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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Nice surprises about the AT

So, you read the reviews, test rode one and then bought the cherished AT. You knew it would be good but it was even better than expected in some ways. What were these?

Here's a few starters, based on the first few hundred miles:

1. Pillion comfort. I was a bit worried after several reviews suggested it was none too comfy for the missus. Mine says it's the most comfy bike she's ridden. She likes the open knee position (don't be cheeky!) and the raised pillion seat means she can see more than the back of my head! The long travel suspension and big grab handles also get the seal of approval.
2. Light handling. I expected it would be heavier - its lightness and sure-footed handling even with a pillion and luggage are better than anticipated.
3. Stock screen. Probably the best I've come across as OEM fitment. Very little buffetting and good, unobtrusive airflow. (Clearly not to everyone's liking on this forum).
4. Exhaust note. Lovely deep rumble from the standard can, especially when surging forward in a high gear. I don't think I'll need an after-market can (though I can't help looking at the options!)
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So, you read the reviews, test rode one and then bought the cherished AT. You knew it would be good but it was even better than expected in some ways. What were these?

Here's a few starters, based on the first few hundred miles:

1. Pillion comfort. I was a bit worried after several reviews suggested it was none too comfy for the missus. Mine says it's the most comfy bike she's ridden. She likes the open knee position (don't be cheeky!) and the raised pillion seat means she can see more than the back of my head! The long travel suspension and big grab handles also get the seal of approval.
2. Light handling. I expected it would be heavier - its lightness and sure-footed handling even with a pillion and luggage are better than anticipated.
3. Stock screen. Probably the best I've come across as OEM fitment. Very little buffetting and good, unobtrusive airflow. (Clearly not to everyone's liking on this forum).
4. Exhaust note. Lovely deep rumble from the standard can, especially when surging forward in a high gear. I don't think I'll need an after-market can (though I can't help looking at the options!)
I think you are dead on with my thoughts as well. I would also add that the looks of the bike I liked at first but now I love it.
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1. Great Looks, IMHO
2. Relatively rare on the road. You don't see one every day
3. Decent aerodynamics compared to many other ADV bikes
4. Runs on Regular Gas
5. Fully adjustable suspension
6. Reasonable weight for large ADV bike
7. Smooth motor, but still has character and nice exhaust note
8. Aluminum Fat Bar. Light weight and looks cool
9. Stock headlight is decent for night riding
10. Seat adjustable to two heights
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I liked so many things as above, the looks, the sound, the ride. I was surprised that it seemed so surefooted on the stock tires after all the negatives I have read about them. Still going to replace them with 804,805's before we hit anything more than gravel. I took an hour to get familiar with the controls and it all came around to making sense. About the only feature seemingly difficult to me to use is the count down odo, kind of laborious to get to. I ran my maiden voyage in the first sport mode up from D and found that the paddle shifters would change gears even in that auto shifting mode. I really liked that. As others have said very comfortable but will probably want some fatter hand grips. About the only difficulty if see is figuring out which bash plate, crash bars and other fitments to get.
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