Honda Africa Twin First Look

Honda Africa Twin

Insurance Costs: 8 of 10


Launch RRP: £13,050


Power: 101 bhp

Engine: 1,084 cc, 8,000 rpm red line, 130 mph top speed


Economy: 45 mpg

Range: 190 miles from the 18.8 litre tank


Seat Height: 850 mm

Weight: 226 kg (wet)

What Is It?

The Honda Africa Twin is a premium adventure bike with an optional automatic gearbox and is powered by a Euro 5 compliant liquid cooled 1,084cc parallel twin engine, producing 100.6bhp at 7,500rpm and maximum torque at 6,250rpm.

Features include:

  • Steel frame and Aluminium sub-frame / swingarm
  • Dual 310mm wavy discs up front with Nissin 2 piston calipers
  • 256mm wavy disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
  • Bosch MM7.10 cornering ABS system with off-road mode
  • Adjustable 45mm Showa upside down fork with 230mm travel
  • Adjustable Showa shock with 220mm travel
  • 7-level traction control, 3-level wheelie control
  • 3-level engine braking control
  • Ride modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-Road, Custom 1/2
  • Auto cancel indicators, cruise control
  • 850mm / 870mm adjustable seat
  • LED lighting all round, USB socket
  • Assist and slipper clutch
  • 2->1 exhaust system
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator

Compared to the 2016-2019 model there's an 86cc larger engine, 7bhp more power, 6% more torque, a new thinner frame / sub-frame, new dash split between a small LCD section and large 6.5" TFT touchscreen, new cornering ABS, Apple Carplay, new styling, emergency stop indicator system, off-road mode, two custom ride modes, higher handlebars, a slimmer seat, shorter screen, cruise control, wheelie control, new exhaust design with variable valve and it's 6kg lighter.

Around 2.5kg has been shaved off the engine, 1.8kg from the frame and 500g from the new swingarm. The wire spoked 21" front wheel takes a Metzeler Karoo Street 90/90 tyre and the rear 18" a 150/70.

The clever £900 Dual Clutch Transmission automatic gearbox is still a key option with about 50% of models ordered with it. It's now lean angle / gradient aware and includes the G switch on the handlebars which improves rear wheel traction off-road.

Accessories include the DCT system (+10kg), 825mm low seat, 895mm high seat, smoked screen, tall screen, engine bars, side bars, LED fog lights, red / black handguards, Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41 knobbly tyres, heated grips, quickshifter, radiator guards, 12V socket, rally pegs and plastic or Aluminium luggage.

Colours: Black/red, red/white

The Adventure Sports version has also been updated and builds on the package with a larger fuel tank, cornering lights, tall screen, larger belly pan, larger side fairings, luggage rack, heated grips, 12V socket, hand guards, tubeless tyres and a new option of electronically adjustable suspension. Unlike the previous ATAS model seat height is now the same, making it more of a long distance version.

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