This is a fair point although I believe that Honda admit a lot of people will use the AT on-road only. I get the impression they are selling it as a bit of an all-rounder - well, if you look at what we get to see in the UK it seems that way as some of the pics show commuting...Will the majority of AT owners really not take it off-road? Can't say I understand that as it is marketed (and looks like) a large dirt bike.
Fair points. I guess we all have different wants and one bike is not going to satisfy everyone. I know for me, the 21" wheels and tubed tires are a selling point. I live in an area with great adventure riding opportunities and lots of folks do take their GS's offroad, but it just looks like the wrong bike for it. I was happy to see Honda go in a slightly different direction from BMW & KTM. Heck, I would have been happier if it had been a 600cc class bike. I'm even still debating going the CB500X with Rally Raid kit route.This is a fair point although I believe that Honda admit a lot of people will use the AT on-road only. I get the impression they are selling it as a bit of an all-rounder - well, if you look at what we get to see in the UK it seems that way as some of the pics show commuting...
I will use it on-road mainly to be honest but I do hope to off-road occasionally and don't want two bikes to allow me to do that. If I were going to off-road in a big way I'd get a 690 or smaller and trailer it everywhere probably - but I don't want to do that.
So I guess the bike actually has a lot of briefs to hit. Which, for me, initially made the choice of tubed tires a bit of a pain and a bit surprising because I though the majority of use across a fair bit of the world might be on-road so why not have tubed tyres? I'm probably wrong in thinking this way.
I'm just going to ring for a recovery when one goes pop - I've given up caring too much about that now. I like the looks, I like the DCT gearbox and it will hopefully be fun when I do manage to go off-road. And if it doesn't work out I can sell it to someone who will hopefully do it justice! But I'm optimistic - I've ridden the demo a couple of times on normal roads and loved it.
In my defence, I don't find Starbucks coffee that pleasant - a bit bitter for me. And I live at the end of a gravel road. :wink2: