2018 Honda Africa Twin: The Adventure begins...!
Due to growing demand for the premium-adventure bikes, the auto companies are now focusing on this segment. The companies are looking to get a bigger pie in the sub-1000cc segment. Honda recently launched the 2018 Honda Africa Twin at Rs 13.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
However, Honda will produce the Africa Twin in limited numbers, of which India will get only 50 units. Honda claims that a few lucky winners will also get a chance to watch a MotoGP race in person.
2018 Honda Africa Twin Price:
However, the 2018 Honda Africa Twin costs Rs. 33,000 more than the 2017 version which comes to Rs. 13.23 lakh. The bike offers the Throttle-By-Wire (TBW) system. It also gets the extended Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system with 7 levels. Furthermore, the earlier TSTC version offered only three levels with an option to turn off the system. However, the new system has seven levels of control.
Level 1 is for aggressive off-road riding and Level 7 is for more control on the slippery & wet surface. There is also an option to completely turn off the HSTC. There are also three levels available to control the engine power and engine braking under different riding conditions. The engine gets an update with a new air-box and exhaust internals to improve mid-range response and sound quality.
2018 Honda Africa Twin Engine & Power:
The 2018 Africa Twin uses the same 999.11cc parallel-twin engine that produces 87bhp and 9.49kgm. The bike features Honda’s Dual Clutch Technology (DCT) which comes with three modes i.e. D, S, and MT. Apart from these riding modes, there is also a ‘USER’ mode. It allows the riders to completely take control and stop the electronic intervention. Also, they can set it as per their preferences in the ‘USER’ mode.
2018 Honda Africa Twin Features:
Other add-ons include a redesigned LED instrument console. It displays the riding modes, tachometer, speedometer, fuel level, and gear position indicator etc. The bike gets Twin Lamp LED Headlight with AHO (Always Headlight On) function. The suspension comprises 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork at the front while a Pro-Link mono-shock with gas-charged damper at the rear. The braking duties are carried out by 310mm ‘wave’ style, twin floating front discs with Nissin 4-pot radial calipers with ABS. The rear disc is a 256mm ‘wave’ style with a 1-pot caliper. The rider can turn off the ABS while off-roading.