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Every fricken review of the AT makes me jones for one all that much more.

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Every fricken review of the AT makes me jones for one all that much more.
Seems like a no brainer. The heavy ones are too tall and have goofy tire sizes, making them a big compromise for street riding. Conversely, their tire sizes aren't goofy enough to make them excel in dirt, nevermind that they're too tall, heavy, and powerful for most to do that well either.
For the price difference you could get an AT for "adventuring" and a barely used middle weight sportbike for street/track riding and have the best of both worlds.
OTOH, I could see the non AT's in this comparo being the better option for taking Mr & Mrs Sasquatch touring.
This trend of making bike engines so powerful that they need electronic governing to keep their tires hooked up and their riders from killing themselves, seems pretty well overdone at this point.
Honda wins this one hands down.
Now if they put 17" wheels and drop the height of their new VFR 1200 by about 3", I could see me owning another Honda. The last time I bought one was 1997.
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1st of all my pension fund has better things to be spent on.
2nd, the AT is purely on off-roader with some blacktop capabilities (I betcha a Versys would stick with it in the right hands on the twisties)
3rd, IF I was given the choice of any of the 4 bikes tested, & taking into consideration my riding style & what I personally need from a bike, it would be the Beemer hands down.
4th, I won't be trading in the Versys for any of them!!!
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1st of all my pension fund has better things to be spent on.
2nd, the AT is purely on off-roader with some blacktop capabilities (I betcha a Versys would stick with it in the right hands on the twisties)
3rd, IF I was given the choice of any of the 4 bikes tested, & taking into consideration my riding style & what I personally need from a bike, it would be the Beemer hands down.
4th, I won't be trading in the Versys for any of them!!!
Have you ever ridden one of the big boxer BMW's....I do not care for them.....the 800gs is pretty nice, and a close second choice for me....then perhaps a Tiger, but I really want to stick with a Japanese brand for pretty clear reasons. Then who knows what the baby S10 will be....or even if the US will get it.

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Seems like a no brainer. The heavy ones are too tall and have goofy tire sizes, making them a big compromise for street riding. Conversely, their tire sizes aren't goofy enough to make them excel in dirt, nevermind that they're too tall, heavy, and powerful for most to do that well either.
For the price difference you could get an AT for "adventuring" and a barely used middle weight sportbike for street/track riding and have the best of both worlds.
OTOH, I could see the non AT's in this comparo being the better option for taking Mr & Mrs Sasquatch touring.
This trend of making bike engines so powerful that they need electronic governing to keep their tires hooked up and their riders from killing themselves, seems pretty well overdone at this point.
Honda wins this one hands down.
Now if they put 17" wheels and drop the height of their new VFR 1200 by about 3", I could see me owning another Honda. The last time I bought one was 1997.
I am not really busted up about some of the things Honda "left off"...cruise, computer controlled susp....all that jazz. They built this thing a little more on the basic side I think....and a little more dirty over the other offerings.

Everyone looks at it next to the big bikes, I think it is more along the lines of the Tiger or bmw 800....it just has the 1000cc so everyone seems to lump it in with the bigger bikes.

Really what I want is that old Trans Alp I walked away from years ago....that is what I need....I don't need 100+ hp and all that junk, just give me a good modern middle weight bike that can do dirty roads...ROADS...and interstate cruise with no trouble.

Sounds like the old Trans Alp....you know that mythical middle weight ADV bike...that weighs less then a billion pounds.

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Honda is typically down in power compared to their direct competition. Often anyway. In the case of the AT I don't think that necessarily a bad thing. There are multiple options available for bikes with all the bells and whistles. The at isn't one of them and I'm very fine with that also. I feel like for me it's probably the best bike on the market right now. I say that without riding it of course.
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Honda is typically down in power compared to their direct competition. Often anyway. In the case of the AT I don't think that necessarily a bad thing. There are multiple options available for bikes with all the bells and whistles. The at isn't one of them and I'm very fine with that also. I feel like for me it's probably the best bike on the market right now. I say that without riding it of course.
Same here....I have not so much as seen one in the flesh. After that I could change my mind.

I know I would not buy a bike again without riding it first...made that mistake once.

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