Honda is updating the Africa Twin for 2022 with revised settings to the Ducal Clutch Transmission settings in the non-manual models, a new rear standard rack, a lower screen on some models and “Big Logo” graphics.
From the press release:
The fundamentals that made the Africa Twin one of the most popular adventure tourers in the world remain: serious off-road performance, lightweight chassis with slim bodywork and a characterful, torque-heavy engine. All packaged in a unique, aggressive and compact rally-style design.
The standard electronics package includes a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to manage 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking, 7 levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) as well as cornering ABS (with off-road setting), 3 levels of wheelie control and rear lift control.
There are 4 pre-set riding modes (Tour, Urban, Gravel, Off-road) to suit multiple riding conditions, and 2 modes that can be adjusted to the rider’s preference of power level, engine braking, HSTC, wheelie control and ABS settings.
The Africa Twin body is made for genuine off-road riding, with high handlebars for upright, high visibility riding position, and the narrow seat contoured to allow good ground reach and easy movement.
Despite the serious off-road capabilities, the Africa Twin also offers plenty in comfort and convenience. Cruise control is a standard feature, as is a full colour 6.5” TFT touchscreen multi- information display with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto.
Africa Twin Adventure Sports
The 2022 model now has a shorter adjustable screen, new “Cracked Terrain” graphics and updated Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) settings.
The heart of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports is the same 1,084cc SOHC 8-valve parallel twin cylinder engine found in the Africa Twin. The frame, riding position and electronics package are also shared, but there are a number of notable features and characteristics that make the Africa Twin Adventure Sports stand out on its own.
The large 24.8L fuel tank delivers significantly increased riding range, while the unique fairing grants extensive wind protection, combined with the 5-level height-adjustable screen. The new 110mm shorter screen improves visibility without compromising on weather protection. Standard heated grips make riding more comfortable regardless of the weather, so you can enjoy the open road all year long.
There are two transmission options available for the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, a 6-speed traditional manual, and a Honda exclusive 6-speed DCT.
The DCT delivers consistent, fast and seamless gear changes, with 3 modes of operation available. “MT” mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic “D” mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic “S” mode offers 3 levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.
DCT’s off-road functionality is enhanced by the “G” switch, that when activated in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.
For 2022, the DCT settings have been further optimised in first and second gears to allow smoother handling from a standing start and at very low speeds.
The top of the range Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT ES features standard Showa Electronically Equipped Ride AdjustmentTM (Showa EERATM), that tailors damping force front and rear, and spring preload to suit load and riding conditions.
There are 4 settings: SOFT has the lowest damping force for smoothest reaction; HARD uses the highest damping force; MID operates as an all-round setting; OFF-ROAD gradually raises front fork damping force as stroke speed rises and uses higher damping settings for the rear shock.
Rear spring preload can be electronically adjusted while stationary, through 4 default settings: (1) riding solo, (2) riding solo with luggage, (3) riding two-up and (4) riding two-up with luggage. A USER option allows for fine-tuning of damping force front and rear and 24 points of rear spring preload.
The 22YM Africa Twin range is expected to arrive in Australia in the last quarter of 2021.