2018 will bring the Adventure sport Africa Twin to the range, some great updates across the range!


What is new for 2018?


CHASSIS: • Longer travel suspension, flatter seat and more upright riding position (Adventure sport) • Extended fairing protection and taller screen (Adventure Sport) • Heated grips as standard plus charging socket (Adventure sports) • Rider’s footpegs/pillion footpeg hangers designed for off-road use • Stainless steel spokes offer durability and ease of care • Emergency Stop Signal function for rear indicators


ENGINE: • Throttle By Wire (TBW) brings with it 3 rider modes to tailor engine character and traction • The riding modes are comprised of different levels of Power (P), Engine Braking (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) • HSTC now has 7 levels and OFF


ENGINE: • New intake design and exhaust aid mid-range response • New exhaust also designed to improve engine note • New lighter balance shaft weight • New lithium-ion battery saves 2.3 kg and enhances durability • Power is smooth and consistent, with linear torque delivery • Lightweight six-speed manual gearbox with aluminium assist/slipper clutch


The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ comprehensive abilities start with its engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road, over long-range tours, short commutes and all points in between. As such, it provides an optimum balance between power, torque, mass and physical dimension.


The four-valve 998cc parallel twin Unicam unit’s tractable and usable all-day performance belies its extremely compact dimensions. They are the result of clever packaging touches such as housing the water pump within the clutch casing, and using the engine’s balancer shafts to drive water and oil pumps. As a result, longitudinally, it is the same length as Honda’s popular 500cc engine, and its short height contributes to the Africa Twin Adventure Sport’s 270mm of ground clearance.


For 2018, a modified airbox improves the power unit’s mid-range response, as does a lighter balancer shaft weight. A revised exhaust serves up an even more evocative howl as revs rise and contributes to the improved performance.




The lightweight six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes, and is equipped with an aluminium assist slipper clutch. A significant addition to the Africa Twin platform for 2018 is its new Throttle By Wire (TBW) system, which brings with it 3 riding modes to adjust engine character and output to suit riding conditions. Also new is an extended range of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) input.




The semi-double cradle steel frame provides the ideal balance of high-speed stability matched to genuine off-road ability by combining sheer strength with flexibility. The engine is mounted on 6 engine hangers, which keeps vibration to a minimum, avoiding the need for steering dampers. The new lithium-ion battery saves 2.3kg on the 2017 Africa Twin’s lead unit, and the Adventure Sports version shares several detail changes made to improve the platform’s off-road ability and durability.

Fully adjustable 45mm Showa inverted forks, fully-adjustable rear shock, dual radial-mount Nissin four-piston brake calipers and 310mm ‘wave’ style floating discs are unchanged for 2018. The 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels are stainless steel. In addition to the standard dual-purpose 90 front/150 rear rubber, block tyres are also approved for fitment.




The Africa Twin ‘Adventure Sports’ is obviously taller, with a flatter seat profile and more upright riding position. The fairing and screen offer more wind protection and a large sump guard and side pipe fully protect the machine. An extra 5.4L fuel capacity extends range beyond 500km, while heated grips and a charging socket add comfort and convenience.

Dual LED headlights maintain the original Africa Twin’s presence and the seat height adjusts 20mm from the 900mm to 920mm (both respectively 50mm higher than the standard model). The larger 24.2L fuel tank and the engine’s fuel efficiency provides an added range of over 500km.

A quickshifter is available as an optional extra for this manual variant. The 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sports will be available in one 30th-anniversary Tri-colour paint scheme to celebrate the XRV650’s launch in 1988


All roads are accessible with 3 different rider modes.

Everything is at your fingertips; just choose the ride that suits your mood, your ability and the conditions.


Rider modes

There are three set combinations: TOUR employs the maximum Power setting and provides mid-range Engine Braking combined with a high HSTC level. URBAN uses mid-level Power setting with the same settings as TOUR for HSTC and EB.


Personal settings

A fourth mode – USER – allows the rider to set and save a preferred combination of Power, Engine Braking and HSTC levels. For best off-road performance hit the G button; used in any riding mode, it modifies the clutch control giving a more direct drive through the Dual Clutch Transmission.


Dual Clutch Transmission

As the name implies, there are two clutches, independently controlled by their own electro-hydraulic circuit. One is for starting, 1st, 3rd and 5th gears and the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, so when a gear is selected they switch through one to the other. It’s slick, quick and eliminates shift-shock – keeping the bike stable – as you go up, or down, through the gears.


Derived from years of racing experience with the legendary CRF-R and CRF-X Motocross and Enduro bikes, the dual-purpose CRF250L Rally blends true off-road capability with real world, street legal practicality.

Lightweight aluminium rims reduce unsprung weight making the bike easy to turn. The directly attached spoke pattern layout is taken from the CRF250R/CRF450R and benefits from extreme rigidity. Block pattern enduro-style tyres provide superb grip in a wide range of situations, but the rim sizes also make it possible to fit more off-road specific tyres, turning the CRF250L into a more focused machine.



With its 800cc V4 motor the Crossrunner provides a thrilling riding experience, be it for short urban trips or for covering vast distances.

Honda’s premium adventure sports tourer is designed to deliver hard-riding touring excitement. It features substantial mid-range torque and top-end power from its V4-VTEC engine, sharpe adventure styling plus a comfortable ride wthlong travel suspension and ABS as standard.

The VFR800X offers an adjustable seat, 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. Full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.



The VFR1200X Crosstourer, launched in 2012, is Honda’s range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore.

Equipped with a 1,237cc V4 engine, advanced chassis and electronic package – Combined ABS and Traction Control System (TCS) – the Crosstourer firmly planted a flag at the high-performance end of the adventure segment.

As a go-anywhere, do-anything tool it has few peers – but its real difference lies in the addictive power and soundtrack produced by its soulful V4 engine, something unique in this class.

The Crosstourer’s engine continues Honda’s proud heritage with V4 technology, with its uniquely smooth, flexible delivery of impressive power and torque. Offering precise control of this power thanks to its throttle-by-wire system, and an engaging, characterful sound – due partly to carefully-sized chambers in the exhaust – the Crosstourer’s engine is integral to its appeal.

The V4 configuration is slim and compact, reducing frontal area and aiding mass centralisation. It also features a very closely set pair of rear cylinders, making the engine narrower at the back. Further contributing to the 1,237cc, 16-valve engine’s compact dimensions is Honda’s Unicam technology, also used on the CRF range of motocross machines. This SOHC configuration helps reduce the size and weight of the cylinder heads, and optimise combustion chamber shape.

A combination of a 76° angle between the two banks of cylinders and a crankshaft with 28° phasing between the crankpins virtually eliminates vibration. Since there’s no need for a power-sapping balancer shaft the result is higher output and uneven firing intervals give an intimate connection to the engine.