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I very much doubt there will be cruise control; the VFR1200X doesn't have it so why would they put it on an off-road centric bike?
 

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I very much doubt there will be cruise control; the VFR1200X doesn't have it so why would they put it on an off-road centric bike?
I agree there wont be cruse on it in 2017. No way they would put it on in the second year of the bike. Maybe down the road a few years.

For what it is worth my dealer (the largest Honda dealer in Colorado) says their rep said there wont be cruse and there wont be any color changes coming to the US.
 

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True cruise control on motorcycles with cable actuated throttles has been around a long time. My '84 Yamaha Venture had a factory vacuum servo cruise control system, as did high end '87 on Goldwings. MCCruise (Australia) has offered similar aftermarket systems since 1997. And a lot of bikers have adapted automotive aftermarket systems to motorcycles, both vacuum and electronic (Audiovox/Rostra and more recently Brandon AP500 systems). Honda wont have any trouble putting cruise control on the Africa Twin...if they choose to - and they should.
 

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and it's not an easy fix for a bike without an electronic throttle.....the spokes I understand....
People seem to assume because there's a cable operated throttle it's not ride by wire. However the cable operates a control unit not the throttle so the bike is ride by wire. So cruise would actually be technically very easy to fit.
 

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I wonder where that leaves those of us with corroding spokes on the 2016 models. Mine have already started albeit I am trying to keep it at bay with AFC50. However we haven't even seen salted winter roads yet and it is happening already. I am holding fire for the time being.
 

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A friend of mine was told last week by a Canadian Honda dealer that Honda Canada and US would receive the tri-color (White red and blue) for 2017, and that the Rally Red bike wouldn't be available.

Let's wait and see... ;-)
 

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Hi Griff,

Bike was registered in Mar '16.
I have rusty spokes and the bike has not been out in the salt. I called HONDA UK who took the bike's details, my dealer requested images which have been sent to HONDA UK. I await a decision.
As a matter of interest I had this problem with my 640 Adv, KTM agreed to replace the wheels or allow me a credit to that value. I took the credit and had the spokes & nipples replaced with ss at Central Wheel, B'mingham. No issues since and they look very good.

M
 

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I just hope I get my AT Dakar DCT soon. Been waiting since April! Dealership has gotten every kind in, but the Dakar DCT. The Dealer has two AT's on his show room currently, both a manual and a DCT that are silver. I have been offered every thing but what I paid for. Now the tyhoon has hit the plant in Japan. A earth quake in April and a typhoon in September. The dealership has just not been sent a AT Dakar DCT and I can not blame the poor folks in Japan either. Sometimes, STUFF just happens.
 

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I just hope I get my AT Dakar DCT soon. Been waiting since April! Dealership has gotten every kind in, but the Dakar DCT. The Dealer has two AT's on his show room currently, both a manual and a DCT that are silver. I have been offered every thing but what I paid for. Now the tyhoon has hit the plant in Japan. A earth quake in April and a typhoon in September. The dealership has just not been sent a AT Dakar DCT and I can not blame the poor folks in Japan either. Sometimes, STUFF just happens.
At this point (nearly October), you might as well insist on a 2017 AT DCT. You'll have the benefit of whatever fixes they instituted for the new model year and save a little on depreciation.
 

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At this point (nearly October), you might as well insist on a 2017 AT DCT. You'll have the benefit of whatever fixes they instituted for the new model year and save a little on depreciation.
In Texas heat our best riding season starts next month and runs thru March. So, if I am well the 2016 will be the best choice. However with the operations I have coming, I will miss December, January, and Febuary. So, I will take a 2016 in Oct. and November, but would wait for a 2017 after the operations.
 

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In Texas heat our best riding season starts next month and runs thru March. So, if I am well the 2016 will be the best choice. However with the operations I have coming, I will miss December, January, and Febuary. So, I will take a 2016 in Oct. and November, but would wait for a 2017 after the operations.
None of my business of course and I don't know where is Texas you are, but CycleTrader lists 28 AT DCT models within 400 miles of Houston TX. From the photos, 16 have the Dakar Rally paint scheme. I know a lot of those will be "come on" ads (bike is sold or never existed) but possibly there are a few real ones. Seems to me that your dealer could trade one of his silver or even a manual AT for the one you want from another dealer - or you could pick one up on your own. Of course if you are trading in your NC700 and your dealer made you a good offer, it could be a different story...

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There might be something coming?

http://hondamotoglobal.com

Local dealer has been advised by West Australian State distributor that for 2017 we will get Red instead of Silver for the base model, and that for ABS the Dakar Rally Red is replaced by Blue. Cant see Honda including the Africa Twin in a 2017 promo just for recolouring though.

One would presume Honda would sort the spokes as they were able to better spec and QA their suppliers and not wait for a model update?
 
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