We’ve gotten our first true indication of pricing for the all new 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, courtesy of Honda in Australia. Previously we’ve had leaked prices and vague ideas from Honda in Portugal but EU pricing doesn’t necessarily reflect what potential buyers might pay for the machines elsewhere. But Australian pricing is generally a good indication for what to expect the in US, which on a currency converted basis pays around 20% less than riders down under.
The price in Australian dollars is as follows:
- $15,499 for the base model
- $16,999 for the ABS model
- $17,999 for ABS-DCT model
That’s very, very sharp. To compare with the KTM 1190 Adventure R and the BMW R 1200 GS we looked at in our recent article, the KTM sells for $24,999 and he R 1200 GS is $21,590.
On a straight currency conversion basis, the base model Africa Twin in Australia equates to USD $11,395. Thus it’s not hard to imagine the price coming in below $10,000 in the US. Other rivals to the new Africa Twin include the Triumph Tiger Explorer ($20,490) and the Yamaha Super Tenere ($21,999). In fact, it’s even cheaper than the newly updated Kawasaki Versys 1000 which retails for AUD $15,999.
I dare say a few bean counters at rival motorcycle camps may just have had a bit of a fright.