AQ Conversions





When Honda resurrected the Africa Twin in 2016, there was not only general enthusiasm about it, but also the question whether this completely newly developed motorcycle would carry on the virtues of the previous models. Robustness, longevity and low maintenance not only made the classic V2 a reliable companion in everyday life and when traveling, but also provided an extremely solid base for reliable and durable rally conversions.

We addressed this question by starting into rally season 2016 with our own newly developed rally version - the AQ-Honda CFR1000R. In the last four years, our top pilots F. Catanese and M. Doretto could achieve numerous victories in the international rally scene with this bike. It was amazing how well the AQ Racing Team could already keep up with the many factory machines of different brands on this first conversion edition.

These race participations allowed us to thoroughly test the new Africa Twin itself under extreme conditions, as well as to extensively test and continuously develop the used components and thus consistently optimise them. The result of this evolution is a largely revised and refined concept: Our updated, current conversion edition CFR 1000Rally EVO presented here.

Very high attention has been paid to the optimisation of mass distribution and general weight reduction. The relatively high, top-heavy centre of mass – mainly due to the heavy 1000cc parallel twin engine with its forward-leaning weight – proved to be a noticeable handicap for the production vehicle in off-road use.

As a major step towards distinctly compensating for this adverse weight distribution, we developed a completely new tank system that positions the unchanged total amount of fuel lower and more centred on the motorcycle. The main tank's upper part was reduced in size and the sides extended lower down. An additional, secondary tank directly under the seat moves even more weight down- and backwards into the centre of the frame. This new design also allows for a significantly sportier seating position: A seat shifted forward by 20 cm enables the rider to noticeably improve the manoeuvrability of the machine thanks to more room to move. The new tank concept is by far the most remarkable and most elaborate innovation, highlighting our EVO Light version!

The fairing Kit now sports a mounting bracket made entirely of carbon. Compared to its predecessor, made of aluminium, this results in a significant weight reduction of about 2 kgs. The previous PIAA headlights gave way to an original LED unit from Honda and the newly designed transparent front fairing/windshield now is of even more flexible and break-resistant material.

The suspension, which was already very good in the first evolutionary stage, has seen a further upgrade by a shock absorber with a new, very innovative air-oil damping system and a WP fork specially made for AQ.
The newly developed SC Titanium exhaust system provides even more torque and power without having to touch the engine itself.
The concept is rounded off by a number of lightweight Carbon components and many other functional details.

Our brand-new Rally EVO will have to prove itself during coming rally season. Thanks to its significantly reduced weight with a lower and more centred mass distribution, as well, as the update to the all-new, innovative suspensions, it now offers the AQ Racing Team pilots a promising base for being able to compete again at the front of the field on the race track.

Engine & Exhaust

  • K & N air filter
  • Aluminium radiator guards
  • Silicon coolant hoses
  • Kevlar "Race" clutch
  • Carbon engine side covers RX & LX
  • Carbon engine guard
  • SC "Race" Titanium - complete exhaust system


  • WP forks kit "AQ Race" with 280mm suspension travel
  • "AIR TENDER PLUS" shock absorber, Öhlins based
  • Excel wheel set

Fairing & Cockpit: 

  • AQ "Rallye Sport EVO" fairing kit
    Fiberglass/Kevlar/Carbon-hybrid side panels
    Carbon subframe for rally instruments
    Honda LED headlights 
  • Aluminium handlebar
  • Aluminium reinforced hand guards
  • Venhill quick action throttle grip
  • 2 x RNS GFX trip master
  • DIGITAL roadbook reader


  • 14 Liter Aluminium front tank
  • 5 Liter Aluminium under seat tank


  • AQ “Sport” foot pegs, CNC milled
  • Enduro front mudguard
  • AQ "Race" Aluminium rear fender conversion
  • AQ sport seat, one-piece
  • Carbon tank & frame covers
  • CNC milled footbrake & gear levers
  • CNC milled handbrake & clutch levers, adjustable
  • closed rear chain guide



Individual Configurations

This conversion can be configured individually according to customer requirements or preferences. You'll find more information on available parts & kits here:

Technical Specifications



Honda, African Queens







engine type

parallel twin, 4 valve per cylinder, 4 stroke


998 ccm

compression ratio


max. power output

70 kW (95 h.p.) at 7500 rpm

max. torque

98 Nm at 6000 rpm

max. speed

200 kph


PGM- FI fuel injection

cooling system

liquid cooled


two-star petrol / regular




6 speed






suspension front

"WP" USD telescopic forks, 45mm
fully adjustable damping system
280 mm suspension travel

suspension rear

"AIR TENDER PLUS" shock absorber, Öhlins-based
adaptive action air/oil suspension system
fully adjustable
220 mm suspension travel

seat height

90 cm

brakes front

310 mm hydraulic disc
with 4-piston "Brembo" calliper,
stainless steel braided lines

brakes rear

256 mm hydraulic disc
with single piston "Nissin" calliper,
stainless steel braided lines

wheel / tyre front

Excel / Haan wheel 21 x 1.85
tyre size: 90/90-21

wheel / tyre rear

Excel / Haan wheel 18 x MT 2.50
tyre size: 140/80 (90) - 18

tyre restrictions

non, Bartubeless Mousse


1575 mm +/- 10 mm

final drive

double reinforced XW-ring sealed chain

final drive reduction

15 x45

frame type

Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe




tank capacity

19 Litres

dry weight

approx. 186 kg

kerb weight

approx. 205 kg

max. allowed total weight

423 kg

Photo Galleries

Hispania Rally 2020

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Parts & Kits



The CRF 1000R EVO / EVO Light conversion consists of several parts & kits and can be configured for various applications. This also allows for a step-by-step conversion of your own bike if required.


For personal advice or an offer tailored to your individual requirements please feel free to contact us:

Further information and prices for CRF 1000R EVO conversion parts can also be found here:



Issue 4/2019


AirTender suspension
Parts / Accessories

HONDA Italia

March 2020

Press Release:

AfricaTwin succeeds at Hispania Rally

Racing / Events



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