Africa Twin prices are soar­ing – buy one fast...

Orig­i­nal Africa Twin still has a lot to of­fer

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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

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