Some serious klickage for Roy B. That is more than FOUR round trips to the moon and back.
I have nerve damage that causes me issues with both of my hands but I have found something that greatly helps with my riding - almost a miracle and has kept me riding now and I'm 63 years old. I use the Grip Buddies Lites combined with Throttle Rockers on both the LH and RH grips to support my wrists and take away the need to grasp the grips tightly. The Throttle rockers have a velcro strap that locks them on so they won't slip and they make special versions for both the LH and RH sides. This has made such a huge difference that I can now ride all day without pain compared to just an hour or two before.Turned 50 in January. Really like my 2017 AT but will put a better rear shock on it this summer. The rear coil is just too soft and while changing springs can be a $250 job is you can find someone to do it, it will likely need new valving so I figure I'll just buy a Touratech and call it good.
The bike is incredibly comfortable and I have had none of the problems others have had. The only one I am worried about is the fork anodizing peeling off inside the tubes. I won't spend $3,000 on a set of Öhlins until the stock forks die on me.
But since I have the arthritic hands of an 80 year old man my riding days are numbered anyway. I imagine I'll have to hang up the gloves in no more than 5 years. That sucks ass but arthritis in the hands destroys everything you do since you use your hands for everything. But until that happens, I'll do this as many times a year as I can.
Sorry but this fucking website won't allow me to type in a URL for my hosted images. None on my hard drive drive to upload either. Ride on as long as you can people, the time will come when you cannot.
Also an avid single tracker/not many in Nebraska. Caution AF not for single track! We could go roadracing call the team " o Boy Racing" then maybe some Supermoto,followed by a Hare scramble or some ice racing just for kicks! 56yrs. WFO😲Seams who is under 50 may be a better question :-]
53 years young, 5 years removed form being an avid single tracker. All smiles here as well!
I'm over 60 and used to ride Enduros in my teens and 20s so when a road worthy dirt bike the size of the Africa Twin, after researching the possible alternatives (KTM, BMW, Ducatti, Triumph, Yamaha, etc.), it stimulated my desire to get back in the saddle again. It's a different world with issues like no insured medical coverage for motorcyclists with my insurance company (in my state?) and a lack of bikes on the road but a plethora of automobiles. Finally I hopped on a section I-24 for three exits and while crossing the Ohio river at 75 mph was blown about a bit then was blown passed by a Harley bagger and a much smaller Suzuki dual sport. Am I just getting Old? I enjoy the twisties through the woods and the dirt roads, small stream crossings and logging roads even with the stock 90/10s but I'm sure this might be more fun with say a set of Shinko 804/805 combo. I have Nelson Rigg panniers, 15 liter rolls and a 30L Tail Bag but haven't used anything but the panniers for shopping and extra weather gear. Also I have a Oxford First Tank Bag that I don't recommend. The plan is to do some camping, if time permits? I am relatively short (5'8") with a mid life gut and find that wrong footing like stopping beside an unexpected pothole (patched) is enough to cause a critical shift in the bikes gravity (I fell) and subsequent embarrassment. So feel free to share yours!
Welcome aboard the Forum Edgett. The NC7xxX are indeed fuel misers. Congratulations on your 2020 ATAS DCT acquisition. Enjoy with care.I am 71 and was a serial VFR owner, a Gen4, Gen5, Gen6 and Gen8. After buying a NC700X several years ago, I found I preferred the more upright riding style and as much as I like the NC700X, it is designed to a price, so suspension and brakes are fine for street riding, but were a little lacking once the road was broken or unpaved. I've been riding since I was 19 and have had 13 bikes ranging from 80cc two-strokes to the VFR800. As some have noted, the leg leftover height for the Africa Twin means that us older folks have to practice to maintain the "over-the-seat" dexterity which comes more easily in the 30s and 40s. I bought a new 2020 ATAS/DCT model (my first DCT) and am frankly enjoying the difference of the dual-clutch transmission. I expect over the next several months to conquer the various electronics which are native to this machine. I'll likely keep the NC700X, as it is a great fuel-sipper for commuting, but not nearly so confident on the slab or eating up the miles. Looking forward to becoming accustomed to the bigger Africa Twin!