BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Honda Motorcycles hit a sweet sport with adventure riders with the Africa Twin since it’s re-introduction in 2015. The model is important for Honda and has been upgraded recently in a bid to keep up with the improving competition.
The improved 2020 Africa Twin has arrived in India and among variants offered globally, our market will get only higher Adventure Sports which is being offered from Rs 15.35l to Rs 16.10l (ex-showroom). The key USP is that the incoming bikes are available in manual transmission or DCT versions and are more powerful, lighter and easier to ride.
The Adventure Sport models can be easily identified from their large 24l fuel tank and suspension is tuned for comfort ride.
Compared to the older models, the incoming bike gets a bigger engine. The parallel twin now displaces 1,084 cc and adds 7 per cent more torque and 6 per cent more peak power. The engine belts out 101 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 105 Nm of peak torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine has been made lighter with lighter aluminium cylinder sleeves and redesigned engine casings. At 226kg, the manual transmission version is 2.5 kg lighter than before, while the 236kg automatic DCT (dual-clutch transmission) machine shaves off 2.2 kg.
As a rider-friendly machine, the electronics package gets revised.The engine now features four power levels and three levels of engine braking. Added to that is seven levels of Honda’s proprietary traction control system. Honda has also added wheelie control. The touchscreen instrument panel is new and offers Bluetooth audio as well as Apple Carplay connectivity.
For the rider there’s four default riding mode options to choose from — Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-Road from the main menu besides two more customisable user modes.
Suspension duties are taken care by by Showa 45 mm inverted telescopic fork with 230 mm suspension travel. Rear suspension is a monoblock aluminium with Pro-Link and a Showa gas-charged shock absorbers with 220 mm rear wheel travel.