Hon­daafrica Twin

998cc | 232kg | 94bhp | 870/850mm Cash price £11,210 De­posit £2831.28 Mileage 4000pa Rate 5.9% APR Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment £6094.75

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From the mo­ment Honda’s plans to bring back the Africa Twin were re­vealed, and ru­mours about its se­ri­ous ad­ven­ture fo­cus be­gan to cir­cu­late, ex­pec­ta­tions for Honda’s new flag­ship ad­ven­ture bike were high. And it doesn’t dis­ap­point.

First im­pres­sions are of com­fort, light­ness and re­fine­ment. The seat is spa­cious as is the re­la­tion

to the foot­pegs, mean­ing that there is plenty of room for 6ft plus rid­ers. Yet the bike it­self has an im­pres­sively low seat height so that even the ver­ti­cally chal­lenged will be at ease. This was part of Honda’s de­sign brief to make the bike as man­age­able as pos­si­ble and has been achieved through in­te­grat­ing the oil tank and pump within the bot­tom of the crank case, which in turn re­duces the over­all height of the en­gine and re­sult­ing seat height. The seat it­self is also par­tic­u­larly nar­row where it meets the fuel tank, which means as a rider your legs aren’t splayed wide like they are on a BMW GS, which is sig­nif­i­cant for shorter rid­ers. But move back on the seat and it gets wider, which is key to the high lev­els of rider com­fort on the move. The han­dle­bar po­si­tion feels neu­tral yet pur­pose­ful and im­me­di­ately gives great lever­age, con­trol and in­spires con­fi­dence.

The en­gine of­fers smooth, lin­ear power, the im­pec­ca­ble fuelling and throt­tle con­nec­tion mak­ing for as­sured rapid progress, but the 94bhp mo­tor fails to truly in­spire. It has a de­cent torque fig­ure of 68.6ftlb, and through the con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing throt­tle-torear tyre con­nec­tion it means that it’s easy to ac­cess ev­ery bit of that power.

De­spite sig­nif­i­cant 230mm sus­pen­sion travel from the beau­ti­ful 45mm Showa USD fork, and 220mm travel from the rear to cope with of­froad rid­ing, the bike still feels solid and planted on the road.

The Africa Twin in­spires con­fi­dence on the dirt, re­gard­less of your abil­ity or off-road ex­pe­ri­ence. Its phys­i­cal size makes it a breath of fresh air in the cur­rent 1200cc-plus dom­i­nated ad­ven­ture bike class; the par­al­lel-twin mo­tor mak­ing it both low and nar­row.

In a class dom­i­nated by bike man­u­fac­tur­ers ob­sessed with pro­duc­ing ever larger-ca­pac­ity bikes, the Africa Twin is a rev­e­la­tion. It’s a true ad­ven­ture bike, with all the in­gre­di­ents to take you wher­ever you want to go.

On road or off it, it’s ef­fort­less good fun Just look at that monthly fig­ure! £99 per month is so af­ford­able that it’s tempt­ing to get one just for the bar­gain. Go any­where, do any­thing, and all at a great price. HOT PICK

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