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Has anyone regrets about buying their African Twin.and if so why.or how happy are u on a scale of 1 to 10.
 

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None yet. Although, I haven't put many miles on it yet. I checked with a good friend who has a ton of riding experience. He has had his for 6 mos or so, done a ton of adventure rides, and he said the AT was my only option...
 

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Has anyone regrets about buying their African Twin.and if so why.or how happy are u on a scale of 1 to 10.
After riding BIG adventure bikes for some years, I started looking for something that would be easier for me in the technical sections. This came about after a specific incident, about 18 months ago, when I was riding on my own. Riding on my own is something I enjoy.

I test drove all the bikes I thought would be suitable, but none of them gave me the 'feeling' that 'this is the one'. I had specific needs. Some of them stuff like,
21" front wheel,
fully adjustable suspension,
adjustable handle bars,
reasonable fuel range,
load carrying ability,
reasonable comfort for all day rides,
adjustable seat height (I am 1.68 m),
screen must give reasonable wind protection
space behind the screen to mount GPS and power outlet.

Some bikes met all or most of these points, but none of them gave me that 'warm and fussy' feeling.

Then I stumbled across an article about the launch of a new Africa Twin. I have no idea how I could have missed it! I was in the Honda dealers, but because my mind did not have the words 'Africa Twin' in it, I did not look out for it.

I contacted a couple of dealers and found one that had a demo model available for a weekend. Although I had the bike for a weekend, I knew within 1 kilometer that I had found 'the one'.

So, to your question:
Do I regret the purchase - Not for a single moment.
Rating scale 1 to 10 - I would give it a 9.

There is always space for improvement on any bike, but it is extremely close to MY perfect fit. One improvement to me would be a larger fuel tank. For me a 25 ltr tank would be perfect and a 30 ltr tank is too big, for this bike. Maybe a tubeless tire setup would be better, but I am not 100% sure about this. I quite like the fact that it did not come with all the 'extras' like crash bars etc. That way you can set it up how you want it.

Do I enjoy riding it? Yes. If you go to the below link, or copy the link into your browser, you will see the route I did on Sunday, just because I could!

http://www.africatwinforum.com/forum/385-what-did-you-do-your-africa-twin-today/4833-what-did-you-do-your-africa-twin-today-3.html
 
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Love it, no regret. 3K mi so far after getting it in May. I was putting on some breakin miles on a CX3 dual sport Chinese bike and stopped at a Honda dealer. There it was , MT and silver, sitting out front. WTH they were all taken at that point? First 3 buyers that had down $ did not complete sale so it was mine.
After 17yrs riding KLR's, (00, and 08 oil pig, mostly needed more power for hwy with adv load and I am a BIG rider. Have done many dual sport.BDR's and ADV rides on the KLR's. Long time dirt rider long in tooth, sport tour......
 

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I have no regrets either, just like JohnG, I give it a 9 out of 10,

This is the best all round bike I've ever bought, 12,500 miles in 9 months, it would have scored a 10 out of 10 if they'd fitted tubeless rims, non corroding spokes and heated grips that heated properly,

I've fitted Alpina wheels, and if they don't sort out the heated grips soon I shall go aftermarket, and ask Honda for my money back ,:wink2:
 

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No regrets here, BUT for the places and the type of riding I like doing 50/50 and I mean I can go from sealed roads to dirt roads back to sealed roads many times in one ride.
(I'm sure many of us do?) I also have short pit stops now and then and turn off the ignition. Now I know its not that big of a deal, but having to reset ABS and Traction Control every #% time, leads me to give a rating of 9/10. Dam I thought I had found the perfect bike :) Maybe next major upgrade Mr Honda ?
 

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I regret financing my bike! hahaha other than that, it is one of the best machines I have owned. I adored my V-Strom, and the only thing that could do better is handle a corner with the 19'' front wheel. The Africa twin checks every other box though.
I have taken it on a 5,000-mile trip this past summer and can say it TRULY is the swiss army knife of bikes. I have ridden it in the rain, dry, on road, off road, and in the snow. It is incredible. It really doesn't have stand-out performance in any category like a niche built machine, but it can do IT ALL!!!
 

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Thanks guys.feel a lot better.was worried over narrow wheels and stability on wet roads as I will b 90% on tar and maybe if I'm BRAVE enough little off road.i am changing the oem tyres b 4 I collect to conti trail attack 2,s.hopfully their the best for me and giv me confidence in wet.thanks for all great advice.
 

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I am a new owner (mostly road riding), and so far the jury is out as to whether it will be a keeper or not. That's not the AT's fault I just have to wait until it gets a little warmer and dryer to put it through its paces. Oh and have decent tyres fitted.

I will admit that the major reason for the purchase was to give the DCT box a try and it is the only bike with it that is not too big and heavy or under powered (for my personal needs). I realised before I went for it that there would be compromises. It is taller and heavier than many street riding bikes, the power is a little low, the safety aids are not up to some others, and the big front wheel and suspension is not as road focused as others out there. On the plus side it has the gearbox and will handle touring duties better than many street bikes.

For me the compromises will be worth it if I find it satisfying in the twisties, as that as they say is a non-negotiable for me. Roll on spring.
 

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I only have 500 Miles on my AT DCT so far. It is the only "NEW" bike I have ever bought. I have been riding for 30 years. I have had old CB750's, a Goldwing, A Venture Royal, a tt600, a xr600, a xr650R, a CRF450x, a Ural, and a bunch of Harley's. This bike blends the best of both of my riding worlds together in one great package. I took a chance on the DCT version and I am getting a kick out of it. I would give this bike a 9 out of 10. Honda only loses points for getting cheap on its delivery of this bike.
No Crash Protection
No Tool Kit
Crappy stock tires.
No heated grips
No center stand.
But please keep in mind that it only cost $13.5K. if you look at all of the other competition, all of those options added on make it a competitively priced bike.

I would also like to be able to squeeze another 15HP out of it.

Other than that, I love it.
 

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I am a moto vlogger so I have answers to both side of the yes and no both with videos on the topic. one vide is the 5 things I hate about the AT, the other is a video about the 10 things I love about it.
In all fairness, the 5 things I hate video boils down to the fact there is another motorcycle at the same price with a few more bells and whistles, i.e. cruise, comes with some crash bars decent foot pegs etc. It is basically a word for word video about the two.

With that said, My video about the 10 things I love about the AT, is spot on why I bought the bike over said comparison and why and all the great things the AT will do and shine at. I plan on riding this bike all over the US as much as time and finances allow. With that said if I break down, there will always be a Honda dealer near by. I don't know that I will ever need one, after all it is a honda, and they make great stuff, but things do break from time to time and I can tell you I have not had anything go wrong, I love the bike and to me it fits the bill for what I was looking for and my true intended purpose of buying said bike. I love it I hope this helps and I hope you have a blessed week my friend.
 

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Kangarooburger Mate give up the drink and U,ll hv less stops to make.those cans of triple XXX are making a bog hole out of your stomach.The plus side,u won't hv to reset so often?
 

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Kangarooburger Mate give up the drink and U,ll hv less stops to make.those cans of triple XXX are making a bog hole out of your stomach.The plus side,u won't hv to reset so often?
Gezess Rockie, I never thought of that mate, so now without the xxx pit stops the bike gets a 10/10 :D
Problem is though, I ride more than 25kl per day..
 

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I had to abanden a 5 day ride on the 3rd cause my fork seals both shocks were leaking so bad oil was dripping on brake pads and front tire. Dealer tells me I will wait till May for parts although I was told to call back Friday when computer updates. Even so about 3 weeks the norm. I have had 9 KTMs and never had this kind of delay for parts. Surely Honda should have fork seals readily available. My spoke have been replaced and already look worse than originals. Pity cause it's a great bike.
 

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Rockie, I am glad they helped my friend, I truly do love the bike. It fits me and my riding style to a tee. sorry for the original TYPO, my auto correct spelt your name wrong seen it after it posted sorry buddy.
 
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