The four-times Paris-Dakar Rally champion motorcycle, the Africa Twin, which is branded as XRV750, might be launched once again by Honda. The company has given some clues while Mr. Vito Cicchetti, the General Manager of Honda Italy, glimpsed something to Italy,s revered sports magazine, La Gazzetta dello.
Preceded by the XRV650 Africa Twin, 1989-2003 is the timeline of the XRV750. The machine was specially crafted in order to race well in the desert competition, the Paris-Dakar Rally. It is accompanied with twin headlight, a windscreen, and a long dual seat, plastic coated luggage rack, and aluminium bashplate to protect the engine from flying rocks.
Mated with a 742cc, V twin engine, the Africa Twin generates a maximum power of 61.0 hp @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 62.7 Nm @ 6000 Rpm. It is equipped with a 5 speed chain drive transmission. CDI with electronic advance is the ignition system used in it.
Being coupled with a Single downtube with double-loop cradle, rectangular section, steel frame, maximum reliability and stability is assured for this adventure rider. It is equipped with a 43mm air-assisted telescopic fork, 220mm wheel travel front suspension, and a Pro-Link 214mm wheel travel with preload and compression damping adjustment rear suspension.
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Provided with two 276mm discs 2 piston calipers at front and a Single 256mm disc 1 piston caliper at rear, the machine offers maximum confidence to the rider even at high speeds.
These were the specifications of the African Twin that was discontinued in 2003. And it's not sure whether the company will launch the bike with same spec or not. Anyway, it's for sure that either the firm will introduce the motorbike again with different spec and engine, or with a refined engine with tuned up power and torque numbers.
As of now it is expected that the African Twin will be introduced at the 2014 INTERMOT show and will be line-up in the 2015 product garage of Honda. The bike might be launching in the USA first. Followed by Europe and other biggest motorcycle markets will welcome it.
Well, it is also expected that the African Twin may replace any machine in Honda line-up. So guys keep in touch with us. We'll be refreshing you at the right time.
The Africa Twin is expected to make its reentry at the 2014 INTERMOT show.
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