Just last week we showed the latest lot of patents relating to Honda’s ‘True Adventure’ concept, now better known as the returning Honda Africa Twin. Today, Honda keeps the slow marketing campaign rolling along with episode three of their True Adventure video series.
The latest episode takes us to the recently run Dakar rally and is titled ‘The Return to Dakar’. There’s no greater giveaway what this is all leading to than quotes from Taichi Honda (real name), the technical director of the HRC rally team. He states that:
We returned after 24 years because Dakar is the toughest off-road race in the world. We develop technologies here that can lead to mass production.
Having begun to yet again dominate in MotoGP, Honda not only wants to do the same off-road but also take a slice of the every growing ‘adventure bike’ pie. Honda are currently noticeably absent from the segment which is heavily led at the moment by BMW Motorrad, KTM and Triumph.
Technologies that will trickle down from Dakar and events like it will mainly focus around bike geometry and durability, as the engine for the new Africa Twin doesn’t actually comply with Dakar regulations.
As previously reported, we know that the new Africa Twin will feature a 1,000cc parallel twin, a unique split airbox design and controversially for some may also come with Honda’s dual-clutch transmission