Africa Twin 850

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Chris Kane, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Chris Kane

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    Anyone have any good intel or new rumors? I called a dealership near me and they acted like they have never even heard of the concept lol.
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    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

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  3. Chris Kane

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    You are right. I had even forgotten that I had asked!
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  4. KevinZucht

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    Re the rumours on the Trans Alp as it WILL be called....we just returned from Japan and met with Honda research team and talked about the upcoming release date info and if you promise not to tell until the show Italy in November......neither will I.
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  5. swimmer

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    If this bike does happen, hope its smaller than 850cc.
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  7. KevinZucht

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    Agreed with the 750cc they are/were the meisters with the 750's so I for one would love that size...ish. Close to the T7 as it would be the nearest rival. Sadly we will not get any real news till fall...then maybe see the bikes this time next year....after Europe gets them first. Hopefully North America gets a better treatment than we are getting from Yamaha...NO RALLY bikes what a joke.
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  8. William Wolfen

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    I'm fine with it being 850cc. Displacement = torque. What I'd like to see is it being substantially lighter than the competition. I doubt they'll happen, however.
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  9. KevinZucht

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    Yes! lighter will win the crowds over every time. Says the guy that has to unload the bike when she decides to take a rest on its side!
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  11. eakins

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    No doubt. After you make a twin motor, electronics etc no new bike is going to ever be substantially lighter.

    I'd say the only way you get substantially lighter an still have power is big thumper these days...and those are not coming to market in any great #s.
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  12. eakins

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    Those are coming soon enough plus some other areas.
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    I want a Honda built 690/701. :snore
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  14. William Wolfen

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    In rally trim with a reasonable seat height.
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  15. tag3

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    And 150hp and weigh 220lbs....
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    My disappointment with the T7 is, its only a few cubes larger than the old DR 650 motor . . . and the bike is 100 pounds heavier.

    You might have thought with 40 years of advancement, they could have made it the same weight or lighter.

    Weight and suspension is what an AT little brother needs to pay attention to. Off road performance. If they make it another pig overloaded with electronics . . . it deserves to fail.


    What's wrong with a thumper?

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  17. William Wolfen

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    No, I was thinking 60hp and 350lbs.
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  18. tag3

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    You'll have to do the suspension right off the dealers showroom.

    See what I'm doing here?
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  19. William Wolfen

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    I have to do that for any bike... I weigh 250lbs.

    If "what you're doing here" is trying to make the point that it couldn't possibly be perfect, we all know that. Doesn't hurt to dream.
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