2 up ATAS preps
As title says, I'm expecting my ATAS 18' to be delivered early December, deposit has been landed and bike chosen. I know there are better bikes out there for this but you cant go against hart.
Bike has 7k km and is coming "only" with Honda side racks.
In the last few days I've been reading intensively and gathering information on generally AT and ATAS. Found a lot of interesting stuff as well as week points.
Point of this thread is to gather as much as info before spring for 2 up riding in one place and getting ATAS ready for miles ahead of us.
I've seen a lot of users have complained on stock suspension setting for AT and a lot of upgrades are offered there.
First planned upgrades will be QS since bike is intended for 2 up, mostly pavement riding it will makes shifting much more comfortable for pillion, wind deflector up and down, beefier rubber plated foot-pegs for pillion and central stand. Cruise control would be desirable but will leave that for later on.
I would like to go from tube's to tubeless as majority of riding will be on pavement, it will make life much easier in case of any flats and to get the better feeling from the road. Not only sure how tubeless conversion will work on front wheel due to its tube design.
Seen here that a lot of people went Outex kit, and only intended "off-road" will be light gravel, gravel roads and well maintained forest paths.
As far as suspension goes I haven't been able to figure out has the "soft" issue of AT been resolved on ATAS with longer suspension travel.
2 up without gear and luggage 150-160 kg or 340-360 lb give or take on top of that we need to add gear and luggage.
That is bringing us very close to max allowed load. Is stiffer rear spring needed on ATAS to get a proper sag and get suspension working in right direction and with upgraded rear spring are any modifications needed for front suspension to follow rear upgrade.
Two things which cough my eye are Hyper-pro rear spring 20mm which has been an widely used and a lot of positive feedback and Andreani cartridges for front end.
Hope cartridges can be avoided as i wouldn't like to go ballistic with modifications and expenses, once you open that box is no turning back.
I would like to have a bike that can handle decent in twisty roads although of her disadvantages with 21" wheel but wouldn't like to lose that comfort reputation that it has gained.
Top box I was looking original Givi Trekker 46L as it follows design of original ones, but in last i start opting for Givi Outback 42L due to shear size.
Difference in volume is not that huge but in terms of design they differ a lot. I found Outback to be more of a compact type compared to Trekker which is wider and could have effect for handling.
Again since main purpose of top box will be for pillion back support I would like to hear comments of owners with both of the racks and their feedback.
Hope another thread with common questions will not agitate anyone but I would like to have all in once place for getting ATAS ready for 2 up
Mainly these are my doubts so far, any suggestion or information is more than welcome .
Last edited by Svabo; 11-12-2019 at 10:49 AM.