Looks like 2018 will be the year of middle class adventure motorcycles. BMW released two new adventure bikes (the F750GS and F850GS), Triumph released some 800s. KTM and Yamaha have shown some concepts that will probably go into production late 2018 or early 2019.
Honda still has a gap in this segment. The Africa Twin (CRF1000L) already is a true cult-bike, but still quite heavy and expensive. New bikers or people with an A2 license can't drive it, or they can not afford it.
Africa Twin project leader Kenji Morita now says that a smaller adventure bike might be an option, reports MCN. They want to attract younger people. "This engine will be developed, although we are not working on it right now." So we shouldn't expect a little Africa Twin very soon.
The alternative Honda for an Africa Twin at the moment is a CRF250L, CB500X, NC750X of VFR800X. But none of them feels like a smaller Africa Twin or something similar like a BMW F750GS. Everyone can feel the gap.
As EURO5 emissions standard kicks in from 2020, all major novelties probably will be postponed until then. Therefore we do not expect the release of this bike before autumn 2019.