Well since my AT is now at 34'000 clicks, my AT's resale value is now getting awfull and to be able to travel correctly and comfy here's all I needed to do to this 2017 standard, so then even with all the upgrade on the 2020, I think most upgrades won't transfer and other than the springs I guess, all upgrades will still be needed, because I don't see the basic model quality changing much.
- Upgraded springs, because I get 40Kg on travel
- Crash bars, because radiator too dangerously damageable
- Auxiliary lights, not to be missed in the fog and night
- Better saddle, for these 10 drives
- Injection module/exhaust, to smoothen choppy feel down low
- Rox risers, because my arms are so long my back arched back
- Tubeless rims, because I just can't change a front tube in the middle of nowhere
- Stainless braided brake lines, solve squishy brakes but couldn't install because of swiss laws...
On one side it's annoying to have put so much money on it and see now, it's Worth one third what I paid which tells me it's time to go with a motorcycle that actually gives me all I need and not put some 3K$ on a motorcyle, but on the other hand my AT now only after 3 intense years of use, has most plastics looking like ****, most screws are getting rusty, spokes like some other parts are corroded, the central stand underside is also now pretty rusty, while my 2014 Yamaha still looks great.
The Honda lately gave me a lot of false neutrals between 5-6th, almost creating a crash on a highway, when cold the engine cuts same as traction control does, which I find more and more dangerous and lastly the engine has totally shut down multiple times, after blipping the throtlle in the middle of the street, showing the oil light but oil is fine, the mecanic told me the end of fork tubes also start corroding...
So after 1 Kawasaki and 3 Yamahas, that never showed any issues much less such rusting, corroding and plastics looking so bad, I must say I won't buy another Honda, it was overly reliable but I am still pretty disappointed now, I don't want to try the 2020 and realise all these "esthetic" issues are still there, or more issues need to be worked on within the first years of the model, because most of the hardware must be the same they didn't reinvent everything.
As I totally overblew my off-road needs, I eventually didn't ride dirt much, just some mountain roads sometimes and winter being pretty cold in Switzerland I will not want another 21" Wheel, I had too many oh **** moments. So that's why I decided to check 3 bikes, Guzzi V85, V strom 1000, Tiger 800 and eventually was blown away by the tiger, all the updates I did on my AT are stock on a XRT, plus cruise control, the saddle (heating) even is much comfier to me, it's Fucking lighter and I don't find much less powerfull, they even offer the whole aluminum luggage touratech kit...
So I am going to make the switch to Triumph and from my talk with the dealership, the services will even be cheaper, especially that the valve check is later, it's a shame Honda ****** up it's quality so much, my AT parked next to the Triumph really looked sad…
Loved my AT a long long time with many travels, I custommized it so much more than any bike before, it's not really bad, but I don't realy trust Honda's quality anymore and I'm sad to be saying this, the Tiger is tried and true through the years, I think I won't have much issues.
Yamaha XJ6 : the one who started it all (sold)
Kawasaki Versys 650 : 1st trail and sportbike predator (sold after accident)
Yamaha FZ8 : sexiest of them all (sold )
Yamaha MT-09 : waking the hooligan in me (sold not to die...)
Africa Twin : taming the hooligan slightly
Fazer 8 : the every day jack of all tades
Last edited by Djairouks; 09-28-2019 at 03:08 PM.