Honda’s filed paperwork which give away some key details about its subsequent era Africa Twin journey bike. Right here’s what we all know thus far.
Whereas initially, it appears as if the brand new model of the much-loved adventurer might be largely the identical because the outgoing mannequin, the registration knowledge which was despatched to the Swiss Federal Roads Workplace reveals a couple of attention-grabbing info (and one huge shock).
The engine’s going to be largely the identical, with 102hp at 7,500 rpm – although torque’s getting a little bit of a lift, rising from 105 Nm to 112 Nm. There’s a suggestion It’ll even be accessible decrease down the revs – at 5,500rpm relatively than 6,250rpm. It ought to assist give the AT a bit extra of an instantaneous punch of energy.
However the huge information is that the Africa Twin goes to get a special entrance wheel. It’s smaller than earlier than, dropping all the way down to 19-inches (from 21”). It’ll additionally get a barely wider 110 part tyre, over the earlier extra off-road centered 90. Fascinating.
That signifies that Honda’s making efforts to construct a motorbike that’s even higher on the highway… Is sensible, proper? Whereas the present machine’s a lot succesful on the black prime, that larger wheel does provide a barely imprecise when the using tempo picks up. A smaller 19-inch wheel ought to assist mitigate that (even when it does sacrifice off-road efficiency).
It’s additionally received a barely shorter wheelbase – however is marginally taller, and barely heavier than the earlier machine. The peak’s possible a bigger display (for improved touring consolation) – whereas the extra weight may nicely be because of the most recent batch of expertise which Honda’s been engaged on within the background (much like the stuff that different producers are rolling out throughout their flagship fashions). Which means we nicely get to see an Africa Twin with radar techniques, adaptive cruise management and cameras.
It’s anticipated that we received’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer for the total lowdown on the most recent Africa Twin, with the upcoming EICMA present in November pipped as the right place for the massive reveal. Till then, we’ll simply have to take a seat tight.
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