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I adulation chance touring bikes. Honestly, it’s mostly because they aloof attending so abuse cool! They’re modular, attending like they can go from like Tierra del Fuego to Nova Scotia, and are usually quick as hell. But for a medium-sized boy like myself, they are generally intimidatingly tall.
I’ve been benumbed consistently on my Moto Guzzi V7 in the New York Burghal breadth aback aftermost November, and I’ve gotten cool adequate on it. It’s not the best adequate affair for best trips—the longest I’ve ridden is aloof beneath three hours on highways—but it’s cool fun to apparatus about on in the city.
When I confused to Williamsburg in August, I knew that eventually or later, I would accept to map out a plan …
With a bench acme of 30.7 inches, it’s aloof about absolute for my five-foot-eight-ish body. I can about consistently flat-foot at stops and never actually anguish about actuality able to action it at low speeds.
But, of course, the V7 is by no agency a dual-sport or chance bike, like the Honda Africa Twin.
The all new Honda Africa Twin is the best agitative bike to appear from Honda in over a decade. With…
(Full disclosure: Honda alone off a gas-filled Africa Twin abreast our Manhattan appointment and gave us two weeks to do whatever we appetite with it.)
For the record, the Africa Twin isn’t awfully tall. It has a dual-position seat, that aback in the low setting, rises at 33.5 inches, and in the alpine setting, sits at 34.3 inches. For comparison, the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx bench comes in at 33.07 inches and 33.85 inches, and the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure’s bench is at 35 inches and 35.8 inches.
But afterwards bent off my V7, aggravating to bandy my leg over the Africa Twin acquainted like I was aggravating to arise a giraffe.
Before I alike got there though, I was nervous. “How would I get on? How would I appear to a stop? Should I use both legs? Whichever one touches first? Am I activity to accept to authority assimilate cars at cartage lights to accumulate this affair up? How abounding times am I activity to bead this affair amid Times Square and Williamsburg?” Those were aloof a few of the thoughts that ran through my apperception afore acrimonious the Africa Twin up from the parking garage.
Of course, aback my aide and Notorious Alpine Man Erik Shilling asked me about how I was activity about benumbed it home, I brushed it off as like “Oh yeah, no biggie.”
The acceptable affair was, it actually was no biggie!
I was able to action out of the barn and through Midtown Manhattan cartage with no problem. About immediately, I acquainted at home on the Africa Twin.
We alone got the bike yesterday, and so far, I’ve apparently put about 10 burghal afar on it. Not a ton, yet, but I’ve begin you can apprentice a abominable bulk about a bike in the aboriginal few afar as you try to acclimatize yourself for the new experience.
So far, I’ve abstruse that this bike’s 998cc parallel-twin agent that puts out 93.8 hp is hella quick. Bouncing amid its Urban and Touring ride modes, this affair actually rips, abnormally already you acquisition additional accessory and rev it out. Our tester isn’t able with the automated DCT transmission, but this chiral accouterment seamlessly and is alluringly accessible to acquisition aloof with.
It’s a little added bike than I’m acclimated to, both in ability and size, but I’ve begin it almost accessible to clasp through traffic, so far. Its massive, high-sitting mirrors were alarming for the abrupt bulk of artery benumbed I did, and for quick lane changes in burghal traffic. It’s alpine benumbed position additionally helps you feel hardly beneath airy in the gnarly bewilderment of Ubers, cabs, and bartering cartage about the city. Also, this affair absolutely eats up acceleration bumps and manhole covers in the city. It’s great.
Though I do accept to be hardly added anxious about how I use my anxiety aback I appear to a stop, I haven’t yet begin it to be abundant of a problem. I can’t collapsed bottom it, but I can accumulate it cocked after issue.
If I were affairs one of these $13,599 bikes, I’d absolutely attending into a blurred kit for it. A quick Google chase shows that Krooztune sells a 30mm and 50mm kit for it for $334, which to me, sounds like it’d be a acute advance for us beneath folk.
Anyways, the better acrimony I’ve had apropos its height, size, and 507-pound weight, is walking about and aggravating to aback it into bound spots in the city. It’s been a absolute pain, but I’m alive on it.
Throughout the abutting two weeks, myself and Erik are acquisitive to get a bit added acquainted with the Africa Twin. So! If there’s annihilation you appetite to apperceive about it, let us apperceive in the comments.
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