2016 Honda Africa Twin

The hotly-anticipated Honda Africa adventure-tourer will definitely make our annual “best bikes” list when it finally hits US dealers later this year. Until then, the The 998cc parallel twin-powered motorcycle remains the plaything of press riders and PR reps. Press riders and PR reps who recently took it up to Finland’s frozen north to shred up some snow.

For what it’s worth- it looks like those guys are having a great time on the 2016 Honda Africa, too! You can check out the video, below, as well as a full rundown of the bike’s class-leading specs in the table below that. Enjoy!


2016 Honda Africa Twin in Finland



Engine TypeLiquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Unicam
Engine Displacement998cc
Bore x Stroke92.0 x 75.1 mm
ClutchWet, multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch
Final DriveO-ring sealed chain
Gearbox/Transmission TypeConstant mesh 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes
Honda Selectable Torque Control SystemHSTC 3-levels + switch-off (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Frame TypeSteel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame
Turning Radius8’2”
Curb Weight503 lb. (STD), 534 lb. (DCT/ABS)
Fuel Capacity4.96 gallons
Length x Width x Height91.9 x 34.4 x 58.1 inches (STD), 91.9 x 36.6 x 58.1 inches (DCT/ABS)
Wheelbase62.0 inches
Seat Height (STD position / Low position)34.3/33.5 inches
Ground Clearance9.8 inches
ABS system typeABS 2-channel with rear ABS off switch (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model)
Front Brakes310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminum hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Rear Brake256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT/ABS model
Front WheelWire spoke with aluminum rim
Rear WheelWire spoke with aluminum rim
Front Rim Size21M/C x MT2.15
Rear Rim Size18M/C x MT4.00
Front Tire90/90-R21 tube type
Rear Tire150/70-R18 tube type

Source | Images: Honda, via Motorpasión.