KTM is reportedly developing a semi-automatic gearbox for its next generation of 1290-powered bikes, according to recent patents.

  • KTM’s upcoming semi-automatic gearbox to benefit the 1290 range. 
  • The semi-automatic gearbox is not similar to Honda’s DCT. 

Unlike Honda’s DCT system, KTM’s approach will use rocker arms, a centrifugal clutch, and a separate gear control unit to shift gears fully autonomously or with rider input. The semi-auto system will also feature a unique parking brake, which could serve as an additional anti-theft measure. 

The patent suggests that the system could be featured in KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure S, Super Adventure R, 1290 Super Duke R, and 1290 Super Duke GT models. 

However, it’s unclear how riders will manually shift gears with the new system. 

The KTM system’s L-shaped lever physically locks driven gears in place and can’t be deactivated unless the bike is switched on, adding an additional layer of protection against motorcycle theft.

(source: Cycle World)

Boon Siew Honda (BSH) has officially launched the new updated Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports for 2022.

  • The Africa Twin gets 6.5-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay function.
  • Priced at RM117,888, the updated AT is avaialble in Pearl Glare White Tricolour. 
2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Refine for 2022 is the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that now offers smoother gear change in 1st and 2nd gear, significantly improving the handling especially at lower rev range. 

Honda also improves the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) – with 7-level of selection – operation system, to allow riders a finer choice of rear tyre slide for off-road riding.

2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Also, the windscreen is now 110mm shorter with 5-level adjustment with Honda claims helped improved visibility yet offering plenty of wind protection.

In addition the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sport also fitted with a bigger 24.8L fuel tank, revised body panel – for better protection from debris and wind – larger engine sump guard, and heated grips as standard.

Other notable electronics package include:

  • 6-axis IMU
  • 7-stage HSTC with 3-level Wheelie ControlCornering ABS
  • Rear Lift Control
  • DCT cornering detection
  • 4 riding modes (URBAN, TOUR, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD)

The 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sport also features Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (electronic suspension), offering four default mode; Soft, Mid, Hard and Off-Road.

Other features include:

  • dual-LED daytime running light (DRL)
  • three-stage Cornering Lights
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated Grips
  • 6.5-inch Multi Information Display (MID) TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

Powering the 2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin is the longer stroke 1,084cc parallel-twin engine capable of producing 101hp @ 7,500rpm and 104Nm @ 6,250rpm. 

2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

According to BSH, the 2022 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is available exclusively in Pearl Glare White Tricolour and is priced at RM117,888. 

Honda has introduced three new exciting colours for the 2023MY CRF1100L Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports.

  • 2023 Honda Africa Twin and Africa Twin Sport to feature new visuals.
  • 2021 Africa Twin and Africa Twin Sport DCT variants accounted for 51% of the model’s sales.

The Honda Africa Twin is a strong candidate in the dual-purpose motorcycle segment and is one of Honda’s most popular models in its current range.

To ensure the big bore ADV continues to carry on the fight into 2023, Honda is bringing three new visual updates to the Africa Twin.

Firstly, the base Africa Twin will remain available in “Grand Prix Red”, but Honda adds two new colours; “Mat Ballistic Black Metallic” and “Glint Wave Blue Metallic Tricolour.”.

According to Honda, the “Black Metallic” colour scheme features an all-black frame, while the “Blue Metallic Tricolour” offers a new blue headlight cowl with a blue front fender.

Meanwhile, the Africa Twin Adventure Sports gets “Mat Iridium Grey Metallic” with black detailing and rims. Nonetheless, Honda still retains the “Pearl Glare White Tricolour” colour scheme.

Mechanically, both trims (base AT and AT Sports) are available in manual or dual-clutch transmission (DCT) gearbox.

  • Sebuah video menampilkan proses dan hasil kerjasama antara Marc Marquez, DJ Roger Wid, dan sebuah motosikal Honda X-ADV dalam menghasilkan sebuah lagu.
  • Marquez menghasilkan sampel bunyi menggunakan sebuah motosikal X-ADV dan ianya diadun oleh DJ Roger Wid.
  • Model Honda X-ADV telah menjadi motosikal paling laris di Eropah.


  • Marc Marquez takes a spin on the Honda X-Adv while DJ Roger Wid records all the sounds.

  • The sounds were then turned into a techno song.

  • The Honda X-Adv became Europe’s best-selling motorcycle.

Just as Suzuki released the video of ex-GP rider Nobuatsu Aoki taking the new Suzuki Katana out for a spin, now Honda has MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez takes a ride on the Honda X-Adv and gets the sounds turned into music by DJ Roger Wid.

Every of Marquez’s move was recorded and turned into music, including zipping up his jacket, unlocking the bike, opening the seat to retrieve his signature Shoei helmet, flipping up the passenger footpegs.

The rider then proceeded to whip the bike into a smoky rolling burnout while it pirouettes around him, while sound technicians hold the microphones to the action.

At the end, all those sounds you and I have grown so familiar with on a daily basis were turned into techno music by the said DJ.

The X-Adv is powered by the 745cc twin-cylinder engine which is also fitted to the Honda NC750X. However, the X-Adv uses Honda’s proprietary Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The DCT is actually a manual gearbox without a clutch lever.

We’ve tested and reviewed the bike months ago and found it entertaining, although on the more expensive side. But here’s a bit of trivia, the Honda X-Adv became Europe’s best-selling motorcycle, even dethroning the might BMW R 1200 GS.

Source: A Ride Apart

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