Some ideas sound absolutely crazy, but somehow they still work. And this Honda CB1000R/Africa Twin hybrid is proof of that.
The bike’s official is Africa Four CRF1000R, which is a bit of a mouthful, and it was built by Brivermo Motors of Switzerland for this year’s Wheels and Waves event.
The entire front end of the bike has been replaced by that of a CRF450R, which should take car of those nasty bumps, should anybody be brave enough to actually ride this monster off-road. The wheels are the standard items supplied on the CB1000R, painted a lovely gold, but the front wheel has just a single brake disc with four piston caliper.
The entire 4-into-1 exhaust system is custom made, as is the extended rear seat cowl. The bike is finished off in those classic HRC/Africa Twin colours which, let’s face it, look amazing on any bike.
As ridiculous as this bike appears, it’s really not that far from reality. In the mid 2000s, two other companies had ideas for huge off-road machines. And those two companied were BMW and KTM. Both manufacturers put super enduro machines of their own into production. Both bikes – the BMW HP2 Enduro and KTM 950 Super Enduro – were only in production for a few years. Turns out nobody really wanted a 1000cc off-road weapon.
But hang on a minute. Back in 2005 and 2006, when those bikes were unleashed on the public, motorcycle electronics were practically non-existent. The only thing controlling the 100bhp from those behemoths was the rider’s wrist. Now, with the huge advances in electronic aids, perhaps super enduros aren’t such a terrible idea?