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Honda Africa Twin Might Launch This Fiscal Year

The Honda Africa Twin will come in two variants – Base (ABS) and DCT – which are expected to be priced around Rs 14 lakh and Rs 16 lakh respectively.

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The Honda Africa Twin will be powered by a 998cc, 4-stoke, liquid-cooled Parallel Twin engine with a Unicam and 270-degree crankshaft.

January 6, 2017 – The Honda Africa Twin adventure tourer might see a release in India early this year. A latest Economic Times report claims that Honda might roll out the Africa Twin in the first quarter of FY18, i.e. between April 2017 – June 2018. Earlier, it was slated to launch by the end of 2016, but postponed due to Japan earthquake that disturbed the component production and parts-study of several projects at the company Hamamatsu-based plant. As a reminder, the Honda Africa Twin had its India debut at the Auto Expo previous year. Read: Honda CBR250RR Details & Images Revealed

In India, the Honda Africa Twin will be brought as CKD (completely knocked down) unit, and then assembled locally at bikemaker’s Manesar plant. This adventure bike was featured in a National Geographic program named – “Riding Morocco: Chasing the Dakar”. The program stared veteran rally rider Christophe Barriere-Varju and Australian fashion model Laura Csortan travelling in Morocco on the all-new Honda Africa Twin.

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Honda Africa Twin India specs

Here’s everything you need to know about the Honda Africa Twin in 10 quick points – 

1. Honda Africa Twin India Launch

The all-new Honda Adventure bike might go on sale in India sometime between April 2017 – June 2018. Earlier it was speculated to come towards the end of 2016.

2. Honda Africa Twin India Price

Variant Expected Price
Base Model Rs 14 lakh
Top Model (DCT) Rs 16 lakh

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3. Honda Africa Twin India Specifications

Engine 998cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled Parallel Twin
Maximum Power 94bhp @ 7,500rpm
Maximum Torque 98Nm @ 6,000rpm
Transmission 6-speed Manual

Power for the new Honda Adventure motorcycle will come from a 998cc, 4-stoke, liquid-cooled Parallel Twin engine with a Unicam and 270-degree crankshaft. This motor belts out a maximum power of 94bhp at 7,500rpm and 98Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Similar to its US-spec model, the India-bound Africa Twin will have a 6-speed manual and a new DCT (dual-clutch transmission) gearbox with selectable on-and-off modes. This adventure bike is likely to deliver a mileage around 10kmpl – 15kmpl.

Honda Africa Twin

4. Honda Africa Twin India Mileage

City 10kmpl
Highway 15kmpl

5. Honda Africa Twin India Colours

The Africa Twin might come in a choice of three colours – Dakar Rally (Red and Blue), Digital Metallic Silver (Grey and Black) and Mat Ballistic Black Metallic.

6. Honda Africa Twin India Features

– Small windscreen
– A small dash
– Digital tachometer
– Wide handlebars
– Hand-guards
– Buttons on the left handlebar switchgear
– Start-up system
– High ground clearance

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7. Honda Africa Twin India Dimensions

Length 2,335mm
Width 875mm
Height 1,475mm
Wheelbase 1,575mm
Seat Height 840mm – 870mm
Dry Weight 208kgs – 222kgs
Fuel Tank Capacity 23-litre

Honda Africa Twin India price

8. Honda Africa Twin India Design

The Africa Twin is based on steel semi-double cradle type chassis with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame. The bike’s design head, Italian Maurizio Carbonara, said that the motorcycle’s styling has a combination of CRF Rally bikes and the original Africa Twin inspired lines. The DCT automatic variant will get buttons on the left handlebar switchgear. The bike will also feature a small dash and windscreen, a digital tachometer, wide handlebars, hand-guards, start-up system and a high ground clearance.

In terms of dimensions, the Honda Africa Twin measures 2,335mm in length, 875mm in width and 1,475mm in height with a wheelbase of 1,575mm. There is a reasonably high positioned seat that will come with different height options ranging from 840mm to 900mm. The bike offers a fuel tank capacity of 23-litres. Features like ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with rear ABS on/off and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) will come as standard.

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 9. Honda Africa Twin India Other Details

Frame Type – Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame

Braking System

Front – 310mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston
Rear – 256mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston

Tyre Size

Front – 90/90 R21
Rear – 150/70 R18

10. Honda Africa Twin India Competition

In India, the new Honda Adventure bike will gun up straight against the Triumph Tiger and the Ducati Multistrada.


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