Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Harker Heights, Texas
Strommer rides an Africa Twin
I like it a lot!
Great brakes, super lightweight feel, linear power was more than just fine.
The engine surprised me the most. I was expecting dull after listening to the reviews but I found it to be marvelous. Linear, no surge after a certain RPM hit. NO vibration and very, very smooth - really nice.
Ergonomics were great.
I would have like better foot pegs but this is what you get on a 13,800 prices bike. Windshield was minimal but effective - the tall one might be an option if I were to buy.
I wanted to get away from a chain for the next ride but to be honest, the chain has never been an issue for me. The "expert" reviewers have me wondering if the tubes might be a PITA but likely not an issue.
Then I rode a 2015 Triumph Explorer 1200. 2nd ride for me - the engine is amazing of course but after coming fomr the AT, it really seemed like a tall street bike; quite stiff. But the engine!
Reflecting, the AT engine, although much less on paper is pushing a MUCH lighter bike that feels even lighter. Would I be happy on the AT - absolutely. I liked it better than the TEX.
Got try one if you're intrigued.
In the end, I jumped back on my trusty, paid-for 2007 VStrom. But this time, the brakes really bothered me since I now see what I'm missing.
AT is top potential pick right now, followed by the TEX. Ducati (see last review) is at the bottom.
Use our Texas sun!