Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin vs Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro: Spec Comparison

Comparing the two adventure motorcycles you could buy this year

 [UPDATE: Triumph has launched the Tiger 900 in India with prices starting from Rs 13.70 lakh (ex-showroom India). Head here for details. Also, Honda has commenced deliveries of the new 2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sport. Know more details here.]

With the launch of the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports, the Japanese brand has kick-started a wave of BS6-compliant imported big bikes into the country. Even though it is the only large-capacity ADV available right now, Triumph is not too far behind as the Brit bikemaker will be bringing in the updated Tiger 900 to our shores soon. So, if you are seeking adventure in 2020, which one of these two makes more sense? For this comparison, we have chosen the India-bound Rally Pro variant, which is the top-of-the-line off-road-focused trim.

Powertrain & Electronic Aids:


Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro


1084cc parallel-twin motor

888cc inline three-cylinder motor


102PS @ 7500rpm

95.2PS @ 8750rpm


105Nm @ 6250rpm

87Nm @ 7250rpm


6-speed manual or an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

6-speed manual

Electronic aids

Ride-by-wire, 6 rider modes (Gravel, Urban, Tour, Off-road & 2 rider-customisable modes), cornering ABS, lean-sensing traction control, wheelie control, cruise control

Ride-by-wire, 6 rider modes (Rain, Road, Sport, Off-road, Off-road Pro & rider-customisable), cornering ABS, lean-sensing traction control, bi-directional quickshifter, cruise control

Honda has managed to crack past the 100PS-mark with the new Africa Twin and we’re hoping the new Tiger will also boast of a triple-digit figure. Sadly, in order to comply with European A2 licensing laws, Triumph had to keep this figure low to be able to fit the restrictor kit on it. The main talking point though remains the massive gulf in torque between the two motors. With nearly 18Nm more of torque on tap and at lower revs, the Africa Twin would have an edge getting out of tricky situations.

The two motorcycles are evenly matched when it comes to the electronic aids on offer. While Triumph is offering a bi-directional quickshifter as standard, the system is missing on the Honda’s manual gearbox version. Thanks to a six-axis IMU, Honda is also offering wheelie control, which is a novelty feature rather than a must-have on an ADV. 



Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro


Semi-double cradle chassis

Tubular split-trellis frame

Front suspension

Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork, fully-adjustable, 230mm travel

Showa 45mm upside down fork, fully-adjustable, 240mm travel

Rear suspension

Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, preload and rebound adjustable, 220mm rear wheel travel

Showa rear suspension unit, preload and rebound adjustable, 230mm wheel travel


Front: Twin 310mm discs, Nissin 4-piston radial calipers

Rear: 256mm disc, Nissin single-piston caliper

Front: Twin 320mm discs, Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial calipers

Rear: 255mm disc, Brembo single-piston caliper


Front: 90/90-21

Rear: 150/70-R18

Front: 90/90-21

Rear: 150/70-R17

The Tiger 900 gains an upper hand in terms of components. Even though both motorcycles run virtually the same suspension units, the ones on the Triumph offer 10mm more wheel travel at both ends. Plus, it gets Brembo’s state-of-the-art Stylema calipers. These top-spec braking units are becoming a common feature on most modern Triumphs. Both motorcycles come fitted with spoke wheels. The only advantage the Africa Twin has is that it runs an 18-incher at the rear wheel, lending it that extra bit of stability while going off-road.



Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro




Ground clearance



Seat height



Kerb weight

Manual: 238kg

DCT: 248kg

201kg (dry, 220kg kerb expected)

Fuel tank capacity



Both these ADVs have quite daunting seat heights, which at their lowest setting is still 850mm. However, both of them have been put on a diet regime and have slimmed down considerably, putting tip-toeing fears to rest. The Africa Twin is a heavier machine than the Tiger. 

Price (ex-showroom India):

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Manual: Rs 15.35 lakh

DCT: Rs 16.10 lakh

Rs 15.50 lakh

The new Africa Twin, in its larger Adventure Sports manual gearbox avatar, comes in at a price point which is Rs 1.85 lakh more than the previously sold slimmer DCT version. While we expect it to undercut the range-topping Tiger 900, we do think that the Tiger just might turn out to be a better bet off-road. However, with all the fancy gizmos and a larger fuel tank, the Africa Twin would extend your saddle time by at least a 100km!  

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