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New Colors and Pricing for 2019 Honda Africa Twin Lineup

 The AT returns with two models, a price bump & new color schemes for 2019.

Published on 10.03.2018

The Honda Africa Twin returns for 2019 with two models in the lineup, the standard Africa Twin CRF1000L and the Africa Twin ‘Adventure Sports’ CRF1000L2. The Adventure Sports model was introduced last year and adds long-range travel and off-road improvements to the standard Africa Twin, along with additional touring amenities. In addition, the standard Africa Twin received a host of new upgrades for 2018.

While no mechanical changes have been announced for 2019, Honda has introduced two new color schemes. The standard Africa Twin now comes in either a Dark Blue, White and Red option or Matte Black, both with the popular Gold rims. In the Adventure Sports model there is one color option, Light Silver / Gray Mettallic. The new monochrome color scheme also features a White frame with Gold rims.

2019 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L Adventure Motorcycle
New Blue/White/Red color scheme available for the 2019 standard Africa Twin model.

The 2019 Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports share a steel semi-double-cradle frame that provides nimble on-road manners and great off-road capability. The Adventure Sports offers 10.6 inches of ground clearance (.8 inches more than the Africa Twin). Each has a wheelbase of 61.2 inches, and rake/trail figures of 27.5°/4.5 inches. Curb weight for the Adventure Sports is 533 pounds (556 pounds DCT), while the standard model weighs in at 507 lbs. (529 pounds DCT).


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The Adventure Sports’ 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted fork has 8.9 inches of suspension stroke (up .9 inches from the standard Africa Twin), offering great long-travel performance. At the Adventure Sports’ rear, a Showa shock delivers 9.4 inches of travel.

On both models, the shock has a low upper mount for mass centralization, and it features a 46mm remote reservoir for stable damping control under more extreme off-road conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.

2019 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L Adventure Motorcycle

2019 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L Adventure Motorcycle
The 2019 Africa Twin ‘Adventure Sports’ is now available in Light Silver/Gray Metallic.

The entire Africa Twin platform utilizes a Throttle By Wire (TBW) system that features four individual riding modes and a Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system. The use of TBW allows an array of choices for managing engine output, feel, and rear-wheel traction. The system features seven levels—from Level 1, for aggressive riding off-road on block-pattern tires, to Level 7, for maximum sense of security on slippery, wet tarmac. It is possible to turn HSTC completely off, and there are also three levels of power and engine braking available.

For extended off-road use, the Adventure Sports’ seat features a flatter profile than the standard model, and seat height is 1.2 inches higher. The seat adjusts .8 inches, for a seat height of either 35.4 inches or 36.2 inches (compared to 33.5 inches and 34.3 inches); there’s also a rear storage pocket tucked away on the right side. To match the raised seat height, the handlebar position is 1.3 inches higher and .2 inches further back than that of the standard model, resulting in a more upright riding position.

2019 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L Adventure Motorcycle
An all black color option returns for the 2019 standard Africa Twin.

True to their off-road heritage, the Africa Twin models feature spoke front and rear wheels in size 21 and 18 inches, respectively, wearing 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tires. The spokes are manufactured in stainless steel for improved durability and ease of care.

Prices for all 2019 Honda Africa Twin models have increased (see table below) by $100 for standard transmission and $200 for DCT models. Keep an eye out for them at your local Honda dealer sometime this November!

Available Honda Accessories

• Quick shifter
• Heated grip attachment
• Heated grip set
• 12v accessory socket
• Light bar/skid plate
• Low seat (CRF1000L2)
• Centerstand
• Rear carrier
• Tall windscreen
• Low seat (Rally color or Black)
• DCT foot shifter
• Comfort passenger footpegs
• Top case
• Top case lock
• 1 key inner cylinder set
• 1 key body part
• Backrest pad
• Pannier set

2019 Honda Africa Twin Specs Comparison

 2019 Africa Twin Models HP Torque
(lb.-ft.)
Wet Weight
(lbs.)
Suspension Travel
(Fr./Rr.)
Seat Height
(in.)
Fuel Capacity
(Gallons)
MSRP USD
 Africa Twin (Manual Trans.)9472506.89.1/8.734.34.97$13,599
 Africa Twin (DCT)9472530.09.1/8.734.34.97$14,399
 Africa Twin Adventure Sports (Manual Trans.)9472533.09.9/9.435.46.37$15,099
 Africa Twin Adventure Sports (DCT)9472555.89.9/9.435.46.37$15,899

Click here for full specs comparo list.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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32 thoughts on “New Colors and Pricing for 2019 Honda Africa Twin Lineup

  1. 1 year from now: New range of Honda Africa Twin. Now featuring 2000 rider modes, 1000 more ways to manage engine output and traction, but still no cruise control or tubeless tire options.

    I really want a Africa Twin but for now, the BMW850GS might be the better option as my next bike

    • Agree wholeheartedly. Apparently Honda dont listen to customer desires/demands. They know better. So be it, but not with me as a paying customer.

      I am a R1200GSA rider who wanted to go for an ATAS. I will drop that now and either stay with my current or go for the new R1250GSA

    • I agree 100% – this Bike needs and should have cruise control. European models have the cruise control – why not in USA?? I own a 2017 Twin and I guess I will not be upgrading yet.

  2. I own a 2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT and couldn’t be happier. With Dakar Rally looks, fantastic balance, smooth healthy power and a transmission that seamlessly shifts like magic, it truly is a joy to ride. I’m so happy to see Honda returning to the US market with the 2019. Fantastic. I’m more than positive more and more riders will be moved by this machine and have to have one. Thank you Honda for keeping this model around the US a little longer. Happy Trails

  3. I don’t know what Honda was thinking but the so called “New” Color Scheme is nothing less than Hideous….I was thinking about the New ADVenture Sports Bike…Now I wouldn’t be caught dead on it..The TRI-COLOR Scheme is What these Bikes should have…Enuf said!!!

  4. With address to Honda Motors Co. And the responsive for Africa Twin/Adventure Sports:

    Disappointing, really disappointing. If I am to believe what i read you, apparently, have no or little interest in listening to thousands upon thousands of worldwide customers. Nor trying to attract BMW customers in the adventure segment.

    How on Earth is it possible to launch 2019 models, with drive-by-wire ver.2, but not with cruise control? I just have to ask, Why? Who caren about the colors? Well some might, not me. I wanted features, colors were alright.

    Here I was, seriously considering to abandon BMW GS Adventure and go the Africa Twin Adventure Sports way. But reading this its much less likely.

    For those of us who older folks, who travel 20+k kilometers a year, on all kinds of roads but a lot of longer journeys, a cruise control simple is a must have. I tested ATAS, really liked it. But with lack of cruise control it is just no for me. Pretty sure I am not alone thinking this.

    Had you provided it, even as an extra option, it would be an easy choice. I am, perhaps many others too, ready to try something new. Now, think I will stay with a Bavarian MutterSchiff. It might not look the par for every taste but touring you can, and relax while at it.

    No Honda, I suppose you know better. But that means exlcuding bayer groups who otherwise might have chosen to become ATAS/AT owners. I Agree with the previous poster, BMW R1250GS/GS Adventure is a better choice for me. Sad, but true.

    Over & Out.

  5. For those of you who are asking for cruise control…just think about for a moment what your are asking for. A cruise control on a rally bike???!!!

    • Yeah, some of us actually ride our bikes on paved roads to get to our adventure destinations as we don’t have all the time in the world for vacation. I road from Las Vegas to Dawson City in the Yukon. Took the top of the World Highway and rode part of the Dempster along with a lot of gravel and dirt riding on the way. Would have loved to have electronic cruise for the stretches paved highway I had to use. I sacrificed Electronic CC to ride a Ducati Multistrada 950 (other than no CC was an awesome ride BTW.). Any large displacement bike sold in the U.S. that has TBW should have CC. It’s a no brainer.

    • Yeah Nino, it’s pretty damn important. I rode 18,000 km on my gsa in 42 days around the 4 corners of Europe You try doing 10 hours a day with no cruise control. Would love to try the Africa twin but it’s probably the biggest reason I wouldn’t buy one.

  6. Nice bike. Can’t wait to buy one. Please call when you have tubeless tires, TFT dash and cruise control. Just finished riding from Austin to New Mexico on my Tenere, did 90% of NMBDR and then rode straight home from Grants, New Mexico in one day. A guy in our group got a flat on his GS on I-40 which we plugged in 10 minutes and were back on the road. Would have been a 2 hour delay if we had to pull rear wheel, change tube and reinstall (with trucks flying by at 80mph!)

    I’m getting old so being able to see a legible dash is important! 14 hours straight on a bike is no Bueno without cruise (yes, I’ve used a throttle stop before; not the same as real cruise!)

    Honda, you’re getting so close to being BACK! Just finish the bike. Oh, and I want a new CRF 450L and a monkey bike! I used to be a Honda guy but have had nothing but Yamahas for 10 years. Seriously, just finish the bike!

  7. It is weird I am reading everyone saying the same as I am thinking…….why no cruise control ? I would buy this bike tomorrow, if it had it. 7000 mile bike ride recently and I am getting rid of my current bike because it doesn’t have it. Damn hard to do long distances without it. Martin

      • Damn, not tubeless tire option as well……..this isn’t an adventure bike……go on a long journey and have a flat in the dark, when it is raining and cold and you twist a bolt and slip and tell me then you are glad to have such a bike……..Honda come on……

  8. What would I possibly need a cruise control for? The fun is on the small twisty roads and on gravel, using cruise control there sounds quite suicidal to me. And while I personally avoid any larger highways as much as I can I do agree: A cruise ctr needs only two more switches and a few lines of program code, so why not implement it? I dont feel it to be essential, however. For those who havent tried: get a palm rest for 10 bucks for your gas grip and you can easily live without cruise ctrl!

    • You are the odd man out. Do you really think that people want cc for the twistys. Try riding from Prince Rupert BC to Virginia with bad wrists. There’s a lot of straight roads between those two points. I don’t think anyone here is asking Honda to take something away, just give the people what they want to meet. Honda you really should be listening.

  9. No cruise control? Not nice but not a complete turn off since a cheap throttle lock will kind’a solve that but no tubeless tires? Even V-Stroms have tubeless tires! THAT to me is a deal breaker.

  10. I own a 2017 Africa Twin DCT in the original style tri-color scheme. For everyone bailing on it because of the lack of cruise control. I will say I rode from Kansas to California in a 3 week solo journey, I had zero issues with maintaining a stable constant speed. literally all I had to do was find the “sweet spot” of how much pressure it takes to hold the throttle. Turns out just resting your hands alone on the grips is more or less enough pressure,I’ve come to find anyways. So get on one and test ride it, you’ll be surprised. I’ve put 8k miles on mine in the last 3 months and it’s performed flawlessly.. Plus it’s $5-9k cheaper than a ktm or BMW.

  11. Cruise control… get a Ford….I miss tubeless tire option for the AT. I currently own 6 bikes and the AT is the only one with tubed tires. I will convert it next month with 3M’s 4412N tape and some beautifully Chinese made valve stems ($6 from aliexpress..love it). Cruise control I have on my Caponord 1200 ..did 2800 mi in 5 days never needed cruise control (ok I am just 60…).
    Haan in the Netherland, Alpina in Italy and Rally Raid in England make wire spoked wheel sets for tubeless tires. Cost is about $2k with tires and Haan and Rally Raid make 17/19″ wheels also.. thinking about it..

  12. Again no tubless. Stubborn morons..

    .I believe that Honda received thousands of requests (including mine) to have tubless rims at least as an option. I really want a new Africa Twin (I have an old one as well) but I rode long enough during my 35 plus years on a bike and on any kind of terrains/countries to know better,

    No tubless no deal.

    What a shame really.

  13. Has Honda resolved the front fork problem on standard AT for 2019?Many owners of 2016-2018 models have the problem where the anodized hard coating on the upper fork tube wears away, resulting in stiction issues. This is a major design flaw that Honda has thus far denied is anything more than normal wear and tear. It is the single reason I have not yet bought this bike that I have been wanting for some time.
    Also, is there an option to NOT have those absolutely awful gold rims?

  14. I rode one for about half hour at a rally near Julian California …mostly sand ….it was okay, better than my old Vstrom 650 but like the Suzuki it is still a heavy pig I am not much interested in buying. What boggles my mind is how the manufacturers are not really paying close attention to the genre …to the criticisms re weight mainly. There has to be an ultimate sweet spot compromise that truly would be on average the best choice for one up riding in both dirt and street ….something able to go thousands of miles reliably, something with fully acceptable off-road prowess borderline approaching competent street legal dual sport…something with fuel range to ride all day…a smooth multi cylinder powerplant ….At least a 6 speed gear box (truth is 7 or 8 would be better! and you’ll see why) NO ONE is building this bike yet …literally NO ONE …No one has even seriously tried as near as I can tell …not lately anyway if ever.

    Here are the requirements as I see them …Below 400llbs all fueled up ready to ride, coming stock with some level of crash protection and skid plate/ brush guards 21″ front wheel. Around 60hp will be fine as long as it has some decent torque in middle …absolutely a multi cylinder which I feel is required to extract reliability/power and long distance smooth comfort. I feel like a rally style fairing and good adjustable windscreen are a must too….Now 400llbs might seem a lot to you guys who keep wanting to look at your single cylinder dual sports coming in in the low 300’s ….but this is NOT dual sport we are considering here! NOT a plated dirt bike ! NOT a big heavy street bike with good suspension and knobbiest either…NO rather a REAL compromise checking all the main boxes and leaving NONE of them unchecked.

    The way I see it? To keep the weight down we are going to have to lose some displacement…I am thinking 500cc MAX with an powerplant made to be that size from the start …not an overbored 250/300 that is going to be somewhat fragile but an honest to goodness engineered to BE that size….A parallel twin I imagine. Fuel tank(s) alarm KTMs latest 790 prototype to keep the weight low…slanted forward cylinders? Using the normal gas tank position for throttle bodies and air cleaner etc.

    For the chassis? Components ripped right off a 450cc single and tuned for a bit extra weight …Wheels/swingarm/forks etc …I am thinking to get away with one large single rotor brake in front ….after all it is lighter than all the behemoth adv bikes that REQUIRE dual rotors in front …Which is also why I believe 60hp will also be fine … which is also why I actually would love to see more than 6 gears even! What would be AWESOME would be a dual range 5 speed even! Something that with a touch of a switch change the entire drive gearing equal to say 2 teeth on countershaft sprocket….Could you imagine? The moment you hit the trails you select low and the moment back on the street? High gear….in fact that same switch could also change preselected suspension and traction control and brake settings ?…maybe even fuel mapping? Whatever you preselected it to do. Yes? 5 speed would serve to keep weight down since there would be extra mechanicals for the dual range …..It would keep shifting to a minimum too …really though in effect it would be a kind of 10 speed,,,Of course this is not new, it has been on various dirt bikes that I know of although I don’t recall if you could change from low to high on the fly….been so long I forgot

    Picture this bike now ? Something a person truly honestly COULD ride around the world and yet still work decently for everything else ….not great at any one thing but decent! Would not be the bike for two up adventure riding but for everything needed ….Something with ample power you could still overtake slower traffic or loft the front wheel if needed ….even if those did require some help out of the clutch….Something that could get fantastic fuel milage! Smooth as a sewing machine comfortable for hours on end on the road….yes riding with your buddies on their behemoth would have you briefly lagging at times but the moment things began to get dicey and rough they would ALL want to trade with you ….when they drop their pig in the sand they will sheepishly wait for the crew to come back and get it vertical again but not you! For one one thing compared to the 530 to 600 LLB beasts? This size bike will be nimble and rarely dropped in comparison and reasonable to get her back up when it does occur.

    Heck MAYBE a manufacturer could even get this down closer to 350 wet ….I don’t think so if it is a twin with 60hp…but who knows? Supposedly there is a new 10 x cheaper than titanium steel/aluminum alloy….Or maybe it could come in two versions …one costing an extra 5 grand that has a titanium crankshaft and connecting rods and some magnesium and carbon fiber bits….350llbs has a much nicer ring to it! I’m in for THAT if under $20k. If you hate what I am saying re the weight? Just consider what a 450cc single cylinder street legal dualsport weighs (low 300s) and then start adding the weights of an additional cylinder/head/valves?piston/camshaft/cran half/throttle body/exhaust piping/air boot/extra fasteners….extra frame material to house larger more powerful heavier engine….extra braking weight also not to mention slightly beefier clutch etc ….I seriously doubt there is any way in the world short of ultra expensive materials to bring that in for under 50llbs extra! I mean HOW could it be?

    I just think IF they build the above bike? It will dominate groups of riders who truly are mixing it up on long adventure treks …It won’t on the phony rides that are 95% road touring ….and of course it won’t for the groups that only use pavement to reach their single track routes …those guys will disappear on you unless you are a steller off-road Rider and/or they are not….but those guys on their WR250s? THEY are NOT ADV riders ….What I am talking about is true compromise on EVERYTHING to arrive at the OVERALL most capable bike in the world….

    And what would be icing on the cake? IF the same manufacturer RACED this platform in the Dakar type rallies! Especially in the class where no engine changes are permitted! Because the 450 singles? My understanding is those motors can’t even do an entire Dakar ….they have to change motors multiple times even?? That does not make me want to buy a bike based on those high maintenance MX engines….I don’t think I’m alone there either. And hell a factory 450 twin I think could win over the entire field anyway with the the right rider! Talk about a bike seller! “You mean I can buy a bike ACTUALLY based on the production model? One that finishes and wins the enitirely rally on ONE engine?? “

  15. God willing I will be a “PROUD!”
    Owner of the New 2019 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport (DCT)
    The Black Paint scheme with Gold Rims is Awesome!
    In the process of saving my 1/3 down-payment. I already have Motorcycle
    Safety Jacket. Helmet, Gloves, & Boots are also in the making!
    Super Excited! Looking forward to seeing all you fellow riders on the open road
    & Trails. Be Safe & God Bless!
    Sincerely, The “Redeemed Rider!”®

  16. for such price and still no tubeless wheels, no center stand standard, heated grips, not fully switchable ABS and each year more and more idiotic colors…7 levels of engine braking? LOL honda, you are lost