Honda Motorcycles and Scooters showcased the Africa Twin at the Auto Expo. The Africa Twin is the off-road adventure motorcycle in the Honda lineup and is amongst the legendary adventure bikes in the market. Honda intends to launch the motorcycle by the end of 2016 in India and it will assemble the Africa Twin locally. This will be the second large displacement bike in Honda’s lineup to be assembled in India apart from the Honda CBR650F. The Africa Twin will compete with the likes of the Triumph Tiger and the Suzuki V-Storm.
The Africa Twin is powered by a new 998cc parallel twin engine. It features a 270-degree phased crank with 4 valves per cylinder. The engine develops 94 hp @ 7500 rpm and 98 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. It also features automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT) and a 6-speed manual transmission. In the DCT variant, buttons are mounted on the left handlebar switch gear which can be used to shift gears manually. In India, the manual transmission variant would be available.
The Africa Twin features a fully adjustable long travel Showa fork suspension unit at the front and monoshock at the rear. The braking setup consists of 310mm dual discs with 4 piston calipers at the front and 256mm rear disc. The front tire is 21-inch and the rear tire is 18-inch. The Africa Twin has a tall and slender stance with a ground clearance of 250mm.
The Africa Twin comes with a variety of electronic features. ABS and TCS are standard on the motorcycle. They can be turned off. It also features Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The fuel tank capacity is 18.8 liters. The Honda Africa Twin is expected to retail at ₹ 10 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).