The Honda Africa Twin India launch has been delayed to 2017. This was stated by YS Guleria, Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India.
The reason for this delay is, due to the earthquake in Japan there has been a disruption in production of components and parts-study for several projects at the firm's Hamamatsu-based plant.
The Africa Twin was first showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. The new adventure motorcycle will be brought as completely knocked down (CKD) unit to India.
Then the motorcycle will be locally assembled at the company's Manesar plant. This adventure-tourer will also be featured in an upcoming National Geographic show.
The Honda Africa Twin will be built on steel semi-double cradle type chassis with steel rear sub-frame. The motorcycle is a combination of design cues from CRF Rally bikes and the original Africa Twin inspired lines.
The new adventure machine from Honda will be powered by 998cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled Parallel-twin engine which produces 94bhp and 98Nm of torque.
Similar to its US-spec model, the Indian version of the Africa Twin will also come with a six-speed manual DCT (dual clutch transmission) gearbox. The expected mileage for this motorcycle is around 10kmpl to 15kmpl.
The Africa Twin motorcycle will be offered in three colour schemes - Dakar Rally (Red and Blue), Digital Metallic Silver (Grey and Black) and Mat Ballistic Black Metallic. The motorcycle is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 14 lakh for the base model and Rs 16 lakh for the top end variant.
As per the reports, the Africa Twin will hit Indian market by mid-2017 or even later. Earlier it was said to be launched by late 2016. When launched in India this motorcycle will be a straight rival to the likes of Triumph Tiger and Ducati Multistrada.