The Honda Africa Twin will get a sibling for the 2018 mannequin yr, because the Honda Africa Twin Journey Sports activities debuted as we speak at Honda’s pre-EICMA launch occasion.
As anticipated the Africa Twin Journey Sports activities is a extra off-road targeted model of the Honda Africa Twin, and comes with a sturdy set of options that make it simpler to go globetrotting on the plucky adventure-tourer from Honda.
Like on the now revised 2018 Honda Africa Twin, the Journey Sports activities model comes with enhancements over the unique Africa Twin design.
This contains new foot rests, a brand new instrument panel, ride-by-wire throttle management with three throttle maps, seven ranges of Honda’s traction management system, a brand new exhaust design, and a lithium-ion battery.
Internally there are some adjustments as effectively, like a modified airbox, which improves the mid-range response, as does a lighter balancer shaft.
Wanting on the variations between the 2 machines although, on the coronary heart of the Honda Africa Twin Journey Sports activities although is a brand new bigger gas tank, to the tune of 24 liters (6.three gallons), in addition to taller suspension (10.6″ of floor clearance).
Each of those adjustments are key in making this new Africa Twin journey far, and journey quick, throughout unsure terrain.
As you may need observed, the Honda Africa Twin Journey Sports activities doesn’t stray too removed from the idea of the identical identify that we noticed eventually yr’s EICMA present, which might be a superb factor, contemplating how well-received that prototype was with the Italian crowd and on-line media.
Accordingly, the small print of the Africa Twin Journey Sports activities features a bevy of crash safety items, like a full crash cage across the adventure-tourer’s physique, in addition to a sturdy skid plate. The bodywork has additionally been modified.
The seat is now flatter. the windscreen is taller; and heated grips are fitted as customary.
An optionally available merchandise, the dual-clutch transmission (DCT) has additionally been improved for the Africa Twin lineup. Conversely, the parallel-twin engine makes 94hp, and 73 lbs•ft of torque. The Honda Africa Twin Journey Sports activities ideas the scales at 536 lbs on the curb.
For Honda, the Africa Twin Journey Sports activities provides to the lineup what many producers are doing with the ADV choices, so the mannequin debut makes quite a lot of apples-to-apples sense, when in comparison with the opposite OEMs.
Given the Africa Twin’s sturdy worth level towards the competitors, we’re fairly positive that Large Crimson simply put the BMW R1200GS Journey and KTM 1290 Journey R on discover, and that’s a superb factor for motorbike fanatics.
As Honda’s founder Soichiro Honda was fond of claiming, competitors improves the breed.
The 2018 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Journey Sports activities shall be accessible in a single 30th anniversary Tricolore paint scheme to have a good time the XRV650’s launch in 1988. There’s no phrase but on US availability, however we’d be shocked if the biggest ADV market didn’t see this machine make an entrance.
As at all times, Asphalt & Rubber shall be masking all the brand new bikes debuting at EICMA this yr. You should definitely observe our protection for the newest information and images.