Africa Twin prices are soaring – buy one fast...
Original Africa Twin still has a lot to offer
Honda’s new Africa Twin may be a huge hit – but don’t forget about the late 1980s original which remains a great, popular, appreciating used buy.
Although it went out of production in 2003 and was superseded by the Varadero, the Twin retains a strong, devoted following which means that prices for decent used examples are still on the up.
There’s good reason for that. First, only BMW’S ground-breaking, 35-year-old GS has a better adventure pedigree. The 1989 750 Africa Twin was born out of the exquisite, HRCdeveloped, 1988 650 Africa Twin, which in turn was intended as a production, road-going version of the factory NXR750 racer which dominated the ParisDakar during its heyday, winning an impressive four years in a row.
Second, compared to contemporary rivals like Yamaha’s 750 Super Ténéré and Suzuki’s DR750/800 BIG, the Honda was miles ahead in terms of refinement, quality and versatility. Sure, its 52-degree engine is a little ‘soft’, but it’s flexible and reliable. In addition, though sizeable, the Twin is manageable compared to modern, more massive adventure bikes and handles well.
But best of all, the Twin is handsome, versatile, reassuring, decently built and equipped and, like so many Hondas, Just Does It. No wonder so many owners keep coming back for more of this great bike.
Who needs a new one when the old model is just so good?
No sign of traction control here
Dakar-style instruments are a nice touch