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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #200 on: October 03, 2019, 09:20:01 am »
So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

Keen to hear your evaluation.

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Ek sal ook Kobus en Hardy se opinies wil hoor?
 

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #201 on: October 03, 2019, 05:33:54 pm »
@Kobus Myburgh  en @Hardy de Kock  nou waar is daardie deel van die oscar-poging-wiel-rol-foto-skiet ?

Man ek wens nou regtig ek kon vir jou die resultaat van my pogings wys, maar lyk my dit sal later uitkom as deel van die bloopers as die stof gaan lÍ.  My Ďrolí in die film was onbelangrik.  :biggrin:
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #202 on: October 03, 2019, 06:10:06 pm »
So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

Keen to hear your evaluation.

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Ek sal ook Kobus en Hardy se opinies wil hoor?

Ek praat nou net namens myself hier:

We had very little opportunity to ride the bikes.  When it did happen it was over short distances.  We also didnít have the spec sheet so even that was an unknown.

The first thing I noticed was that the bike sounds different.  Be it the additional horsepower or something with the exhaust, it really has a nice ring to it.  Iíve never had the urge to change my exhaust on my 2017 model and will certainly not consider changing it on the new one.  The only possible reason would be for saving some weight.

The throttle response is different.  It is more direct and less of a delay.  Remember Iím talking DCT only.  We had 5 bikes there and only one (Black one) was a manual.  This bike was never ridden.

The additional power is noticeable, but youíll have to be accustomed to the current model to feel the difference in my opinion.

The new TFT display is nice, but Iím the wrong person to evaluate that.  Iím all for simplicity and probably need no more than a speedometer, temperature and fuel gauge and an optional rev counter.  The guys rode a lot of dust and it seemed less prone to dust build up than the current model.  It is really state of the art stuff if youíre into that kind of thing.

It now feature more riding modes and more settings than previous.  Again, you have to be able to appreciate and use these different settings.  Unfortunately I am content with ABS off, traction control off, power just below full and off I go.  I think if you utilize the full extent of the available aids, it would give you great pleasure.  I would not mind the wheelie control feature.

There is obvious differences in the two models.  The L1 (red one) is the more offroad version, the 1190 in the KTM world.  (Just better looking   :pot:). Itís sleek CBR like rear, together with a narrower seat, instill confidence from the moment you mount it.  Combine that with the lower screen and you get that enduro feel.  The new model keeps the low COG and handles really well, better than the current model.

The L4, Adventure Sports model is similar in terms of specifications to the L1, apart from the larger fuel capacity, luggage carrying ability and other cosmetic differences, adding the obvious additional weight.  This is now competing with the 1250 and 1290.  For those power hungry junkies that believe this is a feeble attempt by Honda with only a slight increase in HP ...... Iíll reserve comment. 

What is really inspiring is the fact that Honda is investing a lot in the accessories department for the new AT.  Gone is the flimsy plastic panniers and replaced with durable aluminum ones.  Proper center stands and luggage plates now form part of the sales services offered.

The Adventure Sports is my pick of the two.  It is a truly beautiful bike.  Everything seems to be proportional and the color scheme is surreal.  Iíve seen Claude ride it in thick, sandy 2 spoor Jeep track near Sossusvlei in the dark and he had a blast.



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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #203 on: October 03, 2019, 06:11:44 pm »
Daar is nog baie om te vertel en ek sal weer pen op papier sit en die storie klaar maak sodra ek bietjie meer tyd het.
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #204 on: October 03, 2019, 06:18:18 pm »
So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

Keen to hear your evaluation.

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Hi Ian, Iíve hopefully answered you on the electronics.  The bash plate seems sturdy, but for peace of mind weíll probably always change to a better aftermarket one.  We had the PPUís and I would like to see the final units crash bars more sturdy.

I couldnít be bothered about the tubeless rims or not.  Fixing a flat the old school way have become second nature and often adds to the adventure.  :thumleft:
"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them.  I want men who will come if there is no road at all."

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