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Offline SchalkL

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Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:05:00 pm »
PLEASE USE THIS THREAD FOR ANY AFRICA TWIN RELATED POST, LINKS, PICS, (But no haters  :patch:):

So, I took the big step. My 990 is getting advertised (Wife thinks it sold already  :eek7: ) and took delivery of my 2017 AT DCT  :ricky:
I had the previous model for 11 years and naturally I am a fan. I will try and keep this thread up to date with my personal view of the bike.
For the record, I am not a riding god, but can help myself in most technical situations, sometimes with damage bills afterwards.   :patch:
Apart from my bike experience I will post a link to ride reports here if I get around to doing it........

Why did I buy it? ---  As said had one for 11 years without any problems so I trust the bike.
Why now? Man, that damn Namibie Honda Quest got to me and I could not help myself  :snorting: AND......chatting to Charl and Minx at the NDBA did not help either  :lol8:

Ok enough said for now. Underneath my first poster pic taken by my sons girlfriend who understand cameras a bit better than me.


« Last Edit: February 07, 2018, 01:02:26 pm by SchalkL »
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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 04:07:39 pm »
........lucky bliks*m....... :lol8:

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1) 2008 Vuka XT125 (sold)     2) 2013 Motomia Java 170 (sold)     3) 2000 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin (sold)     4) 1994 Honda CBR600 F2 (sold)     5) 2004 Honda XL650V Transalp (sold)     6) 2004 BMW R1200GS (current)
 

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2017, 04:14:15 pm »
Sub to hear your comparison between this and the 990.
 

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2017, 04:23:38 pm »
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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 04:25:18 pm »
looking forward to your assessment,good and bad.

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 04:25:56 pm »

One life live it   
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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2017, 04:30:24 pm »
Sub  ;D

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2017, 04:37:42 pm »
Great bike , you will not look back
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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2017, 05:12:48 pm »
It is a big bike, which handles and feels like a small bike. Easy to ride. You will not regret it and you have Honda reliability and an understressed unbreakable power plant
 

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2017, 05:15:39 pm »
Congrats I hope you have many happy miles both on an off road. If you are half as happy with yours as I am with mine you will have a permanent smile when you ride.
 

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2017, 06:07:21 pm »
First impression regarding the DCT box.
Everything works seamlessly and I love it !
For those that don't know; You choose between Drive/Sport1/2/and 3.
Drive mode is a bit to "relaxed" for me - pulling away like a normal person I hit 6gear at 44km/h. Admitingly I am not use to it yet (only done 400km) it feels like not much is happening when i twist the throttle.
Sport 1 for normal relaxed everyday traffic driving is the way to go. Revs going up a little bit higher and stays just that bit longer in gear.
Side note: When starting the bike i flick the switch twice and its in S1 - easy and quick !
Obviously if you want to shorten those tyre lifespans, put it in S3 and she pulls like the 990.
At this stage my view coming from the 990 is that you must want a smoother little bit more sedated ride if you go dct OR keep it in S3 all the time but whats the point then?
Fitted with road tyres i have done about 20km dit so cant really comment yet apart from the fact that on fairly good gravel i do 130-140 without worrying to much. I used T1 setting on traction control and definitely feel a bit safer than on the 990.
The ABS off setting (which takes 3sec) switch the abs off at the back and keep it on in front. -  It works FANTASTIC. I stoped very quickly on sand/gravel without any "o shit" moments.
She is FAST. Yes, compared to my 990. I am talking about top speed and the time to get there. I definitely ride faster in shorter time with the bike stressing less than the 990 Adv. Only took it up to 190km/h but will  test gps top speed with my 120kg on it after the first service.
Gravel mode button apparently change the engine characteristics off road but I can't feel any difference with it switched on or off? Maybe when I start pushing it a bit more on gravel?
I LOVE the gear paddels. In any mode its takes a flick of the finger to change gear and it is HUGE fun to put in in manual mode and just drive with the "flick paddels" Honestly i don't know why they don't make all manual bikes like this? Its extremely easy to change up or down (obvious no clutch) and I don't have to worry about getting my offroad boot in there. (Also no gear lever to bend and clutch lever to brake when falling  :xxbah: )

Maybe a bit of dealer experience: KTM / HONDA shop in Klerksdorp gave me great service, very helpful and Beau the owner actually help personally to adjust the topbox mounting etc when I was there. They also own the Suzuki and Yamaha dealerships thats just next door so basically a one stop shop for a lot of different types of bikes. I was invited to ride the 1190R and 1290R on their offroad track as well before I made up my mind.

[For those that don't agree with my comments, please feel free to give your experience with the most reliable dual purpose bike available today]   :peepwall:
« Last Edit: November 06, 2017, 06:14:29 pm by SchalkL »
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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2017, 07:28:12 pm »
congrats man  lovely bike  , i love them  just cant get my head around the fools gold shocks and wheels tho   :imaposer: :thumleft: :thumleft:
just wanna have fun , and ride ... and ....... ride
 

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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2017, 08:27:03 pm »
congrats man  lovely bike  , i love them  just cant get my head around the fools gold shocks and wheels tho   :imaposer: :thumleft: :thumleft:
:lol8: Its a Atwin thing - unique from the previous version
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Re: My Africatwin Experience
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2017, 08:32:26 pm »
congrats man  lovely bike  , i love them  just cant get my head around the fools gold shocks and wheels tho   :imaposer: :thumleft: :thumleft:
:lol8: Its a Atwin thing - unique from the previous version

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Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2017, 10:09:07 pm »
Congrats Schalk
Is this one of the Quest bikes....or just a similar sticker kit perhaps?
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Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2017, 07:58:44 am »
Congrats Schalk
Is this one of the Quest bikes....or just a similar sticker kit perhaps?
No just the sticker kit, buy it from any Honda dealer.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2017, 08:11:43 am »
geluk met die bike - dankie vir die info so ver  - ek volg..
 

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Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2017, 08:17:31 am »
Jou kapitalis!
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Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2017, 08:25:35 am »
Bly ek kon vir jou help met die deposit. Ek is nog steeds chuffed met die bike. Geniet die AT. Eendag as ek groot is sal ek nie omgee nie.
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Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2017, 08:27:44 am »
Jou kapitalis!
Bly ek kon vir jou help met die deposit. Ek is nog steeds chuffed met die bike. Geniet die AT. Eendag as ek groot is sal ek nie omgee nie.

Vir die rekord: EK sal nog steeds 'n KLR gebruik as ek deur Afrika ry  :3some:
Sometimes you don't need a plan, just balls :)
I'd rather ... be riding my motorcycle and thinking about God than sitting ... in Church and thinking about my motorcycle.