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hansonb4

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This new 850 being discussed is not the Baby Africa Twin, at least not in my book. If this 850 is to become an adventure bike, it would simply be another full sized adventure bike, a replacement for the current Africa Twin. Plus, that 850 engine is sure to morph into a 1000cc in a few short years. A Baby AT needs to start out as a 450cc, around 400 pounds. Starting a Baby AT as a 450 would allow a little bit of displacement creep, as always happens, and still keep it from becoming just another overweight, overpowered bloatcycle like the rest of them.

I hope Honda is paying attention to the requests for a true mid-sized adventure motorcycle, and does it the right way. If Honda doesn’t do it right, maybe other manufacturers will.
Hi Greg,

I am not sure I agree. There is a glaring hole in Honda's line-up. Both Triumph and GMW have an 850 adventure bike and I believe one, if not both, are doing very well. I think this 850 just may fill that gap.
 

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Hi Greg,

I am not sure I agree. There is a glaring hole in Honda's line-up. Both Triumph and GMW have an 850 adventure bike and I believe one, if not both, are doing very well. I think this 850 just may fill that gap.
An 850 could fill that gap, yes. But many riders have been asking for a bike in the Honda lineup that fills a huge gap between a CRF250L Rally, and the full size Africa Twin. That would be somewhere in the 400-600cc range. An 850 certainly can’t be called a “baby” if it’s already over 75% the engine size of the current Africa Twin (and will probably weigh almost as much), and that’s before the inevitable displacement creep eventually pushes the new 850 close to liter size. That is not a baby by my definition.

Sorry, this is the new member welcome thread, so I‘ll stop carrying on about adventure bikes here.
 

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Welcome, Ray. I joined only a few months ago, when I purchased my 2020 NC750. If you are planning on maintaining your ST, you might want to read up on what the new 850 is going to be next year. I've heard it's the unicorn Baby Africa Twin, while by the engine drawings, it looks awfully similar to an NC750X, with a slightly smaller engine but similar placement. Many hear lament the lack of power of the 750 on this userboard. At age 50, I am fairly okay with it. For me the biggest selling piece is the frunk. I don't know how many times I've used it to put food for a quick grocery store run, liquor store, store my helmet, my paperwork, hand sanitizer, facemask, water bottle, etc.... YMMV. But it's a solid bike and I am very happy with the purchase. Welcome to the neighborhood.
Thank you, at 52 I just want a lighter bike to cruise on if I need to get there in a hurry I will ride my ST
 

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Welcome to the forum, Ray. When you get your NC and do a few miles, I hope it brings you some smiles. The NC would be a perfect addItion to your fleet alongside the ST.

Let us know how it goes!
Thank you and I think so too
 
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