2018-2019 Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by cabanza, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. joh4s1

    joh4s1 n00b

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    I guess this thread proves two things to me...one, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and two, I seem to be a huge minority.

    I simply do not like the look of the new bike ( I realise most do). I know the paint scheme is 30th anniversary, but it literally looks like its 30 years old, its the type of paint job they did then. Im not keen on the white frame and I'm pretty sure that won't hold up well. The extended back side panels look like an aftermarket add on. The forks no longer match the colour of the wheels. The winglets ruin the front etc etc.

    However, I do see some benefits in the bike, the throttle by wire (future cruise) and lighter batteries. As others have said, I would have welcomed tubed tires and cruise, but never mind. Ill carry on enjoying my AT.
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  2. Traveller128

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    Me too! The reports will probably be several weeks trickling in as they release it to magazine and e-zine testers. I'm curious about the extra width through the front and how it affects comfort when riding seated. Looks like they really massaged the front of the tank to keep it out of the rider area, just want some confirmation on that. I'm also really interested to hear how the suspension updates work. I know I'll like the seat better. If the pegs are wider, I'll live with them until I decide whether are not I like them. I usually like metal pegs with teeth ala the XR600 pegs.

    Would like to have a rear rack or rackless and rear bag setup figured out by spring. We're going to want to get luggage figured out either soft or hard sided so that we can figure out a packing arrangement. When the bike finally gets here, we want to be ready to load up and go for the summer and fall months without having to order stuff after the fact. Already working on a tire deal with the dealer. Trade off street oriented stuff for trail stuff when the bike arrives.

    Looking in to bike lifting options also to help if it goes over.
  3. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Check this out; never seen it kinda funny "The Monkey Lift":
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  4. Traveller128

    Traveller128 Long timer

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    You're not in a minority, my dealer sales guy isn't a fan of the color either. It's about half and half at that dealer between the red/white/blue and red/white/black current models as far as preference. Really polarizing. I like it for the simple reason that it's a modernized version of the old red/white/blue stuff I used to see growing up and as a young adult in the 70's and into the 80's. Evel Knievel baby! I was big into the dirt bikes with gold rims (all the fast stuff had them back then). Yeah, it's retro, but it's retro back to the things I used to lust after as a teenager and young adult, so there it is, I'm biased. Not sure how the white frame will hold up, but if it's typical of other white frame bikes I've had, it needs to be cleaned up a lot. The XR white frames used to hold up well, you just had to keep them clean. That's why I like the white frame, it reminds me of old XR's. The forks look like they have a hard coating on them, at least I'm hoping it's for durability, not to make it look like it will have more durability. Won't know until a suspension shop tears into them or Honda says they coated them.

    Not going to be surprised if Honda has a tubeless option next year. Even the e-zine reports expect to see cruise control.

    I'll be vocal as heck if I find things I don't like. I'll pick it apart as needed.
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    Traveller128 Long timer

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    Awesome! We'll be 2 up most of the time, and that should work nicely. I hadn't seen that last technique, had seen the 1st one. Thanks!
  6. Junglejeff1

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    I'm guessing no matter what you will need a revalve and springs for 2 up offroad.I think the japs think we all weigh 175lb,s with 25 lb wife's lol.Also the rebound stacks are always weak after putting proper springs on.The electronic throttle that has a program mode is cool.Could tame out some of the slightly jumpy response when doing some technical offroad stuff with wife on back.The honda lite bar mount would not last 2 weeks for me.Very weak set up.The new bash plate may be good enough depending on how many rocks you case.2 up needs extra heavy plate there in the rocks.I cringe sometimes as some of the hits I take there sound real brutal.Cool part it will still give you more protection than the little glide plate of the older model.Wonder if the new model comes with a center stand.
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    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    That is cool.Thanks for posting that.Wify will use that system to help me.
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  8. freewheelburner

    freewheelburner Been here awhile

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    Would have bought the VFR 1200x if it had cruise control. Went with Multistrada instead.


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  9. roktbox

    roktbox Been here awhile

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    That's good stuff, right there. I wanna see outtakes of the solo version performed in the mud, but that second person assistance might even be performed by a non-rider in a pinch.
  10. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Can't help but notice your avatar :)
    better name the lift something other than the guy in video ;)
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  11. XRman

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    CC is sonething you won't miss until you have had it.
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  12. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    True statement. Here is another one:
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    DCT is something you won't miss until you have had it.

    Sorry, haters. Couldn't resist one more plug :)
  13. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth is Fast

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    Oh, I've had it alright.



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  14. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    When I drive a car I don’t grip the steering wheel with my right hand in the same place the whole time. Why would I want to do that on the bike? :lol3
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  15. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    The lightbar is awfully close to the fragile fairing.
    The aftermarket folks are going to have a tough time
    coming out with something better due to the added width and tank.
    Looks like they have to use the same mounting points which IMO are not
    designed for proper guards to begin with.
    I guess Honda will make more money selling replacement fairings than OE lightbars :)
  16. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    I don't know how the new AT will perform loaded up with a passenger and luggage, but the Super Tenere is far better than the stock current AT in that regard. It's not as nimble but it will haul an immense amount of weight without its geometry getting upset like the AT's does. And it has a lot more torque.
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  17. Zave

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    I read somewhere it has an undated footpeg mount which is apparently a weak point, it would be nice if that will fit the existing AT's
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  18. dmason

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    According to the press releases it does. And yes, it would be nice.
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  19. hammerun

    hammerun Secret Eleventh Commandment - never fear.

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    WTF Honda?
    After only 2 years since I got very much anticipated AT'16 (one of 4 first bikes in UA) you've revealed Adventure model, that is all way batter?
    This is not fair! Do I have to replace a bike bi-annualy?
    It took me a year to find choose and get all those options like better skid plate, better wind screen, better pegs, better hand guards, crash bars etc. And now you release "all inclusive" AT and even more modes, better shmetter... ???
    I hate you, Honda!
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  20. dmason

    dmason goofball

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    I really hope this post is tongue in cheek?

    We bitch when they don't bring new models quick enough and now we bitch when they do? SMH
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