Japanese two wheeler giant Honda has just launched the 2019 edition of the Africa Twin ADV motorcycle in India. The only superbike in India to use a twin clutch automatic gearbox, the 2019 Honda Africa Twin is now available in a unique paint scheme called Glint Wave Blue Metallic. This paint scheme also adds gold painted handlebar and rims, giving the motorcycle quite a unique look.
The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 13.5 lakhs, ex-showroom Pan-India. Only 50 units have been reserved for India, which means that you will have to hurry in case you’re planning to buy one. Honda has just opened bookings for the 2019 Africa Twin at 23 Honda ‘Wing’ dealerships across India.
Speaking about the new motorcycle, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd, said,
Since its Indian debut in 2017, the mighty Africa Twin has always seen high demand. The adventure seekers in India experienced the revolutionary DCT for the first time & were highly impressed with its unmatched performance. The 2019 Africa Twin takes the ‘go anywhere’ spirit one step ahead with its fresh new appearance. The proud Africa Twin tribe is growing and we are ready to welcome enthusiasts to the tribe.
The Honda Africa Twin rivals the likes of the Triumph Tiger 800, the Ducati Multistrada 850 and the BMW F850 GS. The adventure bike is powered by a 999cc, parallel twin engine that makes 87.7 Bhp of peak power at 7500 rpm and 93.1 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. A 6 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox – the bike’s most unique feature among all other motorcycles in India – transmits torque to the rear wheel.
The motorcycle’s twin clutch automatic gearbox offers three rider selectable modes that change the transmissions response. D mode is meant for regular riding while S mode activates the sport mode – making gear changes more rapid. The G mode is meant for off road riding, and in this mode, the rider can even wheelie to cross certain obstacles. The 2019 Honda Africa Twin also offers multiple settings that allow the rider to choose 3 levels of Power and Engine Braking. The throttle by wire also offers four riding modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel and User, which vary the throttle response accordingly.
As for suspension, the motorcycle features Showa cartridge-based inverted front forks and a monoshock rear suspension. The suspension is adjustable for pre-load at the front and rear. As for safety, dual channel ABS is standard and the rider has the option of turning off ABS for the rear wheel to suit off roading needs. Honda Selectable Torque Control – the Japanese motorcycle maker’s version of traction control – offers different responses to different riding conditions. It also can be turned off. The Africa Twin is aimed at riders who want a powerful
on-off road motorcycle for long distance riding.