The rumors leading up to EICMA were that Honda would introduce an all-new Africa Twin adventure bike at the Milan Show. Unfortunately, those rumors were only partially true, as Honda revealed prototype it calls the True Adventure.

Discuss this at our Honda Africa Twin Forum.

But make no mistake, the True Adventure is indeed the modern Africa Twin in spirit, if not in name. The prototype on display is caked in mud, barely covering its camo-pattern paint job, suggesting the True Adventure is actually off-road capable unlike the mainly road-going adventure-inspired models currently in vogue.

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Honda says the True Adventure was influenced by its CRF450 Rally racer, though the engine is clearly a twin-cylinder powerplant instead of the 450’s single. It’s unclear, however, how big the engine is. Dakar rally rules restrict motorcycles to a maximum displacement of 450cc, but there’s nothing holding the True Adventure prototype to those regulations.

No further details were provided, which is a bit of a let down. We’ll have to wait a while longer for Honda to let us know if/when the True Adventure will head to production, and whether it will be called the Africa Twin.

Follow the rest of our 2014 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

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  • frankfan42

    The Kawasaki is awesome, but this is a bike I would love to see for sale in America. A modern smaller sized real adventure touring bike with a bit more sophistication than the KLR and still retaining Honda durability? Absolutely.

  • John Westendorp

    I am absolutely stoked about this. Honda was promising already back in 2010 all bikes were to phase into fuel injection by 2013. I was expecting/hoping Honda would give the XR650L the same update treatment the CRF250L got. I have been bugging Honda to put a small diesel in a big bore adventure bike (like that’ll happen), but it looks here like they might have put an NC750X engine in the frame. Or perhaps it’s the same idea as the NC750 but scaled down to a 500. That would be absolutely, absolutely stellar. The NC engines are absolute torque monsters and tractors, which is perfect for this type of adventure bike, IMHO. A 500cc NC type engine with gobs of torque and low and mid-range power, water cooling with fuel injection and even better mileage than the NC750, which is already stellar, plus a dedicated chassis and Honda reliabability…this could be the one I’ve been waiting for. Won’t need a diesel with that kind of engine. Please please Honda, into North America with this???

    • denchung

      The engine is definitely not from the NC, as the cylinders aren’t canted forward enough. It also doesn’t look like the engine in the 500 series models

      • John Westendorp

        You could be right about it not being an NC engine, but the engine cant isn’t the determining factor…remember they wanted a storage tank above the engine on the NC and that isn’t the case here (I’m guessing.) But they could still be using the same basic engine architecture as on the NC series engines. Why do you say it doesn’t look like a CBR500 engine? You think it’s new and purpose built from ground up? Either way, I don’t think we can go wrong here, but my preference is for torque and fuel mileage, hence the hope it’s an NC “type” engine.

        • denchung

          The storage space isn’t the only reason for the engine angle; the CTX700 and NM4 use the same the engine but don’t have the space. A low center of gravity is probably a bigger benefit. It’s hard to tell much about this prototype’s engine without any information from Honda. All we can rely on is the visual look of the engine.

          The frame, however, looks exactly the same as the one used in these Honda patent filings: http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/05/15/design/retro-styled-dual-sport-revealed-honda-patent-application/

          That patent describes a vehicle which has a 1000cc Twin … but allows that it could also apply to engines of other displacements or configurations.