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."
Last edited by richlandrick; 09-29-2016 at 05:43 PM.