By Ryan Adams
When Troy was assigned the 2020 Africa Twin to review, I think we were both a bit perplexed. But I had a packed schedule and Troy is a professional. So, I didn’t spend too much time worrying about it. I did however, pry the AT out of Troy’s normally gauntlet-clad hands as soon as I was able. The V-Strom/Africa Twin comparison was the first time I had the chance to get out from behind the computer for an actual ride up into the mountains to get a little dust on the tires. Not long into that shoot, I knew I would want to get back out as soon as I could to spend some more time on the new AT. Simply put, it’s a lot of fun to explore with.
When I asked Honda to keep the bike a bit longer for more thorough off-road testing, they encouraged me to do so but only after I brought the bike back to Honda HQ to be retrofitted with some extra off-road protection and footpegs. Huh, not sure why, but okay.
The standard Africa Twin (not the Adventure Sports version) comes with a short windscreen. While it may not look like much, it manages to keep some windblast from the rider’s chest without causing buffeting on the rider’s helmet. It’s also well out of the way when riding off-road.
The 2020 Africa Twin feels almost like a different motorcycle on both the street and the dirt compared to its predecessor. Major changes to the motor and chassis work incredibly well together to give the new AT more off-road prowess than ever before. There’s no need to go into the technical details here as they’ve been covered thoroughly by both Dennis in our First Look and Troy in his <a class="colorbox" …read more