Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin India Launch Date Revealed

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Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), the Indian wing of Japanese automaker Honda's two-wheeler division has revealed that it will bring the CRF1000L Africa Twin by the middle of 2017.

The CRF1000L Africa Twin was first showcased in India at the 2016 Auto Expo in Greater Noida.

The company plans to import completely knocked down (CKD) kits of the adventure bike and assemble them in the country.

The Africa Twin was expected to enter India earlier than the current mid-2017 date but has gotten delayed due to the April earthquake which shook up its facility in Hamamatsu.

Speaking to Autocar Professional at HMSI's scooter-only plant in Gujarat, Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, HMSI said, "The plan of bringing the Africa Twin to India is slightly delayed because the development in terms of making the kits, parts-study from assembly point of view is led by the engineers at the Hamamatsu factory, Japan. Unfortunately, following an earthquake there recently, the plans involving several projects were disturbed."

"However, now all plans are aligned and as per that alignment, there could be some delay (in the India-launch). Hence, that model could come in by the middle of next calendar year or even later."

The Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin 998cc parallel twin engine that produces 94bhp and 98Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a dual clutch gearbox is also available an option.

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