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I'm currently riding an '89 Transalp, so I'm definitely interested in this new adventure model.

I had my eye on the V-Strom 1000 for a while, but I found it to be rather wide between the knees after sitting on one at the dealership. Judging from the photos of the new AT, the Honda at least seems better in this department. Stromtroopers are also complaining about a loud engine knocking sound at idle, which is not something I would care for if I'm going to put out serious money on a new bike. I'm fully expecting that Honda's new Twin will be flawless.

I superimposed a silhouette of the CRF over the DL, if anyone is interested. I lined up the axles for the comparison, but I never checked to see if the wheelbase dimensions for both bikes are similar. The difference in ground clearances is quite obvious, however, and the Honda has a leading front axle, which is why the forks are further aft than those of the V-Strom.

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Welcome to the forum.

Sounds like you are doing your research, I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the Africa Twin and its competitors.
 

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I'm currently riding an '89 Transalp, so I'm definitely interested in this new adventure model.

I had my eye on the V-Strom 1000 for a while, but I found it to be rather wide between the knees after sitting on one at the dealership. Judging from the photos of the new AT, the Honda at least seems better in this department. Stromtroopers are also complaining about a loud engine knocking sound at idle, which is not something I would care for if I'm going to put out serious money on a new bike. I'm fully expecting that Honda's new Twin will be flawless.

I superimposed a silhouette of the CRF over the DL, if anyone is interested. I lined up the axles for the comparison, but I never checked to see if the wheelbase dimensions for both bikes are similar. The difference in ground clearances is quite obvious, however, and the Honda has a leading front axle, which is why the forks are further aft than those of the V-Strom.

Cheers!
hello and welcome!! Was it the Storm that was top heavy.. or am i thinking about the wrong bike...

How does the AT compare size wise with your Trans??

ANNDDDD. Ecstatic there's no BEAK...
 

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The Super Ten is the top heavy bike, I believe. Mind you, I sat on one and it fit me to a tee. If I were in the market for a more road oriented bike, I would certainly consider it.

The CRF1000L with ABS is about 60 or 70 pounds heavier than my XL600V, but it has almost twice the horsepower. And according to one of the commentators in the release video, once on the move the AT feels lighter than the Transalp. He might be referring to the more recent XL700V, though, which weighs close to 500 pounds.

And I agree, no beaks need apply.
 
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