Ever since Honda pulled the covers of their off-road capable True Adventure concept at EICMA in 2014, the new Africa Twin has been one of the most hotly anticipated new bikes of the last 12 months.
Pulled from their range in 2003, the Africa Twin had, and in fact still has, a massive following.
In order to capitalise on the popularity of the previous incarnation of Africa Twin, the new bike features many unique components, the biggest change being the upgrade to a 998cc parallel-twin engine, which is lighter, more powerful and more economical – just what you need when covering long distances in the wilderness, with a claimed 250 mile from it’s 18-litre tank.
True to their 2014 concept, Honda were keen to show that the new Africa Twin really was a ‘go anywhere’ machine on the recent press launch in South Africa, which saw riders enjoying the Bokkeriviere Nature Reserve just over 100 miles outside of Cape Town.
The new Africa Twin does not come on Continental tyres as standard. However, when the time came to hit the tough stuff on the 2nd day of the launch, Honda made the decision to switch the road-focused rubber for Continental TKC 80 tyres to show what the bike really could do on the rocky African trails.
All the development work from Honda looks to have paid off – with MCN reporting that the new Africa Twin has impressive balance, even at low speeds. Honda have gone down the mass centralisation route, with the engine architecture and placement of heavy components along with a low centre of gravity making all the difference. Full-lock turns were performed with ease both on & off-road.
These also an impressive electronics package to give the riders as much or as little assistance as they need. In the 9th December edition of MCN, Sports Editor Michael Guy praises what Honda have achieved stating “I was blown away by the system on the dirt…. it has to be tried to be believed.”
Honda have clearly tried to go in a different direction in a market dominated by big 1200cc+ machines, and test reports seem to indicate that this is a true adventure bike, which can take a novice or an expert where they want to go both on & off-road – with the right tyres of course!
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