The 2018

Africa Twin

Bike India - - FIRST RIDE -

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.

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