Honda’s answer to the BMW R1200 GS and Triumph Tiger, the Africa Twin is launched in India at a price of Rs 12.90 lakhs.
Here is a bit of a history lesson for those not familiar with the Honda Africa Twin name. First introduced in 1988 with a 750cc engine, it was a direct descendant of the NXR-750 off-road bike that won the Paris Dakkar rally a record four times in the 1980s. The Paris Dakkar is one of the extreme and toughest races in the world and this is testament to the Honda Africa twin’s abilities off-road. The bike also set a record recently by going over 5900 metres above sea-level, climbing a volcano.
Third generation Honda Africa Twin, the model that is launched in India has a 998cc parallel twin engine that produces power and torque figures of 87 bhp and 92 Nm. Paired to a chassis that is light weight and strong enables the Honda Africa Twin to scale any off-road obstacles.
The bike is available with a dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT) as well and only that version will be available for purchase in India. Despite being an automatic, the gearbox has been specifically developed and programmed to provide good off-road characteristics. The bike also features Honda Selectable Torque Control, Drive and Sport riding modes, as well as switchable ABS.
“Africa Twin- its name is inseparable from the spirit of Dakar Rally- world’s toughest rally raids. Down to its roots, when the going gets tough, Africa Twin gets going. There is nothing to hold back an enthusiast on the Africa Twin, as it’s the most reliable, versatile and proven adventure touring motorcycle. Real adventure is awaiting the lucky customers amongst the first 50 bookings of the legendary Africa Twin in India,” said Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd.
In the first stage there will be bookings available for 50 numbers only and all will be available in Victory Red. A few of these owners will be selected to go on a “True Adventure” Honda Africa Twin India launch event as well. Brought in via the CKD route, the Honda Africa Twin is also the first 1000 cc “Make in India” model by HMSI.
The Honda Africa Twin will be an alternative for the BMW R1200 GS, Ducati Multistrada, and Triumph Tiger Explorer and will be a better off-roader as the bike was always designed to go through the rough bits than be a road bike that indulges in some off-roading. The lightness of the bike should help in its favour and finally those who have been asking for the bike to be released in India can rejoice!
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