The history of Honda Africa Twin begins on the slopes of the most exhausting rally: the Paris-Dakar. In 1986 Honda went to the street with the NXR 750, an 8-valve twin-cylinder 780 cc and capable of over 75 HP with a dry weight around 160 kg: the result was that French riders Neveu and Lalay completed the first and second place in The Paris Dakar. The following year he won again . Friulian won in 1988 his first Dakar riding the same bike used by Neveu during the previous year, while in 1989, Lalay had his fourth consecutive success on the Honda Africa Twin,

In 1990 Honda decided not to continue with this experience, but in the meantime had proceeded to exploit the huge publicity it received. In the late 80’s Honda consecutively won both The Transalpine Race (Honda Transalp) and The Paris –  Dakar Race (Honda Africa Twin)

The Africa Twin originaly had a revised version of the Transalp 600 engine, later revised again up  to 750cc.

Honda Africa Twin 650 RD03.

Honda Africa Twin 750 RD04.

Honda Africa Twin 750 RD07.

Honda Africa Twin 750 RD07a.


The early 650 model above, worth a small fortune today.


The 750 RD04 model.


The RD07 750  model above.

The main improvements from the early Africa Twin and Transalp bikes is that the dam awful colour scheme was improved up on over time.

Some people believe that the best  Enduro bike of all time can be had by mating a Transalp and Africa Twin together.


Most free workshop manuals here



  1. Fallen in love with the two Transalp/Africa Twin and ask if there is anybody who knows of one for sale at a reasonable price i would be interested. Good read all your comments wish you all happy crusing.

    • Hi Robert,

      The older models tend to get snapped up quite quickly unfortunately, I have been looking myself but its difficult to get the owners to part with either bike for a reasonable sum, happy hunting lol,



  2. hello there,what a great bike site this is, you have occupied many slow mornings at work this week lol.

    keep up the good work!!

    • Hi Ted,

      Thanks for the kind words mate, its always nice to receive some feed back.



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