The latest Honda Africa Twin has launched in India at Rs 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Here are three reasons why you may not be a good match for the Africa Twin.
1. It’s Out Of Your Reach. Literally!
High ground clearance is for bikes that can handle more than just smooth surfaces. Between the wheels, there is a big space between Mother Earth and its body parts. This makes it a very useful choice. The cost of that usefulness is high saddle heights. And it’s not a secret that Indians aren’t the tallest people around.
The international version of the Africa Twin has a saddle that sits at 850mm and can be raised by 20mm with a pad. Honda lowered the seat by 30 mm for India, making it easier to get in and out of. Those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground while idling will still find the 820mm seat height uncomfortable and the bike out of their reach.
2. Not A Corner Carver
Even people who go off-road often end up putting most of their miles on the road.
It might be a good bike for the trails, but getting to and from the trails might not be a lot of fun.
Riders from all over the world have said that the soft suspension on the Africa Twin makes it easy to ride over rough terrain. It also makes it harder to be sure of yourself when you turn hard. People say that the front forks damp out too much of the road, making it hard for the rider to feel the front end. It also has a big nosedive when you hit the brakes hard.
3. Electronics Care About You More Than They Should
Before you can hit the trail in the automatic Honda ADV that we’re getting here, you have to change a few settings.
Turn off the rear wheel ABS
Change the settings for traction control.
Change gears more quickly by switching to Gravel mode.
Allow gear changes by hand
You will have to do that every time you start the bike. If you leave the safety features on, this won’t be a problem. But on a trail, be ready to do the fighter jet launch sequence again and again after every short break.
But there are still a few things about the Africa Twin that could make you love it.