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2020 Honda Africa Twin with BS6 engine launched at INR 15.35 lakh

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India have launched the 2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports in India at the starting price of INR 15.35 lakh ex-showroom, India. The new Africa Twin now comes with an automatic DCT gearbox as well as a new manual transmission option along with Darkness Black Metallic and Pearl Glare White paint themes. The 2020 Honda Africa Twin is the brand’s first BS6 compliant motorcycle in their Big Bike portfolio. 

The 2020 model year Adventure Sports motorcycle is powered by a larger 1084cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine which claims to develop 12% more peak power and 11% more torque as compared to the outgoing motor which is powered by a smaller 999cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine that produces 87.7 hp of power and 93.1 Nm of torque. The new BS6 compliant engine produces around 98.2 hp of power and 103.3 Nm of peak torque. The weight has also been lowered by 5kg which gives the bike a 10% increase in power-to-weight ratio.

The new Honda Africa Twin is built using the brand’s experience in the coveted Dakar Rally and the technology used on the CRF450 Moto-Crosser has been brought forward on this bike. The frame has been redesigned and now features an aluminium bolt-on subframe. The Africa Twin also gets an aluminium swing-arm. For 2020 the Africa Twin Adventure Sports features a 5-stage height-adjustable windscreen, dual-LED headlamp units with three-stage cornering lights, heated handgrips, tubeless tyres, a larger capacity (24.8-litres) fuel tank for extra range etc. 

The electronics package on the bike offers a new six-axis Inertial Measuring Unit, throttle by wire technology with 7 selectable torque-control levels, wheelie control, cornering ABS with off-road settings, cornering detection on the DCT variant which detects and selects the appropriate gearing and rear lift control. The bike also comes with cruise control and 3 built-in riding modes namely Urban, Tourer, Gravel and two user-customizable modes. It also features a new 6.5-inch full-colour TFT touchscreen multi-information display with Apple CarPlay integration and Bluetooth connectivity. The touch screen display also supports touch sensitivity while wearing gloves. 

The Honda Africa Twin features a classic enduro design language and comes with long-travel upside-down telescopic suspension on the front, a ProLink monoshock unit on the rear, dual disc brakes on the front and a single disc on the rear wheel. The bike comes equipped with cross-wire spoked 21-inch front and 18-inch rear rims shod in tubeless dual-sport tyres.

The brand also offers a range of optional accessories for the Honda Africa Twin which includes a smoked windscreen, main stand, rally-spec steps, engine guard, front fog lamps, quick shifter, top box and more. 

The bookings for the Africa Twin have already commenced and deliveries are expected to start from May 2020. 

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