March 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm #11817
HONDA is to reveal a new concept bike derived from the Africa Twin at the Osaka Motorcycle Show on Saturday.
The firm has announced a list of its main attractions for the event, and among the debutants is the Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept, which Honda says is “a concept model taking the adventurous spirit of its base, the CRF1000L Africa Twin, to a new level.”
While that doesn’t give away much, it’s worth bearing in mind that at the same event last year the firm revealed the CRF250F Rally concept, which took the chassis, engine and running gear from the CFR250L and covered them with bodywork similar to that used on the works CRF450 Rally. It’s likely that the new Africa Twin concept will take a similar path, given that Honda is emphasising both the ‘adventure’ and ‘sports’ elements in the machine.
At the same time as the new Africa Twin concept is shown, the CRF250 Rally will take its next step towards production. Honda has confirmed that the bike, shown as a ‘concept’ last March, will reappear in Osaka as a ‘prototype’. That’s just one step from being a production model; a year ago the True Adventure (Africa Twin) and RC213V-S were the two prototype bikes shown in Osaka, and both were in production within months of the event.
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Attachments:March 23, 2016 at 10:51 am #11836
So the new Africa Twin Sports Concept has been announced, details are below.
Honda’s development path is usually announcing a ‘Concept’ which then over the next year becomes a ‘Prototype’ before being announced as a production model some time later. If Honda sticks to this usual process it may be a while before the new model is available, but then given this is just bolt on modifications maybe we’ll see it sooner if it gets a positive response.
IT’S ONE of the ironies of the booming adventure bike markets that many of these bikes have become so road-biased that their manufacturers also feel the need to offer an ‘Adventure’ version to satisfy the desires of more hardcore customers.
BMW did it first with the R1200GS Adventure, sitting alongside the normal GS in the range and offering more off-road and long-distance ability. Suzuki makes an “Adventure” version of the V-Strom 1000, Aprilia the ‘Rally’ version of the Caponord, Ducati has just launched the Multistrada Enduro and of course KTM makes a host of variations on its Adventure-branded models.
So will Honda do the same with its new entrant to the market, the Africa Twin? The firm’s latest ‘concept’ bike suggests so.
The Africa Twin is already leaning towards the more extreme end of the adventure bike market, with some serious off-road capability to suit its legendary Paris-Dakar-derived name. But the firm’s new Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept, to give its full name, turns it up a notch. Sure, the basics are all Africa Twin – same engine, same chassis, most of the same bodywork – but there are some notable changes. The massive aluminium bellypan is reminiscent of the old NXR750 Paris-Dakar racers, and indeed the original Africa Twin, and the rear end is all new. There’s a flatter, motocross-style seat, new tail unit with the ‘Adventure Sports’ logo that adorned the first-gen Africa Twin proudly on display. A tubular luggage rack and grabrail replace the posh cast alloy versions on the stock bike and there’s an upswept Termignoni pipe to add the right soundtrack.
The colour scheme is pure first-gen Africa Twin, and for some reason Honda’s seen fit to strip the concept of its indicators and mirrors. They’ll be back if it gets the green light for production.
Attachments:October 27, 2017 at 9:47 am #19892
Honda has been teasing new images in the lead up to this years international bike shows, are they about to announce the Adventure Sports concept as a production model?November 7, 2017 at 9:33 am #20005
Honda has confirmed the Africa Twin Adventure Sport this morning, aimed at making a true ‘Go Anywhere’ version of the Africa Twin.
Updates from the standard model include a larger tank at 24.2 litres, up from 18.8 litres to give a range of over 500km. The throttle is controlled by a ride by wire system and tuning to the intake and exhaust systems gives a more responsive power delivery and a more ‘engaging’ engine noise when you wind it on. To keep the back end in control the traction control system now has 7 selectable levels along with Off.
Riders will find the riding position and ground clearance are both taller due to longer travel suspension along with an extended fairing and heated grips while the paint scheme pays tribute to the Original 650cc RD03 Africa Twin.
Kerb weight is 243kg for the manual version or 253kg with Honda’s automatic DCT
Attachments:November 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm #20055
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