Yep,I rented an Africa when I was on an excursion on a Alaskan Cruise. Loved the bike but it was very tall for me (5'10"). Not a lot of traffic lights or stop signs up that way so it was quite doable but I know it would be a bitch for me anywhere else. This was in 2018 so they may have changed the design of the newer models. Make sure it "fits" where you will do most of your miles.
I'm 6' 2.5" and have about a 32" inseam. As stated in my first post, I climbed on it and it is PERFECT for my ergonomics. My feet are close to flat footed on the floor, maybe my heals are ever so slightly off the floor. That's way more than enough stability for my comfort. The bars are PERFECT too, no adjustment or alterations necessary.
For sure,I am surprised nobody has mentioned the Harley Barstool in one of the pics. That store must be a multi-line dealer.
That place is Route 66 Motorsports in Kingman AZ. That place handles Harely, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Polaris, and maybe Indian but, not sure about that. I even sat on a Honda Grom while there. What a nifty little bike.
Grady,WHAT! You just can’t run off and trade her in for a new model. What are you thinking? What will the kids say? Sure she’s smaller, pretty and handles better, but the newness will ware off. I say NO!
Ya know, we all (at least most of us) wish we could have, do have or, did have more spendable income). This way, something like my feelings for this Twin, could be sought after with much more ease. But, at 67, retired (for 10 years so far) and a decent income but not high, I still have to use judgment and common sense in large spending. This is why my thread title didn't or doesn't read, New stablemate.
I didn't look at that video, YET. But I will. As for Does any dual sport do anything great? They aren’t road bikes and they’re not dirt bikes! Well, as I understand it, they're not supposed to do either one GREAT! They're supposed to be good at both. And, as seasoned riders, we know before signing the dotted line, and surely realizing that, they're not GREAT at either of those two. But, for the riders that do own and use them, apparently they're good enough at both for them to keep them and use them for the intended purpose.Holy crap!
If you’re an owner and not a rider I guess $1,000 valve adjust every few years would be okay. But paying $1k once or twice a year would suck! How many mechanics would you trust to do it?
Does any dual sport do anything great? They aren’t road bikes and they’re not dirt bikes!
At a printed (on the headlight in my pics) asking price of $17,199, I'm not gonna run right back up to that dealer and ask how soon can I pick it up. I took some of you folk's advice and looked around at other sections of the country and I'm truly amazed at what I found. There are BRAND NEW 2016 Africa Twins out there!!! That's a 4 year old bike, sitting on the floor. There's brand new '17's, '18's, and '19's. I could care less about traveling if I really wanted one. I'd buzz on over to another state in a minute if I was serious about procuring one. I just happened to see this '20 model while at the dealership that's handling my brake recall service.
Some of you, (I don't have a clue as to how many) have the income and ability to walk into a dealer and walk out or, RIDE out with a brand new bike and didn't even have a thought of procuring one when you entered. I applaud you for that. But, I gotta reason things out before making a decision like that. Hence, it's not sitting in my garage right now.