This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L, released in 2020, replacing the original and already iconic 2016-2019 Africa Twin CRF1000L.
The maintenance is the same between the standard Africa Twin, the DCT, the Adventure Sports, and the Adventure Sports DCT models. The maintenance schedule also shares a lot with the 2021+ Honda Rebel 1100, with which the CRF1100L shares an engine (albeit detuned for the Rebel).
The Honda AFRICA TWIN CRF1000L really carved itself a niche in the adventure tourer market scene in 2016 when it was launched. The CRF1100L expanded on this, adding more midrange, a more fun motor (and the original was already fun!), and a ton of rider aids like cornering ABS and cruise control.
The Africa Twin is a modern classic — a true alternative to the BMW R 1200 GS, an on-road and off-road bike that you can use to ride around the world.
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What you need to service the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L
When servicing the Africa Twin, apart from standard motorcycle maintenance tools, you’ll need the following consumables:
|Part||Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L spec|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA with an API classification of SG or higher, like Pro Honda GN4 or a high-grade oil like Motul 7100. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).|
|Clutch oil filter||For DCT models, you have to regularly change the clutch oil filter. Part number is 15412-MGS-D21, and you can also use Hiflofiltro part number HF117.|
|Oil filter||Honda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MFJ-D01, or use Hiflofiltro HF204RC for an affordable, high-quality drop-in replacement oil filter.. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Chain maintenance||Maintain your chain with a Motul chain care kit or Motul chain paste, both of which have many glowing reviews. Honda recommends their own brand of lube.|
|Air filter||The OEM air filter part is 17210-MJP-G50. You can also use the K&N part number KHA-9916.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part SILMAR8A9S. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9mm. You need four.|
|Brake fluid||You can use any DOT 4 oil, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.|
|Brake pads (front)||OEM front brake pads are part number 06455-MJP-G52. Alternative EBC double-hardened front brake pads have part number FA679HH.|
|Brake pads (rear)||OEM rear brake pads are part number 06435-MEJ-026. Alternative EBC double-hardened rear brake pads have part number FA174HH.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol (50-50 premix).|
|Grease||Use lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points and bearings.|
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L.
The maintenance schedule covers DCT and non-DCT. — see the notes where relevant.
Maintenance Level — Honda thoughtfully provided these
- X: Intermediate. We recommend service by your dealer, unless you
have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled. Procedures
are provided in an official Honda Service Manual.
- XX: Technical. In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle
serviced by your dealer.
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
The maintenance for the Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.
- At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- [AC]: Service more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
- [CB]: Service more frequently when riding in rain or at full throttle.
- [OR]: Service more frequently when riding OFF-ROAD.
|Items||Distance||x 1000 mi/|
|Air Cleaner [AC] (K&N part HA-9916)||R||R|
|Crankcase Breather [CB]||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|Spark Plug (Inspect, Replace||I||R every 2nd I|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)||R||R||R||R||1 year|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R|
|Clutch Oil Filter*8||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||X||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant*7 (Honda Long-life Coolant)||I||I||I||3 Years|
|Secondary Air Supply System||X||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control||X||I|
|Inspect & lubricate drive chain [OR]||600 mi (1000 km)|
|Drive Chain Slider||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I||2 years|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Brake Lock Operation (DCT model)||X||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Clutch System (non DCT)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Spark Arrester (US models)||X||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners [OR]||X||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||XX||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L
The Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:
|Front||90/90-21M/C 54H||33 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 kgf/cm2)|
|Rear||150/70R18M/C 70H||36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 kgf/cm2) (solo)|
41 psi (280 kPa, 2.80 kgf/cm2) (2-up)
For the CRF1100L, the standard model has tubed tyres, and the Adventure Sports model has tubeless tyres. The tyres the Africa Twin ships with are:
- Tubed: Bridgestone Battlax AdventureCross Tourer AX41TF
- Tubeless: Metzeler Karoo Street
About the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L
The Africa Twin has gushing praise from just about everyone that owns it, and this has been the case ever since the (re)launch of the Africa Twin in 2016, as the CRF1000L.
In 2020, when Honda released the similar-but-much-improved Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L, it was also received with gushing praise.
There was very little that was “wrong” with the earlier model. If you wanted to be difficult, you could say that the earlier AT had tubed tyres where it should have had tubeless ones, deserved better rider aids to compete with big BMWs, and had spokes that gave way to rust a little too easily.
Honda fixed all this with the 2020 Africa Twin CRF1100L. And they fixed something nobody had complained about — the engine.
The Africa Twin CRF1100L (which needs its full name because the engine did increase in displacement) is still an adventure tourer that can do decent dirt time if you ask it of it.
But the engine has been boosted from 998cc to 1084cc, with stroke lengthened out from 75.1mm to 81.5mm. The claimed peak power is around 75 kW or 100 hp, with 105 Nm of torque peaking at 6,250 rpm.
The higher displacement in the 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L is partly because of emissions regulations. Restricting the bike means that increasing displacement is the only viable path forwards to keeping the bike competitive.
The difference is stark. You can see more torque through the ENTIRE rev range. It sounds nicer, too; but of course, as an emissions-compliant motorcycle, you can barely hear it when you’re riding.
The motorcycle’s engine is quite easy to service. It’s a 1084cc single overhead cam 8-valve parallel twin with a 270 degree crank. It puts power down through a 6-speed manual transmission and a chain drive. So those are things you have to maintain on any long adventure.
The 2020-onward AT has a ton of rider aids, including an IMU, cruise control, and a beautiful TFT display. Overall, the cockpit is quite a nice place to be for an extended period.
The 2021 model got no significant updates, aside from a new colour scheme.
Manual for the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L in 2020.
You can download it from Honda’s owners’ manual website here.