Honda "Africa Twin" prototype
Honda "Africa Twin" prototype

Honda Africa Twin is semi-auto

Is this tough, mud-spattered camo-painted off-roader the Honda Africa Twin?

Honda rolled the bike out at the EICMA show in Milan between an old 750 Africa Twin and a modern Dakar Rally 450 bike. Honda calls it a “True Adventure Prototype”.

Is this the next Africa Twin?

While Honda isn’t mentioning the words “Africa Twin” or giving out any technical information or making any announcements about production, it’s pretty obvious this is the real deal. All they are saying is that it is a 2015 model.

The Africa Twin would be an ideal robust bike to take on Australia’s harsh conditions and fill the void left by the axing of the very popular KTM 640 Adventure.

All we know that it is powered by a 1000cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin and has no clutch lever, so it’s probably equipped with Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission.

That could be handy in technical conditions where quick changes are necessary, but in tight places where slipping the clutch is vital or popping the clutch to hoist the front wheel over an object, it would be a nuisance.Africa Twin

The spoked wheels are dirt-oriented 21-inch (front), 18-inch (rear) shod with Continental TKC80s which are also very dirt-oriented.

It looks like it might have a reasonable amount of fuel space, so it should be good for long hauls across Australia’s vast outback.

Fingers are crossed all over Australia that it is the Africa Twin and that Honda Australia brings it in.

  1. unfortunately it came in far heavier than the dreamists were to have us believe – I was both excited then sceptical of a proposed “200 kgs wet” claim a year ago.
    In the end it is a good bike burdened by 230+ kgs. Sort of a more sophisticated KTM 990 adventure

  2. Hi Mark,
    The True Adventure at Milan had no gearlever either, suggesting it is a full auto. Hopefully that was just for EICMA and the gearbox will be back for the Tokyo show. The bike on the left was Cyril Neveu’s Paris-Dakar winner, not an Africa Twin.

    1. You don’t need a gear lever for DCT, just a switch on the handlebars to change gears. However, as it’s only a prototype, they could change quite a lot before bringing it to market, although they say it’s a 2015 model!

  3. But the key question is how much does it weigh? Is it under a 150kgs or over 200kgs. That will determine weather or not it is a true replacement for 640.

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