The Honda Africa Twin is on the short list for being one of the top bikes released in 2016, with Big Red finally getting serious about the adventure-touring market.
To drive that point home further though, Honda has released another variation of the Africa Twin, which it calls the Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept.
The premise with the Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept is pretty simply, and it borrows heavily from what others in the ADV space have done: if the Africa Twin is Honda’s answer to the BMW R1200GS, then the Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept is Honda’s answer to the BMW R1200GS Adventure.
A more stoutly built platform with a larger bias for off-road riding, the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept is meant to be taken through the most rugged ADV terrain, whatever that may be.
Abandoning any hope of being a strong road-tourer, the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports Concept comes clad with a more robust aluminum bashguard, to protect the bottom of its 1,000cc parallel-twin engine.
Other key features for off-raod use include wire-spoked wheels that are shod with knobby tires, as well as a flat single-person seat that flows into a luggage rack. A Dakar-styled Termignoni exhaust pipe has also been fitted, to complete the rally look.
As such, the changes to the Honda Africa Twin are subtle, but also effective for the desired result, not unlike the BMW R1200GS Adventure. Other details are scarce at this time, though we would expect the fuel tank to get an extra bump in capacity as well.
For now, the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports is just a concept, which is Honda’s way of testing the waters before considering production. If Big Red likes what it hears, we could see a “prototype” of the machine appear, as we just have with the Honda CRF250 Rally. Stay tuned.