Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

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Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by Scott_rider » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:33 pm

What's everyone's thoughts on using the Africa Twin for road riding only? What I mean, is the engine 'satisfying' enough for, say, a spirited rider?
I love the styling but have no intention of taking it off road...and a few of them are now coming down in price and are nearly into my budget. Thanks.
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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by byewayrider » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:45 pm

It ain't no ktm lol but park your ass on one and give it a good ragging then decide... I thought them bland... Ktm more spirited for sure..
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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by McVicar » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:25 pm

If you're going that route, what about the 1200 Crosstourer?

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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by RandG » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:40 pm

Just traded mine in though it was the adventure sport model. DCT is brilliant, loved it, had it round the Alps in September though it was hard going with it's weight and my short arse. It's not as quick as a gs but then I traded my gs for it so that tells its own story.

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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by Scott_rider » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:55 pm

McVicar wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:25 pm
If you're going that route, what about the 1200 Crosstourer?
Yes, I like them but the weight is putting me off. Maybe I'll try one out...
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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by Coppice » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:09 pm

Guy Martin has been seen riding his around Cadwell but then he probably got it for free. There's a guy who also laps the nurburgring on one


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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by simonw » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:31 pm

Scott_rider wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:55 pm
McVicar wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:25 pm
If you're going that route, what about the 1200 Crosstourer?
Yes, I like them but the weight is putting me off. Maybe I'll try one out...
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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by daveuprite » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:33 pm

Just don't understand why you would choose that kind of bike as your sole road bike?

These off-road-looking bikes that are actually large, heavy styling exercises are never going to be as good as a proper road / sports bike.

Lots of people buy them because they can only have ONE bike and they want it to be able to tackle a mixture of soft-trails and road work.

But you don't need to compromise. You say you only want a bike for the road. So why compromise when you don't need to?

Get a proper road bike. First decide if your priority is touring or sports, or a bit of both, and then choose from a huge selection of proper road bikes that are not pretending to be dirt bikes. If you don't need long-travel suspension, don't buy it. If you don't need an overburdened RTW monster, don't buy it. If your budget can extend to a s/h Africa Twin then you have loads of dosh for a vast choice of really good road bikes from pretty much any manufacturer you want.

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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by mark vb » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:50 pm

You want a bike for road use only. Why not choose a proper road bike? Oh, I almost forgot, the CRF1000 is a road bike dressed up to look like an off-road bike but with a 21" front wheel to compromise it's on-road handling credentials!
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Re: Africa Twin for road riding only - opinions?

Post by Scott_rider » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:02 pm

To be clear...and that’s why I asked the question...I am just interested in what the AT is like on the road because I like the styling...that’s it, nothing else.

I’ve already got a good road bike but fancy a change and I don’t want to go back to sports bikes like FireBlades and Gixxers because I’ve had them all before... 8-)

Maybe it will have to be a GS...an LC version... :shock:
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