It’s easy to fall for the slim and stylish Africa Twin. It’s a distinctive, cleverly engineered bike that is every last millimetre a Honda, and brings a healthy blast of country-fresh air to the large-capacity adventure market. Fit and finish are excellent, and the traditional red/white/blue bike even comes with Eighties-style gold wheels. Like its revered predecessor, the modern Twin is an excellent all-rounder: quick, practical and comfortable on road, nimble and rider-friendly on the rough.
This Africa Twin is also more competitively priced than the old model ever was, though the recommended DCT option adds £700, and many buyers upgrade to the test bike’s spec with an Adventure pack of taller screen, heated grips, 12V socket, crashbars, fog lights, centre-stand and hard luggage. Plenty also ride the Africa Twin off-road on the bikes provided at former motocross world champion Dave Thorpe’s excellent Honda Adventure Centre in south Wales – or with a free taster session at the Festival of Speed.
Price tag of our bike: £13,684 (Africa Twin DCT £11,689 plus Adventure pack £1995. Non-DCT model costs £10,849)
Images courtesy of by Nuno Laranjeira & Honda