I’ve always enjoyed road bikes and their capabilities in the twisties. Living in an area where we have an abundance of excellent roads to carve up has been an absolute blast and my 2013 FJR is such a thrill.
Lately I’ve started exploring country roads and have enjoyed just getting lost out and away from people and traffic/etc. The thing about being out of cell phone range is that you never know when you’ll hit a dirt, gravel road or water crossing. Well, the FJR has done it all, dirt, gravel, and even a water crossing, although it was not the most comfortable ride, physically and mentally. And then it happened, due to a heavily loose gravel road, I had to turn around and the bike gently tipped over while trying to turn around. T-Rex crash bars to the rescue, no damage to the bike.
This is when I realized that maybe the FJR is not the bike that’s the most suited for the riding I started doing and would like to do more of. So, I started looking, and came across and unbelievable deal on a 2021 Africa Twin Adventure Sports (manual transmission) and pulled the trigger on it. Unfortunately there was a spoke nipple missing (unknown to me until I was changing tires) on one of the rear wheel spokes (spoked wheels ugh, I know), which took a couple of weeks to come in. Well, today was the day. Took her out and… Wow! What a capable bike. I wasn’t expecting it to be so stable in sweepers, but it’s so damn stable and predictable.
For now I’ll be keeping the FJR because it’s just a different bike with a different purpose and I still love riding it, but I’m looking forward to hitting some of those dirt and gravel roads on the Africa Twin.
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