African Adventurer HONDA AFRICA TWIN CRF1100 ADVENTURE SPORTS DCT
CAR|November 2021
Its name is synonymous with a long heritage of off-road racing bikes. but how does an automatic transmission alter the riding experience?
Wilhelm Lutjeharms

If we think about the Paris– Dakar Rally and the challenges this grueling race presented back in the day, few things seem as daunting as attempting it on a motorcycle. This is where the Africa Twin has its roots; a two-cylinder Honda motorcycle designed to tackle this demanding race, which it did successfully with four victories in the late 1980s.

Over the years, this dual-purpose motorbike has progressed into one of the most capable off-road and touring models on the market. However, equipped with the company’s six-speed dual-clutch transmission, it does transform the riding and input experience.

Situated within the painted frame is a parallel twin-cylinder of 1 084 cm3 that delivers 75 kW and 105 N.m. It’s plenty for any situation, be it on the open road or a favorite stretch of gravel. The seat is on the high side but at least it presents a perfect view of the equipment onboard. Of which there is a lot.

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