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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 02:30 PM
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I got mine 6mths ago and 4000km later I still feel the same as you Phydough. I liked the AT when it first came out, but by the time I could seriously look at buying one, the 790 and T7 were coming out. As it turned out the 790 was $$$$, a friend bought one, nice machine, but still prefer mine regardless of price. T7? Iíd still be waiting....
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And the T7 is butt ugly...
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 02:52 PM
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I knew about the 850 when I got mine and dealer said it was gonna have a much lower seat height. So at 6-2 when I get up and 6-1 at the end of the day, I went with the ATAS and will make it work for the long haul. Considering the 450 is $10k with little haggle room I'm sure I made a good choice.
I'm noticably taller at 6'3" than anyone else I've met that is 6'3". I don't stand up straight to be measured - it's too depressing. I could have gone a bit taller. I stand flatfooted on my ATAS with the seat in the high position. I don't like the maintenance schedule on the 450 - that and the tiny seat turned me off. For a solo bike it would be great - but I really like how the ATAS carries a passenger. My last one that did that well was my Vstrom. I've had a couple of bikes with 37" seats that I was comfortable with (Adventure 640 and XR650) - so the 850 might have been worth me waiting for. Oh well...
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I stand flatfooted on my ATAS with the seat in the high position...
Yep sounds about right, I flat-foot in the low position.

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As for the actual question, I was thrilled when the first Africa Twin was revealed in 2014 and the one shown was a DCT. But I was too cautious about a brand new and untested model, so I held fire. As the reports came in beginning in 2016, I was put off by the small tank size more than anything. Roll on to 2018 and the 'Sports model was the answer I was waiting for and I finally jumped at the end of the year when the offers were too good to miss. I got a really hefty discount. My DCT Sports was cheaper (including Honda centre stand fitted) than the normal price of a Standard manual, perfect. And that discount allowed me to swap the wheels for tubeless, almost immediately. Only downside being that luggage will have to wait until next year. I've only had one problem and that was water under the outer instrument cover, both inner and outer were replaced under warranty.

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