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ADV NewsNew Colors Announced for 2023 Honda Africa Twin Lineup

New Colors Announced for 2023 Honda Africa Twin Lineup

Honda’s popular CRF1100L returns with new livery for the new model year.

Published on 08.04.2022
2023 Honda Africa Twin CRf1100L new colors
New Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolore available for the 2023 standard Africa Twin model.

Since the return of the Africa Twin to the world stage in 2016 Honda’s flagship adventure bike has undergone many changes, including the addition of a long-range travel Adventure Sports model in 2018 and a complete revamp in 2020 that saw it get lighter, faster and gain an array of new technology. Considering the popularity of the current gen Africa Twin, it appears Big Red has opted to rest on its laurels for 2023 giving the proven adventurer new colors while keeping it otherwise unchanged.

2023 Honda Africa Twin CRf1100L new colors
New Matte Ballistic Black Metallic with color matched wheels, forks and rear subframe.
2023 Honda Africa Twin CRf1100L new colors

For the new model year, the standard CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in three paint options. A new Matte Ballistic Black Metallic with color matched wheels, forks and rear subframe to complete the stealthy look and a new ‘Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolore,’ which will replace the classic Tricolore option. This updated livery features a blue front ‘face,’ a blue front fender, and a tail section with red and white detailing. The third color is the classic ‘CRF’ Grand Prix Red carried over from last year, which pays homage to Honda’s off road racing heritage.

2023 Honda Africa Twin CRf1100L new colors
The classic ‘CRF’ Grand Prix Red, offered for the standard Africa Twin, pays homage to Honda’s off road racing heritage.

The long-range Adventure Sports model, which Honda says accounted for 57% of all Africa Twin sales in Europe, will be offered in two paint options for 2023. The Pearl Glare White Tricolor which features a classic red, blue and white color scheme complete with gold wheels plus a new Matte Iridium Gray Metallic, with black wheels.

2023 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports CRf1100L new colors
The 2023 Adventure Sports model will be offered in a new Matte Iridium Gray Metallic option with gold forks and black wheels.
2023 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports CRf1100L new colors

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As before, the 1084cc Africa Twin churns out 100.6 horsepower and 77.4 ft.-lbs of torque with both models offered in either a manual transmission or a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). And although automatic transmission is shunned by many riders, Honda has seen enough demand for the technology to justify its continued application — its success, in large part due to a constant evolution of the technology, which was refined in the Africa Twin last year. Interestingly, 2021 DCT versions of Africa Twin, including the Adventure Sports, accounted for 51% of the model’s sales. For the Africa Twin itself, the figure is 41%, whereas for the Adventure Sports version, it rises to 61%.

2023 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports CRf1100L new colors
The Pearl Glare White Tricolor features a classic red, blue and white color scheme complete with gold forks and wheels.

Official pricing for the new models has not been announced yet and we are still waiting for Honda America to confirm what colors, if not all, will come to this side of the pond. 

2023 CRF1100L Model Specs

ENGINE 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 MT110g/km DCT
FUEL CONSUMPTION:4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT4.8L/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, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutchDCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs
TRANSMISSION TYPE:6 Speed Manual (6 Speed DCT)
FINAL DRIVE:Semi Double Cradle
FRAME 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:226kg (DCT 236kg)
FRONT SUSPENSION:Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230mm stroke.
REAR SUSPENSION:Monoblock aluminium 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 aluminium rim
TYPE REAR:18M/C x 4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
RIM SIZE FRONT:21″
RIM SIZE REAR:18″
TYRES FRONT:90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type)(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)
TYRES REAR:150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type)(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)
ABS SYSTEM TYPE:2 channel with IMUSelectable ABS MODE with ON road and OFF road setting
FRONT BRAKING:310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
REAR BRAKING: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

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Specs

ENGINE TYPE:SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam
DISPLACEMENT:1084cc
BORE & STROKE92mm x 81.5mm
COMPRESSION RATIO:10.1:1
MAX. POWER OUTPUT:75kW at 7500rpm
MAX. TORQUE:105Nm at 6250rpm
NOISE LEVEL:L-urban73.2dB, L-wot78.9dB – MT;L-urban 73.7dB, L-wot 79.6dB – DCT
OIL CAPACITY:4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
CARBURATION:PGM-FI
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:24.8L
CO2 EMISSIONS:112g/km MT110g/km DCT
FUEL CONSUMPTION:4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT
STARTER:Electric
BATTERY CAPACITY:12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)
ACG OUTPUT:0.49kW/5000rpm
CLUTCH TYPE:Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutchDCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs
TRANSMISSION TYPE:6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)
FRAME TYPE:Semi double cradle
DIMENSIONS (L´W´H):2330mm x 960mm x 1490mm (1545mm with screen in uppermost position)
WHEELBASE:1575mm
CASTER ANGLE:27.5°
TRAIL:113mm
SEAT HEIGHT:850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)
GROUND CLEARANCE:250mm
KERB WEIGHT:238kg (DCT 248kg)With Showa EERATM 240kg MT (DCT 250kg)
FRONT SUSPENSION:Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and damping adjustment, 230mm stroke.
REAR SUSPENSION:Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
FRONT WHEEL:21M/C x MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
REAR WHEEL:18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
RIM SIZE FRONT:21″
RIM SIZE REAR:18″
TYRES FRONT:90/90-21M/C 54H (tubeless type)Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41TMetzler Karoo Street
TYRES REAR:150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type)Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41TMetzler Karoo Street
ABS SYSTEM TYPE:2 channel with IMUSelectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting
FRONT BRAKING:310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
REAR BRAKING:256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.
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, cornering lights, wheelie control

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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2 thoughts on “New Colors Announced for 2023 Honda Africa Twin Lineup

  1. Honda doesn’t have a motorcycle in the adv / enduro category that I’m interested in. This one is too big, the crf450 isn’t good on the highway and the cb500x is no good in the dirt. Honestly none of the big 4 are hitting that sweet spot. The closest would prob be the drz400 but give it a 6 speed tranny, fi and an abs switch for god sake. Maybe the T700 but still more than I need. FAIL!!

    • Don’t cry. I raced the crf450 at baja races and it does fine at 80mph in desert conditions. Also rode one from key west Florida to Seattle without any issues.

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