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2020 Africa Twin rumoured to be bigger than ever

The model will see an increase in capacity in order to meet Euro5 requirements

IF RUMOUR has it, we could soon be looking at the coolest Africa Twin ever – the CRF1100L.

Like the current CRF1000L, but 100cc cooler, the new model would not only feature a bigger engine to comply with Euro 5 regulations, but also a larger fuel tank, and other trick specs.

That potent parallel twin will increase from 998 cc to 1080 cc, bringing with it an extra five horsepower. The tank capacity will reportedly increase from 18 to 20 litres, while the already-capable DCT will be improved. A TFT dash and keyless ignition are also rumoured, while cruise control and tubeless tires hasn’t been mentioned.

The CRF1000L was launched back in 2016, borrowing the ‘Africa Twin’ moniker from the legendary globetrotters of the 1990s.  While the 2016 Twin was basic as can be, an update in 2018 saw Honda introduce a ride-by-wire throttle, four riding modes and a seven-level traction control setting. The attractive ‘Adventure Sports’ edition built on the standard model’s long distance and off-road capabilities, proving a worthy competitor to BMW’s R1200GS.

Back in 2016, Honda unveiled an Africa Twin Enduro Sports concept, an awesome-looking machine that combined the brawn of the Twin, with the off-road styling of Honda’s CRF250L Rally.

If this concept is anything to go by, then the CRF1100L will be an incredible machine.

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