Canadian Prices for 2016 Honda Africa Twin, VFR1200x Crosstourer, NC750x

2016 Honda Africa Twin

2016 Honda Africa Twin.  Photo courtesy Honda Canada

(Honda Canada’s prices as reported in this post are now official.  Pricing has now been posted on Honda’s website.  This post, published early this morning, has been updated with links to Honda Canada website and official pricing.  Dec. 18, 2015)

I was at a Honda motorcycle dealership yesterday and saw the Canadian pricing for three of the most widely-anticipated new bikes to come from ‘Big Red’ in many years – namely the all-new 2016 Africa Twin, the VFR 1200x Crosstourer (first time available in Canada) and NC750x (updated and available with DCT ‘automatic’ transmission.)

All three models will be available in ‘standard’ form – that is, with 6-speed manual transmission, and all three will be available with Honda’s 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission, an ‘automatic’ gearbox that can be manually shifted.

Prices do not include GST, freight/delivery, and PDI.

Fans of big, off-road capable adventure-tourers have been screaming for Honda to bring back the legendary Africa Twin brand and an off-road capable bike to go with it.

Their prayers have been answered with this all-new- for 2016 1,000 cc parallel-twin, chain drive bike.  The much anticipated Africa Twin will be the new kid on the block and go head-to-head with the big KTMs.

2016 VF1200x Crosstourer. Photo courtesy Honda Canada

2016 VF1200x Crosstourer. Available for the first time in Canada, and in two variations, 6-speed manual transmission and DCT ‘automatic’ gearbox.  Photo courtesy Honda Canada

Honda has finally brought the VF1200x Crosstourer to Canada.  It’s been available in other markets for a few years, and the liquid-cooled V-Four engine with shaft-drive is aimed squarely at the adventure-touring segment.  That is, for primarily hard surface touring.  It will undoubtedly appeal to guys like me who want the upright ergonomics of adventure-tourers and a plush, long(er) travel suspension to soak up nasty pavement, plus the available hard luggage to carry enough gear for cross-continent, pavement focused touring.

If the VF1200x had been available in 2012 when I bought the Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX (a bike which I adored), I’d probably still be riding the Crosstourer today.  With a well established reputation in Europe, the Crosstourer has been proven to be big, comfortable and loved by owners for its reliability and low maintenance.  In other words, a typical Honda.

2016 Honda NC750x. Updated and available in Canada with DCT transmission for first time. Photo courtesy Honda Canada

2016 Honda NC750x. Updated this year and, for the first time available in Canada with DCT automatic transmission. Photo courtesy Honda Canada

The updated for 2016 NC750x is available for the first time in Canada with a DCT automatic transmission.  This bike is currently on my wish list.  I saw many, many NC700 and NC750s in Portugal.  Don’t laugh, but the NC750 is more like a big scooter, renown for outstanding fuel economy, light weight, sporty handling and the convenience of a large, under seat storage compartment.

With available hard luggage, engine protectors, auxiliary lights, etc., the NC750 can be outfitted as a middle-weight adventure-tourer for those looking for a lighter weight, lower cost alternative to the big, open class, heavy weight adventure-tourers like the BMW R1200GS.

Stay tuned.  The adventure-touring category in Canada just got a whole lot more interesting.

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