Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Range is really important - Unless you purchased the bike for commuting to work and back and going on Sunday rides:
I am very happy with my AT in 99.9% of departments. The one where it fails, is range. This is where I, for once, will agree with the Aussie guys. I think the bike needs around the 25 Ltr fuel capacity. Those extra few litres will cover most normal situations. Then, when you are on the 'out of norm' adventures you can carry some extra fuel. That would be parts of Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and the like.
At home, in South Africa, my bike is used for adventure riding. This is mostly dirt road and mountain pass riding with kit behind me. It is definitely not racing around, but it is impossible to maintain a steady throttle. You are forever using the throttle and gears. To reduced drag I pack a bag behind me and no side bags. Heavy stuff like tools and compressor on the rear seat and clothing behind that. The bag, weighed yesterday, is 19 KG's. With this setup and these conditions I struggle to get to 300 KM on a tank. On Thursday we leave for a trip that takes us around Lesotho. The trip will be great, I have done it many times, but the sad thing is that I had to re plan my trip around fuel stops AND carry fuel. The longest distance is only 250 km of really technical riding, and I am worried about having the range to do it! I should not even be writing this post. It should be a non issue!
I think Honda is going to have to re look at this bike to see where it fits into the market segment. If they decide that it must be in the 'Adventure' segment, they need to re look at a few things, including fuel capacity. It certainly has the potential to be a good adventure bike.
Africa Twin 2016 - Current
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