Three years ago, I sat on the Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin for the first time. After a 1,000-mile road trip that involved a sentimental day-trip with my dad on his 2001 Valkyrie Interstate, it was settled: adventures bikes were my kind of bikes. I had been on the Yamaha Super Ténéré before, but nothing cemented my conviction quite like the Africa Twin.
The bike has since kept a special place in my heart. You can imagine my excitement when rumors of the 1100 upgrade surfaced a few months before its launch.