CRF1000 vs Triumph Tiger Explorer
As I mentioned in my "newby" post, I snagged #000060 silver manual AT on 28 May 2016, in Tampa Florida. I traded my 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer to make the deal happen.
Here's the thing about the Triumph Explorer: It's big. Huge. It's taller, wider, heavier, longer and more top-heavy than the Africa Twin. It also has 135 HP, which made the bulk worthwhile -- on the road. I actually rode the TEx off road many times, and I'm no rally star -- I'm 60 years old. The bike would do off road, but it never liked it. And I had a real hard time picking it up.
And now I have an Africa Twin, and it *feels* half as heavy. It turns better on the road, it's much more agile, and the on-road ride actually is much nicer than the TEx. The sound is spectacular. Riding the Triumph had become an "event"...not something I'd just do for the heck of it. The CRF has changed that, and made riding not so much of a chore.
I'm at about the 200 mile mark now. More later.