Power Ranger: The Honda Africa Twin

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Tracts, roads, bedrocks. There’s little the CRF1000L Africa Twin can’t traverse. Nimbly. Its powertrain uses the exclusive Unicam design, while the parallel-twin layout allows the front wheel to be tucked closer to the engine, making its wheelbase shorter. A low centre of gravity has also been achieved by placing the battery at the bike’s centre, which makes it more stable. Equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch back spoked wheels, a tapered aluminium handlebar, an adjustable seat and a rally windscreen, the bike has been made for off-road assault. In fact, the genesis of the Africa Twin can be traced to 1986, when the iconic NXR750 made its debut at the Dakar Rally and won that year, and three consecutive years after that—which led to the development of the original XRV750 Africa Twin. All that experience has allowed the engineers to fine-tune it for high-speed trail adventure. It is extremely narrow at the seat and the peg-bar-seat triangle allows for higher riding flexibility and a 43-degree steering lock on both the right and left makes it more manoeuvrable on tight tracks. To keep it primed and peppy under any riding condition, the Africa Twin features the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) module, with four ‘AT’ automatic modes and the unique incline detection feature; the revolutionary ABS can be turned off for the rear wheel in the dirt; and the dual clutch transmission (DCT) gives you the option of manual automatic six-speed gear-shifting. These three technologies can be set up independently to give you 80 different possible power and speed combos. The result is superior control over any dune, loose track or road.

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Honda Africa Twin Specs:

Engine  999.11-cc liquid-cooled four-stroke
Transmission
  Six-speed dual clutch
Max Torque
  91.9 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Max Speed
  190 kmph
Adjustable Seat Height
  820–840 mm
Ground Clearance
  250 mm
Curb Weight 
242 kg

by Maxim Staff


Wheelbase 
1,574 mm