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New, sportier Honda Africa Twin is on the way!




Honda teases an improved Africa Twin.

If a post on Honda’s Facebook is to be believed, then the Japanese manufacturer is set to update the Africa Twin, its popular adventure model for 2018. And everything points towards this new version being a more off-road and sportier machine. So with this being said, we can expect to see every aspect of this bike bigger or beefed up.

What does this mean? Well, if the new Africa Twin is really improving its game that much, then those in charge of the BMW R1200 GS range should be getting pretty worried right now.

We first heard about these potential upgrades last year at the Osaka Motorcycle show where the Honda Africa Twin Enduro Sports Concept was revealed to the public – we here in Europe got to see it at last year’s EICMA Milan motorcycle show –  and we reckon it’s likely that the new model would be based on this Sports Concept.

Remember when Honda Italy went a little rogue and built their own version of the Sports Concept that upgraded all of the components? Well, keep that in mind. It’ll be something like that Africa Twin Rally, but with bigger, beefier everything.

Adventure Sports, coming soon. 6 November. #TrueAdventure

Posted by Honda Motorcycles on Wednesday, 25 October 2017


What can be expected of this improved model?

Well, a larger fuel tank to start with. The original version has an eighteen-litre tank; the improved Africa Twin is supposedly being fitted with a 22-litre fuel tank. And of course with a larger tank, the body will probably have to be redesigned to incorporate the changes, so expect that to look a little different too.

Alongside this, the potential upgrades will most likely include; a redesigned flat seat, bigger knobbly tyres, chunkier suspension to soak up the harsh riding environments.

Despite this model being a more off-road focused machine it’s also safe to assume the new Africa Twin will be hugely customisable. Manufacturers love an accessory catalogue and customers will be able to tweak their motorcycle to their needs from a bevy of aftermarket parts.

So if you want to use this as a touring bike, fit the associated touring pack and enjoy the luggage space, heated grips and all round comfort enhancements.

Fancy riding this off the beaten track? Then spec the adventure pack and take advantage of the improved off road capabilities.

Honda Africa Twin Enduro Sports Concept

Further details of the new motorcycle from Honda are yet to be released, but for those interested in the power-plant specs, we can probably expect the 94BHP 1000cc parallel twin engine to remain.

This means that it will probably still have less power than the BMW R 1200 GS, but for those with a more sports-orientated focus, will this new model excite more than the predecessor? Only time will tell.

We expect to see it debut next week at EICMA.

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James has been riding motorcycles for 4 years, commutes to his day job on his trusted Yamaha Fazer and loves anything Modern-Retro and customised.


Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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