Africa Twin has a deeper ‘voice’

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - — WR.

HONDA’S much an­tic­i­pated new Africa Twin went on sale at deal­ers this month, with rec­om­mended re­tail prices of R99 999 for the NC750X and R109 999 for the NC750X DCT.

The pric­ing in­cludes a twoyear un­lim­ited mileage war­ranty and one-year road­side as­sis­tance.

Honda de­scribed the 705X en­gine as its “ul­ti­mate com­mut­ing mo­tor­cy­cle”, and added in a state­ment the lat­est model gets more ad­ven­tur­ous with a tough new look, re­vised front fork damp­ing, ex­panded stor­age com­part­ment plus LCD in­stru­ments with personalised colour op­tions.

The Dual Clutch Trans­mis­sion ma­chine re­ceives 3-level S mode, plus fur­ther soft­ware up­grades in both MT and AT rid­ing modes. The fru­gal 750 cc par­al­lel twin gains a re­vised ex­haust muf­fler which adds a deeper tone. The up­dated NC750X com­mut­ing mo­tor­cy­cle has re­vised front fork damp­ing, ex­panded stor­age com­part­ment plus LCD in­stru­ments with personalised colour op­tions. The fru­gal 750 cc par­al­lel twin now also has a re­vised ex­haust muf­fler to give a deeper “voice”.

Tick­ing as it does all the boxes of econ­omy, light weight and easy rid­ing with a dual clutch trans­mis­sion, the 750X is one of Honda’s most pop­u­lar com­mut­ing bikes in both Europe and South Africa, con­sis­tently rank­ing among the top ten best sell­ing mo­tor­cy­cles.

Rid­ers like its ground-break­ing, torque-laden twin-cylin­der en­gine, which runs on air while rid­ing in the low-to-mid rpm ranges, as well as the re­laxed, roomy rid­ing po­si­tion, thanks to wide han­dle­bars and a com­fort­able seat. The com­pli­ant, long-travel sus­pen­sion and dis­tinc­tive ad­ven­ture styling add to the ap­peal.

Over a third of the cus­tomers choose Honda’s unique dual clutch trans­mis­sion (DCT).

Like most mod­ern bikes, the fuel tank is ac­tu­ally a stor­age com­part­ment, ca­pa­ble of hold­ing a full-face hel­met. This stor­age area has in­creased in size by one litre to 22 litres and the lid ex­te­rior now fea­tures rugged ex­ter­nal rails — use­ful for mount­ing a tank bag.

The new in­stru­ment clus­ter uses a neg­a­tive LCD dis­play and can be set to change into nine colours, de­pend­ing on var­i­ous en­gine or trans­mis­sion set­tings. The rear monoshock gains a spring preload ad­juster sys­tem and has 150 mm of travel. It op­er­ates through ProLink that of­fers op­ti­mised bal­ance over low-speed bumps.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Honda’s Africa Twin is con­sis­tently a top 10 seller.

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