Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southern Missouri - Ozarks
I can tell you from living in the Ozarks and riding twisties constantly (two hair-pin turns just to get out of my neighborhood) and riding a ton of adventure bikes including the AT multiple times. A 19" front wheel is better than a 21" wheel for tracking through tight paved twisties. The V-Strom is the clear on-pavement winner when you compare them (a buddy and I did just that about six months ago on a stretch of five climbing tight twisties and about 500 ft of elevation - it is obvious when you run bikes of different front tire sizes together). That thread I posted even includes that point.
That is the trade-off for better off-road performance with a bigger wheel and longer front suspension. Don't get me wrong either will work just fine but the off-road edge goes to the AT and paved edge goes to the V-Strom. You can't beat the physics. I rode a 17" front tire GSX through the same stretch of twisties and it was even better. The 19" on the V-Strom is actually a compromise. The 21" AT with the long suspension is noticeably a little less tight in tracking the tight turns but still fine. It's whatever your wants and needs are but the AT does not quite catch the V-Strom for paved road performance. Another buddy has a 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 XC SE with the 21" front wheel and it is similar. Advantage for off paved roads.
If you live in a flat area with straight roads I guess it is less important. I have a hard time finding a straight level road. I actually bought a second much lighter bike for riding our countless miles of gravel/dirt fire roads but that is another story.
That is true , but Africa twin has the advantage of off -road , and as good or even better on paved than any bike , only difference is price. And quality to me. but I like both very much .
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Last edited by SECoda; 04-13-2018 at 04:55 PM.