Honda Heads into 2022 with a New Africa Twin

Feb 09, 2022 View Comments by

To the delight of many adventure tourers, Honda brought Africa Twin back from the farm in 2016. This year, the Japanese moto company concentrated on delivering minor, but potentially impactful, improvements.

The Africa Twin will be available in four different models—standard, DCT, Adventure Sports ES, and Adventure Sports ES DCT. To begin the list of changes, the standard model gets a new Grand Prix Red colorway, while the Adventure Sports ES is now available in Pearl White.

Honda’s done more than just recolor the bikes, though. The Africa Twin standard now comes as standard (lots of standard, here) with the same aluminum rear carrier rack as the AS ES model.

The AS ES, for its part, now has a shorter windscreen. According to Honda, this change was made to improve visibility on the bike. The company claims the shorter windshield doesn’t negatively impact wind protection—instead, the windshield’s revised shape actually makes it better.

 

2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin

 

Honda has also made some programming changes to its automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system, which is available as an option for both Africa Twin models. The first and second gears now engage more smoothly.

In case the riding isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the Africa Twins now also come with additional connectivity options. For iPhone users, the bikes already offered Apple CarPlay, but for 2022, Android Auto now also lets those with competing smartphones connect to their Africa Twin.

Otherwise, the bikes remain unchanged from last year, with the same water-cooled 1084cc engine, six riding modes, and other goodies. The MSRP for the Africa Twins this year are $14,499 for the standard, $15,299 for Africa Twin DCT, $17,299 for Africa Twin AS ES, and $18,099 for Africa Twin AS ES DCT.

 

2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

New Paint Jobs All Around

The Africa Twin isn’t the only bike that’s getting something new this year. The CBR1000RR, a value-focused sport bike in the Honda lineup, is now available in the Grand Prix Red color. The MSRP for the CBR1000RR is $16,499, while the CBR1000RR with ABS retails for $16,799.

Like the CBR1000RR, the Honda Rebel line remains mechanically unchanged. However, again along the same ropes, the Honda 500 has received a new touch of color.

The Honda 500 ABS SE model is now available in a Matte Silver colorway. Additionally, Honda has brought out a new optional accessory saddlebag. The bag can be removed without tools and comes with handy shoulder straps for carrying it off the bike.

The retails prices for the Rebel lineup are $4,699 for the Rebel 300, $4,999 for the Rebel 300 ABS, $6,399 for the Rebel 500, $6,699 for the Rebel 500 ABS, and $6,899 for the Rebel 500 ABS SE.

 

2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin

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