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Motorcycles | News / 03-21-17

The Honda Africa Twin reaches new heights


By C! Magazine Staff

 

A year after its successful return to Honda’s motorcycle line-up, the Africa Twin reached a new milestone as it breaks the record for the highest altitude reached by a twin-cylinder motorcycle.

Situated between Argentina and Chile was the world’s highest active volcano, the Nevado Ojos del Salado. A team of five riders piloted the Africa Twin up to the slopes of 5,965 metered volcano. Honda’s Sud America race team endure champion Fabio Mossini, was the man chosen to reach the new landmark before further progress was halted by two meters of snow.

Specially equipped with Termignoni exhaust, revised final sprockets, new Metzeler MC360TM tyres, and a range of Honda genuine accessories, the riding standards of Africa Twins were put to a test. After five days of acclimation, the international team completed their ascent within 24 hours.

In a temperature as low as negative five degree Celsius, the route took the riders through broken asphalt, gravel, mud, sand and finally stretches of ice pockets known as ‘penitentes’, underlining once again the Africa Twin’s credentials as the best-performing off-road motorcycle in its class.