A year after its long-awaited and hugely successful return to Honda’s two-wheeled line-up, the Africa Twin has reached new heights by breaking the record for the highest altitude reached by a twin-cylinder motorcycle.
The scene of the record? No big deal, but it was on the slopes of an active volcano, the Nevado Ojos del Salado – situated between Argentina and Chile – up whose slopes a team of five riders piloted the Africa Twin to a record-breaking 5,965 metres above sea level.
At 6891 metres high, it is the highest volcano in the world. Upon this occasion MC 360™ with the Honda Africa Twin and CRF450RX established three records:
1) Riding from zero to 5900 metres above the sea level in less than 24 hours
2) Setting 5960 metres as the new maximum height for a twin-cylinder motorcycle
3) Setting 5977 metres as maximum height reached with a motorcycle in less than 24 hours on board the CRF450X
The third record was set by Metzeler’s Head of Testing. Riding the CRF450RX, he set the record for the highest climb above sea level ever reached by a motorcycle, bringing his single-cylinder Honda to 5977 metres of altitude in 22 hours and 40 minutes. This came after a challenging climb to reach the Atacama hut at 5200 metres when riding the Africa Twin.
Fabio Mossini, enduro champion from Honda’s Sud America race team was the man chosen to reach the new twin-cylinder landmark, before further progress was halted by two metres of snow. Who knows how much higher Mossini could have rode, but we imagine the air was getting a little thin up there!
After five days of acclimatisation, and riding standard Africa Twins specially equipped with Termignoni exhaust, revised final sprockets, new Metzeler MC360 tyres and a range of Honda genuine accessories, the international team completed their ascent within 24 hours. Their route took them – in temperatures as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius – through broken asphalt, gravel, mud, sand and finally stretches of ice pockets known as ‘penitents’.
The monster achievement underlines once again the new Africa Twin’s credentials as the true successor to its ancestors, and one of the top bikes in the Adventure class.