Honda Africa Twin v competition
Honda Africa Twin v competition |Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT VS Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ VS BMW F 850 GS VS Ducati Multistrada 950 VS Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
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Honda Africa Twin v the competition

We bring the long-distance adventure touring bikes head-on against each other, the Honda Sports Africa Twin ES DCT v Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ v BMW F 850 GS v Ducati Multistrada 950 v Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Sidhartha Singh

Engine and Transmission

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ is the most powerful, churning out 119bhp. On the other side we have the BMW F 850 GS and the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro, both making 94bhp. In terms of the amount of Torque produced, the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT beats its rivals, with 101Nm of attainable torque.

The Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport is the only one with the DCT transmission. The DCT is an automated clutch and shift operation system that retains the direct acceleration feel of a manual transmission with the ease of use of an automatic. In layman terms, it allows for a stress-free ride as the rider does not have to focus on changing the gears from time to time, which can be one of the greatest unique selling point of this bike.

Not many people know the Kawasaki Versys engine is the detuned version of the very same engine that powers the Ninja 1000, producing 119bhp as compared to the 138bhp of the Ninja 1000.

Coming to the engine layout of the vehicles, the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport and the BMW F 850 GS are parallel-twin engines. Whereas, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ has the inline-four engine layout. Furthermore, the Ducati Multistrada 950 comes with a L-Twin (essentially a 90 degree parallel twin) cylinder layout.

Engine and Transmission comparo
Engine and Transmission comparoHonda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT VS Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ VS BMW F 850 GS VS Ducati Multistrada 950 VS Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Chassis, Suspension & Brakes

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ comes with a twin-spar frame, one of the most popular frames used by motorcycle brands. The popularity and its success amongst high-performance motorcycles is a verification for its popularity. Both the Ducati Multistrada 950 and the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro have a Trellis frame, which aces the rigidity section and provides lightness, whereas the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT comes with a semi-double cradle frame layout which is an intermediate form of the single and the double cradle frame.

Chassis, Suspension & Brakes comparo
Chassis, Suspension & Brakes comparoHonda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT VS Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ VS BMW F 850 GS VS Ducati Multistrada 950 VS Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Dimensions, Weight & Capacities

The Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro accounts to a dry weighs of 201 Kg, which ultimately states that it is the lightest machine here. Furthermore, the Honda is stretched to a length of 2,330 mm and 1,563 mm in height making it the tallest and longest bike in this class. Meanwhile, the Ducati Multistrada 950 is the widest here with a width of 995mm. And, for a rider who avoids frequent visits to the fuel station, the Honda accounts the best in economy state for that.

Dimensions, Weight & Capacities comparo
Dimensions, Weight & Capacities comparoHonda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT VS Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ VS BMW F 850 GS VS Ducati Multistrada 950 VS Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Price (Ex-showroom)

Before the unveil of the Triumph, the Kawasaki is a most affordable bike of the segment with a sticker of ₹10.9 lakh (ex-showroom) and the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT is the costliest, at ₹16.1 lakh (ex-showroom). The others: the BMW F 850 GS and Ducati Multistrada 950 are priced at ₹ 15.4 lakh (ex-showroom) and ₹ 12.84 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.

Price comparo
Price comparoHonda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT VS Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ VS BMW F 850 GS VS Ducati Multistrada 950 VS Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
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