So today was an eventful day. I first tested a Triumph Tiger 800 XrX and then an Africa Twin. Its the AT you're interested in so I will tell you what I thought about that.
I think the biggest compliment I could give the AT is it feels a lot like my Nc700 (only more so, if you get what I mean). Such a big and intimidating looking bike has no right to feel so easy to ride. The engine is very accessible, with loads of low down power and I felt right at home on it from the second I chucked my leg over the high seat. It certainly doesn't 'feel pull your arms off' fast by any respect, but it does pile on speed quite deceptively. I think this is exacerbated by the aero on the bike which is excellent. I'm 5'11"and felt very little wind noise and could even have the visor open at about 55mph. Didn't really get the chance to get on the motorway to test what it is like at cruising speeds. I rode the manual but I could tell the engines nature would be perfectly suited to an auto box if thats your thing
Bike felt very nimble both at low and high speeds and hid its weight well. I didn't really notice the problems some people have had with the pegs being too small, although I did find the pegs was right where I wanted to put my foot down when at traffic lights, I guess that is more a 'getting used to it' kinda thing than a fundamental flaw. I also noticed the seat was very very hard which might be a bit unforgiving on a long ride.
So to sum up the positives I was very impressed by the bike, it felt much more special than the Triumph I tested earlier in the day despite the relatively small gap in price and the virtually zero gap in power between the two. It also felt much easier to live with on a daily basis too.
So the negatives? Well there was the seat as mentioned, plus I couldn't get the display to read in MPG no matter how hard i tried. If it does indeed only read in Miles/Litre this is a massive oversight and would annoy me a fair bit over time. Same with the inability to see the distance till empty. Hopefully I was just being an idiot and couldn't work it... I do hope so. Minor i know, but its the little things
So what else? Well its clear that the Honda Dealer network doesn't know anything about the AT. I asked about service intervals/ cost and they didn't really know. They then added that it was a pain in the backside to work on that needed lots of specialist tools. Not really what a high-miler like myself wanted to hear. Also asked a few other questions which the respose was 'we don't know yet' Not what you wanna hear when trying to make a £10.5k decision. Guess this is research I will have to do myself (I will no doubt have a hunt around on here for the info)
I've also mentally got over the fact the AT has tubed tyres, which is an uncomfortable leap into the unknown for me (considering my milage). So I will have to do a bit of research into what sports touring tyres are available in tuped type in the AT sizes (again I will have to use this forum for your helpful advice once again).
I also have strong reservations the tank range will be as impressive as Honda make out. Anything less than a 200 mile range will be a pain for me meaning a daily fuel stop
Lastly I think the forks felt a tiny tiny bit soft under braking, but this is very minimal and I'm sure this can be dialled out with a little bit of adjusting.
So all in all I love the bike (apart from the above niggles/ concerns), just need to do some research and some sums to see if it adds up to being the right bike for me for my high milage needs. I hope my uneducated review is helpful to some, I have found the reviews that have gone previously very helpful.
I look forward to finding out more about the AT and hopefully what I find out (probably from you guys) will sway me into buying one (as i really did enjoy riding it)