Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wayne, Sep 18, 2019.
So far, all we see are the lights, which are pretty sweet.
The latest info here.
That is alot.
Alot of bike or alot of money? Lol
Early this morning I was certain that I would be placing a deposit on the new steed with the 6 speed manual - I’m not ready for the DCT model.
Very much to my disappointment upon the website getting updated later this afternoon, the only way to get an Africa Twin that isn’t black is to order the DCT. All 6 speed manual bikes are black only. In my mind this is a ploy by Honda to sell some of the DCT models that have been the less popular option. A very disapointed individual here this evening...
Alot of bike.
Alot of electronics.
Alot of sales pitch.
When it comes to TFT display, the Africa Twin has touch screen capabilities. However KTM decided against the touch screen feature, saying that it would increase distracted riding and would also encourage one hand leaving the handle bars while riding. So they instead have the TFT controlled with a thumb control buttons.
Also looks like you have to buy the Adventure Sport to get tubeless tires? Sneaky Honda.
Maybe not so sneaky if it serves to chase away potential purchasers.
I test rode the Africa Twin, just to play with the DCT and experience it. It was really really nice. Shifted well. My trouble was that I was playing with the different riding modes too much to enjoy either. DCT would not deter me. Weird to not pull in the clutch when stopping or shifting with paddles but tons of power, big and tall. Certainly a big boys bike!!
I can't see anything but my trusty ST1300 for now, but did also ride the DCT goldwing. Much like my ST but too much money for a cheap bastard like me.
I somewhat agree, that the new 2020 Africa Twin may have went a little overboard with some of it’s features. And maybe the case where less is more. But I have no experience with any of these Africa Twins, so I do not know about the good, bad and ugly.
I work on a computer all day, but have never once thought to compare my bike/gps/tft display to my daily job. Ever.
As for the tubeless tires, in fact, I think that tubes are probably the safest. If non spoke cast aluminum rims gets fractured and leaks air, there's no road side fix. If the seal on a spoke rim leaks, it will leave you stranded. But with a tube type tire, a tube can be patched or replaced on the trail easily. I think the BMW GSA and Super Tenere probably has the best set up for rims.
As for the technology advancement with these newer bikes, I have heard some say that it takes away from the riding experience. Personally I would disagree. I feel that the advance technology only increases the riding experience and safety. I still consider myself a fairly new rider, and I can honestly say that my confidence has increased a lot with the help of these new features. So for me, I love it! And riding my KLR in comparison would be boring. But this is just my personal opinion.
The big down side to all of this is the reliability of the bike with this technology. And of course any amount of reading online, is usually about the faults. Not many talk about their trouble free bikes. So the only true way is to experience the bike for yourself. Do I feel the 1290r is reliable? Well…after reading a lot online, it makes me feel not confident. BUT, I’m over 10,000klms and issue free so far. Ride until it breaks!
Funny because I don't use the cluster at all, only the NavIV GPS for speedo. That's it.
WHen I stop I will occasinally look at tire pressure.. but that is all.
Same with me. I hope people don't think we watch the display like its a TV, lol.
I didn't buy the "My Ride" app with my bike. So my Netflix viewing is at home only, lol.
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