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Offline shanti

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2016, 07:37:28 pm »
Mine is currently in Blantyre coming via zim and moz . Came into moz via ponta kosi bay bike did great , the low down torque really helps in the deep sand , what a great bike , rode along the zim moz border to panda border post through a dirt road that was more rocks than road went around a broken bridge through the river and up a near vertical river bank and then proceeded to blast through the tete at near light speed comfortably - Amazing machine

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2016, 08:24:53 pm »
I think the biggest contributor to non or slow sales are the economy in our beautiful country. Hopefully with the very recent election results things could turn for the better...economically that is.
I took one for a test drive recently and it feels so much more nimble than other bigger bikes😃👍🏼
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2016, 08:47:02 pm »
This one was spending time at the Paris bike show...
Whatever the sales figures, this bike looks pretty awsome to me!
« Last Edit: August 07, 2016, 08:48:31 pm by Copernicus »
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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2016, 10:01:55 pm »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2016, 02:36:42 am »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:

Agreed!  :thumleft:
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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2016, 08:27:24 am »
Hi Guys
In Knysna/Plett were weekend adventure riding is popular there are 9 that I know off including 2 DCTs. They are seldom seen in town. I believe
Honda Bought in about 400 in the first 4 months. but are now out of stock. I have a couple more people waiting for DCTs. However you do see the bikes on the weekends. I have fitted crash bars to a lot of them.
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2016, 08:39:34 am »
There are to new ones at Honda in EL...
Smith & Wesson the original point and click interface
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2016, 08:49:25 am »
This one was spending time at the Paris bike show...
Whatever the sales figures, this bike looks pretty awsome to me!

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2016, 08:59:11 am »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:

Yes, but the bike never saw dirt with those tyres. Your talking about street performance?
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2016, 10:19:46 am »
Don't know how many of you have read this comparison...from the UK Bike....but I found it interesting. Hope you can read it OK.
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2016, 12:39:36 pm »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:

Yes, but the bike never saw dirt with those tyres. Your talking about street performance?

This bike was being run in for someone else and will be used on a Namibia trip in two months time. Horses for courses I believe.

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2016, 12:49:00 pm »
I have ridden all the models incl DCT...... and believe me I have been converted to DCT, it is that good on the dirt. The AT feels lighter and easier to ride on dirt than my XRL believe it or not  :thumleft: The DCT is an awesome machine and is actually really a tiptronic gearbox on a bike.... and we know how we love those on a car  ;D

I would rather save up and buy the DCT, it is eventually going to change how we ride bikes in the future and until you have ridden one, you will be sceptical........ I know I was.... ;)

I will not buy a GS ever, so for me no :biggrin: need to bother with a comparison.........
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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2016, 12:59:24 pm »
I have ridden all the models incl DCT...... and believe me I have been converted to DCT, it is that good on the dirt. The AT feels lighter and easier to ride on dirt than my XRL believe it or not  :thumleft: The DCT is an awesome machine and is actually really a tiptronic gearbox on a bike.... and we know how we love those on a car  ;D

I would rather save up and buy the DCT, it is eventually going to change how we ride bikes in the future and until you have ridden one, you will be sceptical........ I know I was.... ;)

I will not buy a GS ever, so for me no :biggrin: need to bother with a comparison.........

Roxtar, does it really feels lighter than the xrl? If that is true then I want a AT!

My only concern is the realibility on the DCT, what do you think?
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2016, 02:48:13 pm »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:

Yes, but the bike never saw dirt with those tyres. Your talking about street performance?

Yes Frans - correct! BUT, this was the 6th one I've ridden - including a DCT. 4 of the others I took on dirt, and it is by far the best DS I've ridden on dirt - and according to many reports the same applies for real off-road stuff ...

This last one I've been riding, I focussed specifically on its abilities as an all-day bike - town, rural and highway - and that is according to my understanding exactely the attributes in question by most riding it on the spec sheet... I belief the fact that it has already been proven as an amazing off-road bike covers the off-road arena very well !
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2016, 04:10:48 pm »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:

Yes, but the bike never saw dirt with those tyres. Your talking about street performance?

Yes Frans - correct! BUT, this was the 6th one I've ridden - including a DCT. 4 of the others I took on dirt, and it is by far the best DS I've ridden on dirt - and according to many reports the same applies for real off-road stuff ...

This last one I've been riding, I focussed specifically on its abilities as an all-day bike - town, rural and highway - and that is according to my understanding exactely the attributes in question by most riding it on the spec sheet... I belief the fact that it has already been proven as an amazing off-road bike covers the off-road arena very well !
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Thanks XRRX, I'm very keen to make this my next bike, that's why all the "questions"  I'm also an average rider.

Do you think the DCT system will be reliable on the long run?.... Cheers(nice photos!)
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #35 on: August 08, 2016, 04:21:48 pm »
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Yes, I believe the DCT will be reliable - it's not new technology really - has been evolving for quite a few years now ...
 

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #36 on: August 10, 2016, 05:39:40 am »
Really?
So if you don't see many of a certain bike then it means its not a good bike?
Very sound logic you are using.....
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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2016, 06:35:45 am »
Some interesting but sadly some un-factual remarks as per usual ...  :imaposer:
Honda SA is officially out of stock currently - few left at Dealers here and there ... not bad in this 3rd world dying economy I would say!!

Spent close to 1000k's on one recently - all I can say is that the negative remarks about it on this wonderful forum is laughable and completely unfounded !!!  :peepwall:

BTW: the ride; handling and performance is even better than the looks!!!  :thumleft: :deal:

Yes, but the bike never saw dirt with those tyres. Your talking about street performance?

This bike was being run in for someone else and will be used on a Namibia trip in two months time. Horses for courses I believe.

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Aha !!!!

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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #38 on: August 10, 2016, 06:43:52 am »
Really?
So if you don't see many of a certain bike then it means its not a good bike?
Very sound logic you are using.....

I dont think the question was if the AT is a good bike or not, the AT is for sure a good bike and the question was why dont we see so many of them around.

You see alot of GS's on the road but they are not the best bike on the market in my opinion.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2016, 07:04:04 am by Jakkals »
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Re: Where are the Africa Twins?
« Reply #39 on: August 10, 2016, 07:37:23 am »
I've seen quite a few around Cape Town etc. Red, white and grey ones. Saw a White one on a bakkie on Monday. Probably going to a new owner or to Flying Brick.
What struck me was that not none of the guys on them that I greeted or stopped next to giving a thumbs up on their bike greater or really responded. :patch:

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