Honda Africa Twin tipped to return

Honda Africa TwinPerhaps the ideal bike for Australia’s tough conditions was the brutish Honda Africa Twin, a robust, go-anywhere bike based on the four-time Dakar-winning NXR750R.
Sadly, we never got the XRV650 or XRV750 V-twins in Australia and Honda retired the model in 2003.
However, rumours now persist on the world wide web of deceit that Honda is kick-starting the twin-headlight explorer back into life to cash in on the tidal wave growth of the adventure market around the world.
Adventure touring is now the fastest growing market in North America and Australia, yet Honda’s contribution to the segment are more road-oriented bikes like the VFR1200X, NC700X and CB500X. We don’t even get the Transalp these days, a bike just too small and weak for our market.
When asked about the persistent rumours of the Africa Twin, Honda Australia marketing manager Glyn Griffith says, “We have no news of this model returning, sorry.”Honda Africa Twin
I’ll bet he’s sorry. An Africa Twin would do brilliantly in Australia, especially since the ever-popular KTM 640 Adventure was retired in 2010.
There are also rumours that KTM will develop a 690 Adventure, but they have been quashed. Click here to read the story.
Africa Twin rumours have gone into hyperdrive since it was discovered that Honda had registered the name “Africa Twin” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and an Italian magazine has quoted a local Honda official saying a new Africa Twin would be shown at the annual Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne in October.
Although Honda Australia never imported the Africa Twin, many examples of the bike were brought in from Europe and New Zealand by private owners and small-time importers. They are as rare as the proverbial and can sometimes pop up for sale at ridiculous prices.
Would you buy an Africa Twin? Leave a comment in the box below.


  1. Awesome machine… a modern version wouldn’t benefit from a shaft drive. I would be interested in purchasing one of these… as long as it stayed within the formula of the original… in my opinion a nice modern style alloy frame and use of modern purpose built upgraded dirt bike style suspension would be an advantage ,seat height wouldn’t need to be or necessarily benefit from being lower than the original [I am around 5 foot 8inches in height and over 50] and pricing of it would need to be very competitive… please it needs to be off road orientated and capable of carrying your gear as well… too many road orientated “adventure bikes” being produced by bike manufacturers now for a certain market.

  2. I would buy an old Africa Twin any day… well I have one already, but if I could, I’d have a garage full of them, lol 🙂
    I did a 5000km trip around South Africa last year, tar & gravel… she never gave me a moment’s trouble. In fact, she now has 73,000kms on the clock and the only thing I have replaced is the fuel pump, and I’ve had some of the plastics repaired, since I do drop the heavy beastie sometimes! I must also mention that I am not all that diligent with maintenance and services, just goes to show that this is one tough bike.

  3. ^^ Said no one who toured around the world…a damaged shaft is almost irreperable say in Mongolia or some other remote part of Asia where this bike should belong. On the other hand, a chain and some sprockets are often available…and yes, they will no be original, or long lasting…but you will at least soldier on

  4. I think adventure tourers really benefit from the reliability of shaft drive. We know it can sap some power, add weight and affect the balance of a motorcycle but in the mud, gravel and grit chain and sprockets are just too exposed to excess wear.

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