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2015-05-13 12:35

ICON COMING BACK: Honda SA has confirmed that one of motorcycling's most celebrated names - its Africa Twin - is expected back in South African showrooms soon. Image: Honda

Honda SA has confirmed that one of motorcycling's most celebrated and evocative names - the Africa Twin - is expected back in South African showrooms perhaps in time for Christmas 2015.

Honda SA has confirmed that the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will be in dealers across Europe in late 2015.

SEGMENT DEFINER

"Some motorcycles encapsulate perfectly what an adventure motorcycle is all about," Honda says. "The original 1988 XRV650 Africa Twin had four consecutive wins in the Paris-Dakar. It's go-anywhere ability, rugged durability, easy handling and all-day comfort made it the perfect partner with which to explore."

The bike also, the Japanese bikemaker said, helped to define a motorcycling segment that has now grown into one of the most popular worldwide.

"The new Africa Twin remains true to all the attributes and abilities of the XRV650 and its successor the XRV750 while adding the benefits of everything Honda has learned on and off-road over the previous decade."

SPECIAL GEARBOX, TOO

The coming Africa Twin will have, as an option, the latest evolution of Honda's dual-clutch transmission - a gearbox the bikemaker says remains unique to Honda in motorcycling.

"The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin is set to redefine expectations of what a large-capacity adventure motorcycle should be capable, on and off-road, and opens an entirely new chapter in Honda's illustrious history of dual-purpose motorcycles made for true adventure."

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