Today I got an hour “seat-time” in Honda’s new Africa Twin.
First comment - the cockpit feels like home, getting off my Gen 3 Versys, but there are significant differences: the LED instrument panel seems to be a dark smoke color, w/ the items (speed, etc) coming up in a ‘lighter’ smoke NOT the easiest to read, tho’ it DOES have a gear indicator as well as the usual trip computor giving mpg, range, etc; the mirrors look similar to the V ones and don’t appear to vibrate (at least at the speeds AND the roads I rode); the handlebars are 1 or 1.25”, but STILL my right hand went numb (they DO seem to be as high as mine are w/ their 2” Rox Risers, thus facilitating standing on the ‘pegs); and the seat feels OK - the front doesn’t slide you into the tank - but w/out a few more miles it’s hard to say whether it’s MORE comfortable or not.
I couldn’t “flat-foot” the AT but also not quite ’tip-toes’, I figure it’s about half an inch higher than is my V, so, while not a big issue - I HAD to remember THAT when putting a foot down. Pulling away, again it felt quite similar, and I got onto the highway for about 10 minutes, then headed for the Beaver Lake Road, a quite rough paved, gravel, and dirt road that heads UP from around 1400’ ASL to above 4000, tho’ I didn’t go that high due to my time constraints.
You can’t miss the rough patches, and there’s fresh gravel near the bottom for a mile or so, so I was on-the-pegs, which felt very normal to me, tho’ as I ride w/ the balls of my feet on the ‘pegs a lot, I felt my right heel contacting something. Turned out to be the muffler, (which you can see in this pic).
so I moved my feet forward, continuing (fairly carefully as I didn’t want to dump someone else’s bike), but getting HARD into the gas.
Again - it felt similar to MY Gen 3, which has been up-graded a’bit’….
I wasn’t about to try broad-sliding it, but I did try the traction control in both the 3rd level (MOST intrusive), and the 1st, but didn’t figure how to get rid of it entirely, so - did I feel ALL 100 HP…? No, but it felt pretty peppy, again - similar to my Gen 3. The brakes felt pretty good, again very similar to the V brakes.
Off the hill, back onto the highway, passed a few cages. AGAIN - Guess what it felt similar to…?
From all the tests on the AT I’ve read, I would like to try the DC version in some REAL dirt!