Patent images of the upcoming Honda CRF1000L African Twin have surfaced just a few days after Honda teased everyone with the first images of the production bike in its red and black color schemed glory. The images give us a full look at the changes between the final version and what we saw of the True Adventure concept.
Up the front is obviously the new headlight arrangement. The biggest differences between the concept and the production version relatse to the rear of the bike – though that much was already discovered in previous patents. The production version will feature a split rider/pillion seat with an inbuilt height adjustment mechanism. The seat can be moved up and down with ease and as it does so, the front of the rider’s pew slides up the tank.
Earlier patents had indicated that the front fairing/cowling was a one piece unit, though that’s not to established looking at the latest renders – it appears the piece may split just under the twin headlights. While not really visible in the renders, the other major design feature of the reborn Africa Twin is its split airbox design. The airbox is split in two parts with one mounted either side of the headstock. What this means is that the fuel tank can sit directly behind the engine which then in turn not only lowers the overall center of mass of the Africa Twin, but keeps things narrow up front as well.
An image circulating on Facebook shows these patent renders and the images released from Honda a few days go merged together.
The CRF1000L has now been confirmed for the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia with devilries starting as early as this year.