The Honda Africa Twin, which was launched in 1992, has since then been one of the most popular motorcycles in the world. In this article, we take a look at the Honda Africa Twin motorcycles of the past and present, which are the Honda CRX motorcycle of today and the Honda CBR motorcycle of tomorrow.
The Honda Africa Twin was initially designed as a twin-crossover racing bike. The motorcycle was designed with two seats and four doors, the right hand seat having the gear shift and a cargo area, while the left side seat has storage space for the rider's motorcycle equipment, such as their helmet, gloves, and bags.
The base model of the Honda Africa Twin was introduced in 1992 and it was sold as the “Honda CRX” model to attract more customers to the motorcycle. In addition, the two seats were arranged forward so that the passenger can see the rear wheels of the bike, making the bike easier to view and easier to handle.
The twin's design was further improved upon with the release of the “Honda CRX1000L”. With this bike, the passengers' seats were moved further back. The rear view mirror of the bike was also moved forward. The motorbike was redesigned to have the fuel tank mounted directly beneath the seat, to improve fuel consumption.
The “Honda Africa Twin CBR” model was introduced in 1994 and it was designed with a single seat. Unlike the two-seater of the previous version, the Honda CBR is an all-weather bike that has a large fuel tank. With the fuel tank now mounted directly under the seat, fuel consumption is greatly reduced and the engine and the performance of the bike are increased.
In the United States, the Honda Africa Twin is now sold under the Honda name. However, the bike is also referred to as the “Honda CRX,” the “Honda CRX1000L,” and the “Honda CBR.” in some places, as in the United Kingdom.
The Africa Twin was used extensively in the United States during the late eighties and early nineties. It had two models, the “Honda XRXRV”, which was a three-seat motorcycle, and the “Honda CRX1000T”, which was a four-seat motorcycle. The bike also featured a gas tank, which could hold fifty litres of fuel.
In the United Kingdom, the two-seat version of the Honda Africa Twin was introduced as a touring motorcycle that could be purchased as either a street bike or a sportbike. The street bike was equipped with a six-speed motorcycle transmission, while the sportbike had a three-speed transmission. The street bike was also available with both a manual or automatic gearbox.
Although the Honda CRX1000L was designed to be the “Honda Africa Twin's design and specification,” the latter was released in the middle of the eighties. This new bike featured a new engine and was significantly different from the original. The main difference between the bike and the original is the way the fuel tank is mounted. The tank, which was first installed on the Honda VST 500, now lies below the seat, in a more central position.
In addition, the new design of the Honda CRX1000L incorporated a new frame, which was manufactured by the Yamaha Motor Corporation, so that the Honda Africa Twin could be manufactured at the same factory as their popular YZF motorcycles. models. The new frame was also intended to increase the weight of the bike, but the frame was much lighter than the Honda's original one.
Since its debut, the Honda Africa Twin has become a very popular bike that is used for various purposes, including racing. It is also very famous in the United States because of its superb speed and handling.
It can reach a top speed of eighty miles per hour and is well suited for off road use. It was also very popular with motorcycle racers who were interested in off road racing.