Expected to debut in India in early 2017, the Africa Twin is now confirmed for a launch only by mid-2017. Meanwhile, the Honda also has to train their workforce to assemble the motorcycle, which will be brought to India as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) Units.

The Japanese auto giant had already announced that the Africa Twin would be brought to India via the CKD route, when it displayed the adventure tourer at the 2016 Auto Expo. The bike may be priced at a premium going up to Rs. 15 lakhs, after launch, as only 5% of indigenous parts will make it to the final output. So, the price of the Africa Twin is sure to be higher.

The CRF1000L Honda Africa Twin is powered by the 998 cc, parallel twin engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission). The power output is 94 hp at 7,500 rpm and 98 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The 6-speed manual transmission trim, which is available internationally, will not be initially made available in India. So, only an automatic transmission variant will be launched in India next year. The manual gearbox may or may
not follow, which depends on how well the DCT Africa Twin is received.

Almost all the safety equipment is electronically switchable, with on/off feature, as the traction control and ABS, though ABS can be switched off only for the rear wheels. Adjustable front forks and rear monoshock suspension, height adjustable seats, etc. are the other attractions. Though not finding many actual segment rivals, the competitors will be the Suzuki V-Strom 1000, the Triumph Tiger 800 and the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro.


Story: Vicky.in