|Visitors to Motorcycle Live will be among the first in the UK to see the production version of Honda’s new CRF1000L Africa Twin.|
Set to arrive in showrooms across the globe from early next year, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the first in a run of four consecutive Paris-Dakar victories, the latest incarnation of the legendary adventure motorcycle will be unveiled to show-goers at Birmingham’s NEC Center on 28 November, through 6 December.
Designed to be a true adventure motorcycle, Honda’s new Africa Twin mixes all-day touring comfort with all-round usability, whatever the terrain. It features a switchable rear ABS, multi-mode Honda Selectable Torque Control and an option to specify an all-new evolution of Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission, complete with off-road functionality, combine to redefine large capacity adventure motorcycle expectations.
Taking the lead from Africa Twin, the theme of adventure will run heavily throughout Honda’s presence at Motorcycle Live via the inclusion of another adventure bike from Honda’s ‘X’ line-up with the A-2 licence-friendly CB500X, which features a number of enhancements for 2016, including LED head and taillights, taller screen, adjustable pre-load on the front suspension, adjustable brake levers, and, taking its range to over 482 kilometers (300 miles), a larger fuel tank, complete with new hinged cap.
Also revised for 2016 and on display for the first time in the UK, will be the new NC750X. Along with the whole NC family, now EURO4 compliant, Honda’s innovative mid-weight, all-purpose bike receives similar, striking aesthetic changes, as well as a suspension upgrade, thanks to the adoption of Showa’s Dual Bending Valves, for improved damping and more linear performance.
In common with its VFR1200X Crosstourer sibling, also on display, NC750X benefits from new Dual Clutch Transmission functionality, including three levels of S mode.
Compiled: Philip Chong