Africa Twin price has also been increased by Rs 17,000…
Honda wowed the Indian enthusiasts by showcasing the off-roader Africa Twin at the Auto Expo last year. The adventure bike is the second motorcycle from Honda to be brought to India via the CKD route after the CBR650F, however, localisation levels are still bare minimum.
Honda officially launched the 2017 Africa Twin in India in May. The India-spec motorcycle produces 88.3 PS of peak power at 7500 rpm and 92 Nm of maximum torque at 6000 rpm. It is lesser than 95 PS the Japanese version produces. India gets only the premium-most DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version and only Victory Red colour.
The purpose built adventure motorcycle is manufactured for the world at Japan’s Kumamoto factory, the location where most of the bigger motorcycles are also made. However, due to the recent earthquakes in the region, the factory was shut down resulting in the delay of its launch.
Africa Twin Manual Plans?
According to a report at NDTV Auto, as expected, Honda does NOT have plans to introduce the lower manual gear Africa Twin in India. Mr Y. S. Guleria, Sr VP Sales & Marketing, Honda India, said that they would want to retain the uniqueness the Automatic (DCT) variant offers.
And moreover, there will not be a world of difference between the pricing of these two models and hence demand is expected to be low for the manual version – so it makes sense to keep only the top of the line DCT trim.
2017 Africa Twin Price
|CRF 1000 L Africa Twin DCT||Rs 13.07 Lakh|
*price ex-showroom Delhi
The price of the motorcycle has increased from the earlier announced Rs 12.90 Lakh and is definitely higher than our analysis but still if we talk about its immediate competition – Triumph Tiger, Suzuki V-Strom etc it is fairly well placed.
Africa Twin Booking & Deliveries
Bookings of the motorcycle commenced in May for the first batch which comprised of 50 customers. Deliveries commenced in August and the company has announced that the first batch is sold out.
Honda has NOT announced if they have commenced bookings of the second batch of the motorcycle but in an interaction with the officials we are told that the bookings of the second lot will commence in some time.