2016 to Present Africa Twin

Honda released the CRF1000L Africa Twin in 2016. The bike has gotten universally great reviews and was even the best-selling motorcycle over in the UK if memory serves. It sounds like just the right amounts of capable on/off road, character and reliability. Basically everything you want from a motorcycle. Not sure when I’ll be in the mood for a real ADV bike—as I type this I’m still on a retro bike kick. Next time I’m looking for one, though, I’m hoping to pick up one of these.

I really like the color scheme on the one below, but it’s got that silly automatic transmission Honda seems to like to stick in their bikes. I’ve never figured out why color seems to be tied to the transmission type of the bike with Honda, but there it is.

2016 Honda Africa Twin

Kawasaki ZRX1200R

The ZRX1200R started off as the 1100R, but got a bump in displacement after a couple of years. I always liked the look of the bike–retro, purposeful, powerful…and just a little intimidating. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to buy one and as of the time of this writing, still have it. I had the opportunity to sell it recently–and passed. Must be something to it.

Did eventually sell the bike–about mid-April 2013. Here’s a pic of the bike heading to its new home:

ZRX1200R going to new home

Here’s a link to the bike on Bikez.com.

And here it is on Wikipedia.

Any Modern Dual Sport

Something with low weight, good suspension, decent power and good reliability. I bought a 2005 DRZ400 and checked this box off in 2012. It’s everything I hoped it would be.

Here’s a pic of the DRZ as it looked right before I sold it after a bunch of modifications and a wee bit of bed liner.

2005 DRZ400 out on a ride

After putting a bunch of miles on the Dizzer in 2012 and 2013, I sold it in the late fall of 2013. I then turned around and swapped my Monster 900 for a 2008 Yamaha WR250R. This one was the most technically advanced bikes I’d owned in a while. Great suspension, fuel injection, aluminum frame. Basically a very sweet bike and I really enjoyed riding it. Was definitely the best of the dual sports I’d owned at that point and wish I hadn’t sold it in August 2014.

The WR250R with Prineville in the background. I've taken quite a few pics from this view point.
The WR250R with Prineville in the background. I’ve taken quite a few pics from this view point.

 

After the WR, I also owned a DR650 Suzuki and a Honda XR650l. Just as I’d read, the Honda was the best big-bore offroad bike. The Suzuki DR650 was a good road bike and a decent off-roader. The KLR650 I had  that started my dual sport craziness was the best on road—although honestly the DR650 was really close there. Of all of them, the DR650 is the one I liked best and I’ll probably buy another one some day.