Hi Dave, and thanks for your comments.
While I agree with your sentiments, at the end of the day, it all comes down to sales figures
Honda’s decision to concentrate on the AT and introduce the Adventure Sport version, may have been the right one.
While I haven’t ridden the AT Adventure Sport, I was lent an AT by Barrett Honda here in Canada, and it certainly didn’t disappoint, performance wise.
The ergonomics however left me underwhelmed.
I was riding sometimes in rain, and was pounded by rain that my CT would have slipped through, keeping me relatively dry
The screen on my ‘18 CT really is one of the bikes best features, and the optional knee/rainguards really do work.
The new AT AS, has a larger screen, bigger tank etc, and looks the business. I’d like the chance to ride one in all weather.
I’ll bet they sell a lot of them
But here’s the thing Dave: For me and this ride, it’s 99% tarmac due to the distances I’m traveling. The CT makes an admirable attempt on gravel and dirt, but not more
I only bought the CT on this journey because it’s the bike I had. I purchased it for touring Europe with Wifey, and it will return to normal duties when we return.
The CT isn’t a GS and was never intended to be.
It fills an unusual space, but it’s a small space.
As a big, stonking road tourer, the CT is hard to beat, and that’s why I bought it. But I guess Honda has other bikes that better fill that space
If there’s one thing that still annoys me, day after day, it’s the shaft clatter. Grrrr...
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