True Ad­ven­ture

Honda big-up their Africa Twin

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week In Mcn -

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

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