Anyone else have an Africa Twin?

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10/9/2017 11:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/9/2017 11:26 AM

Just wondering if any of you slackers have taken the plunge and bought an adventure bike. If so, what have you done to it as far as aftermarket stuff? It's a pretty tempting money pit. I'm hoping to get some bar-dragging berm shots on the 500 lb beast, once I get it dialed in.

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10/9/2017 11:42 AM

I'm wanting one. I want to get one and take a ride down through Mexico and Alaska.

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10/9/2017 11:56 AM

I don't have an Africa Twin, I do have a Moto Guzzi Stelvio (their version of Adventure Touring). I LOVE the thing!

It is certainly a way to burn through a bunch of cash, but it's glorious fun. One of my riding bud's just picked up a 2017 Africa Twin and we have done a couple of rides around here.

Last Friday we did what's called a "Loop of the Lake" around the Great Salt Lake. It was 272 total miles, and a 100 of dirt. He has a 690 KTM, and wanted a twin to be able to keep up on the highway stretches. He picked his up with 450 miles, and the Altrider catalog already thrown at it. He is very pleased with the bike so far, and planning to take it to Baja in November.

Took mine to Baja last Spring, with him on his 690. The big bikes struggle in the sand with 80/20 tires, however, with knobs they do fairly well.

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10/9/2017 11:58 AM

Looking for one of these myself.Photo

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10/9/2017 12:03 PM

I think ML512 has one, I am thinking of getting one to replace my ninja, yes yes a totally different bikes, but I like the adventure riding scene

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Current rides: 2020 CRF450RWE and 2019 TC300
Occasional ride for VMX: 1985 CR500RF
Adventure/Road bike: CRF1000L

10/9/2017 12:04 PM

Was in Portugal last week and saw one on every corner. Haven't seen one in the states yet.

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10/9/2017 12:44 PM

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Laguna Diablo dry lake, south of Baja 3 on the way to San Felipe. 600 lbs, 105 hp Good Times!

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10/9/2017 1:27 PM

I've got a KLR650 that has gotten me through some pretty intense adventures over the years!

Check out this video of me riding high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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10/9/2017 1:30 PM

I want one as well, how happy is everyone with the power? I'm 6'4" 200lbs and as badass is the ktm r is, I can't justify the extra money for a toy.

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10/9/2017 1:55 PM

This is my weapon of choice and absolutely love it ! Really capable on the trail and comfortable on tarmac. Tall bike though for a shorty like me (5'8")Photo

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10/9/2017 2:01 PM

I have one...

I have found that guys from a street background talk about how lightweight and capable it feels... I am from Moto, I pretty much think the opposite... It is ridiculously heavy for hard off-road or track use... And while it has loads of power, it is geared to the moon, which makes the gears much wider, and I mean Much wider, than what we r used to.... And that is something I am still not used to...

I use mine mostly for highway use and for riding around on gravel roads.... To me that is what it seems best at....

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10/9/2017 2:28 PM

If you want capable off road and decent comfort KTM 990, a friend owns one and we chased each other our local off-road park. We took that big thing everywhere we took my 250xc, from fast whooped out trail to handle bar tight single track. I was very impressed how it felt for it's size and weight. Rumor is KTM is working on an 800 to target bmw, that's what I'm waiting on.

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10/9/2017 2:33 PM

I have a KTM 1290 Super adventure R.

Have had this type of streetbike (ADV) for years, previously had sportbikes, and everything under the sun really (aside from cruisers- I will never be that old)

If you are tall, once you get used to the generous ergos of ADV bikes, there is no going back. Even if you never ride off road- they are made to fit larger humans, rather than made for tiny jockeys , as sportbikes are these days

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10/9/2017 2:41 PM

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10/9/2017 2:54 PM

Cam....check your pm.

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10/9/2017 3:36 PM

disbanded wrote:

I've got a KLR650 that has gotten me through some pretty intense adventures over the years!

Check out this video of me riding high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

I was afraid just watching that towards the top. Then a random dog decides to end it's life and run off a cliff!!!!

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Nick
-2015 Grom grocery getter
-2011 Road King Classic
-2010 WR250X supermoto

10/9/2017 9:03 PM

I have one for just over a year and love it.
Checks all the boxes for me.
I wanted something that could cruise two up at socal highway speeds.
My wife and I like to run up to Big Bear for breakfast.
Ride to work when weather is nice, forty miles each way.
Handles fire roads really well.
Thrifty gas mileage.
Although it is the lightest in its segment it still weighs 500 pounds.
Not fun to pickup by yourself.

Mods
Went to heavier springs and re-valved shock.
I weigh 185 with gear.
Mitos Eo7 tires
Seat Concepts rally seat (the stocker has a weird shape that makes you slide forward to the tank).
Taller Honda windscreen.

Future mods
Hard ano the fork sliders (the stock coating started to wear in less than 5K miles. Honda says normal wear so you will need to address that on your own)
Or I may swap the forks for KYB sss.
You will love it. you can even get a big tail bag so you can fit all of your Bernie Sanders and Sierra club stickers cool




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10/9/2017 10:50 PM

geordieshaft wrote:

This is my weapon of choice and absolutely love it ! Really capable on the trail and comfortable on tarmac. Tall bike though for a shorty like me (5'8")Photo

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Eye-popping CR! How does that end up in the pic? Someone riding it to the Pub? silly

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10/10/2017 9:38 AM

blusmbl wrote:

I was afraid just watching that towards the top. Then a random dog decides to end it's life and run off a cliff!!!!

Haha, that was a mountain goat!

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10/10/2017 11:12 AM

No AT for me but am very happy with the KTM 990 ADV bike and platform. Started riding these big bikes 5 years ago after a life of moto and offroad. Been a great move and experience traveling far far away on these Time Traveling machines.
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10/10/2017 11:12 AM

We rode Africa Twins on ice last year. Pretty fun!

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10/10/2017 11:23 AM

Is that the same as a Caribbean Queen?

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10/10/2017 12:10 PM

Watch this wild ride!

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10/10/2017 12:45 PM

I have the 250L Rally and love it. Such a capable bike. My sad and brother both have AT and our other buddy has the 1190 and all are great bikes. Dad has his suspension done at race tech and a steering stabilizer, the thing handles so well.
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10/10/2017 12:45 PM

My dad has an older grey market ATwin, and he's wanting to get a new one. I've seen 2 people ride the new ATwin like it's a dirt bike, even in deep sand. They are not as flashy or powerful as 1190R, but seem to get the job done and as usual, has that Honda fit and finish. I do like the tank-seat juncture better.

Me personally, I added an 04 KTM 950 back to the stable after having one many years ago. Still has carbs, no electronic gadgets, and maybe not the best fit and finish compared to newer 1190/1090s, but it hauls 85+mph down the road, including a 75 mile round trip twice a week to work, and still scoots along in two track dirt roads.

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10/10/2017 2:43 PM

tunedlength wrote:

I have one for just over a year and love it.
Checks all the boxes for me.
I wanted something that could cruise two up at socal highway speeds.
My wife and I like to run up to Big Bear for breakfast.
Ride to work when weather is nice, forty miles each way.
Handles fire roads really well.
Thrifty gas mileage.
Although it is the lightest in its segment it still weighs 500 pounds.
Not fun to pickup by yourself.

Mods
Went to heavier springs and re-valved shock.
I weigh 185 with gear.
Mitos Eo7 tires
Seat Concepts rally seat (the stocker has a weird shape that makes you slide forward to the tank).
Taller Honda windscreen.

Future mods
Hard ano the fork sliders (the stock coating started to wear in less than 5K miles. Honda says normal wear so you will need to address that on your own)
Or I may swap the forks for KYB sss.
You will love it. you can even get a big tail bag so you can fit all of your Bernie Sanders and Sierra club stickers cool




I already have one, had it for a few months, but haven't had much chance to do anything to it because I've been working out of town. I've got about 600 miles on it, all street. I cannot believe you haven't put crash bars on it...I think that's going to be one of the first things I do. Here's my plan:

- Crash bars, maybe touratec or similar
- Raise front fender
- Tires...not sure which kind, I'm open to suggestions.
- 12v phone charger
- Centerstand
- Taller wind screen
- Giant Loop tank and saddlebags
- Suspension done

I'd like to get some of the cool stuff these guys have for it

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