Honda big-up their Africa Twin
Honda’s Africa Twin has been a popular seller but it’s been found wanting for serious long distance offroad travel. But fear not, for there’s a new Africa Twin Adventure with a whole lot more promise. For a start the petrol tank has increased by 5.4 litres, which Honda say extends the range to beyond 300 miles. 300 miles in the saddle is a long time, so Honda have flattened the seat and made the riding position more upright. It also comes with heated grips, a power socket and a taller screen all to ease out the miles. If you want to take it offroad there are improvements there too with 22mm more suspension travel (adjustable for rebound and compression damping) and a bigger sump guard plus wider footpegs for increased control when standing up.
A revised airbox and new exhaust give the mid-range a boost (along with a tastier exhaust note) but peak power remains the same. Matched to this is an improved ride by wire throttle with three riding modes and a new sevenstage traction control. There’s even an optional quickshifter. Best of all, the Adventure comes in an awesome tricolore paint scheme that celebrates the original XRV650 from 1988.
The standard model also receives some updates including the new airbox, exhaust, throttle, and traction control. The suspension and brakes are the same but the wheels now have stainless spokes and are approved for block tyres. There’s also a weight saving (2.3kg) from a lithium battery.
Beefed-up Honda is ready for major distances off road It’s the Africa Twin we’ve always wanted
O Power 94bhp @ 7500rpm O Weight 243kg / 253kg (DCT) kerb O Seat height 900mm
O Power 124bhp @ 5500rpm O Weight 365kg / 383kg (DCT) kerb O Seat height 745mm