The launch also included the chance of a brief off-road ride on the updated standard Africa Twin, albeit one wearing the road-biased tyres that both models come with, rather than the knobblier rubber we’d used for the Adventure Sports. Watching the first rider slide off on the muddy first bend of the photo session route confirmed the value of the Sports’ crash-bars, even if the only damage was to the clutch lever.
Despite its lack of grip, the standard Twin had a slight advantage in weighing 11 kg less when fully fuelled, and having a 50-mm lower seat, so smaller riders in particular are likely to find it more manageable. For shorter journeys on the road, it arguably has the edge, especially if you prefer the lower standard screen.
But for most riders the Adventure Sports’ improved range and crash protection will be welcome, and the heated grips and power socket useful accessories. Given that the price difference in most markets is less than 10 per cent, in either DCT or normal six-speed transmission, that is likely to make the more comprehensively equipped model seem good value unless its extra height would be a major drawback.