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Sensing the need to enter the middleweight segment, Honda is developing a new product. MotorcycleNews reports that Honda is working on a smaller version of the Africa Twin.
Currently, Honda offers the Africa Twin as a litre-class adventure motorcycle. The new smaller iteration of the Africa Twin is likely to be in between 600cc to 800cc and will benefit from its compact size and reduced kerb weight, which is a big plus for an adventure motorcycle.
But we might have to wait a little longer to get our hands on the new adventure tourer from Honda. Yes, the smaller Africa Twin will be introduced sometime by 2020. Honda's Large Project Leader Kenji Morita stated that the company would develop a smaller adventure motorcycle.
Morita said, "When we speak about pure adventure, we don't have such a wide line up. And yes, we are thinking of putting a half-way model in to attract younger people. We will develop this bike, but it's not something we are working on right now."
Honda is aiming to target the young buyers as the new middleweight adventure motorcycle will not be bulky and intimidating as its litre-class sibling. Moreover, the motorcycle will be accessible to even beginner riders.
Honda has not revealed any technical details of the new Africa Twin. But it is likely to get the 750cc parallel-twin engine of the NC750X. The 750cc engine produces 54bhp and 91Nm of torque and could be mated to a manual or DCT gearbox.
Compared to its rivals, Honda lacks adventure tourers in its product portfolio. With the excellent build quality and reliable engine, the new smaller Africa Twin will surely attract the buyers. We expect Honda to debut the new Africa Twin in 2019, maybe at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The middleweight adventure tourers are becoming extremely popular in the global market with its compact design and ease of access, especially for beginner riders. Now, Honda is also planning to introduce a smaller version of the Africa twin which will rival the likes of BMW F850 GS, new Triumph Tiger 800 range and the upcoming KTM 790 Adventure.