tricolour, complete with gold wheels, remains on the line-up and is joined by the new contemporary Mat Iridium Gray Metallic colour, featuring black detailing that complements its jet black wheels.





2023 Honda Africa Twin Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Styling & Equipment

Aggressive and compact. Two words that sum up the Africa Twin’s taut rally-style bodywork. And it’s for a reason – to work better off-road. The fixed screen is short to allow for easy scanning of the trail ahead and, with a seat height of 850-870mm, the high-set handlebars give an upright, high-visibility riding position and comfortable control, whether standing or seated. The tail section is extremely slim and the narrow seat carefully contoured to allow good ground reach and easy back and forth movement while an aluminum rear carrier is standard fit for convenient carrying ability.

Dual LED headlights are set high, delivering a penetrating beam, and also feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that automatically adjust to ambient light intensity, improving safety, no matter the conditions. Knuckle guards are standard.

The full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen keeps the rider in control of all of the Africa Twin’s systems, with each of the riding modes­ selectable through the top left of the screen. The MID can also be customised to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

It also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing use of a smartphone through the touchscreen. Navigation apps can also be accessed and displayed and, via a Bluetooth helmet headset, calls can be made or received. The smartphone itself plugs into a USB charging port on the right of the MID. Hands-free wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also an option and all control inputs are made from the left-hand switchgear.

The front and rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. When braking suddenly over 50kph the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. They also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation. The auto-cancel feature can be switched off using the MID. Standard-fit cruise control eases long-distance highway travel.

For 2023, the CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in three paint options. The Mat Ballistic Black Metallic, new for 2023, comes complete with a colour matched rear subframe. The classic Tricolore option is renamed as ‘Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolore’, as it features blue front ‘face’, and blue front fender and tail section with red and white detailing.  The third colour is the classic ‘CRF’ Grand Prix Red, which pays homage to Honda’s off road racing heritage.



The 1,084cc, 8-valve parallel-twin engine produces 75kW @ 7,500rpm and peak torque of 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Bore is set at 92mm with 81.5mm stroke and compression ratio of 10.1:1. 46mm throttle bodies feed the inlet ports and the bore and cylinder pitches are aligned to create a smooth air intake profile. The ECU setting and injector angle work in unison to deliver a direct spray into the twin-spark combustion chambers.

Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the MX competition-specification CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head and entire engine package; inlet valves are 10.1mm in diameter, exhaust valves 9.3mm. aluminum cylinder sleeves save weight while the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine’s signature ‘throb’.

The crankcases are split horizontally; the water pump is housed efficiently within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences; the water and oil pumps are both driven by the engine’s balancer shafts.

It’s a semi-dry sump design with in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth that keeps overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts.

The aluminum clutch center and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; with the change to the 1100cc engine for 2020, the clutch diameter was reduced in size compared to the previous design, with reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel. The six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes. A quickshifter remains available as an optional extra.

The exhaust end-can features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV), very similar to the unit fitted to the Fireblade. It offers enhanced engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing exhaust note ‘pulse’ at lower rpm.


Engine & Chassis Management Electronics

Throttle By Wire (TBW) management and a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)* are at the heart of the electronic package. The system offers 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking. There are seven levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) with each level’s amount of intervention being optimised to work with real-time input (yaw/roll angle and rate) from the IMU. The spacing of the levels is optimised to allow the rider a finer choice of the amount of rear tyre slide for off-road riding. HSTC can also be turned off completely.

Wheelie Control is another feature. With the IMU measuring pitch angle and rate, and controlling engine torque via TBW, the rider can choose between 3 levels of input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement. Level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two. Wheelie Control can also be turned off completely.

There are four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions and situations plus two customisable USER settings. Even within the default riding modes, it’s possible to change some parameters – HSTC between levels 1-7 (plus off), Wheelie Control between levels 1-3 (plus off) and DCT S mode shift pattern levels 1-3.

 TOUR employs the highest level of Power (1), for touring loaded with pillion and luggage plus mid-range Engine Braking (2) with active on-road cornering ABS.

URBAN suits wide-ranging riding requirements and uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

GRAVEL delivers the lowest level of Power (4) and Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; in this setting, the rear brake ABS cannot be switched off.

OFF-ROAD uses lower-mid level Power (3) and the lowest amount of Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; the rear brake ABS can be switched off.

USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups – choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, plus HSTC, Wheelie Control and ABS (on-road/off-road) parameters. USER 1 starts out with level 2 Power and Engine Braking, USER 2 uses level 4 Power and 3 Engine Braking.



At the very heart of the Africa Twin’s elevated on- and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tucked away at the center of the machine, that measures – in real-time – roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It aids the management of rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.

The strength and rigidity balance of the steel semi-double cradle frame revolves around boosted off-road ability – at the same time reinforcing its all-round on-road manners. Rigidity around the steering head is optimised to enhance feel for front end grip; the main spars are slim and straight with no front cross pipe. Ground clearance is 250mm, with wheelbase of 1574mm and rake and trail of 27° 30’/113mm. Wet weight is 229kg (DCT 240kg).

A bolt-on aluminum subframe allows a width of 195mm – crucial for easier ground reach. The lightweight aluminum swingarm – taking its direction from the design used by the CRF450R – improves rear wheel traction and rider feel.

With stroke length of 230mm the 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front fork offers long-travel bump absorption and with internal settings for high-quality on- and off-road performance. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminum top yoke and forged bottom yoke – joined by hollow aluminum stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

Matching the front suspension, the Showa rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel and features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.

The swingarm pivot points’ inner plates use 600MPa high-strength steel and the upper cross tube that connects them acts as the rear shock upper mount (through a pillow-ball joint) improving feel for rear wheel traction.

The IMU takes in lean angle, deceleration (from front/rear wheel speed sensors) and incorporates the slip rate of the front and rear wheels to manage braking pressure through the ABS; likewise if it detects sudden rear wheel lift, it finely controls brake force to maintain stability. When stationary the rear ABS can be cancelled for off-road riding.

Compact two-piece radial-mount four-piston calipers work dual 310mm ‘wave’ floating discs through sintered pads. The rear 256mm ‘wave’ disc features hole punching and shaping. 21/18-inch front rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q, rated at 180km/h and 160km/h respectively) are approved for fitment.




A range of Honda Genuine Accessories is available for the Africa Twin, available individually as well as in selected packs for convenience to further enhance the Africa Twin riding experience.

The Off-Road Pack enhances the Africa Twin’s natural off-road ability and includes:

  • Rally steps
  • Quick Shifter (Only for MT version)
  • Engine guard and attachment
  • Front side pipes
  • Radiator grills
  • Smoke windscreen
  • Wheel stripes
  • Side tank pads
  • Knuckle guard extensions

The Electric Pack contains all the electrical accessories needed for maximum comfort while riding and includes:

  • Front fog lights
  • Heated grips
  • 12V Accessory Socket

The Super Pack has been developed to enhance both long distance comfort and increase luggage capacity, with two versions available: aluminum and plastic.


This pack includes

  • Full aluminum luggage set featuring a top box (42L) and panniers (37L left / 33L right) with inner bags


  • Full plastic luggage set featuring a large plastic top box (58L) and panniers (40L left / 30L right), with inner bags


  • 5L tank bag
  • Front side pipes
  • Front fog lights
  • Engine guard (with attachment)
  • Heated grips
  • 12V accessory socket
  • High windscreen
  • Visors and deflectors sets
  • center stand


The Travel Pack maximises the Africa Twins long distance travelling abilities. Like the Super Pack, the Travel pack is also available in two versions, aluminum and plastic

  • Full aluminum luggage set featuring a top box (42L) and panniers (37L left / 33L right) with inner bags


  • Full plastic luggage set featuring a large plastic top box (58L) and panniers (40L left / 30L right), with inner bags


  • 5L tank bag
  • Engine guard attachment
  • Front side pipes
  • Main Stand

Additional accessories are also available and include:

  • Low (825-845mm) or high (870-895mm) seat options
  • Full sticker protection
  • Slip-on SC-Project muffler
  • 38L top box
  • 3L tank bag




2023 Honda Africa Twin – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: from $ USD
Canada MSRP Price: $18,367 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £13,099 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat





2023 Honda Africa Twin – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type Liquid-cooled parallel twin with 270° phased crankshaft
Displacement 1,084 cc
Bore & Stroke 92 mm x 81.5 mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Valve Train SOHC, Unicam, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 46 mm throttle bodies
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive #525 chain; 16T/42T
Chasis & Suspension
Front Suspension 45mm inverted telescopic fork with spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustability; 230 mm (9.1 in) travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® system w/ single shock, with spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustability; 220 mm (8.7 in) travel
Dimensions & Additional Information
Tires Front: 90/90-R21 tube type
Rear: 150/70-R18 tube type
Brakes Front: Two four-piston hydraulic calipers w/ 310mm disks
Rear: Single one-piston hydraulic caliper w/ 256mm disk
ABS 2 channel with IMU. Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting. Rear ABS on/off switch
Ground Clearance 250 mm (9.8 in)
Seat Height 850 mm (33.5 in) / 870 mm (34.3 in)
Wheelbase 1,575 mm (62 in)
Curb Weight 229 kg (505 lb)
Fuel Capacity 18.8 litres
Colour Grand Prix Red
Warranty 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus




2023 Honda Africa Twin – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Type SOHC Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam
Displacement 1084cc
Bore x Stroke 92mm x 81.5mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Max. Power Output 75kW at 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 105Nm at 6,250rpm
Noise Level L-urban73.5dB, L-wot79.2dB – MT;
L-urban 73.6dB, L-wot 79.4dB – DCT
Oil Capacity 4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 18.8L
CO2 Emissions 112g/km MT

110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption 4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT

4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT

Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-6Ah Li-ion BATTERY (20Hr)
ACG Output  0.49 kW / 5000rpm
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch

DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type 6 Speed Manual (6 Speed DCT)
Type Semi Double Cradle
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,330mm x 960mm x 1,395mm
Wheelbase 1,575mm
Caster Angle 27.5°
Trail 113mm
Seat Height 850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)
Ground Clearance 250mm
Kerb Weight 229kg (DCT 240kg)
Type Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230mm stroke.
Type Rear Monoblock aluminum swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
Type Front 21M/C x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminum rim
Type Rear 18M/C x 4.00 wire spoke with aluminum rim
Rim Size Front 21″
Rim Size Rear 18″
Tyres Front 90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type)


Tyres Rear 150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type)


ABS System Type 2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with ON road and OFF road setting
Type Front 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminum hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads.
Instruments LCD meter, TFT 6.5inch touch panel multi information display
Security System Immobiliser, security alarm (optional)
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Electrics Daytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay, Android Auto, USB Socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC, wheelie control


** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may 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.



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