2016 to Present Africa Twin

Honda released the CRF1000L Africa Twin in 2016. The bike has gotten universally great reviews and was even the best-selling motorcycle over in the UK if memory serves. It sounds like just the right amounts of capable on/off road, character and reliability. Basically everything you want from a motorcycle. Not sure when I’ll be in the mood for a real ADV bike—as I type this I’m still on a retro bike kick. Next time I’m looking for one, though, I’m hoping to pick up one of these.

I really like the color scheme on the one below, but it’s got that silly automatic transmission Honda seems to like to stick in their bikes. I’ve never figured out why color seems to be tied to the transmission type of the bike with Honda, but there it is.

2016 Honda Africa Twin

1969 – 1974 Honda CB750K/F

The CB750…wow. Just a world changing motorcycle. Beautiful to look at, and from everything I’ve read, amazing to ride. What’s not to like? I think anyone who has been riding for a while would be happy to own one of these…at least those of us who don’t count ourselves devotees to a particular brand. The CB750 blew everyone away when it was introduced. Superbike performance meets Honda reliability and user friendliness–all while looking cool. Both the K and F series were super cool bikes.

Here’s a nice shot of a 1970 CB750.

1970 Honda CB750

Here’s a ’71 CB750F on Bikez.com (love the paint on this one).

Here’s the Wikipedia article on the CB750 series.

 

1998 – 2001 Honda VFR800

Ok, so as of 12/18 I’m thinking this thing is back on the list. I continue to check them out on CraigsList and I’ve never been able to shake the sound. Maybe one day.

As of 8/14 I’d had two separate opportunities to own one of these…good bikes out there and cash in hand and both times I didn’t buy them. I just don’t like the plastic and couldn’t bring myself to buy them. It’s a shame because I still think that V4 sounds better than almost any other motorcycle engine…and it’s why I’m keeping this here as a Bucket List bike…maybe one day I’ll change my mind.

The ’98 through ’01 VFRs represent the 5th generation VFR. They were the first fuel injected bikes and they have gear driven cams. Couple the gear whine with an after-market exhaust enhanced V4 rumble and wow…the sound is just unreal. I have to own one of these some day for that reason alone. And that’s not a bad thing. I bought my 1997 M900 Ducati Monster for the same reason and it remains one of my favorites.

Here’s a picture of a 5th Gen Viffer.

5th Generation VFR800

Here is a 2001 on Bikez.com.

And the Wikipedia VFR 800 page.