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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. Very interested in the AT, just not sure if it works for my riding. Spend all my time on-road but the AT appeals for it's light weight and comfort. Spend most of my time on a Yamaha FJ-09 but recently saw an AT and was very impressed so started hanging out here and reading reviews.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 01:16 AM
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The forum is a good place to learn the good, the bad and the ugly about the AT. Check on YouTube and the moto mag sites for "professional" if slightly rosy reviews. If you didn't get to sit on one, have a look at www.cycle-ergo.com to get an idea of the ergonomic fit you'll experience.

You will have to judge whether moving from a 120 hp, 462 lb. sport tourer type bike to a 95 hp, 500 lb dual sport/ADV bike suits your riding style or not. Both bikes are very versatile but if you're not planning any off road excursions, you'd be taking on some dirt oriented features like wire spoke wheels w/tube type 18/21" tires that reduce street functionality a little (you have more tire choice in 17" sizes). Of course the AT offers factory automatic transmission, not the FJ. One advantage in aftermarket farkles the FJ-09 has that the AT lacks, is true electronic cruise control, the value of which is a personal decision. Hard choices.
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You will have to judge whether moving from a 120 hp, 462 lb. sport tourer type bike to a 95 hp, 500 lb dual sport/ADV bike suits your riding style or not. Both bikes are very versatile but if you're not planning any off road excursions, you'd be taking on some dirt oriented features like wire spoke wheels w/tube type 18/21" tires that reduce street functionality a little (you have more tire choice in 17" sizes). Of course the AT offers factory automatic transmission, not the FJ. One advantage in aftermarket farkles the FJ-09 has that the AT lacks, is true electronic cruise control, the value of which is a personal decision. Hard choices.
Good thoughts, thank you. Wish I could try one out, not sure how local dealers are about that but I'm planning on asking at least. The FJ is a lot of fun and not sure how the AT will compare ride and power-wise in day to day use but I suspect it will be more than adequate for me. Have been looking at tons of youtube stuff and today found some owner reviews here on this site so the learning curve continues.

I used to live in Sacramento where there are just tons of great roads up in the foothills. I see you're in Carson City which also has some great areas to ride. Stay safe up there with all the rain and weather I see you folks are getting.

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Out here (meaning the U.S. West) sometimes the manufacturer will bring a fleet of demo bikes for test rides to a nearby dealer and if you sign up in advance, you can test ride one or more models. Otherwise, if the dealer has a bike he's willing to use for demo purposes, you must sign a sales agreement to buy the bike if you are satisfied with it after the test ride. If you don't like the bike, you are under no obligation to buy it, but expect sales pressure.

Now is a good time to buy. Ads on CycleTrader, indicate Honda may be offering dealer incentives on unsold 2016 Africa Twins. I've seen references to Honda Bonus Bucks ($1000) and a couple of Florida dealers are posting "come-on" prices of $12000 for DCT models (expect high dealer fees). And in SoCal, LA Cycle Sports has a DCT AT priced at $13000 with no dealer fees except an $80 doc charge. Tax and license are extra in any case.

Yeah, we Northern Nevada riders share the same roads in the Sierras that you used to ride. But San Diego has some outstanding roads as well and the weather is a lot nicer, at least right now. There is some flooding around the area - devastating to those hit by it, but it's not a new experience for those living along waterways.
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Came home with my new (to me) AT tonight. Found a used one locally with just 200 miles and in like new shape, never off road. After a very short ride, very impressed! Can't wait to put some miles on it and get it broken in.
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