Honda’s recently reincarnated Africa Twin will be launched at the 2016 Auto Expo in February next year, reports evo India. The adventure tourer shares its name with the iconic bike from the late 80s, but is a totally new product.
Called CRF1000L, the bike uses a 998 cc parallel twin engine (unlike the V-Twin of the original), boasts an excellent ground clearance of 250 milimetres, and has rider aids like ABS and traction control (Honda Selectable Torque Control), both of which can be switched off. It will also be offered with an optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox while a six-speed manual unit will be standard affair.
Underneath the minimal bodywork is a chassis that has an aluminium construction mated to a steel rear sub-frame. The 21-inch wheel up front and an 18-inch wheel at the rear are spoke items, while the bike gets 310 mm disc at the front and a 256 mm unit on the rear wheel. Its touring capabilities are further enhanced by an 18.8-litre fuel tank which is said to give it a range of around 400 km.
The new Africa Twin is an ode to the original XRV that was originally brought out in the late 80s and continued till the early 2000s. Adding to the nostalgia (especially if you’re a fan) are similar styling cues – dual air intakes, dual headlamps, and the Tricolour paint scheme. Talking of colour choices, there are four of those: the above mentioned Tricolour, CRF Rally (red), silver, and black.
The bike is likely to brought to the country as a CBU, hence expect to pay a hefty amount for it. The vehicle is priced at 12,000 Euros; add the import duty and do the math. Expect it to be priced close to Rs 15 lakhs, ex-showroom.