Honda Two Wheelers and Motorcycles India (HMSI) has launched the new Africa Twin for Rs 12.32 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The updated Honda Africa Twin can be booked across the 22 Wing World dealerships across India. These are special dealerships that stock all of Honda’s big bikes and cater to a premium audience. A point to be noted here is that customers have to really quick if they intend to purchase the Honda Africa Twin 2018. This is because there are only 50 units available and like last year, it is expected that these too will be sold out real quick. HMSI is also offering few lucky customers of the Africa Twin a chance to watch a MotoGP race live.
The new Honda Africa Twin gets LED headlights and is available only in this red and white schemeThings that have changed on the new Honda Africa Twin are the Throttle by Wire technology which vastly improves the accelerator response of the motorcycle. The Honda Selectable Torque Control or HSTC lets one select the torque output to the rear wheel in seven different levels. Out of this, level one denotes that the rider is ready to ride in an aggressive fashion off-road whereas level seven means that the rider will need the maximum assistance from the electronics. One can also turn off HSTC completely.
The 998cc parallel-twin motor on the Honda Africa Twin continues to offer 89PS of power and 93.1Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automated transmission – this simply translates to a motorcycle without a clutch lever. Riders can choose from the available three modes – D (drive), S (sport) and MT. HMSI says that in the D mode, the gearbox upshifts quickly in the interest of higher fuel efficiency while the S mode holds onto gears a tad longer before upshifting. In the MT mode, the rider can shift the gear using a lever on the left handlebar. Apart from this, the rider can also choose from different power and engine braking levels. One can also set his individual set of riding assists as well as power modulation with the User mode. It may be noted that should the rider feel the need to manually change the gear, he can just flick the left side switch of the motorcycle to do so.
Features of the Honda Africa Twin include a LCD meter that shows the modes chosen, ABS, fuel, gear position as well as the regular tell tale lights. Speaking of ABS, it is switchable and one can turn it off on the rear wheel for some sliding fun. The Honda Africa Twin 2018 is suspended on 45mm upside down forks from Showa and have a preload adjustment. The rear suspension is made of an adjustable monoshock. Honda uses 21-inch and 18-inch wheels for the front and rear. These are of the spoked type and have a tube in them. Twin 310mm Nissin floating discs are available at the front and a single 256mm disc at the back are part of the braking package. The ground clearance is a lofty 251mm.