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MCN Fleet: Has Honda's Africa Twin come of age?

Published: 11 March 2020

Updated: 18 March 2020

The Honda Africa Twin holds a special allure for me. I loved the last of the old breed and have covered a lot of miles on the new version – including riding 2100 miles from Oslo to Nordkapp on a DCT version in 2017.

This new 2020 model appears to answer many of my criticisms of that first version – but can it answer all of them?

I want to rack up over 10,000 miles in search of riding enjoyment both on and off-road to test its reliability and to see if an emotional connection – which never materialised with the previous model – emerges.

The rider Richard Newland, MCN Editor, 46, 5ft 11in. Riding for 35 years, all year round.

Bike specs 1084cc | 100bhp | 240kg | 850-870mm seat height

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