Hi folks new to the site.
Sorry if this question is a repeat, I did a Google search but came up with nothing (strange I know). Point me in the right direction with links if possible.
My riding with be 80/20 twisty pavement versus foresty road type gravel. I have a CB500X for the knarlier dirt so this new bike will replace my current cruiser and sport tourer.
I know on paper the Vee2 seems to suit my needs better with the smaller front tire, a bit lighter, less $ etc. But I was trying to keep up with a buddy on his 990 in the paved twisties on my CB500X so I'm not sure the 19" versus 21" arguement on the pavement is such a noticeable difference for my ability level.
Anyways, was interested in your perspectives, thanks!
I'm a lucky guy as I own both bikes.
The OP should go with the AT if he needs the extra ground clearance. That's the biggest advantage of the AT over the V2. The v2 suspension is surprisingly good in the rough. The switchable abs of the AT is also a nice advantage over v2 for gravel road riding.
About riding twisties and wheel size: the difference in handling is insignificant to me. However, I have a slight preference for the AT,maybe its because I always ridden bikes with 21-18 in wheels before.
Build quality is pretty much equal. The v2 offers lots for the money. For serious forest roads, it lacks ground clearance and wirie wheels.
For highways, V2 wins hands down powerwise. However, I find the AT seat more comfy and can ride it all day long.
Accessing air filters is a pain on both!
AT has better rear break for sure. Front breaks are equal.
Wind protection: its a tie. I am 5,7.
The AT feels much lighter overall.
Turning radius is MUCH better on the AT.