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OVERVIEW: WHAT’S NEW?
CHASSIS: • Longer travel suspension, flatter seat and more upright riding position • Extended fairing protection and taller screen • Heated grips as standard plus charging socket • Rider’s footpegs/pillion footpeg hangers designed for off-road use • Stainless steel spokes offer durability and ease of care • Emergency Stop Signal function for rear indicators
ENGINE: • Throttle By Wire (TBW) brings with it 3 rider modes to tailor engine character and traction • The riding modes are comprised of different levels of Power (P), Engine Braking (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) • HSTC now has 7 levels and OFF • New intake design and exhaust aid mid-range response • New exhaust also designed to improve engine note • New lighter balance shaft weight • New lithium-ion battery saves 2.3 kg and enhances durability • Power is smooth and consistent, with linear torque delivery • Assist/slipper clutch helps upshifts and downshifts
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT): • Super-fast, seamless gear changes in Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D mode • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner, for aggressive riding • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on road gradient
The Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ comprehensive abilities start with its engine, which has to perform in off-road situations as well as on-road, over long-range tours, short commutes and all points in between. As such, it provides an optimum balance between power, torque, mass and physical dimension.
The four-valve 998cc parallel twin Unicam unit’s tractable and usable all-day performance belies its extremely compact dimensions. They are the result of clever packaging touches such as housing the water pump within the clutch casing, and using the engine’s balancer shafts to also drive water and oil pumps. As a result, longitudinally, it is the same length as Honda’s popular 500cc engine, and its short height contributes to the Africa Twin Adventure Sport’s 270mm of ground clearance.
For 2018, a modified airbox improves the power unit’s mid-range response, as does a lighter balancer shaft weight. A revised exhaust serves up an even more evocative howl as revs rise and contributes to the improved performance. A significant addition to the Africa Twin platform for 2018 is its new Throttle By Wire (TBW) system, which brings with it 3 riding modes to adjust engine character and output to suit riding conditions. Also new is an extended range of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) input.
The unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)features the standard manual mode – allowing the rider to operate gearshifts through triggers on the left handlebar – and two automatic modes. D mode offers the best balance of fuel economy and comfort cruising whilst S mode gives three different, sportier shift patterns to choose from. The DCT is also fully equipped to operate in an off-road environment and the G button enhances off-road functionality. Pushing the G button in any riding mode modifies the control of the clutch system to give a more direct drive.
The semi-double cradle steel frame provides the ideal balance of high-speed stability matched to genuine off-road ability by combining sheer strength with flexibility. The engine is mounted on 6 engine hangers, which keeps vibration to a minimum, avoiding the need for steering dampers. The new lithium-ion battery saves 2.3kg on the 2017 Africa Twin’s lead unit, and the Adventure Sports version shares several detail changes made to improve the platform’s off-road ability and durability.
Fully adjustable 45mm Showa inverted forks, fully-adjustable rear shock, dual radial-mount Nissin four-piston brake calipers and 310mm ‘wave’ style floating discs are unchanged for 2018. The 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels are stainless steel. In addition to the standard dual-purpose 90 front/
ENGINE TYPE998cc liquid-cooled Unicam® four-stroke 22.5º parallel-twin
BORE AND STROKE92mm x 75mm
CARBURATIONPGM-FI electronic fuel injection (Throttle By Wire)
IGNITIONFull transistorized ignition
CLUTCH2 multiplate wet
TRANSMISSION6-speed automatic DCT with on and off-road riding modes
DIMENSIONS (LXWXH)2,340 × 930 × 1,570mm
FUEL CAPACITY24.2 litres
FRONT90/90-21 tube type, stainless steel spokes with aluminium rim
REAR150/70-18 tube type, stainless steel spokes with aluminium rim
FRONTShowa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with hydraulic dial-style preload and damping (compression & rebound) adjuster, 252mm stroke, 224mm axle travel
REARMonoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 240 mm rear wheel travel, 101 mm stroke
FRONT310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads, 2-channel ABS
REAR256mm wave hydraulic disc with 1-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT model with additional slide type 1-piston, 2-channel ABS with rear switch off
COLOURAfrica Twin Adventure Sports DCT will be available in one 30th anniversary Tri-colour paint scheme.
IMAGESImages show overseas model – accessories NOT included
WARRANTY PERIOD24 months