2019 Africa Twin
Just test-rode a 2019 Africa Twin Adventure. The ostensible reason for this is that the 90 knee position on the CTX turns out to be painful for my reconstructed knee. I have forward pegs, but limited help. For some reason a more bent position causes me fewer issues.
Bottom line is that it seems a great bike. VS the ctx:
+ significantly more acceleration (25 more ponies, 200 lbs lighter)
+ more nimble
+ tall: I really like this. I can still flat-foot it (I'm 6'2"), but I enjoyed being up high. I could not swing my leg over the back end, I blame it on jeans being tighter than they should have (wearing woolens underneath, I had just spent an hour on the freeway at 38 degrees). Getting back on my CTX felt like sitting on a kid's bike.
+ electronics: many different levels for torque, power (how can they be changed independently, changing the power curve?), DCT braking, riding mode, etc.
+ tiny windscreen did the job
On the negative side:
- not sure I liked DCT. I thought I would, but it wasn't that seamless. Accelerating sometimes seemed to cause the engine to knock or lug. Downshifting w/ paddle first make the bike practically fly. I should add that I'm over 250, and also it's possible that some of the many settings would have improved this.
- front-end dive. Again, could probably adjust this. The shocks can be fully adjusted.
- twitchy throttle! My ctx twitches like crazy on bump roads in low gears. This bike was very twitchy just getting started. Don't know how it would behave on rough road, especially w/ the skinny throttle grips (use Kuryakns on my CTX).
Overall, not really sure, if it would be an upgrade. Getting back on the CTX for the ride home just seemed right. Hopped on and went, no muss, no fuss. Shifting no problem, took corners and onramps at speed, hit 90 when I wanted to.
I'll probably go back for another ride when the 2020's come in. Also, I'll be spending a few days on a 1200 GS in March.