SUZUKI ANNOUNCES UPDATED BURGMAN 400

Suzuki has announced details of an updated Burgman 400, with the now Euro 5 compliant version of the original maxi-scooter boasting traction control, Suzuki’s Easy Start System, and updated instrument cluster, plus changes to its 400cc single-cylinder engine including a new twin-plug cylinder head, piston, and injectors.

Launched in 1998, the Burgman 400 carved out a new market for large displacement scooters, combining comfort, power, style, and practicality. Updated for the 2006 and 2018 model years, the latest iteration further improves on the proven and solid platform.

A revised engine produces well balanced low-midrange torque with improved throttle control, courtesy of a number of changes.

A new twin-plug cylinder head – with simultaneous ignition timing – provides strong power delivery, increases combustion efficiency, and aids fuel consumption. As an added bonus, adjusted ignition timing also results in easier engine startup and a more stable idle. The change additionally contributes to high combustion speed and reduces the possibility of engine knocking in the upper speed range. Consequently, ignition timing can be set to a timing at which power is produced more easily, thereby increasing top speed. A new secondary air pathway helps meet Euro 5 emissions standards.

There are revised cam profiles, and the injectors have changed from 16-hole to 10-hole injectors, resulting in more miniscule fuel droplets and increased air agitation, improving fuel consumption. A new catalytic converter increases the number of catalysts from one to two, further purifying exhaust gases.

One of the biggest changes to the updated Burgman 400 comes in the form of a traction control system, which benefits riding in slippery conditions and pulling away briskly from a complete stop. Meanwhile stopping is helped with a new ABS unit, which is also 36g lighter than the previous unit.

Practicality is maintained through 42 litres of underseat storage, plus an additional 6.3 litres of storage thanks to compartments upfront, the right hand side of which also houses a 12V socket for charging electronic devices.

The addition of Suzuki’s Easy Start System requires just one brush of the starter button to fire the engine, removing the need to hold the button down.

Cutaway footboards make it easier to get feet flat on the floor, and a plush seat with adjustable lumbar support makes for a comfortable ride. LED running lights, headlights, and taillights provide excellent nighttime visibility, while also enhancing the maxi-scooter’s stylish design.

Security features come in the form of Suzuki’s Advanced Immobiliser System (SAIS) and a magnetic cover that protects the ignition barrel and opens only for the owner’s key. A chain gate allows the rider to pass a chain lock through the bodywork, around the frame, and then around a pole or other immovable object.

The updated Burgman 400 will be available from authorised Suzuki dealerships in the summer, and will come in matte silver, matte black, and iron grey, all complete with blue rims.

Gold Wing and Africa Twin Offer Packages

From 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021

A Comprehensive Package for our flagship models

Plus 1 YEAR DATATOOL® TRACKER

FINANCE OFFERS

GL1800B Gold Wing [Bagger] (PCP) – Representative Example
OTR Price* £22,399.00
Deposit £4,774.13
Test Ride Contribution** £500.00
Amount of Credit £17,124.87
36 Monthly Payments £189.00
Duration 37 months
Final Payment £12,496.72
Final Payment inc Option Fee £12,506.72
Total Amount Payable £24,584.85
Representative APR 4.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Milage Charge £0.12
Interest Rate per annum 4.76%
GL1800 Gold Wing 21YM (PCP) – Representative Example
OTR Price* £22,849.00
Deposit £4,889.36
Test Ride Contribution** £500.00
Amount of Credit £17,459.64
36 Monthly Payments £199.00
Duration 37 months
Final Payment £12,496.72
Final Payment inc Option Fee £12,506.72
Total Amount Payable £25,060.08
Representative APR 4.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Milage Charge £0.12
Interest Rate per annum 4.76%
CRF1100L Africa Twin (PCP) – Representative Example
OTR Price* £13,049.00
Deposit £3,059.82
Test Ride Contribution** £500.00
Amount of Credit £9,489.18
36 Monthly Payments £119.00
Duration 37 months
Final Payment £6,371.45
Final Payment inc Option Fee £6,381.45
Total Amount Payable £14,225.27
Representative APR 4.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Mileage Charge £0.07
Interest Rate Per Annum fixed 4.76%

Terms and Conditions

Gold Wing Terms and Conditions

PCP Terms and Conditions: New retail Gold Wing 21YM and older (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. The complimentary first three services, one-year extended guarantee, one year extended European Roadside Assistance, one-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride are available when your vehicle is financed through a Hire Purchase, Vehicle Purchase Loan or Personal Contract Purchase agreement with Honda Finance Europe. The minimum balance to finance is £5000 with minimum agreement term of 24 months for Hire Purchase and Vehicle Purchase Loan and 25 months for Personal Contract Purchase. You can settle your finance agreement at any time, however, if you withdraw from your finance agreement within the first 14 days, the complimentary first three services, extended guarantee and European roadside assistance will be cancelled. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Representative example based on 3 years 4.9% PCP. **£500 Honda UK Test Ride available. Excess mileage rate applies. Final payment includes £10 option to purchase fee. At the end of the agreement, there are three options: i) Retain: Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle, ii) Return: Return the vehicle, or iii) Renew: Part exchange your Honda for a new one. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the bike at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the bike is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage of 4,000 has not been exceeded. Excess mileage rate applies should this be exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

VPL Terms and Conditions: New retail Gold Wing 21YM and older (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. The complimentary first three services, one-year extended guarantee, one year extended European Roadside Assistance, one-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride are available only when your vehicle is financed through a Hire Purchase, Vehicle Purchase Loan or Personal Contract Purchase agreement with Honda Finance Europe. The minimum balance to finance is £5000 with minimum agreement term of 24 months for Hire Purchase and Vehicle Purchase Loan and 25 months for Personal Contract Purchase. You can settle your finance agreement at any time, however, if you withdraw from your finance agreement within the first 14 days, the complimentary first three services, extended guarantee and European roadside assistance will be cancelled. Representative Example based on 3 years 4.9% VPL. **£500 Honda UK Test Ride available. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe Plc. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

HP Terms and Conditions: New retail Gold Wing 21YM and older (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. The complimentary first three services, one-year extended guarantee, one year extended European Roadside Assistance, one-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride are only available when your vehicle is financed through a Hire Purchase, Vehicle Purchase Loan or Personal Contract Purchase agreement with Honda Finance Europe. The minimum balance to finance is £5000 with minimum agreement term of 24 months for Hire Purchase and Vehicle Purchase Loan and 25 months for Personal Contract Purchase. You can settle your finance agreement at any time, however, if you withdraw from your finance agreement within the first 14 days, the complimentary first three services, extended guarantee and European roadside assistance will be cancelled . Representative Example based on 3 years 4.9% HP. **£500 Honda UK Test Ride available. £10 option to purchase fee applies. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe Plc. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority 312541.

One-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride contribution are available to eligible cash customers also.

Africa Twin Terms and Conditions

PCP Terms and Conditions: New retail CRF1100L Africa Twin ABS and DCT (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. The complimentary first three services, one-year extended guarantee, one year extended European Roadside Assistance, one-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride are available when your vehicle is financed through a Hire Purchase, Vehicle Purchase Loan or Personal Contract Purchase agreement with Honda Finance Europe. The minimum balance to finance is £5000 with minimum agreement term of 24 months for Hire Purchase and Vehicle Purchase Loan and 25 months for Personal Contract Purchase. You can settle your finance agreement at any time, however, if you withdraw from your finance agreement within the first 14 days, the complimentary first three services, extended guarantee and European roadside assistance will be cancelled. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Representative example based on 3 years 4.9% PCP. **£500 Honda UK Test Ride available. Excess mileage rate applies. Final payment includes £10 option to purchase fee. At the end of the agreement, there are three options: i) Retain: Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle, ii) Return: Return the vehicle, or iii) Renew: Part exchange your Honda for a new one. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the bike at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the bike is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage of 4,000 has not been exceeded. Excess mileage rate applies should this be exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

VPL Terms and Conditions: New retail CRF1100L Africa Twin ABS and DCT (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. The complimentary first three services, one-year extended guarantee, one year extended European Roadside Assistance, one-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride are available only when your vehicle is financed through a Hire Purchase, Vehicle Purchase Loan or Personal Contract Purchase agreement with Honda Finance Europe. The minimum balance to finance is £5000 with minimum agreement term of 24 months for Hire Purchase and Vehicle Purchase Loan and 25 months for Personal Contract Purchase. You can settle your finance agreement at any time, however, if you withdraw from your finance agreement within the first 14 days, the complimentary first three services, extended guarantee and European roadside assistance will be cancelled. Representative Example based on 3 years 4.9% VPL. **£500 Honda UK Test Ride available. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe Plc. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

HP Terms and Conditions: New retail CRF1100L Africa Twin ABS and DCT (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. The complimentary first three services, one-year extended guarantee, one year extended European Roadside Assistance, one-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride are only available when your vehicle is financed through a Hire Purchase, Vehicle Purchase Loan or Personal Contract Purchase agreement with Honda Finance Europe. The minimum balance to finance is £5000 with minimum agreement term of 24 months for Hire Purchase and Vehicle Purchase Loan and 25 months for Personal Contract Purchase. You can settle your finance agreement at any time, however, if you withdraw from your finance agreement within the first 14 days, the complimentary first three services, extended guarantee and European roadside assistance will be cancelled . Representative Example based on 3 years 4.9% HP. **£500 Honda UK Test Ride available. £10 option to purchase fee applies. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe Plc. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority 312541.

One-year Datatool subscription and £500 test ride contribution are available to eligible cash customers also.

SUZUKI RELEASES NEW PREVIEW AHEAD OF THIRD NEW MODEL REVEAL FOR 2021

Suzuki has released a new model preview video today [5 April], ahead of a third model reveal for 2021.

Whilst the short video leaves a lot of the bike to the imagination, the full reveal will take place LIVE on 26 April 2021 at 8:00am on the Suzuki Bikes UK Facebook and YouTube channels. 

Watch the model preview video below

£200 Deposit Contribution** and 4.9% APR Representative

Mind the gap. Social distance on a Honda

SUPER CUB C125

£200 Deposit Contribution** and 4.9% APR Representative

Easy. Simple. Style.

The new Super Cub C125 is a stylish evolution of a revolutionary machine that’s worked so hard for so many over the last six decades. Full LED lighting is a premium addition, as is the Honda Smart Key which controls the ignition and immobiliser from the rider’s pocket.

Super Cub C125 (PCP) – Representative Example
OTR Price* £3,449.00
Deposit £274.03
Honda Deposit Contribution** £200.00
Amount of Credit £2,974.97
24 Monthly Payments £69.00
Duration 25 months
Final Payment £1,533.26
Final Payment inc Option Fee £1,543.26
Total Amount Payable £3,673.29
Representative APR 4.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Mileage Charge £0.02
Interest Rate per annum fixed 4.55%

MSX125

£200 Deposit Contribution** and 4.9% APR Representative

Mini-Streetfighter

Unique, unconventional, with an attitude all of its own, the MSX125 may be compact and incredibly nimble, but it rides and feels like a much bigger machine. If you’re looking for serious fun, look no further than the MSX125.

MSX125 (PCP) – Representative Example
OTR Price* £3,499.00
Deposit £343.56
Honda Deposit Contribution** £200.00
Amount of Credit £2,955.44
24 Monthly Payments £69.00
Duration 25 months
Final Payment £1,516.24
Final Payment inc Option Fee £1,526.24
Total Amount Payable £3,725.80
Representative APR 4.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Mileage Charge £0.01
Interest Rate per annum fixed 4.64%

CB125F

£200 Deposit Contribution** and 4.9% APR Representative

Instant fun

The Honda CB125F sets you free, putting the power of independence in your hands. Its tough OHC 2-valve, PGM-FI fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine is super-efficient, delivering 33 miles per litre (WMTC mode) and crisp acceleration from a standing start. All of this comes together to deliver an impressive range from the 13L tank, keeping you out of the filling stations and ahead of the traffic.

CB125F (PCP) – Representative Example
OTR Price* £2,949.00
Deposit £428.02
Honda Deposit contribution** £200.00
Amount of Credit £2,320.98
24 Monthly Payments £49.00
Duration 25 months
Final Payment £1,317.77
Final Payment Inc Option Fee £1,327.77
Total Amount Payable £3,131.79
Representative APR 4.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Mileage Charge £0.01
Interest Rate per annum fixed 4.55%

Terms and Conditions

PCP Terms and Conditions: New retail Cub 125 19YM and older (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Representative example based on 2 years 4.9% PCP. **£200 Honda UK deposit contribution available. Excess mileage rate applies. Final payment includes £10 option to purchase fee. At the end of the agreement, there are three options: i) Retain: Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle, ii) Return: Return the vehicle, or iii) Renew: Part exchange your Honda for a new one. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the bike at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the bike is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage of 4,000 has not been exceeded. Excess mileage rate applies should this be exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

PCP Terms and Conditions: New retail MSX125 19YM and older (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Representative example based on 2 years 4.9% PCP. **£200 Honda UK deposit contribution available. Excess mileage rate applies. Final payment includes £10 option to purchase fee. At the end of the agreement, there are three options: i) Retain: Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle, ii) Return: Return the vehicle, or iii) Renew: Part exchange your Honda for a new one. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the bike at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the bike is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage of 4,000 has not been exceeded. Excess mileage rate applies should this be exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

PCP Terms and Conditions: New retail CB125F 19YM and older (all variants) orders from 1 April 2021 to 3 August 2021 and registered by 3 August 2021. Subject to model and colour availability. *OTR may be subject to change due to actual or unexpected changes in tariffs, duties taxes or other costs which may affect importation or other costs of supply. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter's absolute discretion (excluding Channel Islands). Representative example based on 2 years 4.9% PCP. **£200 Honda UK deposit contribution available. Excess mileage rate applies. Final payment includes £10 option to purchase fee. At the end of the agreement, there are three options: i) Retain: Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle, ii) Return: Return the vehicle, or iii) Renew: Part exchange your Honda for a new one. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the bike at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the bike is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage of 4,000 has not been exceeded. Excess mileage rate applies should this be exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Honda Franchise Dealers are credit brokers, not lenders. As the dealer offers products from a limited number of carefully selected finance providers, they are not independent financial advisors. We may or may not make a payment and / or reward to the dealer if you enter into an agreement with us. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1HL. Honda Financial Services is a trading name of Honda Finance Europe Plc. a company registered at Companies House No 03289418. Honda Finance Europe plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register number 312541.

New 2021 Motorcycles

Discover the latest range of Honda bikes.

CB1000R Black Edition

Designed in the shadow, crafted for thrills. Defined by darkness. The new CB1000R Black Edition is the epitome of style – apart from the machined aluminium details, everything on show is deep black. While the CB1000R is a motorcycle built with purposeful beauty, the CB1000R Black Edition goes further.

CB1000R

Neo Sports Café moves forward. Starting with the range-topping CB1000R; It’s completely restyled, from the headlight to the newly redesigned aluminium subframe, with an individual and aggressive character. A 5-inch TFT screen with Honda Smartphone Voice Control System is the perfect, premium finishing detail.

GOLD WING

PERFECTION OF THE RIDE

Wherever you’re drawn to explore, the Gold Wing is a premium ticket to ride, crafted to make touring more enjoyable than ever. Its 1,833cc, six-cylinder engine serves up huge torque with addictive delivery, via 4 riding modes. There’s a nimble-handling chassis to match, with double-wishbone front suspension, Pro-Arm rear suspension and electronic damping control. And the 7-inch TFT screen, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity – plus audio upgrades – keep you connected to your world as the world slips by.

Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, Perfection of the ride

GOLD WING TOUR

THE ART OF LUXURY TOURING

The Gold Wing Tour is a Honda flagship for a reason. One that offers supreme levels of performance and luxury, for rider and pillion, through the city or out on the open road. Taking the incredible Gold Wing as a base, it adds carrying capacity, with the rear top box now expanded to 61L. Its superlative comfort, given by a more relaxed, 23° angle for the pillion back support, as well as luxurious new suede/synthetic material for both front and rear seats, ensure a cocoon of riding pleasure. The audio system and speakers are newly upgraded, generating vivid sound quality and, uniquely, you can add an airbag option.

Honda Gold Wing Tour, The art of luxury touring

ALL DAY REBEL

The Rebel CMX1100’s modern bobber style makes it something special.

What’s underneath, even more so. Its torque-laden, parallel twin-cylinder engine features Throttle By Wire management, 4 riding modes, Honda Selectable Torque Control and Wheelie Control. Cruise control is standard and our unique, six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission an option. This cool cruiser is made for corners – a radial-mount four-piston front brake caliper, 43mm cartridge-style front forks and piggyback rear shocks see to that.

ON THE EDGE OF THE ROAD

The ultimate urban explorer, capable of going from city block to off-road trail in a second, the X-ADV turns every single ride into a thrilling adventure. And we’ve made every part of it better. There’s more power from the engine and it’s 2kg lighter overall. New bodywork heightens rugged style and hides more storage space. Dual headlights use highly visible DRL technology, while the 5-inch TFT screen features the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System to keep you connected.

NC750X

EVERY DAY IS A FUN DAY

It’s the motorcycle for everything – that’s why owners love the NC750X. Sharper, more compact bodywork marks out new individuality while a lower seat and a redesigned, protective screen make it even more comfortable. Increased power for the engine – and a full 6kg weight loss – generates faster acceleration, with four riding modes to tailor performance.

FORZA 750

EARLY RISERS – FORZA RIDERS

Wherever you need to be, in or out of town, the new top-of-the-range Forza 750 combines a sharp, tight form with true GT-luxe comfort, practicality and Honda Smartphone Voice Control System technology. And it’s all underpinned by stunning response from its 745cc twin-cylinder engine, and pinpoint handling from motorcycle-style brakes and high-quality suspension.

FORZA 350

IT JUST GETS BETTER

The new Forza 350 sets the bar high – a fast-moving sculpture of aerodynamic efficiency and style. It has more power and torque for faster acceleration and greater top speed, so you can do even more with it. Refined style and aerodynamics deliver improved high-speed comfort and, to keep you in touch on the move, the redesigned digital/analogue instrument panel now features the option of Honda Smartphone Voice Control System.

FORZA 125

MAKE MORE OF LIFE

The smallest sibling of the Forza family, the Forza 125 packs technology, practicality and sophisticated style into one sports GT scooter. For riding confidence in all conditions, its enhanced Smart Power (eSP+) engine is now equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The sleek, updated front fairing and sides feature aerodynamics that reduce rider back pressure at speed; there’s still room for two helmets under the seat and a USB Type-C socket in the glovebox.

SH350

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

The new top-of-the-range SH350i is the ultimate SH. It’s got more power thanks to a larger capacity, liquid-cooled 4V engine. And, while the SH style has always mixed beautiful form and function, the SH350i is made even more desirable by blending elegance, premium feel and technological prowess. A redesigned frame maintains the SH-signature easy handling characteristics, while a USB Type-C charging socket and Smart Key enhance day-to-day ease.

SH350 UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

PCX125

THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY

The PCX125 is one of Europe’s favourite scooters for a reason. The clue is in the name. Personal Comfort with an ‘X’ level – PCX – is provided by the sit-in riding position, underseat storage for a full-face helmet and all-round high build quality. And we’ve improved every single part. Updated styling hides more under-seat storage, USB Type-C socket and Smart Key convenience. A brand-new, liquid-cooled 4V engine produces more power while still returning amazing fuel economy. It’s also equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to maintain rear tyre grip. A new frame, wider tyre sizes, longer-travel rear suspension as well as ABS braking make for a smooth, confident ride.

PCX125, THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY

SH MODE 125

READY FOR THE CITY

Based on the hugely popular SH125i, the compact size, smart bodywork and low running costs make the SH Mode 125 the perfect partner for busy urban life. It’s all-new, too. Fashionably refreshed styling makes a statement of subtle elegance, with premium LED headlight and extra leg room. There’s also more storage space under the seat, Smart Key operation and glovebox with USB Type-C socket. The enhanced Smart Power Plus (eSP+) engine is even more responsive, and as smooth and easy to use as ever. It’s also fuel efficient and, thanks to EURO5 compliance, cleaner, too. A lighter steel frame makes for maximum manoeuvrability while redesigned wheels use fuel-saving tyres.

SH MODE 125 READY FOR THE CITY

VISION 110

ENJOY THE CITY

The new Vision 110 has everything you need – and more. A modern, stylish update features an LCD dash, with the additional benefit of Smart Key operation. Under-seat capacity is larger, there’s a USB Type-C charging socket, as well as the completely redesigned, enhanced Smart Power (eSP) engine – now 8% more fuel efficient. And, while it may represent straightforward, simple transport, the Vision 110 has the build quality and many of the features you’d expect to find on a premium Honda scooter, at a price point that’s impossible to ignore.

Honda Vision 110, Enjoy the city

CB125R – Think big.

The CB125R is sibling to the mighty CB1000R – therefore a member of the Neo Sports Café family – with muscular styling and tubular steel frame. An LCD dash and full LED lighting are premium features, but what elevates the riding dynamic is extra power from a brand-new 125cc DOHC engine and, for the first time ever on a 125, the suspension control of Showa SFF-BP USD forks.

CB125R - Think big

CB125F – Start something special.

This motorcycle could be your start to a lifetime’s adventure on two wheels. The CB125F is redesigned from the wheels up around a super-efficient eSP engine and fine-handling chassis – it’s much lighter, much more economical and still packs the same great around-town performance. There’s a world out there to ride. So where next?

CB125F - Start something special

MSX GROM – This little bike has big dreams.

Since 2013, our MSX Grom (Mini Street X-Treme) has been the transport of choice for a whole new generation of young riders around the world thanks to individual looks, compact dimensions and full-sized motorcycle-specification, suspension and brakes. All-new, the MSX Grom’s 125cc engine makes more power and is clean and fuel efficient – with five speeds to choose from to make longer rides easy. The digital dash now features a rev-counter and Gear Position indicator, while funkily refreshed and quick-detach bodywork is great as is – or ready for a custom-builder’s imagination.

MSX GROM - This little bike has big dreams

AGREEMENT REACHED TO STANDARDIZE SWAPPABLE BATTERIES FOR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES

March 26, 2021 – The Swappable Battery Consortium for Electric Motorcycles (Consortium) has reached an agreement to standardize swappable batteries and replacement systems, allowing battery sharing and paving the way for increased adoption of electric motorcycles in Japan.

The Consortium was established by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. in April 2019, aimed at increasing the adoption of electric motorcycles in Japan. Since its inception, the Consortium has been formulating the standards for mutual-use swappable batteries and their replacement systems, as a solution to the issues preventing widespread adoption of electric motorcycles as a more environmentally friendly and convenient form of mobility – the drive range and reduction of charging time. In order to establish the convenience and effectiveness of mutual-use swappable batteries, the Consortium has been cooperating since last year with the “e-Yan OSAKA” field tests conducted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association's Electric Motorcycle Promotion Subcommittee in collaboration with Osaka Prefecture and the national university corporation Osaka University, aimed at popularizing and increasing the adoption of environmentally-friendly electric motorcycles.  

Parts of the common specifications agreed upon are compliant with the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. Organization (JASO) technical paper TP21003 issued on March 19. The Consortium will conduct technical verification and standardization of mutual-use swappable batteries, based on these common specifications. With the heightening worldwide demand for the electrification of mobility to realize a carbon-neutral society, the Consortium will work hand in hand with the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association to realize international mutual-use (international standardization).

As environmental awareness increases globally, the Consortium believes that cooperative consideration and promotion within the entire motorcycle industry, to build an environment for widespread adoption within the motorcycle industry, is vital to motorcycles continuing to be the customers’ mobility of choice, and aims to contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society.

 

¦Noriaki Abe | Consortium Representative Secretary, and Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“This agreement for the standardization of mutual-use batteries is an achievement made possible through the four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers working together over the past two years. I am grateful to all those associated with the Consortium and the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. for their understanding and support. While we will continue cooperation to build an environment allowing battery mutual-use based on our agreement, we will also be competing with each other to develop attractive products that meet the needs of our customers. Through our efforts in both cooperation and competition, we will work towards the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles to realize a sustainable society.”

HONDA ADVENTURE ROADS 2021 POSTPONED FOR ONE YEAR

Honda Motor Europe has decided to postpone the 2021 edition of its Honda Adventure Roads experience for one year.

Following previous tours across Norway (2017) and South Africa (2019), the third edition of Honda Adventure Roads had been planned for June 2021, with 30 CRF1100L Africa Twin riders set to tackle the unique volcanic landscape of Iceland.

However, with ongoing uncertainty around international travel restrictions, the decision has now been made, reluctantly, to postpone the event until 2022, with provisional dates of Friday 24th June to Monday 4th July 2022. All participants will be entitled to a full refund, or to hold their place for 2022 with a small deposit.

This decision has been taken at this early stage to give customers the ability to plan their 2021 schedules, and Honda Motor Europe is extremely grateful for the understanding of all participants towards this difficult decision. 

If you have purchased a new Kawasaki motorcycle, you have free access to Club Kawasaki membership with exclusive discounts, news, events and more. You must activate your account within 12 months to gain access for free.

What is Club Kawasaki?

A place for Kawasaki owners, riders & fans to enjoy exclusive events, news, discounts, and content together. You’ll gain instant access to the Club Kawasaki website where you’ll find…

  • Your Digital Service History
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  • Member only discounts on Kawasaki Clothing & Accessories
  • Our carefully selected Kawasaki Experience partners
  • National Shows, Racing & Local Events organised by local Ambassadors
  • Regular news & updates via email
  • Four magazines per year – two printed & two digital

How does it work?

You’ll need your membership number to activate your account. When you bought your new Kawasaki, you would have received your Club Kawasaki welcome email which includes your membership number. If you do not have this information and you need it re-sent to you, please email your bike registration number to [email protected] 

Club Kawasaki welcomes all Kawasaki fans, riders & enthusiasts so if you haven't purchased a new Kawasaki and would like to join, you can sign up for £29.95 for 12 months membership.

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12 months free membership is offered to customers who purchase a brand new Kawasaki motorcycle from a n authorised Kawasaki dealership in the UK. The membership begins on the sale date of the machine and must be activated by the customer within 12 months of this date. The Club Kawasaki free joining gift is not available with the free membership offer. This offer is only available to the first owner of the machine and does not apply to ex-demonstrator models.

After an incredible debut season, the Leon Haslam-supported Affinity Sports Academy team is returning as the official Kawasaki UK team in the junior classes for 2021, competing across the Junior Supersport and National Superstock 600 classes. 


Fresh from securing the British Junior Supersport title in 2020, the Affinity Sports Academy team will be fielding an eight rider team for 2021. Competing in the British Junior Supersport class will be James McManus, Mikey Hardie, Joe Farragher and Kam Dixon, with all four riders utilising the competitive Ninja 400. 

Reigning Junior Supersport Champion, Owen Jenner, will be stepping up to the Ninja ZX-6R for 2021 to compete in the National Superstock 600 class. Joining him in Affinity Sports Academy colours will be Eugene McManus, Asher Durham and Dan Brookes.

After a fantastic inaugural season, the team will be looking to build on their Championship winning success when the season gets underway at Oulton Park on May 1st.

Team Manager John Laverty said, “It’s been great to be involved with the Affinity Sports Academy, helping to develop young talent and seeing it all come together last year and win a Championship in our first season was brilliant! Working in conjunction with Team Green, the team has provided Owen with a fully paid ride in Junior Superstock in 2021 as a reward for his achievements. We are hoping for more success next season with our very strong, extended rider line up. I can’t wait!” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK, added, “The Affinity Sports Academy have proved themselves as an accomplished and committed team right from the word go, so to be able to work with them again in 2021 is great for Team Green. It’s well documented that we want to see riders progress with Kawasaki throughout their careers, so seeing Owen get this great chance on the ZX-6R supported by the team is encouraging to see. He is surrounded by seven other riders, all hoping to achieve similar, so I think it’s going to be an exciting year ahead!”

HONDA SIGNS A LETTER OF INTENT WITH KTM, PIAGGIO AND YAMAHA MOTOR FOR THE CREATION OF A SWAPPABLE BATTERIES CONSORTIUM FOR MOTORCYCLES AND LIGHT ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Honda announced today that the company has signed a letter of intent with KTM AG, Piaggio & C SpA and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. to set up a Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles.

In the context of the Paris Climate Agreement and the transition to electromobility, the founding members of the Consortium believe that the availability of a standardized swappable battery system would both promote the widespread use of light electric vehicles and contribute to a more sustainable life-cycle management of batteries used in the transport sector. Also, by extending the range, shortening the charging time and lowering vehicle and infrastructure costs, the manufacturers will try to answer customers’ main concerns regarding the future of electromobility. 

The aim of the Consortium will, therefore, be to define the standardized technical specifications of the swappable battery system for vehicles belonging to the L-category; mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. By working closely with interested stakeholders and national, European and international standardization bodies, the founding members of the Consortium will be involved in the creation of international technical standards.

The Consortium will start its activities in May 2021. The four founding members encourage all interested stakeholders to join the cooperation to enrich the Consortium’s expertise.

¦Noriaki Abe | Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

 “The worldwide electrification effort to reduce CO2 on a global scale is accelerating, especially in Europe. For the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles, problems such as travel distance and charging times need to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising solution. Considering customer convenience, standardization of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium.

Honda views improving the customers’ usage environment as an area to explore cooperation with other manufacturers, while bringing better products and services to customers through competition. Honda will work hard on both fronts to be the ‘chosen’ manufacturer for customer mobility.”

NEW 'BUSA IN LIGHTS ON CROMINATION DIGITAL BILLBOARD

The new Hayabusa's reveal and impending launch has been cause for much jubilation, and now the third iteration of the legendary hyperbike has been up in lights on the Cromination billboard, located on Cromwell Road in Earls Court, London.

The Cromination is one of the largest billboards in Europe, boasting 72m of screen space, with the new Hayabusa displayed brightly for over a full week, making it a fitting launch for the new halo machine.

With the new Hayabusa revealed at the beginning of February, the Cromination display was the perfect precursor to a wider national ad campaign and the bike's arrival in authorised Suzuki dealerships from the end of March.

Ian Bland, Suzuki GB head of marketing, said, “The third generation Hayabusa heralds the return of an icon for Suzuki, and it is so widely known, recognised, and revered that its return really warrants a big splash; having it displayed proudly on one of the biggest drive-by ad platforms in Europe is only fitting.

The third generation Hayabusa manages to maintain the immediately recognisable aerodynamic silhouette that has made the original so iconic, while simultaneously redesigning it to be more angular, sharper, and more aggressive. New pistons, conrods, crankshaft and camshaft join a host of other engine changes to boost the spread of power throughout the lower rev ranges, which, allied to a number of new electronic systems make it the fastest-launching Hayabusa yet.

A three-stage launch control system and a bi-directional quickshifter are also allied to a 10 stage, lean-angle sensitive traction control system, a lean-angle sensitive ABS system which is has linked front and rear brakes, three power modes and four engine brake control settings, plus cruise control and an active speed limiter to give the Hayabusa a comprehensive suite of electronics. A revised chassis saves weight and improves agility and poise.

The original Hayabusa, launched in 1999, gave birth to the hypersport category by delivering unrivalled performance and went on to achieve cult status. The second generation came in 2008 and boosted both capacity and power, while a mid-term update in 2013 added new Brembo calipers and ABS.

ANDROID AUTOTM INTEGRATION FOR THE CRF1100L AFRICA TWIN

                       Android AutoTM integration for the CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda Motor Europe is pleased to announce that Android AutoTM *1 will be integrated with its flagship adventurer, the CRF1100L Africa Twin.  

Owners of the Africa Twin and Africa Twin ‘Adventure Sports’ will be able to have the new functionality installed at their Honda dealership, allowing Android Auto to be used by customers with an AndroidTM smartphone. Android Auto is a simple way to use your phone’s functionality while on your motorcycle. With clear visual display and easy-to-use voice commands, it makes it easy to access Google MapsTM navigation and your favourite music, media, and messaging apps.

The ‘Africa Twin’ name first appeared on Honda’s line up in 1988 with the XRV650 Africa Twin, whose name derived from the twin cylinder engine that powered the multiple Paris-Dakar rally-winning NXR750 of the late 1980s, on which it was based.

After a brief hiatus, the Africa Twin returned to Honda’s range for 2016 as the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin. With its unique, athletic appearance, enjoyable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, it quickly proved itself a worthy heir to the Africa Twin name: a true modern-day all-rounder with ‘Go Anywhere’ appeal, popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike.

In 2019, engine capacity rose with the introduction of the CRF1100L Africa Twin and Africa Twin ‘Adventure Sport’, bringing a 7% increase in top end power, together with a significant weight reduction and a host of new features. In 2020, the Africa Twin was Honda’s best-selling motorcycle, with sales of over 10,000 units.

This new Android AutoTM functionality adds a further element to the Africa Twin’s appeal, and with connectivity solutions now available on the GL1800 Gold Wing, Africa Twin, CB1000R, Forza 750, X-ADV and Forza 350*2, Honda is showing its strong commitment to bringing more comfort and convenience to customers’ motorcycle lifestyles across Europe.

For details on availability of Android Auto, visit the official Android site: https://www.android.com/auto/

For full details of the CRF1100L Africa Twin and CRF1100 Africa Twin Adventure Sports, please visit: https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/motorcycles/media/pressreleases/308664/2021-honda-africa-twin

For a behind-the-scenes look at Honda’s recent victory in the 2021 Dakar Rally, please visit: https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/motorsports/sitesection/rallydakar

*1 Android Auto is a mobile app developed by Google LLC to support driving. Android Auto requires an Android smartphone with Android 5.0 or later and the Android Auto app. When you utilize it riding the Africa Twin, connection with a Bluetooth® headset (sold separately) will also be required. App and communication costs may apply.

*2 CB1000R, Forza 750 and X-ADV are equipped with the Honda Smartphone Voice Control connectivity system, which works in tandem with the Honda RoadSync App. The same functionality is available as an option on the Forza 350.

2021 HONDA AFRICA TWIN

                    2021 HONDA AFRICA TWIN

Model updatesHonda’s definitive full-size adventurer was comprehensively updated for the 2020 with harder-edged off-road performance from a lighter chassis, slim rally-style bodywork and revised riding position; the newly-EURO5 compliant engine’s capacity was also increased, boosting power and torque. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit was introduced to manage riding modes and HSTC as well as three additional systems – Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, plus cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. A new full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporated Apple CarPlayTM and Bluetooth connectivity, the new dual LED headlights featured Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control was fitted as standard.

 

2021 sees the addition of the much-loved Pearl Glare White Tricolour colour scheme, previously only available on the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports version, for the Africa Twin itself and, from February 2021, Android AutoTM functionality was added to the list of upgrades.

 

 

Contents:

1 Introduction

2 Model overview

3 Key features

4 Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

 

It’s been over three decades since the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin first rolled into Europe and while the motorcycle that now bears its name – launched in 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin – was a brand-new machine from the wheels up, it fully inherited the essence and spirit of what made the original so popular.

 

It was the balance between power and weight that was at the heart of the original bike’s appeal, just as it was for the new model. With its unique, athletic appearance, an enjoyable, usable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, the CRF1000L Africa Twin proved itself a true modern-day all-rounder and has been hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike.

 

2018 saw the Africa Twin, in both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) control plus 3 riding modes, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) options, as well as intake and exhaust development for improved engine response and sound. The platform also expanded: the Africa Twin Adventure Sports – with the same updates but featuring improved wind protection, greater tank range and longer-travel suspension – extended the machine even further into long-range territory.

 

Building on strong European (and global) demand for both models, with over 87,000 sold worldwide since its 2016 relaunch, 2020 was a landmark year for the evolution of the Africa Twin. The touring comfort, technology and ability of the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports* were further enhanced – adding the option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (SHOWA EERA). Meanwhile, the CRF1100L Africa Twin itself was  comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and even sharper off-road focus. Packing more power and torque, it was also significantly lighter – in keeping with the first principles set out all those years ago.

 

*See separate CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports Press Kit.

 

 2. Model Overview

 

The 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin was given a sharply-renewed focus on off-road core ability, that brought with it the look – and feel – of a true rally machine. Smaller, slimmer and 4kg lighter than the previous model, it offered even more athletic performance, thanks also to changes to the engine, which produced 7% more peak power, 6% more peak torque and much greater strength everywhere in the rev-range. It also became Honda’s first EURO5 compliant engine.

 

The frame was completely revised and featured a new bolt-on aluminium subframe. The new swingarm, too, was aluminium and based on that of the CRF450R moto-crosser. And at the centre of the Africa Twin, the addition of a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controlled not only the 7-level HSTC but also 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting), Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection. An OFF-ROAD setting also joined the URBAN, TOUR and GRAVEL default riding modes.

 

Tailored for complete control, the riding position featured a new slim-section seat and high-set handlebars. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen brought immersive engagement with the machine’s systems, plus Apple CarPlayTM

and Bluetooth connectivity. The new Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) gave optimum  visibility, improving safety, and cruise control was added as standard-fit.

 

For 21YM, the technical package is unchanged, but the new Pearl Glare White Tricolour brings the classic red, white and blue Africa Twin colour scheme back to the latest generation of the machine. From February 2021, Android AutoTM was also added to the list of upgrades.

 

 3. Key Features

 

3.1 Styling & Equipment

 

  • Compact body style designed for off-road, with slim seat and high handlebars
  • Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM allow use of a smartphone through the MID
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and cruise control

 

Aggressive and compact. Two words that sum up the Africa Twin’s taut rally-style bodywork. And it’s for a reason – to work better off-road. The fixed screen is short to allow for easy scanning of the trail ahead and, with a seat height of 850-870mm, the handlebars mount 22.5mm higher than the previous 1000cc model, giving a more upright riding position and comfortable control, whether standing or seated.

 

Compared to the CRF1000L, the tail section is slimmer and the seat itself is 40mm narrower, for easier ground reach; its shape is also carefully contoured to allow easier back and forth movement. Low 825-845mm and high, 875-895mm seat options are also available as accessories.

 

Dual LED headlights are set high, delivering a penetrating beam and also feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that automatically adjust to ambient light intensity, improving safety, no matter the conditions. Knuckle guards are standard.

 

The full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen keeps the rider in control of all of the Africa Twin’s systems, with each of the riding modes­ selectable through the top left of the screen. The MID can also be customised to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

 

It also incorporates Apple CarPlayTM and from February 2021, Android AutoTM, allowing use of a smartphone through the touchscreen. Navigation apps can also be accessed and displayed and via a Bluetooth helmet headset calls can be made or received. The smartphone itself plugs into a USB charging port on the right of the MID. Hands-free wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also an option for an iPhoneTM or Android device and all control inputs are made from the left-hand switchgear.

 

The front and rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal function. When braking suddenly over 50kph the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. They also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation. The auto-cancel feature can be switched off using the MID.

 

The 2020 update also saw the introduction of cruise control as standard to ease long-distance highway travel.

 

For 2021 the CRF1100L Africa Twin will be available in the following colours:

 

Pearl Glare White Tricolour **NEW for 2021**

Grand Prix Red

Matte Ballistic Black

 

3.2 Engine

 

  • 1,084cc giving 75kW peak power and 105Nm peak torque
  • 2020 updates included a new cylinder head, valve timing and lift, throttle body and exhaust
  • Manual transmission ratios and gear material were also optimised, saving weight
  • The muffler features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) for improved low-rpm sound and high-rpm performance

 

The SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine’s essential architecture remained unchanged for the  2020 update, but displacement increased to 1,084cc, up from 998cc. And as a result peak power went from 70kW to 75kW @ 7,500rpm with peak torque going from 99Nm to 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Significantly, the obvious increase in both power and torque made itself felt from 2,500rpm all the way through to the redline.

 

To create the larger capacity, bore remained at 92mm but stroke was lengthened to 81.5mm (from 75.1mm) with a compression ratio of 10.1:1. Aluminium cylinder sleeves saved weight. Thanks to other detailed weight savings in the transmission and elsewhere, the manual transmission version of the 1100cc engine is 2.5kg lighter (at 66.4kg) than the previous design, the DCT version 2.2kg lighter at 74.9kg.

 

The 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine’s distinctive throb and feel for rear wheel traction. For 2020 the cylinder head was completely revised, as was the larger diameter 46mm throttle body; the bore and cylinder pitches were also aligned to create a smooth air intake profile. The ECU setting was updated and the injector angle was modified to deliver a more direct spray into re-shaped twin-spark combustion chambers.

 

Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the MX competition-specification CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head. For 2020 the valve timing was optimised and the inlet and exhaust valve lift was increased to 10.1mm inlet and 9.3mm exhaust (from 9.2/8.6mm).

 

To match and deal with the uprated intake efficiency and higher output (thus gas flow) the exhaust end-can of the 2020 model featured a new variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) very similar to the unit fitted to the Fireblade. It enhanced both engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing exhaust note ‘pulse’ at lower rpm.

 

The crankcases are split vertically; the water pump is housed efficiently within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences; the water and oil pumps are both driven by the engine’s balancer shafts.

 

It’s a semi-dry sump design with in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth that keeps overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts.

 

For 2020 precision of the front and rear balance gears was improved, allowing removal of their scissor gears; the addition of a crank pulsar ring added misfire detection, important for OBD2/EURO5 compliance. In addition for EURO5 the 02 lambda exhaust sensors were replaced with Lean Air Flow (LAF) sensors in the downpipes to allow for much more accurate measurement of the air/fuel mixture ratio.

 

The aluminium clutch centre and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; the clutch diameter was reduced in size compared to the previous design and features reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel. The six-speed manual gearbox uses the same shift-cam design as found on the CRF450R to ensure positive changes and shorter ratios were also introduced for 2020. The gears themselves were re-shaped and constructed from stronger material. A quickshifter remains available as an optional extra.

 

3.3 Engine & Chassis Management Electronics

 

  • IMU-managed HSTC intervention levels optimised for off-road use
  • Wheelie Control features 3 levels and IMU management
  • OFF-ROAD joins the default riding modes TOUR, URBAN and GRAVEL
  • Two USER modes allow for complete riding modes customisation

 

The Africa Twin’s engine received the benefits of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control in 2018, allowing much finer management of engine output and character as well as expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for rear tyre grip; for 2020 the system evolved to work in conjunction with a six-axis IMU*.

 

The electronics system offers 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking. There are seven levels of HSTC with each level’s amount of intervention being optimised to work with real-time input (yaw/roll angle and rate) from the IMU. The spacing of the levels has been optimised to allowing the rider a finer choice of the amount of rear tyre slide for off-road riding. HSTC can also be turned off completely.

 

Wheelie Control is another feature that was introduced in 2020. Again, with the IMU measuring pitch angle and rate, and controlling engine torque via TBW, the rider can choose between 3 levels of input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement. Level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two. Wheelie Control can also be turned off completely.

 

There are four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions and situations plus two customisable USER settings. Even within the default riding modes, it’s possible to change some parameters – HSTC between levels 1-7 (plus off), Wheelie Control between levels 1-3 (plus off) and DCT S mode shift pattern levels 1-3.

 

TOUR employs the highest level of Power (1), for touring loaded with pillion and luggage plus mid-range Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

 

URBAN suits wide-ranging riding requirements and uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

 

GRAVEL delivers the lowest level of Power (4) and Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; in this setting, the rear brake ABS cannot be switched off.

 

OFF-ROAD uses lower-mid level Power (3) and the lowest amount of Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; the rear brake ABS can be switched off.

 

USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups – choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, plus HSTC, Wheelie Control and ABS (on-road/off-road) parameters. USER 1 starts out with level 2 Power and Engine Braking, USER 2 uses level 4 Power and 3 Engine Braking.

 

*See the Chassis section 3.5 of this press kit.

 

3.4 Dual Clutch Transmission

 

  • ‘Easy and direct’ system offers super-fast gear changes in either Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D and S modes
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner than D, for more aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on gradient
  • IMU allows corning detection function for improved shift timings

 

Honda has sold over 140,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F a decade ago. Testament to its acceptance in the marketplace, in 2019 DCT versions of Africa Twin (including Adventure Sports version) accounted for 45% of the model’s sales in 2019.

 

The unique DCT system delivers consistent, super-fast seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

 

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

 

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth.

 

The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and greater ability to focus on cornering lines and braking points add to DCT’s appeal.

 

Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.

 

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time, DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

 

DCT for the Africa Twin is also fully equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality enhanced by the G switch accessed via the TFT touch screen display. Activating the G switch in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.

 

Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of an incline to provide optimum control.

 

A new feature for the CRF1100L Africa Twin’s DCT system for the change to the 1100cc model for 2020 was cornering detection. When the IMU recognises the bike is cornering, the system subtly adjusts the shifting programme for the most natural gear changes.     

 

3.5 Chassis

 

  • A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit is housed in the centre of the machine
  • Light frame, with bolt-on aluminium subframe and light rigid CRF450R-style swingarm for improved rear wheel traction and feel
  • Cornering ABS provides sure-footed feel and features an off-road setting
  • Optimised damping and spring rates for the front and rear Showa suspension

 

At the very heart of the Africa Twin’s elevated on- and off-road performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tucked away at the centre of the machine, that measures – in real-time – roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It manages rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through Cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.

 

In conjunction with the addition of IMU control for its 2020 evolution, the strength and rigidity balance of the steel semi-double cradle frame was completely re-examined by Honda’s development engineers to boost off-road ability – at the same time reinforcing its all-round on-road manners. Rigidity around the steering head was optimised to enhance feel for front end grip; the main spars were made slimmer and straighter and did away with the front cross pipe. Frame weight of the CRF1100L Africa Twin is 1.8kg lighter than the previous 1000cc model.

A bolt-on aluminium subframe (finished in red) replaces the integral steel structure of the previous design and is 40mm slimmer at a width of 195mm – crucial for easier ground reach. The aluminium swingarm is 500g lighter than the previous model and took its direction from the design used by the CRF450R. Its improved rigidity improves rear wheel traction and rider feel.

 

Ground clearance remains 250mm, with wheelbase of 1574mm and rake and trail of 27° 30’/113mm. Wet weight is 226kg.

 

With stroke length of 230mm the 45mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front fork offers long-travel bump absorption and features revised internal settings to improve both on- and off-road performance. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminium top yoke and forged bottom yoke – joined by hollow aluminium stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

 

Matching the front suspension, the Showa rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel and features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable.

 

The swingarm pivot points’ inner plates use 600MPa high-strength steel and the upper cross tube that connects them acts as the rear shock upper mount (through a pillow-ball joint) improving feel for rear wheel traction.

 

The IMU takes in lean angle, deceleration (from front/rear wheel speed sensors) and incorporates the slip rate of the front and rear wheels to manage braking pressure through the ABS; likewise if it detects sudden rear wheel lift, it finely controls brake force to maintain stability. When stationary the rear ABS can be cancelled for off-road riding.

 

Compact two-piece radial-mount four-piston calipers work dual 310mm ‘wave’ floating discs through sintered pads. The rear 256mm ‘wave’ disc features hole punching and shaping. 21/18-inch front rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tyres. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q, rated at 180km/h and 160km/h respectively) are approved for fitment.

 

 

4 Accessories

 

The range of Honda Genuine Accessories for the Africa Twin includes premium (42L) aluminium top box and panniers plus large (58L) plastic top box and panniers, two seat heights (a lower 825-845mm and taller 870-895mm option), touring screen, radiator guards, engine guards and side pipes, knuckle guard extensions, heated grips and an ACC charging socket.

 

 

5 Technical Specifications

 

 

ENGINE

Type

SOHC Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam

Displacement

1084cc

Bore x Stroke

92mm x 81.5mm

Compression Ratio

10.1:1

Max. Power Output

75kW at 7,500rpm

Max. Torque

105Nm at 6,250rpm

Noise Level

73dB

Oil Capacity

4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-FI

Fuel Tank Capacity

18.8L

CO2 Emissions

 112g/km MT / 110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption

4.9L / 100Km (20.4Km/L) MT

4.8L / 100Km (20.8Km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V-6Ah Li-ion BATTERY (20Hr)

ACG Output

 0.49 kW / 5000rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet, Multiplate with coil springs, Aluminium Cam Assist and Slipper clutch

DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type

6 Speed Manual (6 Speed DCT)

Final Drive

Semi Double Cradle

FRAME

Type

Semi Double Cradle

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H)

2330mm x 960mm x 1395mm

Wheelbase

1575mm

Caster Angle

27.5°

Trail

113mm

Seat Height

850/870mm (Low Seat option 825, High Seat option 895)

Ground Clearance

250mm

Kerb Weight

226kg (DCT 236kg)

SUSPENSION

Type Front

Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustments, 230mm stroke.

Type Rear

Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.

WHEELS

Type Front

21M/C x 2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Type Rear

18M/C x 4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Rim Size Front

21″

Rim Size Rear

18″

Tyres Front

90/90-21M/C 54H (tube type)

(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)

Tyres Rear

150/70R18M/C 70H (tube type)

(Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURECROSS TOURER/ AX41T Metzler KAROO STREET)

BRAKES

ABS System Type

2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with ON road and OFF road setting

Type Front

310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads

Type Rear

256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

LCD Meter, TFT 6.5inch Touch Panel Multi information display

Security System

Immobiliser, Security alarm (optional)

Headlight

M

Taillight

LED

Electrics

Daytime Running Lights, Bluetooth audio and Apple Carplay, Android AutoTM, USB Socket, Auto Turn Signal Cancel, Cruise Control, Emergency Stop Signal, IMU, Torque Control, HSTC (Slip and Wheelie Control)

 

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2020 HONDA AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORTS

            2020 HONDA AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORTS

Model updatesA major evolution for Honda’s AfricaTwin Adventure Sports: its sights are now set more firmly than ever on the far horizon, as a comfortable, long-haul, go-anywhere adventure machine. Engine capacity is increased, boosting power and torque, with EURO5 compliance, while weight is reduced by 5kg. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit now manages riding modes and HSTC as well as three additional systems – Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, plus new cornering detection functionality on the DCT version. Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA) is also now an option. A full colour 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen incorporates Apple CarPlayTM and Bluetooth connectivity*. Dual LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) technology and Cornering Lights. Cruise control, heated grips and an ACC charger are also fitted as standard.

 

* From February 2021, Android AutoTM was added to the list of upgrades.

 

Contents:

1 Introduction

2 Model overview

3 Key features

4 Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

 

It’s been over three decades since the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin first rolled into Europe and while the motorcycle that now bears its name – launched in 2016 as the CRF1000L Africa Twin – was a brand-new motorcycle from the wheels up, it fully inherited the essence and spirit of what made the original so popular.

 

It was the balance between power and weight that was at the heart of the original bike’s appeal, just as it was for the new model. With its unique, athletic appearance, an enjoyable, usable engine and capable, comfortable chassis, the CRF1000L Africa Twin proved itself a true modern-day all-rounder and has been hugely popular with round-the-world adventurers, around-town commuters and weekend tourers alike.

 

2018 saw the Africa Twin, in both manual transmission and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, receive Throttle By Wire (TBW) control plus 3 riding modes, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) options, as well as intake and exhaust development for improved engine response and sound. The platform also expanded: the Africa Twin Adventure Sports – with the same updates but featuring improved wind protection, greater tank range and longer-travel suspension – extended the machine even further into long-range off-road territory.

 

Building on strong European (and global) demand for both models, with over 87,000 Africa Twins sold worldwide since its 2016 relaunch, 2020 is set to be a landmark year.

 

The CRF1100L Africa Twin** is comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and concentrated off-road focus. Meanwhile, the touring comfort, technology and all-round capability of the new CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports are significantly enhanced – with the added option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA).

 

Both models also pack more power and torque into a lighter overall package – in keeping with the first principles set out all those years ago.

 

 

**See separate CRF1100L Africa Twin Press Kit.

 

 2. Model Overview

 

The new CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports shares the frame, engine and riding position of the off-road focussed CRF1100L Africa Twin, but has a role very much of its own: to offer riders real continent-crossing long-haul ability and practicality both on and off-road. This comes in the shape of a larger 24.8L fuel tank, extended wind protection (from both the fairing and fairing side panels), height-adjustable screen, large engine sump guard, aluminium rear carrier plus tubeless wheels and tyres. ACC charger and heated grips are also standard fit.

 

For optimum suspension damping front and rear the Africa Twin Adventure Sports is also available with Showa EERA as an option. Four default modes – SOFT, MID, HARD and OFF-ROAD – cover every type of riding situation, and there’s a USER mode for further fine-tuning. Rear spring preload can also be adjusted while stationary.

 

Just like the 2020 Africa Twin, its engine produces 7% more peak power and 6% more peak torque and is much stronger everywhere in the rev-range compared to the previous design. It’s also EURO5 compliant.

 

The frame too has been revised and now features a bolt-on aluminium subframe; the swingarm is aluminium and based on that of the CRF450R. And at the centre of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, the addition of a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) allows control not only of the 7-level HSTC but also (new for 2020) 3-level Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS (with off-road setting) Rear Lift Control and DCT cornering detection.

 

Dual LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are highly visible, improving safety, and cruise control is standard-fit. The Africa Twin Adventure Sports also features three-stage Cornering Lights – also managed by the IMU – that automatically adjust the field of illumination depending on the lean angle.

 

Tailored for control and comfort, the riding position features a slimmer-section seat, which is also set 50mm lower than before. A full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen offers immersive engagement with the machine’s systems (including the Showa EERA) plus Apple CarPlayTM and Bluetooth connectivity.***

 

*** From February 2021, Android AutoTM was added to the list of upgrades.

 

 3. Key Features

 

3.1 Styling & Equipment

 

  • Protective bodywork, height-adjustable screen and lower seat height
  • 8L fuel tank, aluminium insert panels, rear rack and engine bash plate
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with additional Cornering Lights
  • Cruise control, heated grips and ACC charger
  • Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen
  • Apple CarPlayTM allows use of Apple iPhoneTM through the MID plus Bluetooth connectivity
  • Android AutoTM was added to the list of upgrades in February 2021

 

Designed for the long-haul, the expanded front fairing offers plenty of wind and weather protection, multiplied by the 5-level height adjustable screen. The Africa Twin Adventure Sports now shares its seat height with the Africa Twin at 850-870mm (down considerably from the 900-920mm of the previous model).

 

The tail section is slimmer and the seat itself is 40mm narrower, for easier ground reach; its shape has also been carefully contoured to allow easier back and forth movement. Low 825-845mm and high 875-895mm seat options are available as accessories.

 

The riding triangle is now common with the Africa Twin itself, giving an upright riding position and comfortable control. Large knuckle guards are standard, as are heated grips and ACC charger.

 

Holding 24.8L, the fuel tank offers a potential range of over 500km, thanks to fuel economy of 4.8L/100km (20.4km/L, WMTC mode). A large engine sump guard, aluminium insert panels and an aluminium rear carrier are included in the specification.

 

The new dual LED headlights deliver a penetrating beam and, for additional security, feature three-stage right/left Cornering Lights that use speed and lean angle (controlled by the IMU) to automatically adjust the area illuminated when cornering. Daytime Running Lights (DRL) also automatically adjust to ambient light intensity and give a bright, highly visible light at all times.

 

The full colour Multi Information Display (MID) 6.5-inch TFT touch screen keeps the rider in control of all of the Africa Twin’s systems and each of the riding modes­ are selected through the top left of the screen. The MID can also be customised to show various levels of information relative to the riding mode chosen, and is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

 

It also has Apple CarPlayTM allowing use of an Apple iPhoneTM through the touchscreen****. Navigation apps can also be accessed and displayed and via a Bluetooth helmet headset calls can be made or received. The iPhoneTM itself plugs into a USB charging port on the right of the MID. Hands-free wireless Bluetooth connectivity is also an option for an iPhoneTM or Android device and all control inputs are made from the left-hand switchgear.

 

The front and rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal function. When braking suddenly over 50kph the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. They also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation. Cruise control is fitted as standard.

 

**** Android AutoTM was added to the list of upgrades in February 2021.

 

3.2 Chassis

 

  • Six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit located in the centre of the machine
  • Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment now an option
  • Revised, lighter frame with bolt-on aluminium subframe
  • Cornering ABS provides sure-footed braking and features an off-road setting
  • New damping and spring rates for the standard Showa suspension
  • Tubeless tyres make for easy roadside repairs

 

At the very heart of the Africa Twin Adventure Sport’s elevated handling performance is a Bosch MM7.10 six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit tucked away toward the centre of the machine, that measures in real-time roll angle/rate, pitch angle/rate and yaw angle/rate. It manages rear wheel traction via TBW and HSTC, front braking grip through Cornering ABS, front wheel lift through Wheelie Control and also adds Rear Lift Control.

 

In conjunction with the addition of IMU control for its 2020 evolution the strength and rigidity balance of the steel semi-double cradle frame was completely re-examined by Honda’s development engineers to reinforce its all-round ability on- and off-road.

 

Rigidity around the steering head has been optimised to enhance feel for front end grip; the main spars are also slimmer and straighter and do away with the front cross pipe. Frame weight is 1.8kg lighter than before.

 

A bolt-on aluminium subframe replaces the integral steel structure of the previous design and is 40mm slimmer at a width of 195mm – crucial for easier ground reach. The Monoblock aluminium swingarm is all-new, 500g lighter and based on the same design used by the CRF450R. Its improved rigidity improves rear wheel traction and rider feel.

 

To tailor damping force front and rear – and spring preload to suit load and riding conditions – Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment is an option from new on the Africa Twin Adventure Sports.

 

Showa EERA adjusts damping force relative to riding mode selected and aims to deliver high-quality suspension reaction in diverse and opposite conditions – riding comfort at slower speeds and stability at higher speeds.

 

Input is gathered from stroke sensors plus Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). There are three road settings: SOFT has the lowest damping force for smoothest reaction, versatile MID operates as an all-round setting with HARD, using the highest damping force through low-to-high stroke speed, designed for sportier riding.

 

There is an OFF-ROAD setting that gradually raises front fork damping force as stroke speed rises and uses higher damping settings for the rear shock.

 

Rear spring preload can be electronically adjusted while stationary, through four default settings; 1) riding solo, 2) riding solo with luggage, 3) riding two-up and 4) riding two-up with luggage. A USER option allows for fine-tuning of damping force front and rear and 24 points of rear spring preload.

 

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports is also available with standard Showa suspension. With stroke length of 230mm, the 45mm cartridge-type inverted front fork offers long-travel bump absorption and features revised internal settings to improve all-round performance. Rebound and compression damping are fully adjustable. A cast aluminium top yoke and forged bottom yoke – joined by hollow aluminium stem shaft – clamp the fork legs with two bolts each top and bottom.

 

Similarly revised to match the front suspension, the rear shock delivers 220mm axle travel and features a 46mm cylinder and remote reservoir for stable damping control under extreme off-road riding conditions. Spring preload can be adjusted via a dial on the shock body; rebound and compression damping are also fully adjustable. The swingarm pivot points’ inner plates now use 600MPa high-strength steel and the upper cross tube that connects them acts as the rear shock upper mount through a pillow-ball joint.

 

The IMU takes in lean angle, deceleration (from front/rear wheel speed sensors) and incorporates the slip rate of the front and rear wheels to manage braking pressure through the ABS. Likewise if it detects sudden rear wheel lift, it finely controls brake force to maintain stability. When stationary the rear ABS can be cancelled for off-road riding.

 

Ground clearance remains 250mm, with wheelbase of 1575mm and rake and trail of 27.5° /113mm. Wet weight has been reduced by 5kg to 238kg, with DCT at 248kg. The Showa EERATM adds a further 2kg in both Manual and DCT guises.  

 

As before compact two-piece radial-mount four-piston calipers work dual 310mm ‘wave’ floating discs through sintered pads. The rear 256mm ‘wave’ disc features hole punching and shaping.

 

To make puncture repair easier when on tour the 21/18-inch front and rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear tubeless Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T or Metzeler Karoo Street tyres, sized 90/90-21M/C 54H and 150/70R18 M/C 70H. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q are also approved for fitment.

 

 

 

3.3 Engine

 

  • Capacity rises to 1,084cc giving 75kW peak power and 105Nm peak torque
  • Achieved through a new cylinder head, valve timing and lift, throttle body and exhaust
  • Manual transmission ratios and gear material optimised, saving weight
  • The muffler now features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) for improved low-rpm sound and high-rpm performance

 

The SOHC 8-valve parallel-twin engine’s essential architecture remains unchanged for 2020 but has a larger displacement of 1,084cc, up from 998cc. And as a result peak power goes from 70kW to 75kW @ 7,500rpm with peak torque going from 99Nm to 105Nm @ 6,250rpm. Significantly, the obvious increase in both power and torque makes itself felt from 2,500rpm all the way through to the redline.

 

To create the larger capacity, bore remains 92mm but stroke is longer at 81.5mm (from 75.1mm) with compression ratio of 10.1:1. The cylinder sleeves are also now aluminium. Along with other detailed weight savings in the transmission and elsewhere the manual transmission engine is now 2.5kg lighter (at 66.4kg) than the previous design, the DCT version 2.2kg lighter at 74.9kg.

 

As before, the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval create the engine’s distinctive throb and feel for rear wheel traction. The cylinder head however is completely revised, as is the larger diameter 46mm throttle body; the bore and cylinder pitches are also now aligned to create a smooth air intake profile. The ECU setting is new and the injector angle has been modified to deliver a more direct spray into re-shaped twin-spark combustion chambers.

 

Honda’s SOHC Unicam valve train is a feature of the MX competition-specification CRF450R and the low-set position of the cast camshaft contributes to the compact nature of the cylinder head. For 2020 the valve timing has been optimised and inlet and exhaust valve lift increased to 10.1mm inlet and 9.3mm exhaust (from 9.2/8.6mm).

 

To match and deal with the uprated intake efficiency and higher output (thus gas flow) the exhaust end-can now features a variable Exhaust Control Valve (ECV) very similar to the unit fitted to the CBR1000RR Fireblade. It enhances both engine performance and efficiency as it opens at higher rpm and gives a pleasing exhaust note ‘pulse’ at lower rpm.

 

The crankcases are split vertically; the water pump is housed efficiently within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences; the water and oil pumps are both driven by the engine’s balancer shafts.

 

It’s a semi-dry sump design with in-tank lower crankcase oil storage. This allows a lower pan depth, keeping overall engine height low. As the pressure-fed pump is located within the tank where it delivers its oil from, there is no need for a pressure-feed passage. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts.

 

For 2020 precision of the front and rear balance gears has been improved, allowing removal of their scissor gears; the addition of a crank pulsar ring adds misfire detection, important for OBD2/EURO5 compliance. In addition for EURO5 the 02 lambda exhaust sensors have been replaced with Linear Air Fuel (LAF) sensors in the downpipes to allow for much more accurate measurement of the air/fuel mixture ratio.

 

The aluminium clutch centre and pressure plate use ‘assist’ cams to ease upshifts and ‘slipper’ cams for deceleration and downshifting; the clutch diameter is now smaller and features reduced spring tension for lighter lever feel. The gears are also re-shaped and constructed from stronger material. A quickshifter remains available as an optional extra.

 

3.4 Engine & Chassis Management Electronics

 

  • IMU-managed HSTC intervention levels optimised for off-road use
  • Wheelie Control features 3 levels and IMU management
  • OFF-ROAD joins the default riding modes TOUR, URBAN and GRAVEL
  • Two USER modes allow for complete riding modes customisation

 

The Africa Twin’s engine received the benefits of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control in 2018, allowing much finer management of engine output and character as well as expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for rear tyre grip; for 2020 the system has smartly evolved and now works in conjunction with a six-axis IMU*.

 

The system offers 4 levels of power and 3 levels of engine braking. There are still seven levels of HSTC but each level’s amount of intervention has been optimised to work with real-time input (yaw/roll angle and rate) from the IMU. The spacing of the levels has been optimised to allow the rider a finer choice of the amount of rear tyre slide for off-road riding. HSTC can also be turned off completely.

 

Wheelie Control is another new feature. Again, with the IMU measuring pitch angle and rate, and controlling engine torque via TBW, the rider can choose between 3 levels of input. Level 1 allows for intended wheel lift but suppresses any sudden movement. Level 3 stops any front wheel elevation and level 2 is mid-way between the two. Wheelie Control can also be turned off completely.

 

There are four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions and situations plus two customisable USER settings. Even within the default riding modes, it’s possible to change some parameters – HSTC between levels 1-7 (plus off), Wheelie Control between levels 1-3 (plus off) and DCT S mode shift pattern levels 1-3.

 

TOUR employs the highest level of Power (1), for touring loaded with pillion and luggage plus mid-range Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

 

URBAN suits wide-ranging riding requirements and uses mid-level Power (2) and Engine Braking (2) with active on-road Cornering ABS.

 

GRAVEL delivers the lowest level of Power (4) and Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; in this setting, the rear brake ABS cannot be switched off.

 

OFF-ROAD uses lower-mid level Power (3) and the lowest amount of Engine Braking (3). Cornering ABS is active with an off-road setting; the rear brake ABS can be switched off.

 

USER 1 & 2 modes offer the rider a choice of two distinct personalized setups – choosing between Power levels 1-4 and Engine Braking 1-3, ABS (on-road/off-road) and the damping and pre-load of the electronic suspension.

 

 

3.5 Dual Clutch Transmission

 

  • Super-fast gear changes in either Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D and S modes
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner than D, for more aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on gradient
  • IMU allows corning detection function for improved shift timings

 

 

Honda has sold over 100,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F a decade ago in 2009. Testament to its acceptance in the marketplace, during the last financial year, DCT accounted for 48% of European sales on models where DCT was an option.

 

The unique DCT system delivers consistent, super-fast seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

 

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

 

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth.

 

The extra benefits of durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding and reduced rider fatigue add to DCT’s appeal

 

Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode offers three levels of sportier riding, as the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, and shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.

 

In either D or S mode, DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers on the left handlebar. At an appropriate time, DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

 

DCT for the Africa Twin is also fully equipped to operate in an adventure environment, with off-road functionality enhanced by the G switch accessed via the TFT touch screen display. Activating the G switch in any riding mode improves the feel for available traction and machine control by reducing the amount of clutch slip during gear changes.

 

Further functionality for the DCT system comes in the form of incline detection, by means of which the gear shift pattern is adapted depending on the grade of an incline to provide optimum control.

 

A new feature for the CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports’ DCT system is cornering detection. When the IMU recognises the bike is cornering, the system subtly adjusts the shifting programme for the most natural gear changes.     

 

 

 

4 Accessories

 

The range of Honda Genuine Accessories for the Africa Twin Adventure Sports has been expanded with luggage options that includes premium 42L aluminium top box and panniers plus large (58L) plastic top box and panniers, two seat heights (a lower 825-845mm and taller 870-895mm option), screen extender and deflector set, 4.5L tank bag, side tank pads, engine guards, side pipes and LED fog lights and centre stand.

 

 

5 Technical Specifications

 

 

ENGINE

Type

SOHC liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Uni-cam

Displacement

1084cc

Bore & Stroke

92mm x 81.5mm

Compression Ratio

10.1:1

Max. Power Output

75kW at 7500rpm

Max. Torque

105Nm at 6250rpm

Noise Level

73dB

Oil Capacity

4.8/4.3 (5.2/4.7 DCT)

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-FI

Fuel Tank Capacity

24.8L

CO2 Emissions

112g/km MT

110g/km DCT

Fuel Consumption

4.9L/100km (20.4km/L) MT

4.8L/100km (20.8km/L) DCT

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V-6Ah Li-ion battery (20hr)

ACG Output

 0.49kW/5000rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet, multiplate with coil springs, aluminium cam assist and slipper clutch

DCT – 2 wet multiplate clutches with coil springs

Transmission Type

6 speed manual (6 speed DCT)

FRAME

Type

Semi double cradle

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H)

2330mm x 960mm x 1560mm (1620mm with screen in uppermost position)

Wheelbase

1575mm

Caster Angle

27.5°

Trail

113mm

Seat Height

850/870mm (low seat option 825mm, high seat option 895mm)

Ground Clearance

250mm

Kerb Weight

238kg (DCT 248kg)

With Showa EERATM 240kg MT (DCT 250kg)

SUSPENSION

Type Front

 

Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and damping adjustment, 230mm stroke

 

EERATM – Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 45mm, and Showa EERATM with compression and rebound dumping adjustments, 230mm stroke

 

Type Rear

Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel.

 

EERATM – Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with Showa gas-charged damper, hydraulic remote control preload adjuster and electric control unit with compression and rebound damping adjustments, 220 mm rear wheel travel

WHEELS

Type Front

21M/C x MT2.15 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Type Rear

18M/C x MT4.00 wire spoke with aluminium rim

Rim Size Front

21″

Rim Size Rear

18″

Tyres Front

90/90-21M/C 54H (tubeless type)

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T
Metzler Karoo Street

Tyres Rear

150/70R18M/C 70H (tubeless type)

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T
Metzler Karoo Street

BRAKES

ABS System Type

2 channel with IMU
Selectable ABS MODE with on-road and off-road setting

Type Front

310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads

Type Rear

256mm wave hydraulic disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off mode.

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

LCD Meter, TFT 6.5inch touch panel multi information display

Security System

Immobiliser, security alarm (optional)

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

Electrics

Daytime running lights, Bluetooth audio and AppleTM CarPlay, Android AutoTM, USB socket, auto turn signal cancel, cruise control, emergency stop signal, IMU, HSTC, cornering lights, wheelie control

 

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

HISTORY OF AN ICON: THE HAYABUSA STORY

There aren’t many more iconic and immediately recognisable silhouettes in motorcycling, and the GSX1300R Hayabusa wowed the two-wheeled world when it was launched in 1999. We’ve taken a look at its origin, the revamps, the stories, and the launch of the third generation.

'Suzuki Sets New Standards' read the headline in MCN following the launch of the first Hayabusa at the Circuit de Catalunya in 1999. The design brief was simple; wade into the hypersport motorcycle market and come out on top. And the Hayabusa (which translates to peregrine falcon, a bird of prey which has a top speed dive of 200mph and preys on blackbirds – geddit?) did just that.

Styled and designed to a purpose, the Hayabusa made an impression the moment you clapped eyes on it, with its flowing lines aimed at making it as aerodynamic as possible, allowing it to cut through the air with ease. And at the launch in Spain, every superlative imaginable was thrown in its direction, with the assembled press running out of ways to describe just how jaw-dropping it was.

Head of design on the original project was Yoshiura san, who described the idea he set out to achieve, saying, “The concept of the first Hayabusa was to create an original and dominating impact with superior aerodynamics, as well as being the most powerful sports motorcycle. I designed it with the intention of getting attention, using a unique motorcycle design. It needed to be the ultimate road-legal motorcycle with the highest performance from mass-produced bikes.”

It was immediately heralded as the fastest production bike on the market. At the launch, top speeds were clocked at the same point on the track as they were for the 500cc GP race the year before, with the Hayabusa just five miles an hour slower than the quickest prototype racer of the day, bike at the same point of the straight, and it wasn't flat out. Journalist Chris Moss described the speed and acceleration, saying “At 7,000rpm your arms feel like they're about to be wrenched out of their sockets.” And to cope with the power, Bridgestone developed a set of brand new tyres, the BT56J, which gave the Hayabusa a greater contact patch when leant over and greater stability at high speed.

Suzuki test rider, Yuichi Nakashima, said of the first Hayabusa, “I can say the Hayabusa's engine feels so overwhelmingly powerful and finely tuned that there is nothing like it. After riding it you won't want to ride another motorcycle. Just once experience the Hayabusa's powerful acceleration from low to high speeds and its nimble handling and you too will be hooked.”

It wasn't just the phenomenal power that the bike was praised for. The smooth, 1299cc inline-four cylinder engine provided masses of torque, making the Hayabusa more than just a road-legal missile, but a user friendly, real-world motorcycle, capable of shrinking continents. Bike Magazine's Martin Child reported from the launch, “You will not find a more torquey, rider-friendly engine. I completed two laps in top gear which saw everything from 30mph hairpins to the freedom of the straight and the bike pulled cleanly. The torque was instant and free-flowing.”

It was happy cruising at motorway speeds on long-distance trips, or on the casual Sunday ride out. And it handled too, with the chassis and agility the other key areas where the Hayabusa scored highly.

It became an immediate hit and cult status followed, with the Hayabusa becoming an icon. It was, and indeed, still is, the weapon of choice for top speed chasers, while drag racing strips became its second home. It also leant itself readily to customisation, with a number of people choosing to personalise their Hayabusas.

Jack Frost, who operates Holeshot Racing, has spent years chasing top speed records, as well as using his expertise to help others. But he's done both on Hayabusas more than any other model.

“When the Hayabusa came out in 1999, I got one straight away,” Jack explained. “I rode it standard to run it in and it was a great bike, as I have always said to people over the years. And they handle better than people would think; so easy to ride fast and eat up the miles. But it was by far the most powerful stock bike I had ridden and the obvious choice of bike to transform into a turbo bike.

“After a few months fettling mine, we managed 350bhp and a top speed of 228mph, still on pump fuel and a lot of standard components. After a few more changes we ran 257.4mph on the mile. It quickly caught on that turbochargers were a recognised add on for Hayabusas and at Holeshot Racing we sold hundreds of turbo kits around the world.

“But the 'Busa has such a great engine, as Suzuki are renowned for, and this shows by how long the model ran without change until 2008.”

Also testament to the strength and power of the Hayabusa power plant is the long standing relationship that Suzuki GB has formed with sports and racing car manufacturer, Radical. Since 2000, Radical have been using Hayabusa engines in a wide range of their sports and racing cars, including building a Hayabusa-based V8 engine, which features in the SR8 RX race car.

As for the customised scene, that took off nowhere more so than the United States, where the Hayabusa elevated itself to the top of the fashionable motorcycle list, also proving popular with music artists and sport stars. The instantly recognisable bodywork, extensive list of aftermarket parts and interchangeable Suzuki components, plus the silky smooth, powerful and easily tuneable engine meant it was the motorcycle of choice for custom shops up and down the USA, serving as a rolling advertising board for the potential of the custom builder.

Apart from an upgraded ECU, revised fuel injection settings and front suspension, it went relatively unchanged in the early years, until a radical overhaul on the 2008 model.

But, launched in September 2007 at the Salzburgring in Austria, the Hayabusa was back with a bang, eight years after the original made its debut in Spain. Updates included a stronger and more powerful engine, which increased the displacement to 1340cc, with new lighter and stronger engine internals and a redesigned gearbox and a broader torque throughout the rpm range. And to deal with the extra heat and power, and new, curved radiator helped keep the engine cool.

The newest 4-into-2-into-1-into-2 exhaust system featured a new oxygen sensor used by the engine management system to increase combustion efficiency by adjusting the amount of fuel injected into the cylinders, and  wind tunnel testing for the 2008 model centred around design refinements aimed at redesigning wind protection for the rider, while remaining true to the original design and iconic styling. Wind flow over and around the rider, both when in a normal seating position as well as when completely tucked in was improved. There were also changes to the front and rear suspension, brakes, frame, and wheels.

It was immediately heralded as the 'rebirth of a legend' by MCN, with senior road tester at the time Adam Child writing, “The word 'legendary' is over-used. So is 'iconic'. But both typify Suzuki's Hayabusa.”

Chief engineer Hiroshi Iio worked on the engine of the original Hayabusa, before being made chief engineer for the overall project. “When we were refining the design for the second generation, the team placed top priority on improving its already legendary aerodynamic efficiency. The Hayabusa really stands above and apart from other ultimate sport bikes, and its consummate form follows the function of the bike’s aerodynamic characteristics. Plus, its optimal balance and motion control translate into the ease of handling that you experience when actually riding the bike.”

The Salzburgring was the perfect track for the relaunch of the Hayabusa, with two long straights, flat out kinks and fast corners. And nearly 10 years after the original model wowed the assembled motorcycle press, here it was, at it again. Bike Magazine's Simon Hargreaves agonised over finding a flaw in his report, before conceding that, “the 2008 Hayabusa has me stumped because I honestly cannot think of a single thing wrong with it.” After it's introduction in 1999, it was back to reaffirm itself at the top.

Fast forward another five years and Brembo Monobloc front calipers graced the front end, which are lighter and more rigid than conventional bolt-together calipers, delivering better feedback to the rider. And to further aid stopping power, lightweight, high-performance ABS featured to match stopping power to available traction. It also came with new Bridgestone BT-015s, again, specially developed for the Hayabusa.

As GSX-R1000s and GSX-R1000Rs moved the supersport game on, with faster engines and superior handling, the Hayabusa’s place moved further into high speed comfort. Already a string in its bow, the Hayabusa was the ideal tool for swallowing huge miles in speed and comfort, with assured handling and performance.

But with tighter emissions regulations coming into force, the Hayabusa disappeared from European model ranges after 2018.

But in February 2021 a new version was announced. The third generation Hayabusa was here, retaining everything that made it so good, and getting updates to make it even better.

Over 550 new parts come with the new Hayabusa, the new hyperbike using a similarly iconic and uniquely individual Hayabusa aerodynamic silhouette and styling, a heavily redesigned engine – including new pistons, conrods, crankshaft, and camshaft – specifically aimed at producing enhanced performance in the lower to mid rev ranges making it the fastest-launching Hayabusa yet, a comprehensive suite of electronics that includes IMU-governed ABS and traction control, cruise control, launch control, bi-directional quickshifter, engine brake control, three power modes, plus three preset rider modes and three user-defined modes, and a revised chassis, with a new subframe, new brakes, and new suspension settings.

Since the Hayabusa ceased to exist in Europe, the motorcycling landscape has changed, not just from the standpoint of stricter emissions regulations, but also a market place. The Hayabusa's need to keep chasing peak power figures was no longer there. Instead, the focus was on thrust.

While litre sports bikes push out more peak power, even grunty GSX-Rs can't compete with the Hayabusa's shove at the bottom end, and the third generation Hayabusa has an even fatter torque curve, providing a wider spread of power in the lower rev ranges, which makes building speed effortless.

The biggest change, however, comes in the electronics department. A sophisticated suite of electronics means the new Hayabusa has everything you could want or need to cover ground quickly and in comfort. But it also stops short of technology for technology sake, meaning that it could be launch with an RRP of £16,499, too, ensuring it remained an awful lot of bike for relatively little money.

Added together it means the Hayabusa story continues, and another chapter will be written.