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Offline wilfwalk

Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:10:23 am »
Hi everyone,

I need advice about whether I could realistically consider buying an Africa Twin. My concern is that I'm short (1,72m) and light (66 Kg) and 62 years old. Up to now I've owned several bikes, none bigger or heavier than a 250 (Honda Tornado) and CRF230F's. My initial feeling is that its not a good idea, I don't want to end up a cripple at my age !

I'm sure that while its upright I'll enjoy the bike, but what about on gravel / wet dirt roads, etc. ? I would like to do a lot / most my riding on gravel / dirt roads.

Your practical experiences will be appreciated.
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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 10:50:51 am »
From what I have heard, is that the new AT feels like a 650 for the balance and light feeling.
I went from a 650 XRL to a 1200 GSA and I must say it feels lighter on gravel and handles better.

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 11:01:22 am »
On the lowest seat setting it is about 850mm but with it being narrower than my experience with GS's I can put both feet flat.

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 11:05:11 am »
I love my AT.  It handles very well (I'm no riding god) while riding.  But it's not light when lying on it's side.  In my experience the 1200GS picks up easier as it can pivot a bit on it's pig pods. 
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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 11:51:02 am »
From what I have heard, is that the new AT feels like a 650 for the balance and light feeling.
I went from a 650 XRL to a 1200 GSA and I must say it feels lighter on gravel and handles better.

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 11:59:02 am »
A slender gentleman of about 75, a friend who previously rode DR650s, switched to the Africa Twin recently. He says it is exceptionally well-balanced and handles like a smaller bike. Apparently with the lower seat option, even I (1.63m) should be able to ride it comfortably.
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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2018, 12:52:04 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:
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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 12:54:05 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:


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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 12:55:59 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:


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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2018, 12:59:39 pm »
Thanks to you all for your inputs, much appreciated !! Decisions, decisions !!. Will try arrange a decent test ride to help me decide, might opt for the smaller 250L if the AT seems too much to handle.
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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2018, 01:32:01 pm »
Thanks to you all for your inputs, much appreciated !! Decisions, decisions !!. Will try arrange a decent test ride to help me decide, might opt for the smaller 250L if the AT seems too much to handle.
Thanks again.

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2018, 01:39:59 pm »
The standard seat has a low and normal setting. Then you get an optional extra at Honda for a low seat. This seat makes the AT quite rideable for shorter people. I am 1.76 and I ride the AT on the standard seat height. When the riding gets really technical I will consider the lower option of the standard configuration.

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2018, 02:03:16 pm »
Buy it if you want it.

Just remember that small bikes are so much less effort and much cheaper when they fall over.

The AT would be brilliant on the longer rides and a bit of a pain going to the cafe.
 

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2018, 03:43:05 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2018, 03:45:14 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:

She's a keeper!

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2018, 04:24:40 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:


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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 04:46:24 pm »
My Girlfriend rides my AT with no trouble on lowest seat setting with me as pillion drinking a beer.
She is shorter than you but probably heavier as well  :peepwall:


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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 04:49:39 pm »
Buy it if you want it.

Just remember that small bikes are so much less effort and much cheaper when they fall over.

The AT would be brilliant on the longer rides and a bit of a pain going to the cafe.

You fall over a lot when going to the cafe? :imaposer:
 

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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 05:00:03 pm »
Just buy the AT and be done with , it is one of the best balanced bikes I have ridden , the seat isn't high at all and what weight it does have it hides very well [quote

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The AT would be brilliant on the longer rides and a bit of a pain going to the cafe.
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Re: Advice about coping with an Africa Twin
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 05:30:14 pm »
Buy it if you want it.

Just remember that small bikes are so much less effort and much cheaper when they fall over.

The AT would be brilliant on the longer rides and a bit of a pain going to the cafe.

You fall over a lot when going to the cafe? :imaposer:

Don't you just know it!  ;)  No, I enjoy fairly technical slow stuff, where falls, scratches and bumps are the norm.


I've seen you, Hardy. You make that AT look like a 125, so it's unfair to project your easy handling of a quarter ton bike onto someone of a little more than half your weight.

And Dux, you know what I mean. It's much easier to move a little dirtbike in and out the yard, to bump onto the pavement and slip through narrow gaps etc.  You can knock panel pins in with a four-pounder, but it's just easier with a little upholstery hammer. 

I've ridden the DCT and it's a truly great bike. I'd buy one like a shot if I needed one. But right now my little bike is all I need.