Honda has just introduced its upgraded Africa Twin Adventure Sport model, bringing even more off-road capability to the Africa Twin line.
Although the 2016 Africa Twin model was aimed at being a very competent all-rounder, with a lot of off-road capability despite its size, the Adventure Sport has been built to improve on the original’s off-road performance.
To do that, Honda put longer-travel suspension on the Adventure Sport, with 270 mm of ground clearance (up 20 mm from base model) and adjustable for rebound/compression. Honda also added a beefier skid plate as stock, as well as crash bars.
There’s also a larger-capacity 24-litre tank that is supposed to extend fuel range to 500 km. Other improvements to help riders lay down long, hard miles include a taller windscreen, a revised seat and heated grips.
The Adventure Sports model makes 94 hp at 7,500 rpm, and 73 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. Curb weight is 243 kg for the standard six-speed model, and 253 kg for the DCT model.
There are dual 310 mm discs up front, with four-piston caliper, and a single 256 mm disc with one-piston caliper in back. Wheels are standard 21-18 adventure bike sizes, with aluminum rims.
However, it’s not just all about the Adventure Sport model. The base model also receives some upgrades this year (shared with the new kid on the block, of course). There’s a new lithium-ion battery, a revised airbox, updated muffler, lighter balancer shaft.
We expect to see both bikes in Canada for next spring. The current base model Adventure Twin sells for $15,099; expect the new machines to likely be priced above that when they show up.
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