"I posted some renderings late last night that you might want to check out. Also, stop going to bed so early." I love waking to these texts from that Dog Camping Journalist guy.
To be fair, despite the guy's many, many, faults, he's always been a good newshound.
These renderings, published first on Australian Motorcycle News, are the first to give us a clear and full look at Honda's upcoming adventure bike.
From the pics, we can see the Africa Twin will have an 18-inch rear and 21-inch front tire. I also see evidence to support claims about a new airbox/tank/frame design that will help keep the weight low and give the Honda more dirtbike-like ergos. The thing that keeps catching my eye is just how slim this bike looks.
From the looks of things, the CRF1000L will be the first to put dirt ahead of pavement which, in addition to being the first in its class with an optional DCT transmission. Those and other firsts make me very curious to see how buyers respond to it.
Honda claims the bike will be on sale in Europe before the end of the year and will be in U.S. dealers early next year. Consider any plans I had to buy a bike on hold until we learn more.
Update: We found more pics showing the new Africa Twin from every angle (yes, even from the bottom). Check out the gallery and let us know if you see anything interesting in the images (hint, I spy a left side foot lever).