For those in the market for an adventure tourer, Honda’s 2020 Africa Twin is worth a look with its bigger engine and more advanced electronics compared to last year’s model.
The engine has been bumped up from 998cc to 1084cc for more power and torque. Honda says the new electronics add rider aids including wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear-lift control, dual-clutch transmission cornering detection and cornering lights.
The 2020 Africa Twin also has a new 6.5-inch color touchscreen multi-information display. In fact, the company has created an interactive simulator on its website, so potential customers can get to know the capabilities of the display.
“All four CRF1100L Africa Twin versions, the manual and Dual Clutch Transmission iterations of the standard Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES, are equipped with a 6.5 inch touch-panel TFT LCD Multi-Information Display and handlebar controls that offer features including Apple CarPlay integration; activation/cancelation of ABS and G-mode; and adjustment of settings for Honda Selective Torque Control, wheelie control, riding modes, user mode and on applicable versions suspension and DCT; as well as other data like time, speed, etc.” Honda says.
“With the new simulator, consumers can operate virtual controls to mimic the on-bike experience of interacting with the MID, thereby familiarizing themselves with the steps in order to become more adept at the process,” the company says.
The tool can be accessed by going to https://powersports.honda.com/street/adventure/africa-twin and then scrolling down to the “Check it out” button.
Other improvements include an updated frame and a lighter and more rigid CRF450R-style aluminum swingarm. The bike also has cruise control.
MSRP: Africa Twin $14,399; Africa Twin DCT: $15,199; Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES:$17,199; Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT $17,999.
Colors: Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES: Pearl Glare White/Blue. Africa Twin: Matte Black Metallic. More info: www.powersports.honda.com