Honda Africa Twin vs Triumph Tiger 800 XRx vs Ducati Multistrada 950: specs, engine, features, price


  • Adventure touring is catching on in India and we're only pleased to welcome some of the nicest ADV motorcycles making their way in the country. While bikes like the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, being priced at Rs 18 lakh and above, have been way out of reach for many adventure motorcycling enthusiasts, there is now a lot to choose from within a price bracket of Rs 10 to 14 lakh. Honda launched the Africa Twin at about Rs 13 lakh in India, which turns out is strong competitor to Triumph Tiger 800 and Ducati Multistrada 950. Triumph has four motorcycles in the Tiger 800 range, the most affordable one being priced at Rs 10.87 lakh, but none of these feature a DCT gearbox. Following is a comparison based on specifications, features and price:

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  • Design: All three have comfortable, upright seating positions to support long hours of riding and to allow the rider to stand on the footsteps for easy maneuvering on off-road tracks. However, in terms of weight, the Tiger is the lightest at 216 kg of wet weight. The Multistrada comes at second with 229 kg and the Africa Twin is heaviest at 245 kg. The seat height on the Africa Twin is 840 mm, which can be adjusted and lowered to 820 mm. The Tiger's seat height is 830 mm, adjustable to 810 mm. The seat height on the Multistrada is fixed at 840 mm. However, the accessory seat allows an adjustment from 820-860 mm.

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  • Engine: The Tiger 800 XRx is powered by an 800cc liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder engine that produces 93.7 hp at 9250 rpm and 78 Nm at 7950 rpm and is paired to a six-speed gearbox. The Multistrada 950 is the most powerful out of the three. It comes with a 937cc Testastretta, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve, liquid-cooled engine that produces 113 hp at 9000 rpm and 96 Nm at 7750 rpm and is mated to a six-speed transmission. Power on the Africa Twin comes from a 999.11 cc liquid-cooled, SI engine that churns out 87.16 hp at 7500 rpm and 91.9 Nm at 6000 rpm. Unlike the other two, this comes with a six-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission). Hence, there is no need for a clutch lever or shifting gears. Although the rider can choose to shift up or down using a pedal on the left of the handlebar.

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  • Features (Africa Twin): A distinctive feature on the Africa Twin is its DCT gearbox, however, the rider has the freedom to shift up or down using manual shift selector switches located on the left-side controls on the handlebar. A convenient parking brake lever is also provided. It is also equipped with a G Switch, which responds to requirements of off-road riding. The right-side controls provide thumb switch selection of 'N’ (Neutral), ‘D’ (Drive) or ‘S’ (Sport) riding modes. The instrument console is a highly informative LCD display that has the speedometer, tachometer, fuel, gear position, ABS, odometer, trip and clock.

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  • Features (Tiger 800 XRx): The Tiger 800 comes with three riding modes - Road, Off-Road, configurable Rider. It also features cruise control, adjustable screen, a centre stand, hand guards, additional 12V power socket, self cancelling indicators.

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  • Features (Multistrada 950): The Multistrada 950 has four riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), each programmed to act on the electronic Ride-by-Wire engine control system, the ABS and the traction control levels. The modes can be changed on the go. The instrument panel consists of a large LCD that provides information on speed, rpm, distance ridden, gear, trip1 and trip2, engine coolant temperature, fuel level and a clock.

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  • Brakes and safety: The Africa Twin comes with 310mm ‘wave’ style, twin floating front discs with 4-pot radial calipers and the back, it gets a 256mm ‘wave’ style disc. ABS is standard. Braking on the Tiger 800 XRx comes from twin 308 mm floating discs, 2-piston sliding calipers and switchable ABS up front and single 255 mm disc, single piston sliding caliper and switchable ABS at the rear. The Multistrada 950 comes with twin 320 mm semi-floating discs, Brembo Monobloc callipers up front and a 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper at the back. ABS is a standard fitment. Also read: Honda Africa Twin Review: The new king of adventure motorcycles in India

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  • Pricing: The Africa Twin is priced at about Rs 13 lakh. The Tiger 800 range is priced between Rs 10.87 lakh to Rs 14.38 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India), while the XRx is priced at Rs 12.13 lakh. The Multistrada 950 was launched last year at Rs 12.60 lakh.

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