Honda Africa Twin Breaks A New Record For A Twin-Cylinder Motorcycle

The Honda Africa Twin has reached new heights by breaking the record for the highest altitude by a twin-cylinder motorcycle.

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Ever since Honda Launched the new Africa Twin in 2016, the Japanese company is on a worldwide promotional offensive, intended to distinguish the touring and off-road characteristics of its new adventure bike.

Honda Africa Twin's latest effort involved climbing the world's highest active volcano to a record-breaking altitude. The Nevado Ojos del Salado volcano is located between Argentina and Chile were tackled by five Africa Twin riders who ultimately reached a record-breaking 5,965 meters (19,570 ft) above sea level.

Enduro champion from Honda's Sud America race team, Fabio Mossini was the man picked to reach the new landmark before two meters of snow halted further progress.

After five days of acclimatisation, and riding standard Africa Twins which was specially equipped with Termignoni exhaust, improved final sprockets, new Metzeler MC360 tires and a range of Honda original accessories, the international team completed their climb within 24 hours.

Their journey took them - in temperatures as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius - through gravel, mud, sand, broken asphalt and eventually ranges of ice pockets known as ‘penitentes,' emphasising once again the Africa Twin's prowess as the best-performing off-road motorcycle in its class.

The Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L is powered by a 998cc liquid-cooled Unicam engine that can punch 94bhp and 98Nmof torque.

You can either go for a standard transmission or a DCT. The bike also features Honda Selectable Torque Control, Drive and Sport riding modes, as well as switchable ABS.

With the DCT gearbox, you can travel in two ways - fully automatic or sequential shifting done by you via the plus and minus buttons located on the left bar. You can also do it by a foot selector lever for a more traditional feel.

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Story first published: Friday, March 17, 2017, 16:42 [IST]
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