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onda have already sold more than 400 of their new flagship Africa Twin in the UK. But while the decision for people to part with their hard-earned cash appears to have been easily made, each prospective buyer has had to make an additional decision: opt for the conventional manual machine or go for Honda’s DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) option.
It’s a decision buyers will have no doubt agonised over and so far approximately 21% of Africa Twins sold here have been DCT with that figure significantly higher elsewhere in Europe, at 44%. While the system has been proven on-road on other Honda models, impressing buyers and journalists alike with its seamless gear changes, Honda are breaking new ground in a bid to prove the system’s credentials away from the predictable world of tarmac.
To find out if the DCT version can be a match for manual in the demanding dirt environment, MCN spent a day back-to-back testing the two bikes at a wet and slippery Avalanche Adventure off-road venue in Northamptonshire.
Having been on the press launch of the Africa Twin in South Africa at the end of last year, I already had a clear indication of how the bike behaved in on- and off–road conditions. But unlike South Africa, where I was riding on fast dusty trails, this test was far more real world for a British rider – wet, cold, rutted and incredibly slippery. So much so that it was a test for the bike just navigating our way around.
HFormer trials rider and road racer. Competitor in the UK All Terrain Rally Challenge Experienced off-road and adventure rider. Africa Twin expert
Andy Hibbs (54), motorcycle salesman
Iõve been blown away by the new bike; the engine sounds very similar to my old Africa Twin and the looks still identify with the original. I went for the manual, mainly because of what I know. There is also a cost implication, which was important, plus I like to be in total control. 700 miles into ownership I have absolutely no regrets.
David Busby (48), Director Stafford Motorcycles
I went for DCT because it was new and I wanted to give it a try. I had some reservations but after riding it offroad on this test IÕM impressed. On the road in the standard Drive mode it is sedate and you donõt have to think about it. I would recommend it to any newish rider because it has some distinct advantages over the manual bike.