The key to successWhen it was launched, back in 2016, Africa Twin came with the “True Adventure” promise. It was built around the NXR750 legend and it was one of the most anticipated motorcycles of its time. No riding modes back then, no expensive electronics, it was just a simple motorcycle to be ridden around the world. The situation changed for 2018, when Honda introduced a throttle by wire with four riding modes and a seven-level traction control setting. More than that, they came with the more massive “Adventure Sports” version. And it still had a lot of success, being one of the most wanted adventure bikes on the market, right behind the R1200GS. Read More: Best Adventure Helmets for 2019
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Rumor: Suzuki to bring back the DR BIG Africa Twin had a smart way of market positioning. It was smaller and less expensive than the R1200GS and the KTM 1290, but bigger and more comfortable than the middle-weights such as the F800GS and Triumph Tiger 800. It was a great choice for those looking for an adventure bike. The only motorcycle matching its specs was the KTM 1050 (now 1090). But the market has evolved: BMW unveiled the F850GS, Triumph updated the Tiger and KTM came up with the 790 Adventure. All three of them with the same claimed horsepower figure – 95 hp. However, in our comparison test, the Africa Twin was faster than the F850GS and the Tiger – on every type of terrain. And we had the “Adventure Sports” version – the heaviest motorcycle out there. But Honda wants more, and it will probably add up more horsepower, as stated above. The bike in the photos above is a render made by a Japanese magazine, but we don’t think that the Africa Twin will borrow the sporty headlights. On the other hand, it would be a nice thing to look like the one in the main photo (or the one in the photo below this paragraph) – which is the Enduro Sports Concept, created by Honda's R&D Designers. We’re expecting it to look almost the same, with no big changes to the chassis either. And why should they change it? It rides amazingly. But there’s a thing that every adventure rider hates about the new adventure bike – the weight. Every update comes with some extra kilos. So we’re hoping Honda will pay attention to that. And release a smaller Africa Twin, around 750 cc – maybe an all-new TransAlp. But that’s a different discussion.