I am going to leave my Africa Twin Account dormant for now as I traded in my 2016 manual AT for a Triumph Tiger 1200. Thank you to everyone on the forum who have given good advice on various bits and bobs, great bunch of folk and I am grateful for those offering help.
I took the new 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 Gen 3 XCa model. To me the bikes are not a fair comparison and not really aimed at the same market. It is a bit like all those pointless YouTube videos with titles like, “the new Africa Twin, the GS beater”? They are just not aimed at the same buyer demographic or use case or spend.
I found my AT with a very low spring rate at the rear for my weight but very easily sorted and very cheaply with just a spring change, so that was sorted without resorting to expensive complete swap outs.
I hated the ultra-lean fuelling and the poor low speed engine control, again another reasonably cheap fix with a rapid bike easy.
I found it ergonomically good but got saddle sore after only a couple of hours, all day rides around the Wild Atlantic way had me aching and my clutch hand knackered (DCT would have cured that, now my quick shifter does).
I was not overly mad or confident on the road handling with the skinny front tyre and what I perceived as poor front-end feedback, especially in the wet (OEM and TA2’s). That had quite an effect on my thinking.
The Triumph is a different beast entirely and has negative points as well, it is just it is better suited to my use case of spending long, sometimes fast days in the saddle on regular roads. I had originally intended that for the AT but it’s load capacity was left wanting. I felt when loaded right up the AT was a little asthmatic and not up to the job. If I was riding solo round the world I think it would be my no1 choice by not for tarmac strewn Europe.
I have no doubt that when my riding becomes a little less demanding (speed/distance wise) the AT will be the top bike back on my shopping list with its simplicity and bullet proof engine. Thanks all, bye.
250X7 (first bike 17 years old, T-Boned it in 3 weeks), CB250K4 (needed wheels), CB350K4 (last wheels needed replacing, ran engine without oil after rebuild, DOH!), T500 (didnt handle, didn't care, 2-stroke smoke - EPIC!), 883 Sportster (oh dear, mistake), 1340 Lowrider Covertible (stolen before a year old), Daytona 1200 (heavy, 147BHP mad lump), DR350 (reliable small thumper), CRF1000 (love it)