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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ever Buy B4 you Ride?

I am actually considering buying an 2018 ATAS DCT without having ridden one first?

Has anyone done this?
The problem is the dealer is 300 miles away and I haven’t ridden one yet.
The price seems really fair.

Question: I was super comfortable on my cheap old KLR. Is the actual riding position like riding my KLR but with more power?
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 09:43 PM
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I can let you know when I finally take delivery of my ATAS DCT. I had an 09 KLR until last month when I decided it was time to upgrade. I did quite a bit of looking, sold the KLR and after sitting on the AT decided to pull the trigger.

The dealership offered a test ride, but the way I figured it the only way I would really know if the bike was right for me would be to take it for a few days. I am somewhat ‘concerned’ but trust my gut. I sat on the KTM 1090 and Tiger 850 and didn’t feel either would be a good fit.

If the weather holds I may be able to take delivery and my first ride this weekend. Good luck and safe riding!

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I am actually considering buying an 2018 ATAS DCT without having ridden one first?
Yes, bought my 17 DCT online, payed and tested it as I rode off from the dealership.
What could possibly go wrong.

My previous dual purpose was my DR650 bought new January 2008 and it was the same, no test ride, still have it 11 years later.
The Africa twin is like a DR650 with a 100 kg bag of potatoes as a pillion but yes the AT is a bit more roomy and the extra weight on the road adds some plushness to the ride.
A KLR might be heavier than the DR at around 150 kg.

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I always test ride a new bike.....but here in UK, distance from dealer only really an issue on the fringes!! Far fewer places selling motorcycles now but still under 300 miles! Enjoy! We are having a temporary warm sector in UK at the moment so piling up the miles around mid and north wales; no more just looking at bike in garage!
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I do remember one (rare) test ride in 1983 (I had a 81 Z1000J at the time)..... I knew the dudes at the local Honda shop and had stopped in after work, a dude there (Simon) said, you have to take this bike for a ride (1978 CBX/6).... why not so they fire it up (6 into 1 pipe) and take it for a ride, get back and he says, what do you think.... I said something along the lines of I like it and will pick it up tomorrow night................ I had that CBX for over 7 years.
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No test ride here. Did enough research to make me comfortable coming from a KLR to the AT. No regret.
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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your inputs. Now that I think about it - I bought two bikes on reputation alone - my 04 Goldwing and the KLR and I loved them both. The Tenere I did ride but for some reason I never could get totally comfortable on it for long touring. Don’t get me wrong it is a great bike. I am looking to upgrade and reduce the stable to one bike for all purposes.
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No test ride here. Did enough research to make me comfortable coming from a KLR to the AT. No regret.
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I’m hoping the AT will hit that sweet spot between the KLR and my current Tenere. THANKS FOR Good report
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I'll go one better than buying without a test ride, I didn't even sit on mine before I signed the sale contract. I saw it in the showroom and it was love at first sight and unlike marriage, I've never had any regrets. Just don't tell the Minister for War and Finance
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have sat on the AT and ATAS and I really like the upright sitting position. I can flat foot the standard and get the balls of both feet down on the Adventure. I like flat footing but I also like the increased range and some of the other upgrades of the as.
I think I could change the seat to low setting and be good closer to the ground. Thinking out loud here....
Today is the day I decide. I’ve got an offer of $12998 with center stand on 2018 ATAS
As far as I can tell this looks like a good deal.
THOUGHTS?
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