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Honda’s CRF1000L Africa Twin breaks the highest altitude twin-cylinder motorcycle record in Chile.

A year after its successful return to Honda’s motorcycle line-up, the CRF 1000L Africa Twin has reached new heights by breaking the record for the highest altitude reached by a twin-cylinder motorcycle.

Scene of the record was the world’s highest active volcano at 6,893 metres, the Nevado Ojos del Salado - situated between Argentina and Chile - up whose slopes a team of five riders piloted the Africa Twin to a record-breaking 5,965 metres above sea level. 

Fabio Mossini, enduro champion from Honda’s Sud America race team was the man chosen to reach the new landmark, before further progress was halted by 2 metres of snow.


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After five days of acclimatisation, and riding standard Africa Twins specially equipped with Termignoni exhaust, revised final sprockets, new Metzeler MC360TM tyres and a range of Honda genuine accessories, the international team completed their ascent within 24 hours. 

Their route took them - in temperatures as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius - through broken asphalt, gravel, mud, sand and finally stretches of ice pockets known as ‘penitentes’, underlining once again the Africa Twin’s credentials as the best-performing off-road motorcycle in its class.


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Photo Credit: Jean Luis de Heeckeren

The Ojos del Salado is a popular spot for setting high altitude records.

In 2016 Chaleco Lopez achieved a similar feat when he rode up the same volcano on a KTM Freeride E electric bike. He achieved a greater altitude of 6080 metres on the 22hp battery powered dirt bike.

In 2012 Andes Moto Extreme reached 6361m with Husabergs to set a world record. 

In April 2015, Chilean Gianfranco Bianchi then beat that record on a fuel injected Suzuki RMZ450 to reach 6,472m.