The redesigned Africa Twin Adventure motorcycles have been revealed by Honda America. Both the Africa Twin and its longer-distance sibling, the Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES, have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and both come with a manual gearbox or Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission, which has a program change for 2022 and provides smoother shifting in lower gears.
For 2022, the off-road-oriented standard version features a sleek, lightweight design with a fixed front fairing, upright riding position, 5.0 gallon fuel tank, and new aluminum rear rack. A 6.5 gallon fuel tank, a larger front fairing for wind protection, an aluminum skid plate, an aluminum rear rack, tubeless tires, heated grips, and an accessory charger are all standard on the Adventure Sports ES variant. The windscreen can be adjusted in five stages to suit the preferences of the rider. In both models, the handle bar is the same height. The seat height can be adjusted between 34.3 and 33.6 inches.
The all-new Africa Twin is powered by a 1,084cc water-cooled parallel-twin engine with a single overhead cam and eight valves. The engine’s unique throb and sensation for rear-wheel traction are created by the 270° phased crankshaft and irregular firing interval. The injector angle of the 46 mm throttle body provides a direct spray into the twin-spark combustion chambers. The parallel twin is linked to a Dual Clutch Transmission that is automated (DCT). DCT ensures that gear shifts are consistent, quick, and seamless.
It has two clutches, one for startup and first, third, and fifth gears, and the other for second, fourth, and sixth gears, with one clutch’s main shaft nestled inside the other’s. Each clutch has its own electro-hydraulic circuit that controls it independently. The system pre-selects the target gear through the clutch that is not currently in use in order for a gear change to occur. After that, the first clutch is electronically removed, and the second clutch engages at the same time. Gear-change shock and pitching of the machine are reduced thanks to the twin clutches, which transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption to rear-wheel drive. This results in shifts that are not only smooth, but also direct. DCT’s additional advantages of durability, low-stress urban riding, and reduced rider fatigue add to its allure. The Africa Twin’s DCT offers three gear-shifting modes: Drive, Sport, and Manual.
Manual-transmission variants of the Africa Twin are offered for consumers who still appreciate making gear selections manually. The six-speed manual gearbox utilises the same shift-cam architecture as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive gear shifts. An auxiliary rapid shifter is offered to avoid the need to utilize the clutch or close the throttle during gear changes.
Honda Selectable Torque Control on the Africa Twin makes use of the IMU to enable smooth slide control and wheelie control, benefiting riders of all skill levels by enhancing acceleration performance. Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-Road, and configurable User 1 and User 2 are the six riding modes on the all-new Africa Twin, each of which responds to a wide range of settings. Power output, engine braking, suspension damping (hard/standard/soft), front ABS (on-road/off-road), and rear ABS (active/inactive) are all adjusted in each riding mode. The owner can fine-tune the settings inside each of those categories in the two USER modes.
The new Africa Twin has a semi-double-cradle steel frame with increased rigidity for improved front-end feel and grip. The rear subframe is made of aluminum and is distinct from the rest of the vehicle, reducing weight while maintaining luggage capacity. The front seat rails are narrower, allowing the rider’s knees to reach the ground more readily when stopped and optimizing ease of movement while stand-up riding. The front suspension on both Africa Twin versions is a 45mm cartridge-type inverted Showa fork with 9.1 inches of travel and the rear suspension is Pro-Link with 8.7 inches of travel. Preload, compression damping, and rebound damping are all completely adjustable in the front and rear suspensions. Showa’s EERA clever electronic suspension is featured on the Adventure Sports ES version of the Africa twin.
Throttle-by-wire technology is used on the all-new Honda Africa Twin, which has a Bosch MM7.10 IMU that performs real-time six-axis measurement (angle and rate for roll, pitch, and yaw) to determine the motorcycle’s location and movement. Various controls and systems, such as shifting, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), suspension, braking, and lights, benefit from this. The 6.5″ TFT LCD touch panel facilitates data access and user controls.
The background colors can be changed, and users can choose from three different display configurations. It can link to smartphones or headsets via Bluetooth and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and – new for 2022 – Android Auto (check state laws for legality). Riders and passengers can use the phone or some apps by issuing voice-control commands via a headset microphone by attaching an Apple or Android smart phone via a USB wire.
In addition, the Adventure Sports ES version incorporates three-stage cornering lights for optimal illumination depending on the kind of corner. The technology uses data from the IMU to calculate the motorcycle’s lean degree and provides supplemental lighting from a pair of lights beneath the headlights; the greater the lean angle, the more light is spread toward the inside of the corner. Both versions come with cruise control as standard.
Braking power is provided by two-piece, radial-mount, four-piston calipers work dual 310 mm petal-style floating rotors at front and 256 mm rotors at the rear.
Additional accessories supplied by Honda includes aluminum luggage, taller and lower seats, a DCT foot-shift pedal, a center stand, a tank bag etc.