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Honda Motorcycles has launched the 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin in the Indian market. The new 2020 Honda Africa Twin is offered with a starting price of Rs 15.35 lakh, ex-showroom (India). The latest-iteration of the adventure motorcycle now comes with a host of electronics, added features and connected technology as well.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin in India is offered in two variants: Standard and Adventure Sports. Both variants of the motorcycle now feature a bigger displacement engine, in the form of a 1084cc parallel-twin engine.
In addition, the top-spec ‘Adventure Sports' model also comes with a protective framework, height-adjustable windscreen, larger fuel tank, tubeless tyre compatible wire-spokes and an engine bash plate as standard.
Standard features on both the variants include a large 6.5-inch touchscreen instrument cluster, with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay. Other features also include a host of new electronics, such as an updated HSTC (Honda Selectable Traction Control), six-axis inertial measurement unit, three-levels of wheelie control system, LED headlamps, cornering lights, DCT cornering detection and a host of others as well. The 2020 Honda Africa Twin also comes with four power levels on the engine and three levels of electronic engine braking as well.
The engine on the 2020 Honda Africa Twin comes in the form of a 1084cc parallel-twin unit. It produces 101bhp at 7500rpm and 105Nm of peak torque at 6250rpm. The engine is mated to either a manual transmission or a DCT (dual-clutch transmission).
The 2020 Africa Twin now uses aluminium cylinder sleeves, along with a redesigned casing for the engine. This has allowed Honda to reduce the weight of the Adventure motorcycle by 2.5 kilograms on the manual version which now weighs 226kg and 2.2 kilograms on the DCT version which has a kerb weight of 236kg.
Honda also offers the 2020 Africa Twin with four different riding modes: Tour, Urban, Gravel & Off-Road. There are also two additional riding modes on offer which can be customised as per the rider.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin now comes with a larger fuel-tank capacity of 18.8-litres. The suspension on the ADV is handled by Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic forks at the front with 230mm travel. The rear suspension comes in the form of a monoblock aluminium with Pro-Link and Showa gas-charged damper with 220mm travel.
Braking is handled by dual 310mm discs at the front with radial-fit 4-piston callipers, while the rear braking is through a single 256mm single-piston calliper setup. Braking is supported by a standard dual-channel ABS system with on-road and off-road settings. The ABS at the rear wheel also comes with the option of being switched off entirely.
Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India (HMSI) have confirmed that the bookings for the 2020 Africa Twin have commenced with deliveries of the ADV said to begin from May 2020.
Thoughts On The 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin is one of the most popular adventure motorcycles in its segment in the Indian market. The newly updated 2020 Africa Twin takes on rivals such as the Ducati Multistrada, Triumph Tiger and the BMW GS1250 in the Indian market.