Honda’s next generation Africa Twin is just days away from its official release – and German site Motorrad has got its hands on some leaked images of the new adventure machine in the flesh.

We’ve been talking about Honda’s planned updates to its Africa Twin for months – but up until now information has been relatively scarce. Not any more though – leaked Australian homologation documents have surfaced on the web which reveal a chunk of information about Honda’s iconic adventurer.

With the imminent introduction of Euro 5 emissions regulations, an update was always on the cards. And the big news for the 2020 Honda Africa Twin is its new engine. It’s rumoured to be getting a capacity increase from 998cc to 1084cc – which means we can expect more torque and more power. Ok, it’s only an extra 86cc, so it’s probably not going to be a dramatic increase. Expect around six bhp and 10Nm of torque more than the current model.

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Visually, the new Africa Twin looks slightly slimmer than the outgoing model – but with the rumoured addition of a new, larger 24 litre fuel tank, expect the weight to rise up to a fairly hefty 238 kilograms (248kg for the DCT).

Elsewhere, the new Africa Twin is rumoured to come with a new keyless ignition, a colour TFT dash, and smartphone connectivity. Chances are it’ll also come with the option of a new, updated DCT transmission – in addition to the normal six speed manual gearbox.

At this stage, that’s about as much as we know about the new Africa Twin – but with Honda recently announcing that there’s big news coming about its flagship adventure bike on the 29th September, it looks like we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out exactly what’s going on.

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