World launch review – Honda’s 2016 Africa Twin
Stepping back into the adventure bike sector, Honda’s reincarnated Africa Twin blends real-world competence with off-road pedigree.
A little historyIt was just over a year ago that Honda unveiled its off-road capable True Adventure concept at the EICMA Show, in Milan. A motorcycle with a ‘Go Anywhere’ attitude, promising more than just utilitarian looks and dual-purpose tyres. Fast forward several months and the prototype morphed into a modern-day reincarnation of the Japanese brand’s iconic Africa Twin, picking up from where things left off in 2003 when the popular adventure machine got given the heave-ho.
Influenced heavily by the model of old, owing to its huge popularity, every single component on the new Africa Twin is unique, with perhaps the engine being the most notable change. The v-twin motor of the XRV750 has been dropped in favour of a lighter, punchier and more economical 998cc parallel-twin, which produces over a third more power – 94bhp as opposed to 61bhp – than the original.