Author: ABR Staff

The history of the Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin XRV650 RD03

Following on from Honda’s launch of the eagerly anticipated new Africa Twin late last year, we look back at the history of this adventure motorcycle which first debuted in 1988…

1988/9: Honda Africa Twin XRV650 RD03

Based on the Honda NXR-750 which won the Paris-Dakar Rally four times in the late 1980s.  It featured a softly tuned V-twin engine and a look that has become synonymous with adventure motorcycling.

1990-1994: Honda Africa Twin XRV750 RD04

Honda Africa Twin XRV750 RD04

1992 (upgrades)

Trip master added (digital clock and trip console above speedo).

1993 (upgrades)

New frame, bodywork plastics, fuel tank, engine mods and lower seat by 15mm ton 860mm.

1994-2003: Honda Africa Twin XRV750 RD07

Honda Africa Twin XRV750 RD07

1995 (upgrades)

Improved seat, clutch larger silencer, modified upper fairing and luggage rack. Rear shock lost some of its adjustability.

1996: Introducing the RD07A

Honda Africa Twin XRV750 RDO7A

While the majority of the bike stayed the same the fairings were redesigned to feature a new headlight design and higher cowl. thenseat was also improved for more long distance comfort.

2015: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

After 12 years Honda releases an all-new Africa Twin in what was one of the most eagerly anticipated launches in history.