Honda’s Africa Twin is fit to negotiate every terrain

Looks

Twin LED headlamps and the great graphics job make the Africa Twin stand out. Both the front cowl and the windscreen help deflect wind which adds to a safer ride.  For the time being the victory red shade is the only one on offer here in India though globally there’s are options. When compared to the Triumph Tiger Explorer or the KTM 1090R in terms of dimensions the Africa twin does not look so intimidating. It looks leaner and that’s not such a bad thing for a machine that’s also meant to go off the road. The vertical design of the Instrument cluster works well because it’s easier to read but at times you feel it’s not bright enough and can have better contrast as well. You’ll find a lot of buttons around the panel and on the handle bars which are laid out very nicely. Within no time you get used to each one of them. On the front is a narrow 21 inch wheel and 18 inch one finds place on the rear. Look closely and there’s also the CRF model name which of course comes straight from the dirt bike business.

Engine & Riding modes

The Africa twin runs on a 999cc parallel twin engine that churns out 87 bhp at 7500 rpm and 91.9 Nm of maximum torque. These numbers make the Africa Twin the strong punchy adventure bike that delivers when required. But the biggest pull on the Africa Twin is the DCT gearbox which means gear changes are automatic and of course there’s no clutch. In India we’re not used to seeing automatic bikes even in liter class or more so this one is definitely a revelation. This is one feature that is sure to find a lot of takers. There are four riding modes which include 3 levels of sport modes. They augur well for different riding situations as with each increasing mode the upshifts happen later at much higher rpms. You can also switch between automatic and manual at a press of a button and there are paddle shifts as well. According to Honda the Africa Twin can do more than 400 kms in one go due to the big 18.5 liter fuel tank….

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