Honda has unveiled an updated version of the standard Africa Twin, and a new variant called Adventure Sports at the 2017 EICMA Show, Milan. Both models could be making its way into markets by early 2018. Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports version is seen with some updates in terms of engine, electronics and rider comforts and safety.
It gets increased suspension and added ground clearance, along with a larger fuel tank of 24.1 litre capacity as compared to the 18.8 litre fuel tank on the standard model. The bike gets a larger fairing and higher windscreen for better rider protection. It comes in with heated handle grips and brushed aluminum cowl panels, rear mudguard and new luggage rack. A 12V accessory socket, sump guard, light handlebars and enhanced ground clearance at 269mm is also on offer while the standard model gets ground clearance at 249mm.
Both Africa Twin models get Throttle-by-Wire system, torque control and automatic dual clutch transmission. Both models are also user friendly with redesigned foot pegs and better instrumentation with 21″ front and 18″ rear spoked wheels made of stainless steel.
Measuring 2,340mm in length, 930mm in width and 1,570mm in height, the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports sits on a 1,580mm long wheelbase. It is powered by a 998cc liquid cooled, 4 stroke, 8 valve, parallel twin engine offering peak power output of 94 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 99 Nm torque at 6,000 rpm mated to a constant mesh 6 speed manual transmission or 6 speed DCT with on an off road riding modes. Honda states that the modified airbox enhances mid range riding and the new exhaust ensure better exhaust note.
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports shown at EICMA 2017 in its blue, white and red avatar is also a celebration of its 30th anniversary (1988-2018). Africa Twin Adventure Sport’s kerb weight is 243kg for the manual version. 253kg with AT Dual Clutch Transmission system. Weight reduction is possible through its lithium-ion battery. The entry level variant weighs in at 230kg.