I feel like Honda knew exactly what they were doing when they called it CRF...
this bike, although not breaking any new ground, is not pretending to be GS or a 1190r
or any other "benchmark" bike in the ADV pantheon
It's just an Africa Twin
and with it's roots in off-road riding, this bike does what it was designed to do
and, it does it very well
...point is, if they start adding in all these creature comforts, like cruise, 17" wheels, tubeless blah, blah, blah
...they move, incrementally, away from it being that big CRF dirt bike that you can ride
for a long while on pavement ...and it becomes exactly like all those other ADV bikes, just not as good
because it didn't start as a road bike
...now, this motor with the DCT in a sport-tourer or adv-tourer would be altogether different
I feel this is as close to a Dual-Sport as you can get in todays market, and still sell a few
I'm thinking more "goodnight KLR" and less "watch out GS"
Let the A'Twin be what it is... A big fat dirt bike... A really good big fat dirt bike...
2014 Aprilia SL750 Shiver
2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
Last edited by ppallud; 09-28-2016 at 02:19 AM.