By Tom Roderick ‘s next-gen Dual Clutch Transmission, and the only ADV bike in the world equipped with such technology. This is a significant achievement not for the sake of new technology, but because the technology works pretty well, which is why my initial review – and this video – focuses on the DCT’s use and performance. However, the story was a little light when it comes to other areas of the bike’s performance. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to address a few omissions.
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The 21-inch front wheel speaks volumes about the Africa Twin’s off-road intentions. This choice of wheel size has the Africa Twin in the company of other OEM’s most off-roady off-road bikes: BMW F800GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure R, Triumph Tiger 800XCx. With a claimed curb weight of 503 pounds, the Africa Twin is also in the same claimed wet weight range of these bikes, making a future shootout already enticing.
Braking performance from the twin 310mm discs and 4-piston calipers is substantial in either off- or on-road applications.
During our press intro the Honda proved to be a very capable off-roader whether aboard the standard transmission model or the DCT version. The 21-inch front kept the bike stable when plowing through deep sand, and pointing in a forward direction when pounding up a rocky incline. Steering transitions were, of course, slower than if it were outfitted with a 19-inch front wheel, and there’s not as much rubber on the road (90/90-21), but those are concessions an ADV rider with real off-road convictions is willing to make.
The DCT model weighs a claimed 22 pounds more than the standard transmission model, and the weight difference can be felt to some extent – more so when off-road than when on-road. …read more
Source:: 2016 Honda Africa Twin Video Review