Updated in new colours for the next year is the 2019 CRF1000 Honda Africa Twin, with pricing starting from RM76,399 for the base model CRF1000AL with ABS. Other models in the CRF1000 range are the CRF1000DL with ABS and DCT gearbox at RM82,999, the CRF1000AL2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ABS at RM76,699 and CRF1000DL2 Adventure Sports with ABS and DCT at RM86,299.

The new colour scheme on the CRF1000 Africa Twin is Matte Ballistic Black Metallic. This complements the current choice of Honda’s corporate colours of Blue/White/Red.

Power for the Africa Twin comes from a 998 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin with SOHC that produces 93 hp at 7,500rpm with 99 Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Power gets to the ground either via a traditional six-speed gearbox or Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and chain final drive.

Updates for the 2018/2019 riding season include a new airbox and exhaust internals, lighter balancer shaft, air pump in the clutch housing, lithium-ion battery and ride-by-wire. Main difference between the base model CRF1000L and the Adventure Sports version is the fuel, the base model coming with a 18.8-litre tank while the Adventure Sports comes with a 24.3-litre long-range tank.

Other differences include seat height – the CRF1000AL coming with a two-position seat at 870 mm and 850 mm for high and low settings while the Adventure Sports version has a seat height of 900 mm in low position and 920 mm in standard. The CRF1000L Adventure Sports also come with longer wheel travel at 252 mm and 240 mm, front and rear, while the base version has 230 mm and 220 mm wheel travel.