Honda is about to update its popular adventure motorcycle Africa Twin. Radars, direct injection, and perhaps even a compressor are on the menu.
The BMW R 1250 GS continues to be the industry standard in the large adventure sector. There is a fair probability that BMW will hold the reins for a while following the unveiling of the new 1300 on September 28. However, the opposition is still making every effort to outperform them, starting with Honda. It plans to overtake the GS in 2024 and is relying on a significantly improved Africa Twin to do it.
Documents for homologation with the codename SD14—typically used by Honda for these kinds of engines—have already been exposed.
Radars, which are already available on other high-end adventure motorcycles on the market like the KTM 1290 Super Adventure, the Ducati Multistrada V4, and of course the upcoming BMW R 1300GS, would be the first addition to the uniqueness.
The patents also refer to a direct injection variation of the Africa Twin's SOHC engine, which ought to increase performance while lowering emissions and fuel use. Unless the blown variant is selected. Supercharged engines, which may increase the power to the level of the competition, are already depicted in a number of existing illustrations. Most likely, we'll hear more.