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    Hey Jarett. I too am looking at the Africa Twin as well as the VFR1200X...leaning toward the VFR. I returned to riding after many years away and went with the NC700X. Took it on a 500 Miler and thought (still think) it is a little too light. If by chance you have the opportunity to continue to post your experience with the AT it would be great. EIther way, have fun, be safe, and enjoy! Very nice looking bike by the way.

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    I was thinking about the VFR as well, but I watched several review videos and they pushed me towards the Africa Twin. Even the salesfolks at the dealerships I talked to suggested AT over VFR. These videos really highlight the differences between them.





    Around 13:35 of the VFR video, he says something like, "Why buy the VFR when you can get the AT for less?"

    Everyone I've talked to has been positive about the AT and down on the VFR for various reasons. On paper, the VFR seems more like the type of bike I'd enjoy, but I just went with the reviews and got the AT.

    What made you feel like the 700x was too light?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzflorida View Post
    Hey Jarett. I too am looking at the Africa Twin as well as the VFR1200X...leaning toward the VFR. I returned to riding after many years away and went with the NC700X. Took it on a 500 Miler and thought (still think) it is a little too light. If by chance you have the opportunity to continue to post your experience with the AT it would be great. EIther way, have fun, be safe, and enjoy! Very nice looking bike by the way.
    Paradoxically I think the opposite about the weight. The NC700X is pretty heavy at 472/500 lbs depending on transmission yet feels and handles like a bike 100-150 lbs lighter. Its very stable at 70-100 mph and isnt much affected by crosswinds or dirty air in traffic. The best 17 and 19 street rubber fits the NC and 1200X unlike the 21 front 18 rear on the AT. At speed bias ply 21 tires track terribly on crappy and grooved pavements. Id prefer the 1200X over the AT if I was looking at these. I was very excited when Honda brought the 1200X stateside but its not a replacement for my ST. If the ST ever wears out I might well find a 1200X.
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    Apparently these are Africa Twins they and seem to handle ok at high speed and corners:



    Track starts around 5min in on this one.


    That's much faster than I'll ever be riding mine personally.

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    Guy Martin could ride anything anywhere faster than 99.9% of all riders but that does not change facts and physics one iota. I’ll grant you the benefit of 100 miles experience under your belt and leave it at that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dduelin View Post
    I’ll grant you the benefit of 100 miles experience under your belt and leave it at that.
    Thanks for that grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    Thanks for that grant
    You are welcome
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    Technically, its 150 miles at this point, but who is counting?

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    Update, 3 weeks into mc ownership and 1337 miles on the bike. Got the break in oil change out of the way and also cleaned and lubed the chain.

    I'm hooked. Finally starting to feel like things are clicking a bit more when I ride. I'm definitely glad I went with the Africa Twin, its a cool bike. I'm enjoying it on and off the road. I need to wash it actually as its covered in mud from some muddy roads I went down over the weekend.

    The power is not too much for me at this point. Very similar feeling to my old supercharged jet skis. I actually kinda wish it was a little quicker and that I had gotten the 1200cc, but realistically, this is all the performance I need on pavement.

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    I was on call this weekend, so had to stay close to the house. I went and found some muddy backroads to play on:



    Then went out to the lake:



    Then out to a small town nearby to meet some buddies for a breakfast taco:


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