Originally Posted by aikidimi
Advantages of the Dero was:
- More space for 2 persons
- Tubeless tires
- More power
Advantages of the AT:
- Lighter and far easyer to handle
- Better in city traffic
- Better fuel consumption, range and economy in general
- Easyer to service
- More adventurus... better on dirt roads
- Far more reliable (i hade issues with Varadero with the HISS and with cut off engine and,,, and....)
- Timeless, cool and practikal design!
The Dero is a streetbike with some offroad look, fine for long travels on highways.
The XRV is for me (almost) the ultimate allround bike.
The 850-900 XRV with +20hp, 6 gears and tubeless spoked tires would be the perfect Africa Twin for me...
On my second twin. I've ridden a couple of Deros and while the power is pretty much addictive, its a bigger pig than the twin. I love my twin and have made peace with the old engine design and lack of power on tar. Off the road shes plenty fast.
I just did a trip a week ago and managed 22.5km/l - 52mpg (I dont know how I did this!) Riding was pretty slow going 80-100km/h. So Interms of fuel consumption, the twin can be pretty light on fuel. The dero does about 25-30mpg.