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post #1 of 90 Old 09-29-2016, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Rode an AT Today

I found a guy selling his AT with 250 miles on it. He initially said he bought it on a whim, but his wife did not approve so he had to sell it. Later he sort of indicated that he bought it due to the hype and it turned out to be too tall and not quite what he wanted. He had six other bikes mostly Harleys.

So what was it like?
Fit and finish - typical Honda.
Butter smooth transmission in all gears including first to second.
Seat height - Two position seat, my 30" inseam put me on the balls of both feet.
Comfortable seating position.
Sounds a bit like a stock Vee2, maybe slightly better.
Engine vibration similar to the Vee2 - very smooth.
Acceleration - nice, smooth, satisfying, but not a rocket.
On-road Handling - I didn't spend enough time on the bike to be sure, but the Vee2 may be better. It's pretty close.
Air stream management and weather protection. Not as good as Vee2 with a Givi Airflow, but better than a stock Vee2.
ABS and traction control both adjustable or can be turned off while riding.
Lower center of gravity.

You can not find an AT on the showroom floor anywhere near where I live. All the Honda dealerships have adds for them on Craig's List and Cycle Trader, but they don't actually have the bikes in stock. The part of Japan where factory producing the AT is located was hit by an earthquake back in April midway through AT production. Some of the early bikes made it to the US and now that production has resumed more are coming.

It is a very nice bike. No doubt about it. I'm not sure why, but it reminds me of a scooter. I think that comes from the refinement Honda puts into their motorcycles. That and you have a feeling of sitting "in it" rather than "on it."

There is nothing "super" about it. It's nice, but not "legendary."
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My main interest would be better off road capability. Especially in the ground clearance and suspension travel departments. Having the extra power over the Wee I ride would be fun - but not necessary. But I would like to be able to easily lift the front wheel over small obstacles which the wee just can't do - or I don't have the right technique.

I've yet to be around one.... and that is probably a good thing.

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My main interest would be better off road capability. Especially in the ground clearance and suspension travel departments. Having the extra power over the Wee I ride would be fun - but not necessary. But I would like to be able to easily lift the front wheel over small obstacles which the wee just can't do - or I don't have the right technique.

I've yet to be around one.... and that is probably a good thing.
There was a lot of hype about the AT on its release. You would be better off looking at a KTM for more offroad ability. Quality WP suspension, Brembo brakes and lighter than a V-Strom 650.

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When/if the new baby Tenere comes out, it may likely be the real deal.

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Honda pulled off a marketing triumph with the AT. It was originally going to be called the all adventure or something like that. Invoking the name Africa Twin added tons of mystique to the bike that otherwise would not be there.

I'm struggling through the decision process about whether or not to buy it. Suzuki is going to revamp the Vee2 and I'm going to "need" the new model so I might as well offer my Vee2 up for sale. It's a tough life, but I've got to keep buying new motorcycles.

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I might as well offer my Vee2 up for sale. It's a tough life, but I've got to keep buying new motorcycles.
Have you listed it yet? I may be in the market.

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There is nothing "super" about it. It's nice, but not "legendary."
Not yet anyway, but legends aren't made in a day. Maybe the new AT will be legendary for durability, aftermarket support, production run duration - things that take time to establish.
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Not yet. I need to figure out how much it is worth and what to do about the ton of accessories I've put on the bike. But I'm open to discussion by PM.

I recognize my potential for bias on this matter. Serious bias.
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When/if the new baby Tenere comes out, it may likely be the real deal.
This is what I'm waiting for. Will it even be available here in the States? I'd like something slightly more dirt worthy and a little lighter. Also considering getting a used cb500x and adding the Rally Raid kit. I'd probably still keep the Vee2 but put on more street oriented tires and use it for longer trips and two-up stuff.

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Honda pulled off a marketing triumph with the AT. It was originally going to be called the all adventure or something like that. Invoking the name Africa Twin added tons of mystique to the bike that otherwise would not be there.

I'm struggling through the decision process about whether or not to buy it. Suzuki is going to revamp the Vee2 and I'm going to "need" the new model so I might as well offer my Vee2 up for sale. It's a tough life, but I've got to keep buying new motorcycles.

I doubt Suzuki will do an serious update on the Vee2. Heck it's just 2 years old. They might go to wire wheels but that would be the extent. ADV bikes are a very small percentage of overall motorcycle sales. Not a lot of incentive for the manufacture's to invest time and money.

Theoretically the Honda AT is what all of us "adventure" riders wanted right? Reasonable off-road capability with Japanese reliability. We'll see how it sells in a year or two. Might be languishing around the showrooms like the Vee2, Tenere, Triumph 800, etc.

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