News on the second coming of the Honda Africa Twin is coming at a slow burn, but the latest patent image discovered shows that what we saw at last years EICMA of the ‘True Adventure’ concept was pretty much the finished product. While there’s no update yet on when the bike will be officially announced, we’re definitely getting a clearer picture of the final product.
The biggest talking point of the machine is its split airbox design. The airbox is split in two parts with one mounted either side of the headstock. What this means is that the fuel tank can sit directly behind the engine which then in turn not only lowers the overall center of mass of the Africa Twin, but keeps things narrow up front as well. This will provide it with far more off road cred than say KTM’s 1190 Adventure bike (or dare we say, BMW Motorrad’s R1200GS).
Another benefit of this split airbox design it that the bike’s twin radiators sit just below each of the airboxes which provides the front suspension and wheels with more travel while keeping the radiator further out of harms way of being damaged on rough terrain.
The new patents further reveal some clever tricks surrounding the Africa Twin’s seat. Unlike as was shown at EICMA, the production version will feature a split rider/pillion seat with an inbuilt height adjustment mechanism. The seat can be moved up and down with ease and as it does so, the front of the rider’s pew slides up the tank.
The front fairing/cowling is a one piece unit according to the patents. While it may reduce production costs for Honda, it probably isn’t the best for owners when they take a spill who then have to look at paying for replacing the entire front fairing of the bike for what may well only be damage to a small part of it.
While off road purists may suggest that the 1000cc engine is too big for true off road riding, it seems Honda is doing as much as it can to make the reborn Africa Twin light, narrow and with as low as center of gravity as possible.