Honda Africa Twin has landed to the Honda Auto Expo Stall in India, Honda plans to make this iconic motorcycle in India
This wasn’t expected! Honda just announced that they will later in the year will launch the CRF1000L aka Africa Twin in the country. This iconic motorcycle has been in the company’s history since a very long time. The motorcycle predecessor was the XRV 750 which was in production from 1989 to 2003 when it was discontinued.
Honda was mum until the year 2014 when it filled a patent in the UK for the motorcycle. Later that year at the EICMA show in November, Honda showcased the motorcycle with heavy camouflage and had mud all over it and could be viewed from distance only.
however, 2015 saw the birth of the Africa Twin after teasing the media worldwide with teasers, pictures and videos. There has been a simple and powerful message from Honda for this motorcycle and it is ‘Go Anywhere’. The old motorcycle had a thumping V-twin. However due to cost reasons, the new motorcycle has a parallel-twin engine to make things rider friendly as well as it makes the bike sleeker and helps in better ergonomics. The motorcycle has a 1000cc engine parallel-twin With Honda’s Unicam design, a single camshaft directly actuates the two intake valves, while the two exhaust valves operate through low-friction roller rocker arms in the head.
The engine makes just 94 BHP at 7000 RPM and a lot of torque which is 98 NM at a low 6000 RPM. The motorcycle as we see relies on pulling power (torque) and not out and out horsepower. The motorcycle has a very light weight engine like motorcross motorcycles have.
The African Twin problem is the weight that it carries. Wet weight of 242 kgs is quite high and on-road performance is best called adequate. The motorcycle is meant to anywhere, which it has a legacy to do and shouldn’t disappoint there. Wait for more details as they come in the future with this iconic motorcycle.