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Picked this up from HondaProKevin's site he posted on September 1st. There's a lot more here: http://www.hondaprokevin.com/2016-africa-twin-crf1000l-price-msrp/

"To help maximize durability off-road, the Africa Twin has ample ground clearance, a tough aluminum skid plate, a high-tensile-steel semi-double-cradle frame and a minimum of projecting parts. A slim cross section and smooth layout simplify moving back and forth on the bike in order to maneuver through challenging sections. Between the standard adjustable saddle and an accessory low version, seat height can be adjusted between four different settings ranging between 34.3 and 32.3 inches. The Africa Twin has the most suspension travel in its class: 9.1 inches for the inverted 45mm Showa fork and 8.7 inches for the rear wheel. Adjustable compression and rebound damping are standard at both ends, as is hydraulic adjustable spring preload (in order to more easily accommodate passengers or cargo). Off-road-friendly features include tube tires, wire-spoke wheels, hollow aluminum axles, wave-design brake rotors and a rubber-mounted aluminum handlebar with a tapered design. An innovative air-intake design makes it possible to access the viscous air filters without removing the fuel tank."
 

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Is this really the first time we've heard about suspension stroke?

AND, is preload adjustable front and rear as well or just in the back?
 

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Is this really the first time we've heard about suspension stroke?

AND, is preload adjustable front and rear as well or just in the back?
First time we've heard about it with the amount of travel in the part of the forum designated for discussions of wheels, tires and suspension.... and maybe in the entire forum. In another part of the forum, specifics on fork and rear travel were said to be critical in determining if the AT was a poseur or the real McCoy (however that's defined).

Pre-load is the easiest and cheapest suspension adjustment of all - front or rear. Basically there's spacer between the spring and a screw or nut -- that can be turned in to increase pre-load, turned out to decrease it. So you can be sure it will be included on the AT at both ends. Adjustable dampening seems to be the tricky and costly feature and the AT will have both compression and rebound adjustments at both ends. The only thing better (according to moto journalists and a friend with a MultiStrada) is computer controlled, electrically adjustable suspension such as the Ducati and BMW adventure bikes have.
 

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I prefer manual adjustability in this type of application. Not for anything but what happens if a sensor or servo fries while you're out in the woods. THeres no quick fix... On a sport bike FOR SURE!!!
 
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