Honda's flagship adventure tourer, the Africa Twin, gets a new paint scheme for 2019. The motorcycle will be sold through 22 Honda Wing World dealers across the country. Bookings are open, but only 50 units will be available.
Honda two-wheelers India has launched the 2019 Africa Twin in India at Rs 13.50 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). Available only through 22 Honda Wing World dealers across the country, the new model of the adventure tourer is basically unchanged from the outgoing version and only gets a new paint scheme for 2019. Honda will be bringing in the 2019 Africa Twin in limited numbers in India – only 50 units are up for grabs at the moment.
The 2019 Africa Twin was revealed in 2018. Globally, it’s available in two colours – Glint Wave Blue and Matte Black. In India, we’re only going to get the former option though. Apart from its blue/red/white paint scheme, some of its other visual highlights are golden handlebar and golden spoked wheels. The hardcore Adventure Sport variant – which gets a bigger fuel tank, more ground clearance, heated grips, more suspension travel and an extended windscreen – is still not offered in India.
On the mechanical front, things are unchanged. The Africa Twin continues to come powered by a 999cc parallel-twin engine that develops of 88bhp @ 7,500rpm and 93Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Although available with a manual gearbox in global markets, the India-spec version continues to be offered only with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. There's a raft of electronic aids on offer, including 3 levels of power and engine braking combinations, throttle-by-wire and four riding modes, namely – Tour, Urban, Gravel and User. Off-road ABS is also part of the standard kit.
Like the outgoing model, the 2019 Africa Twin will also be assembled locally as CKD by Honda in India. Competition for Honda’s updated adventure tourer includes the likes of the Triumph Tiger 800 and BMW F 850 GS.