2020 Honda Africa Twin


Honda took the wraps off a new 2020 Honda Africa Twin last month and confirmed it has grown into an 1100 model for the new model year thanks to an increase in the stroke from 75.1 mm out to 81.5 mm, to produce the new capacity of 1084 cc. 

Today Australian pricing has been announced with the standard model starting at $19,999 while the Adventure Sports with conventional transmission asks a $3500 premium as it comes with a $23,499 sticker price. The DCT version comes in at $24,499. 

The top of the range Adventure Sports with electronic suspension will retail at $26,499.  

Honda Africa Twin Engine
2020 Honda Africa Twin

Torque is up from 98 Nm at 6000 rpm to 105 Nm at 6250 rpm, a six per cent improvement, while power bumps from 94 hp (70 kW) to 101 hp (75 kW) at the same 7500 rpm, a seven per cent improvement.

Honda Africa Twin Mono
2020 Honda Africa Twin

The cylinder sleeves are now aluminium while the cylinder head has been completely revised and is fed by a larger 46 mm throttle body. The Unicam valve-train now lifts the valves higher than before while exhaust control valve similar to that used on the current model Fireblade is now employed. 

Honda Africa Twin Knobblies Front
2020 Honda Africa Twin

A 5 kg weight reduction drops the ready to ride with a full tank of fuel figure down to 226 for the manual, or 236 kg for the DCT equipped machine. In combination with the new engine that equates to a ten per cent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio.

Honda Africa Twin Sand
2020 Honda Africa Twin

Honda also claim the new bike is smaller and slimmer with higher set handle-bars. The seat itself is 40 mm narrower to make it easier for riders to reach the ground while a low-seat option positions the rider between 825 from terra-firma. For those with extra long in-seams an 895 mm tall seat option is also available. The standard seat height can be set between 850 and 870 mm. 

Honda Africa Twin TopThe steel semi-double cradle frame has been extensively revised for better off-road ability and now features a bolt-on aluminium sub-frame while the new swingarm is based off that used on the CRF450R and is 500 grams lighter.

Honda Africa Twin Sand
2020 Honda Africa Twin

Rigidity around the steering head has been changed to offer improved front-end grip while the frame now weighs 1.8 kg less than before. 

Honda Africa Twin Sand
2020 Honda Africa Twin

Ground clearance remains 250 mm, and the 2020 Africa Twin rides on a 1575 mm wheelbase. Rake and trail is 27-degrees-30s and 113 mm respectively. 

Honda Africa Twin RHR
2020 Honda Africa Twin

With a stroke length of 230 mm the Showa cartridge forks features revised internals with rebound and compression damping both full-adjustable. 

Honda Africa Twin Radiators
2020 Honda Africa Twin

The Showa shock gives the Africa Twin 220 mm of rear axle travel and features a large 46 mm cylinder and remote reservoir to reduce fade. 

Honda Africa Twin Preload
2020 Honda Africa Twin

Technology improvements are massive with a new Bosch MM7.10 six-axis IMU that controls the seven-level HSTC traction control system via real-time yaw/roll angle and rate data. 

Honda Africa Twin RHF
2020 Honda Africa Twin

A new three-level wheelie control, cornering ABS with off-road settings, rear lift control and DCT cornering detection facilities are also employed. A dedicated ‘Off-Road’ setting joins the previous ‘Urban’, ‘Tour’ and ‘Gravel’ riding modes. I am very interested in seeing the changes in the DCT shift program now it has cornering sensor input added to its smarts. 

Honda Africa Twin Dash CarPlay
Apple Car Play comes to the Africa Twin for 2020

Apple Car Play also comes to the Africa Twin for 2020 via a 6.5-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity. I have used Honda’s Apple Car Play system on the current model Gold Wing and it is simply fantastic. A USB charging port is located on the RHS of the display. Cruise control is standard. 

Honda Africa Twin Dash
2020 Honda Africa Twin instrumentation

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports model also gains the option for Showa EERA that has five riding modes. ‘Soft’, ‘Mid’, ‘Hard’, ‘Off-Road’ and a ‘User’ setting that is fully customisable.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Showa EERA
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports – Showa EERA electronic suspension

Rear spring pre-load can also be set electronically through a range of 24 settings while the motorcycle is stationary.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Dashjpg
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports – Showa EERA electronic suspension

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Showa EERA
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports with Showa EERA electronic suspension

Adventure Sports also scores a larger front fairing and a five-position adjustable screen. At 24.8 litres in capacity the Adventure Sports boasts six-litres extra fuel capacity over the base model.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Scene
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Due to the extra fuel capacity the Adventure Sports tips the scales slightly heavier at 238 kg, 248 kg for DCT.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Showa EERA
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports with Showa EERA electronic suspension

Showa EERA adds a further 2 kg if optioned on to the bike. 

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports RHR Road
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

The 21/18-inch spoked rims on the Adventure Sports model are now tubeless ready. 

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports RHF Dirt
2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

These two new Africa Twin models are expected to land in Australia some time during the first quarter of 2020. For Australia, the options are as follows; there will be one Africa Twin variant available, with a Manual transmission, offered in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black at $19,999 plus on road costs.

There will be three Africa Twin Adventure Sports variants available: Manual ($23,499), DCT ($24,499) and the Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES range topper at $26,499 (DCT with Showa EERA /Electronic Suspension.) All three Adventure Sports models are available in Pearl Glare White (Tri-Colour). 


2020 Honda Africa Twin Technical Specifications

Engine
TypeSOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam
Displacement1084 cc
Bore & Stroke92 mm x 81.5 mm
Compression Ratio10.1:1
Max. Power Output75 kW at 7,500 rpm
Max. Torque105 Nm at 6,250 rpm
Noise Level73 dB
Oil Capacity4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
Fuel System
CarburationPGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity18.8L
CO2 Emissions112g/ km MT 110g/ km DCT
Fuel Consumption4.9L/100 km (20.4 km/L) MT 4.8 L/100km (20.8 km/L) DCT
Electrical System
StarterElectric
Battery Capacity12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)
ACG Output 0.49 kW/5,000 rpm
Drivetrain
Clutch TypeWet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs
Transmission Type6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)
Frame
TypeSemi double cradle
Chassis
Dimensions (L´W´H)2330 mm x 960 mm x 1395 mm
Wheelbase1575 mm
Caster Angle27.5°
Trail113 mm
Seat Height850/870 mm (low seat option 825 mm, high seat option 895 mm)
Ground Clearance250 mm
Kerb Weight226 kg (DCT 236 kg)
Suspension
Type FrontShowa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230 mm stroke
Type RearMonoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel
Wheels
Type Front21M/C x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Type Rear18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Rim Size Front21″
Rim Size Rear18″
Tyres Front90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type)(Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T / Metezler Karoo Street)
Tyres Rear150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type) (Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T /AX41T Metezler Karoo Street)
Brakes
ABS System Type2 channel with IMU Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting
Type Front310 mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear256 mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-channel with rear ABS OFF mode.
Instruments & Electronics
InstrumentsLCD Meter, TFT 6.5 inch touch panel multi information display
Security SystemImmobiliser, security alarm (optional)
HeadlightLED
TaillightLED
ElectricsDaytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay, USB socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC and wheelie control)

 

Engine
TypeSOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam
Displacement1084 cc
Bore & Stroke92 mm x 81.5 mm
Compression Ratio10.1:1
Max. Power Output75 kW at 7500 rpm
Max. Torque105 Nm at 6250 rpm
Noise Level73 dB
Oil Capacity4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)
Fuel System
CarburationPGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity24.8 L
CO2 Emissions112g/km MT 110g/km DCT
Fuel Consumption4.9L/100 km (20.4 km/L) MT 4.8L/100 km (20.8 km/L) DCT
Electrical System
StarterElectric
Battery Capacity12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)
ACG Output 0.49 kW/5000 rpm
Drivetrain
Clutch TypeWet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs
Transmission Type6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)
Frame
TypeSemi double cradle
Chassis
Dimensions (L´W´H)2330 mm x 960 mm x 1560 mm (1620 mm with screen in uppermost position)
Wheelbase1575 mm
Caster Angle27.5°
Trail113 mm
Seat Height850/870 mm (low seat option 825 mm, high seat option 895 mm)
Ground Clearance250 mm
Kerb Weight238 kg (DCT 248 kg) With Showa EERA 240 kg MT (DCT 250kg)
Suspension
Type FrontShowa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and damping adjustment, 230 mm stroke EERA – Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 45 mm, and Showa EERA with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 230 mm stroke
Type RearMonoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel. EERA – Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic remote control preload adjuster and electric control unit with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel
Wheels
Type Front21M/C x MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Type Rear18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim
Rim Size Front21″
Rim Size Rear18″
Tyres Front90/90-21M/C 54H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T
Metzeler Karoo Street
Tyres Rear150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type) Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T
Metzeler Karoo Street
Brakes
ABS System Type2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting
Type Front310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.
Instruments & Electronics
InstrumentsLCD Meter, TFT 6.5 inch touch panel multi information display
Security SystemImmobiliser, security alarm (optional)
HeadlightLED
TaillightLED
ElectricsDaytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple® CarPlay, USB socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC, cornering lights, wheelie control
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