Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India showcased the Africa Twin adventure bike at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. The Japanese-based two-wheeler manufacturer has now confirmed that the Africa Twin will be launched in the Indian market sometime during mid-2017.
The Africa Twin will be introduced in the Indian market as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit. Certain parts and components on the adventure bike will be localised in India. Now, Honda India confirms that Africa Twin will witness roughly five percent local parts.
Internationally, the Africa Twin is available with a 1000cc parallel twin engine with liquid-cooling. The engine is mated to an optional 6-speed manual or 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The Honda Africa Twin is most likely to be available in India only with the DCT option.
ABS and Traction Control will be standard for Honda's Africa Twin. Traction Control will have three riding modes for varying conditions. Honda will also offer the customers the option to switch off ABS for the rear wheel.
Once launched, Honda Africa Twin will take on the Triumph Tiger Explorer, Ducati Multistrada, BMW 1200GS, and the soon to be launched Benelli Trek Amazonas. Expect Honda's Africa Twin adventure bike to be priced in excess of Rs. 15 lakh ex-showroom.