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Old 03-16-2017, 12:27 PM   #21
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Re: Africa Twin thread

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Anyone going on : http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113332
Will probably avoid watter crossing, not ready for that yet...
If I had a gps or could tag along with someone that had one I'd be game. But that's a good ride from Elgin.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:16 PM   #22
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what about the seat height? I'm 5'9 and had to step on the peg to mount the AT. When I sat down and put my 180 lbs on it, I could pretty much flat foot it. I would be fairly new to the DS catagory but thinking of trading my Goldwing for something lighter. Want something that can get down the hwy, handle my camping gear and some of the gravel roads in Big Bend that I can't take my GW down. Not going to do any of the serious off roading that some of you cats tackle . The AT seems like a good choice.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:25 PM   #23
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Re: Africa Twin thread

I am 6' so seat height isn't as big a deal for me, but I can say the seat height on the AT is lower then my XR650L and is much lower then the Husky 501

There is an optional Honda seat that is 1" or 1.5" lower than the stock seat without having to mess with the suspension.

I took the AT on almost everything except single track racing stuff. It will do it, but it is big and heavy. I just got on it a few mins ago after spending a lot of time on the Husky 501 and was surprised just how heavy it really is. Once you are moving it feels as light as an XR but if you drop it, you quickly realize it is not an XR

Otherwise for the price and Honda reliability and service intervals you can't go wrong.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:26 PM   #24
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what about the seat height? I'm 5'9 and had to step on the peg to mount the AT. When I sat down and put my 180 lbs on it, I could pretty much flat foot it.
You say "flat foot" thats good! I'm also 5'9" 195 lb and 30" inseam and find the seat height on normal (not using low) just fine. I usually mount from the pegs (cowboy style) mostly cause its easier to throw leg over whatever may be put on the back & keeps me from dragging muddy boots across seat.

I switched from Goldwing and really enjoy the AT. Am working on luggage solution, then will be ready for long trip so can wear out those stock tires
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Re: Africa Twin thread

FYI check out touratech, mine is really nice...
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You say "flat foot" thats good! I'm also 5'9" 195 lb and 30" inseam and find the seat height on normal (not using low) just fine. I usually mount from the pegs (cowboy style) mostly cause its easier to throw leg over whatever may be put on the back & keeps me from dragging muddy boots across seat.

I switched from Goldwing and really enjoy the AT. Am working on luggage solution, then will be ready for long trip so can wear out those stock tires
Coming from a fellow Winger, that helps a lot.
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:08 PM   #27
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what about the seat height? I'm 5'9 and had to step on the peg to mount the AT. When I sat down and put my 180 lbs on it, I could pretty much flat foot it. I would be fairly new to the DS catagory but thinking of trading my Goldwing for something lighter. Want something that can get down the hwy, handle my camping gear and some of the gravel roads in Big Bend that I can't take my GW down. Not going to do any of the serious off roading that some of you cats tackle . The AT seems like a good choice.
We can meet in between and I'll let you ride mine. I think for the price and ride you can't beat it. Ride it and you'll be hooked!
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:49 PM   #28
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Re: Africa Twin thread

I put 4,400 miles on my Africa twin in 11 days (one rest day).
My complaints are minor (and common): no cruise control, could use an extra gallon of fuel, acc plug sbe standard, foot pegs sbe wider.
Dct is fantastic - especially off Road.
Seat is comfortable - even after 10 or 11 hours.
Engine pulls strong - and bike cruises well at high speeds.
I added a tall windscreen - I am 6'1" ... and it eliminates buffetting.
Just my $.02.
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:55 PM   #29
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[ Ride it and you'll be hooked![/quote]
That's what worries me! Lol
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:24 PM   #30
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Re: Africa Twin thread

Here is a Silver DCT with 54 miles on it for $11,499. Shouldn't have any of the delivery or setup charges either.

https://www.cycletrader.com/dealers/...Twin-121211966
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:35 PM   #31
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I put 4,400 miles on my Africa twin in 11 days (one rest day).
My complaints are minor (and common): no cruise control, could use an extra gallon of fuel, acc plug sbe standard, foot pegs sbe wider.
Dct is fantastic - especially off Road.
Seat is comfortable - even after 10 or 11 hours.
Engine pulls strong - and bike cruises well at high speeds.
I added a tall windscreen - I am 6'1" ... and it eliminates buffetting.
Just my $.02.
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Which screen did you get?
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:38 PM   #32
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Here is a Silver DCT with 54 miles on it for $11,499. Shouldn't have any of the delivery or setup charges either.

https://www.cycletrader.com/dealers/...Twin-121211966
Man that's 1500 less than what I paid and its the auto. I have to admit I want to try one.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:33 AM   #33
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I got the Honda tall screen.
The stock screen did not work for me (6'1").
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:17 PM   #34
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Re: Africa Twin thread

Found out why my front bounced so much.

Problem, faring bounced way to much. Solution, pay attention when installing things!

I got to looking around the front of the fairing and noticed the one of the two bolts that tie it to the front of the bike was missing and the other was a thread from dropping out.

I could have sworn I double checked those. Well, no harm done and this time blue lock tight was used. Well no harm done to the bike. The GIVI crash bars? Well that's a different story. I'd highly suggest if anyone buys these bars, before you enstall them, go buy some better screws. There's about 10 screws that are allen heads that are SUPER soft. And they come with blue lock tight on them already. I could not for the life of me get them off. I ended up using a drimel to cut the outside into a flat so I could get a bite on them. They cut like butter. I swapped them out for grade 8 hex screws and I'll paint them black later.

Any ways, all is good now.














Still trying to figure out this camera. It's tricky when trying to focus. I spent money on real glasses and still can't see the subject. The last one of the bridge, I was trying to focus out to the middle of the bridge, but ended up more closer to me.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:10 PM   #35
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Re: Africa Twin thread

By the way, here are a couple of pics of how I used the Garmin Montana mount on the crossbar. I think it has a clean look that doesn't interfere with the road or the existing cluster.





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Old 03-21-2017, 08:01 AM   #36
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So after 2000 miles, here are my thoughts on this bike.

First the bad, in order from worse to not so bad.

The wo

So is this the best bike in the world? Heavens no. But is this a great bike for the price? 100% yes. And Iím guessing as time goes, there will be factory upgrades. Thereís already talk and pictures of a CRF1000 rally bike. So the suspension issue should last too long.

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I'll add to it once I get better tires and get it off road.
I agree with your comments completely, especially if you are a big boy, and or tall.

Most of the negative comments you have made I have already rectified on my bike.

My biggest negative would be fuel mileage. I usually get on the high side of what people report for fuel mileage on my other bikes. Not so on the AT. For instance I did a blacktop day ride on Saturday. It had a lot of slow twisty back roads like Rod likes to ride, and some 75 mph highway. I got 40 mpg for the day. The dash reads a since since new mpg of 44.1 over 3200 miles which seems high to me. My 40K mile S10 on the other hand seems to get several MPG better on the same type of ride.

Right now I am missing that extra gallon of fuel that S10 carries.
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