Honda

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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

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