If you have your heart set on crossing continents in complete comfort, the Adventure Sports version of the new Africa Twin is the one to have.
Like before, the AS has a bigger tank (24.8 litres) plus larger fairing and taller screen (which is now adjustable). The longer suspension, however, is gone, so its seat height is now the same as the standard model. While the tail section is also slimmer to make it easier to move around. The AS also comes with heated grips and an accessory power socket as standard.
The previous tubed wheels are also gone, replaced with a set of tubeless, spoked rims.
But the biggest change is the AS is now available with Showa’s new electronically-adjustable suspension. Showa ‘EERA’ is a semi-active set-up that adjusts the damping relative to the setting it’s currently in.
There are four modes (Soft, Mid, Hard and Off-Road) that provide baseline settings, with stroke sensors helping the ECU adjust the damping to the road surface and riding style. The rear preload can also be electronically-adjusted, again with four presets (Rider, Rider + Luggage, Rider + Pillion and Rider + Pillion + Luggage).
There’s also a User mode that offers 24 clicks of preload adjustment. Again, there’s no word yet from Honda on price but we’d expect a significant premium over the base model for the semi-active suspension.