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Clubman B

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"African Twins"


Im not a very old man to be frank, just a grand age of 27 with much to learn. Ive heard this term bantered round amongst older friends and it intrigues me, are there only a few bikes that fall under this category? are they the old age touring bikes? what bikes are they? are they purely bikes with a twin cylinder engine? whats generally so good about them?

Im intrigued as im thinking about looking for a bike to do some touring on, a project at first and it needs to be something between the offroad daintyness of our off road thrill seeking machines and the comfortable cruisers of the more modern adventure bikes..

enlighten me you old bar stewards 

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27 blimey, bet your a one direction fan then.

Africa twin is simply a marque of a twin engined bike from Honda that was used in the Paris to Dakar and other ralleys , more commonly i think it made a kinda comfy commutor. perhaps folks brought it with the intention of off roading and adventure, but then how many of those trendy big BMW's see much dirt, (apart from maybe Hay Torr's gravel carpark)



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Here you are, youngun:-

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The very beast.

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Thanks guys, so did twin engined bikes go through a bit of a craze in the good old days?

A bit like triples are now? Are they really good solid reliable bikes capable of crossing continents?

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biggrinbiggrinbiggrin Love the vid, but he really don't like that seat does he.



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Yes they are reliable some do have probs with the fuel pump ......But always check the drive shaft

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I got 2 Africa Twins 650 and had no probs with them

 



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He is funny, you should see more of his bike testsbiggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin



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They are brilliant in MHO,

a friend of mine has one out in spain that he bought at 80,000 miles. He rolled it back to 0 and now has 36,000 on it with very little maintenance.

Runs brilliantly, super smooth and he does ride it like he stole it!!

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Have a look at Honda transalp, its what i had as a stepping stone to my 990ADV, some pepole say they are under powered like the Africa twins but how much power do you need, I found the bike fast enoungh, some pepole would say they are a bit boring but the main reson they say that about Honda is you can spend all weekend riding them instead of working on them in the work shop. I have just brought an oldish trail bike, the seat is not a brick and i can reach the ground. If you like the look of the Twins just go and buy one!

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African Twins



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some one had to do it ^^ lol

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Very good!

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Brilliant !!!

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http://www.adventurebikerider.com/forum/23-bikes/212416-africa-twins.html

Lots of debate on the link above



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