Honda Europe gives the Africa Twin tech tweaks, too

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Alongside the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, Honda Europe also gave its Africa Twin a host of technical updates.

As the Africa Twin Adventure Sports is positioned as a sportier model, the Africa Twin is intended for off-roading, Honda Europe said. This off-road quality is evident in the bike's high handlebars for an upright, high visibility riding position, and the narrow seat that's contoured to allow good ground reach and easy movement.

The two adventure bikes share a 1,084cc four-stroke parallel-twin engine with  100hp. The mill now complies with Euro-5 emissions standards, churns out 105Nm of torque at 6,250rpm, and features twin-plug ignition. An exhaust system with a new variable exhaust valve is connected to the engine. 

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Rewired riding electronics in the Africa Twin are part of the upgrades. Honda Europe said the bike has rear-wheel traction via throttle-by-wire (TBW) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). These allow front-braking grip through cornering, and front-wheel lift wheelie control with the addition of a new rear-lift control.

The electronic engine management system offers four choices of power delivery, and three levels of engine braking. Tour, Urban, Gravel, and Off-Road, riding modes are also available, as is the new dual clutch transmission (DCT) alongside the manual transmission option. 

A weight loss of 4.5 kilograms is brought by the Africa Twin's bolt-on aluminum subframe. Respective dry weights of the Africa Twin DCT and manual are 236kg and 225kg. 

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Comfort and convenience kitting includes the standard cruise control feature, as is a full color 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen multi- information display with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 

While the Adventure Sport wears the "Cracked Terrain" graphics, the Africa Twin is given the "Big Logo" exterior treatment, with the bike's name in large gray letters on the sides of the bike. 

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Photos from Honda Europe

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