Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has opened the bookings for the 2018 Africa Twin and it will be available at Honda’s Wing World dealerships which are spread across 22 cities in the country. The adventure motorcycle costs Rs 13.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It was first launched in July last year. The updated motorcycle gets ride by wire, three riding modes and seven levels of traction control. Also making an appearance is a rally style LCD instrument cluster.
Powering the motorcycle is the same liquid cooled 999.11cc parallel twin engine that makes 87.7bhp and 93.1Nm of torque that comes mated to the 6-speed DCT. The 2018 Honda Africa twin competes against the Triumph Tiger 800 and Ducati Multistrada 950. The 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 range is priced betweenRs 11.76 lakh and Rs 13.76 lakh (ex-showroom). The Ducati Multistrada 950 retails at Rs 12.80 lakh (ex-showroom).
Key Features – 2018 Africa Twin
The introduction of Throttle by Wire (TBW) greatly expands the choices available to the rider to manage engine output, feel and rear wheel traction. The new Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system features 7 Levels – from Level 1, for aggressive riding off-road to Level 7 for maximum sense of security on slippery, wet tarmac. It remains possible to turn HSTC completely OFF. The addition of a lithium-ion battery contributes to a 2.3kg overall weight saving, while several detail changes further improve the machine’s off-road ability and durability
The engine is Parallel Twin – 999.11cc with Max Power of 65.4 kW (89PS) @7500rpm and 93.1 Nm Torque@6000rpm The Africa Twin retains Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission technology. An automated clutch and shift operation system that retains the direct acceleration feel of a manual transmission. Experience a more enjoyable ride by focusing on the sensations of accelerating, turning and braking your motorcycle.
Suit Yourself Riding Modes
In Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), three modes of operation are available. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking. The MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift gear with the left handlebar trigger control buttons. The riding modes are comprised of different levels of Power (P) and Engine Braking (EB).
There are also 3 levels of Power and Engine Braking available which offer pre-set combinations of each parameter, suitable to different riding environments and scenarios:
TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL
A fourth mode – USER – allows the rider to set and save his or her preferred combination of Power, EB and HSTC levels. Both riding mode and level of HSTC can be changed at any time using the controls on the left hand switchgear
Manual Shift Selector
In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.
Rally style negative LCD instrument display including: Riding Modes, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, HSTC, Odometer, Trip Meter, Clock and ABS Indicator
Front Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted (Upside Down) telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230mm stroke. Rear: Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 220 mm rear wheel travel.
The brakes (ABS) feature 310mm ‘wave’ style, twin floating front discs with Nissin 4-pot radial calipers for plenty of feel and strong stopping power. Rear disc is a 256mm ‘wave’ style with a 1-pot caliper. With ABS off on the rear brake