Originally Posted by erey View Post
The AT will come with Dunlop Trailmax 610.
Duing the tests, Honda put the Conti TKC-80
Touratech put the Karoo 3 during their test.
For us, we will have only the non-choice of the Dunlop.
The launch bikes were on Dunlops.
Not being familiar with Conti TKC80's I G-oogled a review: http://www.canyonchasers.net/reviews/tires/conti/tkc80.php
where the tires were mounted on a Multistrada 1200 for the test. I was struck by this comment: "With the TKC 80s, without even realizing it, we found ourselves running speeds between 60 and 80mph down dirt roads and even two-track with utmost confidence. Making mediocre dirt riders, such as ourselves, feel like superheroes." What caught my attention was that it was so similar to your remark giving credit to the Africa Twin (apparently also shod with TKC80's) "Riding it in anger on a dirt track, you soon forget that this is not a mid-sized bike – the Africa Twin is is one of those rare bikes that makes an average rider look good and a good rider look brilliant." Not challenging your conclusion, just wondering if the TKC80's had more to do with it than you might have known.
But maybe not more than Honda knows, since they made tire choices for both segments of the test. While I can understand wanting your product to perform well, changing from 20/80 dual sport Dunlops to 80/20 Conti's in the middle of the test, is somewhat deceptive, if not actually unethical on Honda's part. It seems a buyer should be entitled to take delivery of the same bike he has read reviews of, not one suitable for only half it's stated mission.
Am I getting preachy? Sorry... it's too cold outside to play and I have nothing else to do with my time.