If you believe the manual, she's got the torque to change early and often. But I can't believe many people actually shift anywhere near the book's recommendations, after 2nd anyway:
2nd at 12 mph
3rd at 19 mph
4th at 25 mph
5th at 31 mph
6th at 37 mph
Early on, I tried to shift near those points just to see how it felt. It feels fine, if a just a *tad* laggy. I never experienced any choking or lagging issues whether rev-matching/ blipping or not.
But I'm probably closer to shifting one phase up after 2nd. I.e., shifting into 2nd around 12 mph is fine, but I shift into 3rd closer to 25 mph and 4th closer to 31, etc. And that's while riding calmly/ easily.
But I also find the bike shifts smoothly and comfortably without bothering to rev-match or blip the throttle (as long as you're above those recommended shift points and I can't believe anyone would be below them, and as long as you're shifting smoothly and quickly). In fact, I probably rev-match maybe 1/4 of the time. It's not something I used to worry about in the old days with my 70s and 80s bikes and it's not something I'm too worried about now. If I do it, it's mostly just for fun and because it sounds pretty cool, esp. downshifting.
I wonder what you mean by "chocking?" Choking? The bike lags?
The bike does want a nice quick, smooth shift. I mentioned my issue with this early on. It doesn't like to be casually and slowly shifted up from gear to gear. This is true. It's one of my little peeves with the bike, but I chalked that up to having more to do with the way most modern bikes work compared to earlier bikes (or big cruisers maybe). I love to shift slowly, to take off slowly and casually - leisurely shift through the gears (like I'm riding a hog in no hurry). But that is a bit difficult on my 2018 Adventure Sports. It can be done, but with effort. Much easier to shift quickly, smoothly. This bike, anyway.
Quick Edit: The main issue I feel is that once I let off the throttle, the bike begins its *ever-so-fast-and-hard* auto-engine braking. That's why it's so hard to shift slowly, for me anyway. On my older bikes, I could let off the throttle and recite The Lord's Prayer before shifting and throttling up and the bike would just keep coasting along; (I exaggerate, but you take my meaning). Not this bike. Let off that throttle and she begins her *powerful* engine braking right away.
2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports - Manual.
Setup: Givi Tall Sport Touring Windscreen; Hepco & Becker Lower Engine Guards; Hepco & Becker Handle Bar/ Hand Guard Protectors; Hepco & Becker Tank Guard Soft Bags for OEM Uppers; HTTMT Kickstand Pad Extender (Red);
RAM Mounts X-Grip; Swegotech Forkshield; Touratech Zega Mundo Panniers and 2018 Rack (31/38L); Touratech 20mm Bridged Handlebar Riser; OEM center stand; OEM skid-plate, uppers and tires.
Last edited by garyh; 03-30-2019 at 06:16 PM.