Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports First Look

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
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Launch RRP: £14,650

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Power: 101 bhp

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

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Economy: 45 mpg

Range: 250 miles from the 24.8 litre tank

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Seat Height: 850 mm

Weight: 238 kg (wet)

What Is It?

The Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports (ATAS) 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 and 12V sockets
  • Assist and slipper clutch
  • 5-level adjustable screen
  • Heated grips
  • 2->1 exhaust system
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator

Compared to the 2018-2019 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 / lights, Apple Carplay, new styling, emergency stop indicator system, off-road mode, two custom ride modes, higher handlebars, a 50mm lower slimmer seat, shorter travel suspension, cruise control, wheelie control, new exhaust design with variable valve and it's 5kg 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 tubeless tyre and the rear 18" a 150/70.

The clever £1,200 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.

New for 2020 is the £1,400 optional Showa electronically adjustable suspension (EERA) with soft / mid / hard / off-road / custom modes and it only adds 2kg. Rear pre-load can be set to solo, solo plus luggage, two up and two up with luggage. Adding DCT and EERA bumps the RRP up to £17,350.

Accessories include the DCT system (+10kg), 825mm low seat, 895mm high seat, engine bars, side bars, LED fog lights, Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41 knobbly tyres, quickshifter, radiator guards, rally pegs and plastic or Aluminium luggage.

Colours: Black/gold, red/white/blue

The £13,050 standard Africa Twin has a smaller fuel tank, shorter fixed screen, smaller belly pan, smaller side fairings and no cornering lights, luggage rack, 12V socket, heated grips, hand guards or optional electronic suspension.

More Info

Check out this video from Honda and this one about the EERA suspension.

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