Honda gives the lowdown on Africa Twin
The 998cc parallel-twin engine features a 270 degree crank and produces a claimed 70kW (93hp) at 7500rpm and 98Nm at 6000rpm. Power runs through a lightweight and robust six-speed manual gearbox based Honda’s CRF250R/450R dirt bike.
Set to make waves in the adventure market when it goes on sale in Australia, it will be available in three different models – Standard, ABS and ABS-DCT.
The top-of-the-range ABD-DCT model is fitted with a Dual Clutch Transmission allowing manual gearshifts via handlebar-mounted triggers as well as D (economy) and S (sport) automatic modes. The S mode also features the choice of three shift programs S1, S2 and S3.
In the spirit of adventure, the DCT technology has also been customised for the Africa Twin with a ‘G’ switch which improves traction and machine control by reducing clutch slip. The new system also has incline detection which can adapt the gear shift pattern to match the incline grade, aiding overall control.
Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) allows the choice of three output levels and the rear-wheel ABS can be deactivated for better off-road control.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin chassis is a steel semi-double cradle design with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire wheels. Colour variants include Silver, Rally and Tricolour.
Pricing for the three models will be announced by Honda closer to the arrival date.
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