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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by iswoolley, Aug 23, 2004.
Africa Twins at the Stella Alpina rallye:
wow i didn't know the alps had dirt-amazing<!--StartFragment -->
but full of BMW riding geordies (bad thing)
Man, I'd sure buy an AT if Honda would bring them over to the states and especially if they'd get updated a little bit, like the TA and Varadero have been in the last few years. I don't know why Honda is letting BMW and KTM clean up in this segment. I know the TA was a weak seller here, but geez, that was 1 or 2 seasons, 15 years ago.
Without forking out bigger money on a GS an AT would be a choice for me. I know the bike a little but would like to know what typical snags they have and what is crap about them....from servicing and high wear parts prices to inherrent bulid quality problems....what gets changed and improved as soon as its bought....routine maintainence a problem to get at...chain and sprocket life good....high milers...what to look for second hand(one here for sale with about 175,000kms about 10yrs old,black plastics have taken a hit with the UV light)anyone help with any snippets of info please???....
the only snag is the fuel pump, that can be replaced with aftermarket good ones or even the ones used by Yamaha, other than that itÂ´s a well proven bike
this is a 118000 mile report http://www.maximumbikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3756
Are you for real?:eek1
July '05, European Adv.Rider Rally in the Alps & the Stella Alpina:
Above: Sponge Bob, Capnopol & Lawrence resting on Col de Assieta.
More here: http://possu.smugmug.com/gallery/657184
Just me, my tunes, and the Africa Twin today... nice little 100 mile ride this am. 60% of that fire roads
This is a nice little place just 20 minutes from my house. Just over that bridge is a bunch of little waterfalls. The kind of place a fella could go for a... good read... and a nice afternoon dump.
The first thing to go is usually the electric fuel pump, however it can be ressurected, but most people go for a vacuum pump when the electric one fails. The standard seat is famously uncomfortable, but an upholsterer can fix that for very little cash outlay. That's about it on the 'snag' side of things.
The bike comes with a good sump guard as standard, and you'll find that most adventurous owners will fit engine bars to protect the tank and plastics in a spill. Servicing is straight forward, the oil filter is easy to get to, and the engine has a reputation for reliability. I rarely have to adjust my chain between services, just keep replacing tyres and brake pads and ride it.
There are good online communities here and here.
Yeah - income from main sponsor is from selling carcinogens to the people of developing nations!
I've posted this before, but... this is still my dream ride.
Thanks........I`ll have a wee peep..........
Shame on you for posting gratuitous BMW photos in a Honda thread!
Just nudging you towards the path of two wheeled righteousness.... Won't be long before the subliminal message takes effect & you're dreaming of sticky out cylinders,ABS woes & final drive failures.............
Dang, I'd have one in my garage already if only they were available here. I'm guessing I'm not the only one in the U.S. who feels like that.
Oh F Me. Those are some of the coolest bikes evah! Makes you wonder if the Adventure 950 didn't start off as a wish list AT. . . .
A few pics of my baby. A bought the bike this year after 15 year without a bike:eek1 and I really loves it.
Road to Juvashytta in Norway
After a fun day at Bukkerittet rally in Norway
Favourite route close to my home in Sweden