For its first new-product announcement of the calendar year, American Honda announced the return of several popular motorcycle models. Headlining this group is the Africa Twin adventure-touring platform, including the sporty standard version and the mile-gobbling Adventure Sports SE — both offered with either a manual gearbox or Honda’s advanced, automatic Dual Clutch Transmission. The Africa Twin is back with a number of focused refinements aimed at improving the riding experience.
The other models included in the announcement — the agile CBR1000RR sport bike and the versatile Rebel 500 and 300 cruisers — are offered in new colors for 2022.
Since its 2016 reintroduction, the legendary Africa Twin adventure-touring platform has undergone steady improvements aimed at carrying out its “True Adventure” ethos, and that is once again the case for the 2022 model year. The sporting- and off-road performance-oriented standard version now comes with the same rear carrier as its more distance riding-oriented Adventure Sports ES sibling. Meanwhile, that version gets a shorter windshield for improved visibility. Both Africa Twin versions are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and both are available with either a manual gearbox or Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission, which has a program change for 2022, delivering smoother shifting in the lower gears.
- Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE DCT: $17,999
- Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE: $17,199
- Africa Twin DCT: $15,199
- Africa Twin: $14,399
- Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE: Pearl White
- Africa Twin: Grand Prix Red
Designed around a “Total Control” philosophy, Honda’s CBR1000RR has always prioritized cornering, acceleration and braking, a combination that has earned the bike legendary status. The model’s enviable racing legacy notwithstanding, this double-R version fills a new, value-dedicated role in Honda’s sport bike lineup alongside the track-focused CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
- CBR1000RR ABS: $16,799
- CBR1000RR: $16,499
- Color: Grand Prix Red
Rebel 500/Rebel 300
The powersports industry’s most popular entry-level cruiser models by a wide margin, Honda’s Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 are responsible for introducing legions of new riders to motorcycling. That’s no surprise, considering their combination of user-friendliness and stylish, minimalist design, including an iconic peanut fuel tank, LED lighting and blacked-out engine and components. They also offer unparalleled enjoyment, with a narrow frame, comfortable rider layout, nimble handling and available automatic braking system (ABS). Riders can choose from an extensive lineup of Honda Accessories or opt for the Rebel 500 ABS SE (offered in a new Matte Silver color for 2022), which takes the “Born Rebel” one step further by including select accessories preinstalled.