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Who commutes on their Africa Twin? Freeway/Motorway commute? Is it your primary way to get to work? What have you done to make it a better fit for that role?

I've done some mods to make my 2016 DCT a better commuter, though it hasn't been my primary commute bike.

I'm considering replacing my primary commuter, and while I could buy a new bike, one option is further mods to the AT to make it a better tool for the task. A new to me bike won't be cheap, but neither are the mods I'm thinking of...
 

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Yes. I use mine as a commuter, and tourer, and gravel rider, and...
I think having a case of some kind to put your stuff in is a necessity. Other than that I don't think you need much.
40 kilometer return commute daily and it gets decent fuel economy. A cheap and fun way to get to work every day.
 

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I commute via highway to a dense downtown hospital into a parking garage. I do this year round, rain or shine from 24-106 degrees.

The mods I have added:

1" touratech handlebar riser
Bikemaster highway pegs
Widder heated troller
Madstad windshield/bracket
Pirelli scorpion street tires
Krooztune 1.25" lowering kit
Base model seat (I have an ATAS)

SW Motech pro saddle carriers
Givi e22 cases (for dressing up or down for weather)
SW Motech rear plate
Givi v46 (for my works shoes, work bag, and school bag)

The bike is hardy in shitty weather. The TCS and ABS do their jobs when riding through flash floods, icy conditions, and heavy winds.

It is light enough to flick around in traffic, but heavy enough to not get blown around to terribly in wind.

All in all it is an excellent commuting bike. On the weekends I have a 2.5 hour commute to my other job and it's fine. I eventually want a more comfortable saddle, but that's really it.


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I actually bought a beaded saddle cover for mine ages ago. Couldn't use it on the AT, it was like sitting on ball-bearings. I had no such problem with it on my R1200R though, so I used it there until it wore out.

I've been using a sheepskin on my AT seat. Makes it more comfortable, though it's not enough any more.
 

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I work at multiple hospitals. I ran in to problems with that.

Is the sheepskin worth it? I don't know whether to do that or save my money for a saddlemen or Corbin.

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I work at multiple hospitals. I ran in to problems with that.

Is the sheepskin worth it? I don't know whether to do that or save my money for a saddlemen or Corbin.
I might go Sargent. I loved the Sargent seat on my FZ1. If I cheap out it will be Seat Concepts.

The sheep skin was enough for me for a while, at least for 2 1/2 commute hours/day. And it certainly helped with being on the bike all day, but it never completely solved that. And last day trip was a bit of a pain in the ass by the end.
 

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Sargent, not saddlemen. Been looking at too many Harley's lately.

Yes, I am between the Sargent, Corbin, and seat concepts options, but I wonder if a sheepskin would be enough. I hate the beads and don't want the seat much higher.

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I commute almost 40 miles each way on my 2017 AT much of the year. Since I have a four wheeled conveyance, I drive when it's below 35 and when it's wet. I have not done much to enhance commuting. I still have the factory seat, but have added a trunk and PIAA lights to be more visible. I'm also running Shinko 804/805 tires which have provided a pretty long life thus far. Still returns 48-50 MPG as well.
 

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I've always been happy with Corbin seats - but I'd need one custom made with less of a hump for this bike. I use beads when I might be riding in the rain or really dirty, and a home made sheep skin for multi hour dry weather rides... I'm leaning towards the Seargent. I might pull my seat cover off and try modding the foam first. My problem is sliding forward on my ATAS seat. I figure I can leave the shape alone - but put some 3/4 inch deep by 3/8 inch wide holes in the foam where I want to sink in a bit rather than sliding. If I hate it - then it cost nothing to try.
 

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I commute on mine .. all weathers .. i have a shad 58x box which more than covers me for any gear i need to take, also use the expandable box feature regularly
Should i need to take excessive gear i also have the bumot panniers which take 10 secs to put on.

Apart from that being seen is key use givi riding lights.
 

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I commute almost 40 miles each way on my 2017 AT much of the year. Since I have a four wheeled conveyance, I drive when it's below 35 and when it's wet. I have not done much to enhance commuting. I still have the factory seat, but have added a trunk and PIAA lights to be more visible. I'm also running Shinko 804/805 tires which have provided a pretty long life thus far. Still returns 48-50 MPG as well.
Mine returns 38. You must be doing something right. I don't hammer the throttle all the time either.

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AT 2017 and I ride it almost daily.
I work from home but have to run around a lot to meet with clients and run errands.
Absolutely love the bike and have not really moded it much for the communting use case.

Mine is more geared for offroad touring apart from the 70/30 tyres

Absolutely no complaints from me. Great commuter
 

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Blimey. Commute on an Africa Twin? No thanks :)

You guys must be a lot more confident and stronger then me.
I don't mind a Scooter or a smaller bike in London but no way I'd enjoy an AT in that situation.
Then again, if I do not filter then it would be a bit better.
 

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You guys must be a lot more confident and stronger then me.
I don't mind a Scooter or a smaller bike in London but no way I'd enjoy an AT in that situation.
Then again, if I do not filter then it would be a bit better.
I was surprised nobody but me seemed to think it's a big bike to be fitting through traffic.

And if the bike isn't providing some advantage, like riding through rather than with traffic, and you have a car, why not drive?

Mine is narrowed a bit with folding mirrors and Renthal Streetfighter bars, and my commute is 100+ miles r.t. motorway. It's still a bit wide, but works OK. If I were riding around streets of a big city it wouldn't be a great choice.

In either case low speed agility would be improved with a 17/19" wheel swap.

For my commute its biggest shortcoming is the range. If I were going to make it my primary commute bike it might need an aux tank.
 

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In addition to touring, off-road touring, gravel, sand, and fire roads I commute on 2017 AT Manual 70 miles to and from work daily. As like the majority on this thread...sun or rain, blazing hot or cold. Since I split lanes here in southern California I only have a Givi Outback top case on the bike to keep me narrow. Great bike actually for splitting lanes since it also has a tall stance. Additionally for better visibility and to be seen I run a set of Baja Design amber aux lights on the front, Baja Design amber rock lite for the side of the bike mounted to sub frame, and a pair of Skene P3 rear lights twinning the license plate with conspicuous flicker (integrated with rear brake lights and turn signals). Choose the amber for the marine fog layer in LA and they really pop so I stand out in traffic. Gotta be seen and heard.
 

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I actually bought a beaded saddle cover for mine ages ago. Couldn't use it on the AT, it was like sitting on ball-bearings. I had no such problem with it on my R1200R though, so I used it there until it wore out.

I've been using a sheepskin on my AT seat. Makes it more comfortable, though it's not enough any more.
can you please tell me how wide the ATAS is, with the E22 panniers mounted on the rear?
 

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New member here...

I commute on it, about 40 miles one way. My commute is gravel then iffy country roads chip and seal, after that it is two lane county lettered highways.

I go into work at 5am in the dark. I hit a deer back in June and killed my Versys, the AT replaced that. Broke a few ribs, my thumb, but came away pretty good. The bike however died, cracked case.

Insurance went to a leftover 17 AT.

I decided I want to see a bit better in the dark....so far I have hung 4 more lights on the thing that really turn night into day....I doubt they are street legal, but I am not going to eat a deer again if I can help it.
 

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I forgot to add, I did put Heed bars on it as well....still on the lookout for better bottom protection, I don't want to loose another bike to a stupid deer.
 
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