Hi Greg,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.
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.