Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd. today launched its first BS-VI compliant big bike – the 2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports.
For 2020, the Africa Twin is now smaller, slimmer and 5 kg lighter. It gets a new bigger engine, new lightweight chassis, new electronics, new suspension, and is power-packed with loads of new features. Both Manual (for the first time) and DCT transmission variants were lunched by Ricky Brabec (Reigning 2020 Dakar Rally World Champion from Monster Energy Honda Team).
New Africa Twin has shed a lot of weight; it is 5 kg lighter yet powerful offering 10% more power to weight ratio. The Lithium Ion battery offers 1.6 times longer shelf life and 4 times longer durability. The frame has been completely revised and now features a bolt-on aluminium sub frame. The swing-arm too, is aluminium. Maximum power output increases by 7% to 75 kW @ 7500 rpm, with maximum torque up 6% to 105 Nm @ 6250 rpm.
At the center of the Africa Twin is the new six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The IMU controls the Throttle by Wire (TBW) and expanded 7 level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
Additionally, the IMU also controls 4 new technologies introduced in 2020 model for the first time –
1. Wheelie Control allows rider to choose between 3 levels of Input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement, level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two.
2. Cornering ABS with off-road setting distributes the maximum brake force to each wheel based on the riding situation, ensuring the best braking performance under cornering conditions. Off-Road setting also joins the default riding modes of Urban, Tour and Gravel plus two customizable user settings to cover most riding conditions.
3. Rear Lift Control allows the rear wheel from lifting off the ground under heavy braking
4. Cornering Detection feature in the DCT variant recognizes when the bike is cornering and adjusts for the most natural gear changes.
A first for Honda is the full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen display with the Apple CarPlay & Bluetooth connectivity feature. The MID can also be customized to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen, and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
Starting today, Honda has started the bookings for 2020 Africa Twin at its premium BigWing dealerships. Price starts from an attractive Rs. 15.35 lac (ex-showroom, pan India). Deliveries will commence from May 2020.
2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports manual in Pearl Glare White colour option only.
2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT in Darkness Black Metallic only.