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Old 08-17-2016, 09:04 AM   #16
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The Africa twin comes with 18/21, which is no good for aggressive road use.
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Africa Twin w/ 17's makes as much sense as R1 w/ 19's.
With a qualified pilot at the helm you would be pleasantly surprised what 21/18 size tires can do on twisty roads.

Plenty of 21/18 choices in dual sport and road oriented tires.

Plus with our shitty metro pothole infested roads the 21 front is a pleasure to ride.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:32 AM   #17
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Just shy of 100hp of the smoothest most tractable power imaginable
But that's the good and the bad of it. While a tractable motor off road is good, the testers' almost universally complain that there's no snap, and a wheelie is something you really have to coax the African Twin into doing.

A sumo has got to be able to wheelie, it must have snap.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:34 AM   #18
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With a qualified pilot at the helm you would be pleasantly surprised what 21/18 size tires can do on twisty roads...
It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Just about any modern size tire can go way faster than you should be going on the street. That is the reality of the situation, the street environment is the limiter not the tire.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:16 AM   #19
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It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Just about any modern size tire can go way faster than you should be going on the street. That is the reality of the situation, the street environment is the limiter not the tire.
QFT. With the condition of the roads around here, a 21" with DOT knobbies is about the only tolerable setup.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:31 AM   #20
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QFT. With the condition of the roads around here, a 21" with DOT knobbies is about the only tolerable setup.
West bound 580 over Altamont Pass.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:18 AM   #21
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:23 AM   #22
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Wait! I thought the Weestrom was the perfect motorcycle.



I think you're on to something. When the 950 Adv came out there were guys putting 17's on them. An AT with 17's might be a really good bike!
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:28 AM   #23
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I think you're on to something. When the 950 Adv came out there were guys putting 17's on them. An AT with 17's might be a really good bike!
Which is my 950 Supermoto. A weapon.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:43 AM   #24
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It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Just about any modern size tire can go way faster than you should be going on the street. That is the reality of the situation, the street environment is the limiter not the tire.
Yea, but if you learned to ride fast on a sportbike and trailbraking with the front all the way to the apex is part of your style of riding then you get in to trouble really easy on a bike with 21" front wheel.
I know because I have friends that wrecked XR650R and KTM990ADV because of it.
I would be quite shy riding street on a bike with skinny front tire.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:54 AM   #25
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I like the idea of HATS with 17" tires. More choice, plus tubeless makes sense for a road bike.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:17 PM   #26
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I think you're on to something. When the 950 Adv came out there were guys putting 17's on them. An AT with 17's might be a really good bike!
It was called the 950 SMC...17's included.
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I have one! It's not the ideal bike, even though it looks like that on paper. It's a very focused bike. The sitting position, the suspension tune, the engine characteristics. Most importantly, it's not a Honda

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I think you're on to something. When the 950 Adv came out there were guys putting 17's on them. An AT with 17's might be a really good bike!
LOL, it is!!! But if the HATS existed, I think it would take over and reign supreme.

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Which is my 950 Supermoto. A weapon.
But KTM...

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I like the idea of HATS with 17" tires. More choice, plus tubeless makes sense for a road bike.
Exactly - forgot about that. Spoke wheels and tubes are annoying - tubeless is the way to go. Plus, you can put M7RR's on 17's, the best tire in existence.

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Old 08-17-2016, 12:24 PM   #28
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No, I'm talking about the Adv. I remember talking with Dan about ordering a set of 17's to go with a 950 Adv.
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LOL, it is!!! But if the HATS existed, I think it would take over and reign supreme.
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