Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY
I have a few of the bikes you are comparing, so I will share my direct experience.
The AT is a decent sport touring bike, but it kind of depends on how sporty you want to get on the pavement. The 21" front limits feel and grip. At a reasonable pace, things are good. On dirt roads or dirt trails, the AT is great for its size. Surprisingly good.
I have an FJR and although heavier, it is a better mile eater. I put 22k miles on a Super Tenere and loved it as a sport touring mount, but it is not as good on dirt as the AT. I have a KTM 1290 Super Adventure and it is a GREAT sport touring bike and good on dirt roads and ok on dirt trails. That motor and sweet trans are just a delight. I have ridden a friends FJ09 and it is a very nice sport touring mount. I love the motor and the front end feel is quite confidence inspiring. The wind protection is not as good as the AT.
I love my AT and will be taking some 7-10 day trips on it this coming year. We will see how I feel then, but for now, my all day rides have been a delight.
Hope that helps.
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