MAKE WAY FOR AFRICA TWIN

Honda’s highly ca­pa­ble CRF1000L goes on sale in the coun­try

Bike India - - IGNITION -

IT HAS BEEN A LONG WAIT SINCE AUTO Expo 2016, when Honda Mo­tor­cy­cle and Scooter In­dia (HMSI) an­nounced the ar­rival of the Africa Twin. And now this highly ca­pa­ble dual-pur­pose ad­ven­ture bike is here, bear­ing a price tag of Rs 12.90 lakh (ex-Delhi).

The Africa Twin, also known as CRF1000L, is the suc­ces­sor to the fa­mous Africa Twin model that was first pro­duced in the late 1980s. Back then it was called the XRV650 and was fol­lowed by a more pow­er­ful vari­ant, called the XRV750, which fea­tured a 742-cc V-twin mo­tor. How­ever, the lat­est Africa Twin fea­tures a 999-cc liq­uid-cooled, par­al­lel-twin mo­tor that pro­duces 88 PS and 91.1 Nm. In In­dia, the Africa Twin will be avail­able with the sixspeed, dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, also known as DCT, and not the stan­dard sixspeed gear­box.

Un­like the mod­ern day, go-any­where ad­ven­ture ma­chines that are big, bulky, and quite in­tim­i­dat­ing, the Africa Twin is sleek, less in­tim­i­dat­ing and more rider-friendly. The con­struc­tion is more like a big off-road bike rather than a full-blown ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle. And it is this very de­sign that gives it ex­tra agility and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity.

The Africa Twin fea­tures a steel, semi-dou­ble cra­dle frame and a high-ten­sile strength steel rear sub-frame. The ad­justable 45-mm front up­side-down forks (USD) are from Showa and fea­ture 228 mm of travel. At the rear, Honda have fit­ted an ad­justable pro­link monoshock with 221 mm of travel. The front 21-inch wire­spoke wheel is shod with 90/90 tube-type tyre and at the rear a wider but smaller 150/70 tyre cov­ers the 18-inch wire wheel.

The Africa Twin weighs in at 242 kg (ready to ride), which is con­sid­er­ably lighter than what some of its com­pe­ti­tion weigh. It also comes with a full elec­tron­ics pack­age that in­cludes Honda Selectable Torque Con­trol Sys­tem, trac­tion con­trol, ABS, LED head­light, and a multi-func­tional in­stru­ment con­sole.

The afore­men­tioned fea­tures make the Africa Twin a highly tempt­ing ad­ven­ture bike op­tion; how­ever, HMSI have an­nounced that the cur­rent book­ings are open only for the first 50 cus­tomers, adding that if the de­mand goes up, they might bring in more units.

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