|The first, real||Budapest: 2019-05-10 19:05|
|Buenos Aires: 2019-05-10 14:05|
Praha: 2019-05-10 19:05
I think I can be bold enough that - now, already - call myself as a touring motorcycle rider.
The detailed entry on why Hornet isn't the optimal bike for the task is upon arrival - nonetheless after the yesterday rain and before the shower cast for the afternoon, I rode to the Honda TS Integral dealership in Cegléd, to jump on a 2019 Africa Twin for a quick ride. Which was so fresh, the odometer displayed 23 kilometer altogether.
Before that, I had an another chance, to sit on a NC750X too. Well, it's a great bike no misunderstandings, but the automatic transmission scooters...motorcycles - regardless to how the technology advances - shall remain to a WTF forever for me.
I didn't push anything during the ride, kept everything in D. It was a windy day, two major differences were left in me compared to the Africa Twin:
- the windshield needs adjusments (for me), because the incoming wind is brutal
- the suspension and absorption is less refined
Of course this is a good motorcycle, it's more likely the case when you're awaiting the highlight of the evening; before you feel only wasting your time. For daily commuting (there's space to store the helmet) in the capital and its agglomeration could be a good choice.Alright. Put automatic transmission into city-commuter motorcycles.
But why SHOULD an adventure touring motorcycle ever want such?
Africa Twin, 2019
Knowing the reliability and other parameters of the Hondas, also as a touring rider - I've been planning to sit on the seat of an Africa Twin ... well, for quite some time. Naturally I have to add, just by my age at 27 I couldn't have too extensive memories or access in the 80s, when the Africa Twin hasted through the deserts and cut the earned cheese. Yet the double-headlight, unique blue-white-red design has always raised my attention.
In a masculine way, I had some caveats. Well no, not about the bike but my skills. Primarily the 1,000cc parallel-twin engine bites harder than a Harley 1,200, so more sensitive touch of the fingers and the wrist is advised. Secondly, now I don't know why did I feel that, but had some remote doubts with those bikes where the handlebar turns inside the fairing. Understand: the handlebar, the motorcycle, the upper part of your vision goes to the left/right, yet the instruments keep to move forward. It was foolishness: you might notice it at lower speeds, but otherwise a motorcyclist always looks as far as possible and not on the handlebar, right.
The clean, having contrasts and elegant red-white-black external qualities convinced me.
There isn't too much reason to extensively detail this entry, since this was my first real adventure motorcycle roll. I don't know the previous versions (yet) or the other brands' similar motorcycles (yet); so only short notions:
- the manual gearshift lever and the first brake is short + accurate = a pleasure
- the seating position is absolutely comfortable, the higher seat for taller people was perfect, with my about 1.9 meter vertical extension using the footpegs was comfortably relaxed
- the tank-grabbing position was also great: grabbed it right below my knee, so the engine heat didn't get to all my thigh (as on the Hornet)
- can be packed like a mule, could stood firm on any touring ride
- the previous generation already raised the bar high, the 2019 children also have a beautiful sound from the factory
- the instruments probably only cannot make a coffee - the seat can massage - that's what the RTFM is for under the pillow before falling asleep
On the road
True, with adventure bikes the chest videography isn't exactly working anymore.
After I sat back on the Hornet
Acknowledgement and thanks are rendered to Honda TS Integral for the test ride: http://tsintegral.honda.hu