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  1. Kyle Moore

    Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin 2016

    It's been 26 years since I last purchased a brand new motorcycle. That changed today. This purchase started August 2015 after reading the release from Honda the they were actually going to bring to production the CRF1000L Africa Twin (AT). In particular the DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) model. After struggling with a low-functioning left hand (read 20 screws/pins and a couple of plates) working the clutch in extended periods of technical terrain became a challenge. As more of the specs were release later in the early fall my anticipation of the AT was slightly diminished. It seems as though time for the accountants, lawyers, and marketing team would prove to be the addition of a "few extra pounds", and "fewer ponies". Most of us know light weight, and horsepower cost money. Over the past few months I've wrestled with requesting my deposit back, and purchasing a slightly-used BMW R1200GS. That was, until I read the recent off-road review from the US release ride in Moab. The likes of Jimmy Lewis, Scott Brady and Jim Downs gave it's capability glowing reviews. That said, the R1200GS always seemed a bit awkward ergonomically for me. Though I've only ridden the AT the long way home from North Valley Honda in Phoenix it seems to fit my stature and preferred riding position. The saddle, though scooped has lots of room for and aft of center to move around. The bars (which I had the service guy rotate into a passive stand-up Adventure riding position) are amazingly tall. I may not need risers. My BMW F800GS required 2" risers. The bars seem wider than the 800GS as well. It seems the front end weight on the bars is more than the 800GS for low speed, or parking lot maneuvers. The DCT took me all of about 1 miles to start enjoying. I anticipate an even greater grin factor once the break-in period is done. Which shouldn't be long. The ability to put it in manual mode and use the left paddle-shifters, or select 4 different drive modes from "D" (which I would call valet or tree-hugger mode) all the way to Sport III mode (which changes the shift range to a much higher RPM) should wet any appetite. Add to this, the ability to turn off the rear ABS, and select from 4 steps of traction control will make the riding experience anything form tame/lame to tire-eater. Which brings me to a comment about the tires. If Honda marketing is calling the AT "True Adventure" why, oh why would they put street tires on it. At least give us something with some kind of traction off-road. I've been told the AT is most like the 990 off-road. If so, I would have to say it will attract many a 950/990 rider with it's on-road prowess. The garage was lightened by one bike this morning, my Husqvarna TE449 - and graced by the big AT at the end of the day. Another new season of riding to come. Looking forward to the NMBDR (New Mexico Backcountry Discover Route)! The team at North Valley Honda in Phoenix, AZ were awesome! I highly recommend them.
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    Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin (2016)

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    Love it! Major upgrade from my heavily modified BMW F800GS.
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    Specifications 2016 Honda CRF1000L ENGINE TYPE Liquid-cooled SOHC 8-valve parallel twin with 270-degree crank DISPLACEMENT 998cc BORE x STROKE 92.0 x 75.1mm CLUTCH Wet multi-plate with coil springs, aluminum cam assist and slipper clutch FINAL DRIVE O-ring sealed chain GEARBOX / TRANSMISSION TYPE Constant-mesh 6-speed manual / 6-speed DCT with on- and off-road riding modes HONDA SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL SYSTEM (HSTC) HSTC 3-levels + switch-off (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model) FRAME TYPE Steel semi-double cradle type with high-tensile strength steel rear sub-frame TUNING RADIUS 8 ft., 2 in. CURB WEIGHT 503 lb. (STD), 534 lb. (DCT/ABS) FUEL CAPACITY 4.96 gal. WIDTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 91.9 x 34.4 x 58.1 inches (STD), 91.9 x 36.6 x 58.1 inches (DCT/ABS) WHEELBASE 62.0 in. SEAT HEIGHT (STD POSITION / LOW POSITION) 34.3/33.5 in. GROUND CLEARANCE 9.8 in. ABS ABS 2-channel with rear ABS off switch (DCT/ABS model only, not on STD model) FRONT BRAKES 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminum hub and radial 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads REAR BRAKE 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. Also Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System on DCT/ABS model FRONT WHEEL Wire spoke with aluminum rim REAR WHEEL Wire spoke with aluminum rim FRONT RIM SIZE 21M/C x MT2.15 REAR RIM SIZE 18M/C x MT4.00 FRONT TIRE 90/90-R21 tube type REAR TIRE 150/70-R18 tube type Courtesy of Cycle World
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    Touratech Video: CRF1000L vs the Old Africa Twin

    Here's a written review giving some fairly decent objective, and subjective feedback. http://theworldaccordingtoluckystriker.blogspot.com/2015/11/2015-honda-crf-1000l-africa-twin.html
  5. Kyle Moore

    Husqvarna 701 Enduro

    For an Adventure platform softer suspension wouldn't do even a lighter rider any good. The Husky tank states it is 1 litre bigger than the KTM good for 8 miles or so. Now, a large 20 Litre tank is a welcome accessory that will help put it on par with standard tanker XLADV's. It should work for those of us that have the KTM since the mounts are the same from what I can see in the pics - unless the seat and plastics have altered that. for a better seat, although it's hard to beat an Airhawk pad for the highway droning - but that isn't what this bike is about for a taller windscreen (hopefully more of a rally screen than the KTM accessory screen engine mapping +/- Most KTM 690 users put on a lighter pipe and have to remap to make the bike idle. There are some great free programs and shared maps that will help give you what you want. I imagine that the Husky buyers will do the same so the mapping claim is not going to be realized unless the bike is left with the stock pipe.
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    KTM 690 Enduro R 2012

    Great multi-purpose trail bike, or solo adventure ride.
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    KTM 690 Enduro R (2012)


    Great multi-purpose trail bike, or solo adventure ride.
  8. Kyle Moore

    Honda Announces 2016 VFR1200X Adventure Model

    Wet weight is 611 lbs. (277kg) for the standard model and 633 lbs. (287kg) for the DCT version. That's without bars, BDCW skid plate, pannier rack and rear plate... I love the V4, shaft drive single-sided swing-arm, and look. But that's it.