My Dad is in his 70s and would love the scooter-like Africa Twin. It’s by far the easiest to ride, smooth and effortless. The linear power may be unexciting but that makes the Honda unintimidating and useable in every gear. The same can be said for the handling and braking – user-friendly, adequate and easy to manage.
The more time you spend riding this DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version, the more accustomed you get to the unusual system, and the more it makes sense. But fuelling at low speed and initial launch are jerky and, of course, you can’t balance low speed manoeuvres with the clutch.
The optional screen is annoying, too – you’re forced to look through it, not over it – and the Honda was always the first to illuminate its fuel light, typically after around 170-180 miles, at which point the BMW and Ducati still had 100 miles or more left to empty. The clocks are a little dull, there’s only partial suspension adjustment, no cruise control, no rider modes and in this company the standard Honda riding aids are basic.
The Africa Twin is an award-winning bike (MCN Adventure Bike 2015) and is over £5k cheaper than the Ducati Enduro but was simply outclassed and out-gunned in the company. Its performance is user-friendly but it doesn’t have that instant tap of power when you want to overtake several slow-moving cars in one move. Add luggage and a pillion, take on some mountain passes in the Alps and the lack of power becomes an issue.
‘The Africa Twin is £5k cheaper than the Multistrada but is out-gunned here’
The Africa Twin is user-friendly and capable