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post #1 of 60 Old 07-09-2016, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 60 Old 07-09-2016, 09:52 PM
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Im afraid to ride one! Im sure id get a case of G.A.S.... Gear Acquisition Syndrome!
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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.
For comparison purposes what is your height & weight. I weight 240 lbs in my birthday suit and I was wondering if the rear suspension was good or if an after market was required. Also wondering if the high wind shield is really required.

What do you mean by tubes?

I liked your comparison with the tiger. I have sat on the AT but no rides are available in my neck of the woods at this time. Good write up.

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Was that the clutchless model ?
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I am 5'10 / 182 lbs. Suspension is softly sprung and hard braking (really great front brake!) cause a bit if nose dive that I'm not used to. Many reviewers note this in their online reviews.

Tubes - tires are not tubeless and use tubes. I suspect this was a cost savings issue for Honda.

Shield seemed like it gave smooth air but there was definitely air. It was smooth with no buffeting.

I got back on my VStrom and as I knew it would, very top heavy, horrible brakes (I never seemed to have this bother me before and I have steel lines to the front).

AT is a winner IMO.
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Was that the clutchless model ?
I should have noted that the clutch was really, really light pull. More so that the TEX I rode immediately after and of course more so than the VStrom.

I don't commute on my bike any longer so stop and go clutch work not so much and issue but as a city commuter, this would be spectacular. Not a tall seating position. I might also add this low seating position is why I think it has this trials bike look which is the only off-putting thing about it .

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Tubed tires are definitely a negative for me. I suspect many people do not or are too young to remember what it is like to have a tubed motorcycle go flat at speed. Looking forward to seeing one in real life though.
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Test Rides are almost always good. The problem is that they make me want the bike because its a new feel. I fell into that over and over again since 2008 and bought quite a few mistakes and wished I had my previous bike back. So when I got sick of my FZ 09 in just 2 months, I just wanted my "fun factor" back with a dual sport but with some street power. I had to set up some rules though -> no more bikes larger than 1000cc and no more bikes that cost more than $10K out the door. I added in now, no more in-line motors (including parallel twins); must be 500 lbs or less. The 650 VStrom was a good select for me. However, I test rode a 2013 Yamaha Tenere on sale that nobody was buying, first to be sure. Of course i like it, but it failed to meet my rules. It was just too heavy, too tall, too boring too ride, and too expensive to thrash around in. Who wants to run the risk of rolling a $45,000 Rubicon. The African Twin is like that for me. I'm sure If I test rode one, I'd want it for, "the lust of the eye is never satisfied." LESSON: Be happy with your VStrom 1000 as long as it is not a "lemon." If you want a newer one, the '14,'15 DL1000's go on sale. $6K difference from an AT. All this is just my experience and motor bike opinion.
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I do beleeb the Africa twin comes in 2 models, one with a hand clutch and the other an automatic. Depends if you are shifty kind of person or a shiftless type
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Have you tried the Vee2? It also has a light feel (compared to previous generation) and excellent front brakes. I've rode the smaller tiger and the Tenere. Liked them both but preferred the Vee2. The AT sounds very interesting to me, but, as others have pointed out, tubed tires worry me. I don't mind them on a smaller, more dirt oriented bike - mainly because I won't be riding at highway speeds on 250 dual sport. And what's the point of getting a big adv big if you're not going to ride it fast on pavement as well? I gotta say, the tubes are a deal breaker for me. Too bad, because I sense that I would love the AT.

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