Since entering the Indian market in July 2017 with segment-first DCT, the top-notch adventure motorcycle saw 80 units retailed in under 100 days
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd have today announced the opening of bookings for the 2018 Africa Twin in the domestic market. The first 50 lucky customers will get a chance to witness their favourite riders live at MotoGP. Available only in limited numbers, the 2018 Honda Africa Twin’s booking enquiries can be made by visiting the brand’s exclusive sales & service Wing World outlets located across 22 cities in the country.
For further information, buyers can visit the official HMSI website. The 2018 Africa Twin is priced at Rs. 13.23 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) in GP Red colour scheme. Since entering the Indian market in July 2017 with segment-first DCT, the top-notch adventure motorcycle saw 80 units retailed in under 100 days.
Having made local debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February, the new Africa Twin carries forward the over thirty-year-old old legacy of the iconic flagship adventure motorcycle. As for the changes in the new model, Honda has introduced Throttle by Wire (TBW) that expands choices available in managing engine output, feel and rear wheel traction.
The new Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system comes with seven levels. For instance, Level 1 is for aggressive riding off-road and Level 7 for maximum sense of security on slippery and wet tarmac conditions. HSTC can also be completely turned off and the addition of a lithium-ion battery contributes to 2.3 kg overall weight saving.
The 999.11 cc, parallel-twin produces a maximum power output of 89 PS at 7,500 rpm and 93.1 Nm of peak torque delivered at 6,000 rpm. The new Africa Twin retains dual-clutch transmission for India and is said to give direct acceleration feel of a manual ‘box.
Three modes of operation available in the DCT are Automatic D, Automatic S and MT mode. The former is ideal for city and highway riding and achieves optimum fuel efficiency while Automatic S 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 additional engine braking.
In the MT mode, the Africa Twin gains full manual control, allowing rider to shift gear with the left handlebar trigger control buttons. It comprises of different riding modes with three levels of Power (P) and Engine Braking (EB) providing pre-set combinations of each parameter.
The User mode enables rider to set and save preferred combination of Power, EB and HSTC levels. Both riding mode and level of HSTC can be changed at any time using the left hand switchgear controller. In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required.
Rally style negative LCD instrument display includes Riding Modes, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel, Gear position, HSTC, Odometer, Trip Meter, Clock and ABS Indicator. It uses Showa 45mm cartridge-type USD telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment at front and monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment with 220 mm rear wheel travel.
The brakes feature 310 mm ‘wave’ style, twin-floating front discs with Nissin four-pot radial calipers and rear disc is a 256 mm ‘wave’ style with a single-pot caliper.