Overland Expo and Honda team up to build an Overland Africa Twin

Are you ready for an Overland-prepped motorcycle? Some of you are saying “Duh, that’s called a bike and a backpack!” while others may be ready to get your checkbooks out. Regardless, the one I’m specifically talking about today is a collaboration between the Overland Expo and Honda. The two have teamed up to fully kit out an Africa Twin and then set off in search of adventure.

The bike

Overland Africa Twin

I’m a sucker for black and gold colorways, so excuse me a moment while I soak this one in… This is a 2021 Honda Africa Twin fitted with the dual-clutch gearbox. The modern Africa Twin is a revived version of an older bike Honda built from 1988 up to 2003. This latest version uses a 1,084-cc four-stroke twin and you can pair it with a six-speed manual or DCT. You can also choose between standard and Sport ES models. This one here is a Sport ES, which adds electronically controlled suspension, an adjustable windscreen, a larger fuel tank, heated grips, and tubeless tires.

Overland Expo has a slew of add-ons planned for this bike. From crash protection to luggage and lighting, you can check out the full list by clicking here. This seems like the perfect bike for such a build and we looking forward to seeing how it all looks (and performs) once everything is bolted on. For now, here’s a gallery of the bike as it sits:

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

Overland Africa Twin

4 Comments

  1. I love the Africa Twin. Probably at the top of my “if I had $15k to blow right now” list. But there’s no way I’d have it with the DCT.

    I’m content with the pack a backpack version of motorcycle travel, but some part of me is attracted to a stupid expensive, probably stupid heavy fully prepped overland bike.

  2. “Fully Prepped” is one of the most pernicious myths in adventure travel. That phrase should be struck from the language forever. You will never be fully prepped, you will only spend anxious hours worrying that you’re not full prepped and since you can never be fully prepped you will never get to the other end of the driveway.
    And the idea that your bike can be ‘fully prepped’ for you by anyone else but you is preposterous. This is just more snake oil from the same people that are trying to make ‘overlanding’ a thing, when it’s really just adspeak.

    My Africa Twin was fully prepped for a transcontinental journey (not over water) after its break-in period was over. Not that I haven’t had fun throwing another 25% of the MSRP in farkles on it, but it was perfectly capable of riding 30 miles of logging road on day one, and if it can do that what more do you need? A luggage rack and a credit card? Or do you need the unctuous whispers of an Overlanding Guru calmly reassuring you that everything’s going to be all right if you just hand the credit card over and let them take care of everything?

  3. Evidently today is the day to post about Africa Twins, as there’s a fresh one on ADV Rider about the 2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES O.B.E., C.M.P., PhD, Esq.

    https://advrider.com/africa-twin-video-review/

    It’s really just a post with a link to a YouTube video, but I put it here ’cause you can re-heat your Disqus account and comment on it. Or go straight to the YerTubes video

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