The Brits over at MCN have an attention-grabbing story proper now, whereby Honda is contemplating making a middleweight model of its Africa Twin adventure-tourer.
Actually, that thought isn’t so surprising, and if this yr’s EICMA present was any indication of issues, it’s that the middleweight ADV section is of specific curiosity to motorbike producers proper now.
One have a look at Honda’s lineup, and it’s apparent that Large Pink is lacking one thing that may go head-to-head with bikes just like the BMW F850GS and Triumph Tiger 800 (I’m willfully excluding the Japanese manufacturers right here), and the soon-to-come KTM 790 Journey and Yamaha Ténéré 700.
Targeted for off-road use, the Honda Africa Twin will not be the pluckiest liter-class adventure-tourer in the marketplace, nevertheless it sure is on the prime of the pack in the case of path using functionality.
That being stated, a lighter and cheaper model of the Honda Africa Twin could possibly be a giant hit on this motorbike section. In fact, making such a machine isn’t such a simple process, defined Kenji Morita, Giant Venture Chief for the Africa Twin.
Speaking to MCN, Morita-san stated that Honda notices the hole in its lineup, and he says that Honda is contemplating doing one thing about it.
Nonetheless, in case you learn between the strains, and perceive the event lead time that it takes to carry a bike to market, the refined reply from the lead developer of the Honda Africa Twin is that we received’t see a mini ADV bike from Honda anytime quickly.
Sometimes, it takes a 3 to 5 years to go from “occupied with” to “delivering on” in the case of new motorbike fashions. The problem right here then is that if Honda is merely contemplating the pursuit of smaller Africa Twin, we possible wouldn’t see it till 2020 or past…if in any respect.
What the middleweight ADV market will appear like within the new decade is difficult to say as properly, however we’re already seeing its primary underpinnings being challenged.
Bikes just like the KTM 790 Journey are pushing the off-road envelope for the class, whereas additionally bringing lighter weights, extra horsepower, and a bounty of electronics into the combination.
If Honda needs to enter the fray, on the minimal that is the usual they must surpass. The truth although is that the benchmark shall be even larger in three to 5 years’ time.
Till then, let the Honda Dominator rumors fly. We’re definitely intrigued.