At the 2016 Auto Expo, Honda announced that they would be bringing the iconic CRF1000 Africa Twin to India. They didn’t stop there though, they went on to promise that they would also assemble the bike in India. Today, they came through on their word, launching the CRF1000 Africa Twin at an eye watering Rs 12.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This makes the 998 cc parallel-twin Africa Twin the cheapest adventure tourer in its segment. The newest entry into the exponentially growing adventure tourer segment and will go up against the likes of the Kawasaki Versys, the Triumph Tiger, the BMW Multistrada and the Ducati Multistrada.
The Africa Twin will hit the ground in India through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. Which explains the - oh, so - competitive 13 lakh-ish price tag.
On the down-side, Honda have decided to bring it to the subcontinent only with the DCT gearbox. Which allows the user to select from manual shift through triggers on the handlebar or the optional -- read extra -- foot pedal, and a couple of computer controlled automatic modes.
D: For economy and comfort
S: For Sport
Now, Honda have a G-mode (which presumably stands for either gravel or god, we aren’t really sure), where the DCT stops slipping the clutch for linear grip and sends all the power unfiltered to the rear wheel. Honda claim this will greatly help off-road grip. We think they mean Rooster tails.
Honda claim that their gearbox will not only do that but also estimate the incline of the bike and slow up-shifts on the climb and speed up down-shifts on the way down.
There is however one small detail -- before you grab your wallet -- the CRF1000 will be available for bookings at Honda Wing World dealerships across 22 cities in the sub-continent, and will only be available to the first fifty people that book it. Which means that by the time you’re done reading this, there probably aren’t going to be any left to book.
Well played, Honda.