With more power comes more responsibility. And on a large capacity, powerful adventure motorcycle, the lack of responsibility - particularly with the throttle - could mean a highside so mean, you might end up nursing broken bones for months on end. That’s why I prefer to keep the traction control on such ADVs especially when riding on dirt.
Not so with the Africa Twin, however. Well, it’s not really as powerful as near litre-class ADV motorcycles, to begin with. But, its throttle response is also linear, predictable and friendly. So, instead of snapping at you and throwing you over the bars every time you decide to use the throttle liberally, it gently pulls you along. It pulls you into using more power at steeper lean angles so that you can sport some heroic slides!
Okay, so you might not be able to lean this Honda as far and as quickly as a proper dirt bike. But, the Africa Twin is still no slouch around corners, especially on the loose stuff. Around fast corners on a trail, you can carry smile-inducing speeds without scaring yourself. And you don’t even have to be a proficient off-road rider to do it. Now, even though it might not carry great speeds around tighter corners, but the exits - with the rear sliding and kicking up dust - can be quite spectacular!