Honda along with HRC had developed the NXR750 which went on to win the Dakar rally for 4 consecutive years and this served as an inspiration for what is known as the Africa Twin currently. Honda has brought in the Africa Twin CRF1000L to India with a price tag of Rs 13.06 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) with the deliveries limited to just 50 units which might increase in the future. The reason it has become a legendary dual sport motorcycle is courtesy of the technology that Honda has added to it.
Engine Specification and Transmission
Honda India offers only the DCT gearbox which makes it one of the most technologically advanced ADV motorcycle on offer in India. A DCT gearbox is usually found on cars, but the Africa Twin also does away with the need to manually change gears with three shifting combinations ‘N’ (Neutral), ‘D’ (Drive) or ‘S’ (Sport) to take care of. The Twin also has an automated manual transmission which can be implemented through the manual shift selector on the left side of the handlebar. The engine powering the Africa Twin is a 999 cc parallel twin which delivers a power of 87 bhp@7500rpm and 91.9 Nm Torque@6000 rpm. What it basically means is that this tall motorcycle is very similar to riding a Honda Activa.
Another handy feature is a ‘G’ switch on board takes care of off-road riding by providing half clutch control and better traction. It also has an incline detection feature to keep rider on top of terrains like loose, steep track or dune. Apart from that the right side of the handlebar provides access to 4 automatic driving modes which include ‘D’ mode and S (Sport) mode with three shift options: S1, S2 and S3.
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) along with ABS works out different permutations to give 80 different combos to help adapt to the rider skill level or to suit the riding conditions.
Features and Equipment
Honda Africa Twin gets a rally spec instrument cluster with LCD display which is easily readable and houses a Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, ABS, HSTC, Odometer, Trip and Clock. For lighting up the roads it gets twin lamp LED headlamps with AHO (auto headlamp on) function while the taillight and side blinkers also have LED lights.
The suspension unit upfront is Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted (Upside Down) telescopic fork while the rear one is a Monoblock cast aluminium swingarm with gas charged dampers which allow excessive travel range. The anchor is dropped by 310mm floating front discs which are fitted up front and 256mm single unit at the rear.