Honda Africa Twin is the Jaw-dropping 1000cc commuter that launched with the expectations at peak. This 1000cc commuter was first made its stance in 2015 EICMA motor show held at Milan. At that time, the Honda Africa Twin mesmerized all the footfalls by its aesthetic looks and good aerodynamics structure. Let’s get deeper into this.
DESIGN & STYLING
Honda Africa Twin is the out & out tomboy that was specially designed for the particular niche. The bike boasts fictitious body elements which are unique among the adventure commuter’s segment. The bike is not that much artistry as compared to the other models.
The radiators of the bike are covered by the extended fairings appears to be macho from the front angle. While the red-white-black graphical color finish elevates the overall dynamics. The solid grab handle and luggage rack at the rear carry a decent amount of load.
The fuel tank measuring 18.9-litre gets housed rests on 6-mounting points in a semi-double-cradle frame, increased by a rigid rear subframe.
As of the rear, the panels below the grab handles gets two slots with large panniers accessible with the commuter.
The noise due to the windscreen that was faired on the front is now gets reduced by employing the wind tunnel, that test the flow and then tune as per requirement.
The parallel twin engine setup makes the bike simple in dimensions and thus results in good driving dynamics where the rider can easily control the bike even in standing position also.
It is good to see that the bike gets a seat height of 871 mm in India, which gives effective driving capabilities to the Indian customers.
The Honda Africa Twin comes in 2-variants which get powered by a 998cc 8-valve parallel twin engine with the compact Unicam – that churns out a maximum power of 94 bhp @ 7500 rpm and peak torque of 98 Nm @ 6000 rpm. One of the two variants gets a manual transmission gearbox.
Anyhow the dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) gearbox serves the variants, which enables easy gear shifts by buttons housed on either side of the handlebar.
Though it’s not race commuter in the market, it carries some powerful performance and also the storage load added by the rider.
The bike gives an efficient mileage figure of about 18 km/l in the city, which was claimed by the company.
As of the driving dynamics, the Africa Twin is a huge commuter from every angle. The 310 mm twin wave floating hydraulic discs at the front with 4-piston calipers, along with a 265 mm wave single disc brake at the rear provides the good suspension setup. Because of weight centralization, the bike can easily hold its stance.
The high ground clearance and strong suspension setup give no any discomfort to the rider. The ADV road biased 21-inch front tyre, and 150-section 18 inch tyre at the rear ensures better off-road and on-road conditions depending on by choosing suitable tyres that fit for roads.
Another talkative feature is a ‘43 degree steering lock’ which the user can turn it in small circles. The bike can easily maneuver in hard situations which is also useful for today traffic conditions.
Safety features like ABS, which helps from hurdles, while the DCT variant also gets a lever-lock type parking brake system, a traction control in the form Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, which offers 3-riding modes that can be enabled or disabled through a button.
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WHAT ABOUT PRICING?
The Honda Africa Twin is available in only one 1 variant and in only one color ‘Red’. So, this off & on-roader commuter is available with the price tag ranging from INR 14,82,953 onwards.
IS IT BEST?
If you are searching for something that drives you to the greater extent with no any discomfort in both on-road & off-road conditions and also to maneuver in disgusting traffic with very ease then the Honda Africa Twin is the perfect blend to choose. And all this can happen only when you ready to bag the superlative performer home.