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2020 Honda Africa Twin models revealed

After months of rumours, Honda have finally unveiled the new Africa Twin models behind the True Adventure teaser campaign.

All three new models (yes, three) benefit from a 100cc capacity hike, bringing the engine capacity up to 1100cc. Despite this the Africa Twin is still down on power compared to the competition – the new model will make just 101bhp, up from 94bhp. But more importantly, the new engine meets the upcoming Euro5 emissions regulations – due to go into affect on January 1, 2020.

Honda have made the Africa Twin more off-road focussed with slimmer bodywork and a revised riding position. They’ve also shaved 5kg off the total weight of the bike. To go with the extra power and revised ergonomics is a new six-axis inertial Measurement Unit to control all the rider aids. These include traction control – which was also on the previous Africa Twin, as well as three new systems – Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, and Rear Lift Control. The DCT Africa Twin also gets cornering detection functionality, which adjusts the gear shifting pattern when the system detects the bike is cornering.

All the electronic variable can be viewed and controlled through the new 6.5 inch TFT touchscreen, which includes Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay. I dunno about you, but I hate touchscreens on bikes. BMW’s wheel works really well for menu navigation, and I’d much rather have an extra button or two on the bars than have to stab at a screen with gloved hands.

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports remains as the long-distance mile-muncher, with a 24.8L fuel tank, better wind protection, adjustable screen, sump guard, aluminium rear carrier, ACC charger, and heated grips.

The third model we mentioned? That’ll be the Africa Twin Adventure Sports EERA, which sports Showa’s Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment suspension. Showa’s electronically-adjustable suspension ‘adjusts damping force relative to riding mode selected and aims to deliver high-quality suspension reaction in diverse and opposite conditions’. There are three settings for road use; SOFT, MID, and HARD, as well as an off-road setting. There’s also a USER setting, which allows you to fine tune the suspension to your liking. Rear preload can be adjusted separately in all modes.

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Pricing and release date have not been confirmed.

 

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