Honda is working on a new adventure bike – the CRF850L. If the rumors are true, we could get a lighter Africa Twin. Since less weight means more fun, we hope that the guys at the Japanese bike pictured above are right.
According to the rumor, the small Africa Twin should be unveiled in 2020 and sold as a 2021 model.
The image on the Japanese cover is a render, so it’s unclear how the new Honda middleweight will look like. But it will probably share the same design theme as the Africa Twin, a 21 inches front, a high exhaust, and everything that’s needed for an adventure bike.
The engine should be an undersized in-line twin, since a V-Twin seems out of the discussion.
There’s also rumored that Honda will come with a bigger engine for the Africa Twin next years, so the CRF1000L will transform to CRF1100L. This way, it will meet the Euro 5 and Euro 6 regulation without losing power. Having this in mind, a CRF850 will be a necessity, since Honda will be uncovered in the middleweight segment. So the new model will run next to the CRF1100L Africa Twin.
The CRF850L would be a competitor to bikes such as the Yamaha Tenere 700, the F850GS and the KTM 790 Adventure R.