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READ THE FULL STORY IN THE CURRENT AMCN ISSUE Vol 65 No 21 28 April-11 May

The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin was one of the most eagerly anticipated new models of 2016. This is partly due to the legendary status of the original Africa Twin, and partly down to the current popularity of adventure bikes.

Considering how big this market has become, it seems remarkable Honda has been so slow to enter the fray. According to some sources, the CRF1000L project started back in 2009. If accurate, this amounts to a lengthy development period by industry standards – five years from concept to production is more usual. It seems that, despite the gaping hole in its model line- up, Honda was in no hurry to rush the Africa Twin to market. Fully formed prototypes, production ready in appearance, have been in the public eye for a couple of years. I guess when Honda’s head honchos decided to resurrect a legend, they knew they couldn’t leave anything to chance.

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So, the question is, did they get it right?

Although the Africa Twin gives up 200cc to its main class rivals, there wasn’t a situation where I found the Honda’s 270 degree, 1000cc parallel twin under-gunned. Relatively soft low-rpm torque is followed by a distinct kilowatt kick at 6000rpm, and it’s at this engine speed where the Honda really lights up and sparkles.

I don’t expect owners to be left particularly wantingor disappointed

– power is only a small part of the satisfaction and capability equation – even if comparatively speaking there are far bigger hitters in this weight category. Bang-for-buck, the standard Africa Twin has them all beaten.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? READ THE FULL TEST REVIEW IN THE CURRENT AMCN ISSUE Vol 65 No 21 28 April-11 May

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