The mid-sized adventure tourer could be powered by an 800-850cc parallel-twin and share some of its components with Africa Twin
Although we are not exactly sure at this moment, there are rumours that besides launching a more powerful Africa Twin in the near future, Honda will also introduce a mid-capacity (800-850cc) adventure tourer as well. The mid-capacity motorcycle will be powered by a downsized 800-850cc parallel-twin engine and it will also share some of its vital components with the Africa Twin.
The mid-capacity adventure could also share the bigger 21-inch front wheels at the front, suspension setup, and some of the other important features with the Africa Twin. However, it is still not clear whether the motorcycle will borrow the dual clutch transmission (DCT) unit from its elder sibling or not.
Although not many details of the upcoming adventure tourer are available at this moment, a leaked rendering of the upcoming motorcycle does give us an idea that Honda won’t mess much with the overall design of the motorcycle.
Expect the upcoming motorcycle to look almost identical to the CRF1000L. The mid-capacity adventure tourer will also be lighter than the bigger Africa Twin. The report also states that the upcoming motorcycle will be showcased at the 2020 EICMA Motorcycle show and will most probably launch in the year 2021. The motorcycle will be priced around Rs 10 Lakh (ex-showroom).
The upcoming smaller Africa Twin will rival directly against the likes of the Triumph Tiger 800, BMW F 850 GS and also the soon to be launched KTM 790 Adventure. The motorcycle will definitely be more accessible and affordable alternative for those who cannot get their hands on the expensive Africa Twin.
Honda recently launched the 2019 Africa Twin in India priced at Rs 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom) as well which is about Rs 27,000 dearer than the outgoing model. The updated model gets a new metallic blue paint scheme, golden handlebars, and wheel rims. The Africa Twin is powered by a 999.11cc, parallel twin engine. This unit paired with a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) produces about 87.7 bhp of peak power at 7,500 rpm and 93.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm.