At Ride Out Africa, we strive to bypass tarmac as much as possible and pride ourselves on delivering to you the opportunity to discover remote and unspoiled locations and landscapes across Southern Africa.
Choosing just one bike from the wide range of capable motorcycles available today was no easy task. We talked at length. Each of us had their favourites and several very good reasons why they'd make the perfect adventure motorcycle.
We considered practical things like extended fuel range to minimise refuelling stops, generous suspension to soak up the bumps, and capable crash bars for safety. And we all know that an upright riding position and a comfortable seat are paramount when riding hundreds of miles.
We looked at power to weight ratios and tried to find a bike with the perfect balance of both. Lighter bikes are better in the loose dirt, and easier to throw around in rocky ravines or tight spaces. On the other hand, more power is always a plus... and we needed a simple bike, tough and hardy that goes the distance, and is easy to repair if anything does go wrong.
In the end, we couldn't decide on just one bike that could do everything we wanted our customers to enjoy when touring with Ride Out Africa - experiencing our routes on the perfect motorcycle for the terrain...
So we meticulously selected two motorcycles that we believe provide all the features required to go the distance:
Honda Africa Twin DCT
The Honda Africa Twin is the perfect bike for any type of adventurer and route. Mountain, desert, rock, sand, and everything in between, the Africa Twin is ready to conquer it with its potent engine and dynamic chassis. It features a capable 4-stroke 1000cc parallel twin engine that makes it ideal for your Ride Out Africa adventure.
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270°crank and Unicam®|
|Engine Displacement||998 cc|
|Max. Power Output||70 kW (93.9 bhp) @ 7,500 rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Max. Torque||99 Nm @ 6,000 rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Fuel Consumption / CO2 emissions||4.7 l/100 km / 109 g/km|
|Length × Width × Height (mm)||2,330 × 930 × 1,475 (ABS/DCT)|
|Seat Height (mm)||870/850 (STD position/Low position)|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||240|
|Brakes (Front/Rear)||310 mm dual wavy floating hydraulic disc / 256 mm wave hydraulic disc with 1-piston caliper|
|Tyres (Front/Rear)||21M/C × MT2.15 / 18M/C × MT4.00|
|Suspension Front||Showa® 45 mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster and DF adjustment, 230 mm stroke|
|Suspension Rear||Monoblock cast aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link® with gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster and rebound damping adjustment, 220 mm rear wheel travel|
The Honda XR650L is known for its sheer power and ability to take on any off-road adventure. We switch to the XR on the more technical 4x4 routes where a more nimble, lighter bike is easier to manoeuvre
|Engine Type||644 cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke, SOHC; four-valve RFVC™|
|Engine Displacement||644 cc|
|Max. Power Output||41.5 hp / 30.5 kW @ 6000 rpm|
|Max. Torque||51 Nm / 37.6 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm|
|Fuel Consumption / CO2 emissions||4.93 l/100 km / 104.9 g/km|
|Length × Width × Height (mm)||2,190 x 856 x 1245|
|Seat Height (mm)||940|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||157|
|Brakes (Front/Rear)||Single 240 mm disc 2 piston caliper / Single 240 mm disc 1 piston caliper|
|Tyres (Front/Rear)||3.00-21 / 4.60-18|
|Suspension Front||43 mm air-adjustable axle Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability / 11.6 in|
|Suspension Rear||Pro-Link® Showa single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability / 11.0 in|
Our fleet is serviced on a regular basis to ensure every trip runs smoothly. Every aspect of maintenance and safety is being taken care of before and during each of our motorcycle adventure tours.