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The 2020 Honda Africa Twin was launched in March just before the nation-wide lockdown came into effect. Bookings for the motorcycle began at the time of launch and the deliveries were expected to begin in May.
However, the motorcycle deliveries were delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the country. According to the latest reports from TeamBHP, the 2020 Africa Twin is expected to reach dealerships and customers starting next month.
The report also says that the company will start with the deliveries of a manual variant adventure motorcycle. The DCT automatic variant is expected to arrive at dealerships only by January 2021.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin in India is offered in two variants: Standard and Adventure Sports and retails at a starting price of Rs 15.35 lakh, ex-showroom (India). The new adventure motorcycle features a host of upgrades over the previous model year, including an updated engine and connected technology as well.
The ‘Adventure Sports' variant comes equipped with more hardware as compared to the standard variant. This includes a crash protective external frame, height-adjustable windscreen, a larger fuel tank, spoked alloy wheels with tubeless tyre ready setup, and a bash plate.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin is powered by a 1084cc parallel-twin engine. It produces a maximum power of 101bhp at 7500rpm and a peak torque of 105Nm at 6250rpm. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox, with slip assist clutch or a DCT automatic transmission with three levels of electronic engine braking.
The new motorcycle also features a large 6.5-inch touchscreen instrument cluster, with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay. Honda has packed the Africa Twin with a host of rider aids such as an updated HSTC (Honda Selectable Traction Control), six-axis inertial measurement unit, three-levels of wheelie control system, and a total of six riding modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-Road and two customisable programs as per the rider.
Suspension duties are handled by Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic forks at the front with 230mm travel, and a mono-shock set up with 220mm travel at the rear. Braking on the motorcycle is done via dual 310mm discs at the front, while the rear braking is through a 256mm single disc brake. The Africa Twin features dual-channel ABS with the ability to switch-off the rider aid at the rear wheel for off-road riding.
Thoughts About The 2020 Honda Africa Twin Deliveries Expected To Begin From Next Month
Like most products, Honda has also been affected with delayed timelines due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the country. The 2020 Africa Twin adventure motorcycle has seen substantial upgrades over the previous model, enhancing the features of an already capable bike. The motorcycle is built to go anywhere and everywhere regardless of the terrain.