By Scott Rousseau currently offers two versions of the Africa Twin, one with a standard six-speed manual transmission and clutch, and the other with an innovative Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that offers two auto-shift riding modes as well as a manual-shift mode. The DCT version retails for $13,999, or $700 more than the $13,299 standard Africa Twin.
So which Africa Twin is better: the DCT or the manual?
The DCT is not new. The concept has been incorporated into select Honda streetbike models for the past several years, first debuting on the 2010 VFR1200, but the Africa Twin marks the first time that the DCT’s mettle has been tested in a motorcycle built for use off-road as well as on the street. We’re sure it won’t be the last.
Whether it’s equipped with a standard transmission or a DCT, the Africa Twin’s rumble is supplied by a fuel-injected, 998cc parallel-Twin with a bore and stroke of 92mm x 75mm, a 270-degree crankshaft and Unicam cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder. Honda claims the relatively compact engine produces 93.9 crank horsepower at 7500 rpm, and 72.3 lb.-ft. of torque at 6000 rpm. That’s believable. During dyno testing of the standard transmission model during our 2016 Wire-Wheel Adventure Shootout, the Africa Twin delivered 85.7 rear-wheel horsepower at 7600 rpm and a peak rear-wheel torque figure of 67.0 lb.-ft. at 5900 rpm.
The Africa Twin’s 998cc parallel-Twin engine is good for about 86 rear-wheel horsepower – not a lot but more than enough to get the job done on the trail and an adequate amount for use on the road.
We had intended to put the two Africa Twin test samples on the dyno to see what the power and torque differences might be between the standard and DCT models, but that attempt was foiled when we threw …read more