The updated Africa Twin made its global premiere late last year and it features a suite of changes in a bit to improve the riding characteristics
According to internet reports, the latest version of the Africa Twin sold globally will be entering India in a couple of months. Ahead of its arrival, pre-orders will commence by the first week of next month as Honda gears up to introduce the 2018 Africa Twin only in limited availability.
The updated Africa Twin made its global premiere late last year and it features a suite of changes in a bit to improve the riding characteristics of the flagship adventure motorcycle from the Japanese manufacturer. There are several changes to boast about and they are listed below!
Chief among the revisions is the tweaked Throttle By Wire system while the Honda Selectable Torque Control has been updated as well with seven different levels – improvement against three compared to its predecessor. Each monitors and adapts to surface conditions as well as the tyres being shod on the new Africa Twin.
The safety parameters also depend on the levels the rider choose as rocky roads, wet surfaces and smooth patches are all dealt with separately. However, Honda gives the option to completely turn off the HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) function giving freedom to the rider in all aspects.
The rider can opt between three power and engine braking levels amidst being able to pick from four different riding modes such as Tourm, Urban, Gravel and User. Honda provides the lithium-ion battery as standard fitment and it has become lighter compared to the previous version and for increased refinement a bi axial balancer shaft is optimised.
The 2018 Honda Africa Twin competes against the likes of Triumph Tiger 800, Kawasaki Versys 1000, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and Ducati Multistrada 950. The motorcycle is shod on Bridgestone dual-sport tyres as opposed to Dunlops and uses the 998 cc parallel twin engine paired to the same six-speed DCT transmission.