KTM already have a bike
with "serious" offroad potential, but still can't compete with BMW, so I'm not sure if Honda will fare any better.
Anyone who's done a BMW offroad skills course knows just how serious a GS can be, so it's frankly not down to a bike's ability, probably more to do with risking £12,000 to £15,000 of one's own money that determines whether an owner will take their BMW offroad.
The KTM 1190 is better offroad than the BMW, no doubt about it, but once you spec one up to similar levelsa, there's nót a huge difference in outlay. In that respect, the Honda Africa Twin will have to be pretty good to match either bike's abilities, then a few grand cheaper to draw in sales.
I had an original Africa Twin back in 1992, and it was surprisingly good offroad, within reason. I took it over the Grampians with my wife on the back, all offroad, so I know from experience what it could do. It was not, however, a great road bike. Good enough for touring, but otherwise just adequate, so I hope that the new one can go one better, and produce a bike that can do both.