They are all priced within a lakh or two of each other and of­fer a sim­i­lar pack­age to their buy­ers.

Strangely enough, the Honda, which is also the lat­est bike to jump on to the ad­ven­ture tour­ing band­wagon, is priced higher than the Du­cati! By a mere 20 grand, but the fact that an Ital­ian bike should cost less than a Ja­panese one? Well, who would’ve thought of that? Nonethe­less, de­spite its ap­par­ent lack of bulk in these pho­to­graphs, the Africa Twin is big in the flesh. In fact, it is both wider and longer than the Tri­umph here. It also comes pack­aged with a proper litre-class en­gine – a 999.1cc liq­uid-cooled par­al­lel twin with a 270-crank and SOHC at that. And that 20 grand ex­tra you pay over the Du­cati? You don’t pay it for the leg­endary Africa Twin name. You pay it for that cut­ting edge dual clutch trans­mis­sion that the Honda en­gine is mated to.

The semi dou­ble cra­dle chas­sis has been honed to per­fec­tion where it’s just the right bal­ance be­tween rigid­ity and flex. Mean­while a near 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion with max­i­mum mass cen­tral­i­sa­tion means

Like all Du­catis, this Bolog­nese piece of art too comes with the

soul of a racer

En­gine 999.1cc, par­al­lel twin, liq­uid-cooled Trans­mis­sion 6-speed DCT Power 87bhp @ 7500rpm Torque 92Nm @ 6000rpm Weight 247kg 0-100kmph 6.8 sec­onds (claimed)

Price `13.07 lakh (ex-show­room)

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