Author Greetings from Sunny South Africa  (Read 2252 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

  • Offline Arrie

    • Crosstourer Junior  ‐    2
    • *
    • Topic Author

    Offline Arrie

    • Crosstourer Junior
    • *
    • Topic Author
    • Posts: 2
    • If distance ain't enough, add some more.
    • Bike: 2015 Crosstourer
    • City / Town: Graaff Reinet
    Greetings from Sunny South Africa
    on: Dec 01, 2019, 06.49 am
    Dec 01, 2019, 06.49 am
    Good day to all Crosstourer members!

    So, finally the lurking stopped now that I also own a manual Crosstourer.
    I read as much as I could on this forum, as well as others, with my main criteria being, reliability. As I remained a true Honda fan, I decided to try this baby out +, if there is a niggle, I'm sure I'll have the support of this vast knowledge of contributions already made by this Crosstourer family. My thanks in advance.

    The ride:
    She is a Pearl White 2015 with 60000km on the clock. All the bells and whistles one would want appart from true cruise control.
    She is used, high'ish mileage for her age in comparison to others which includes some scars of having toppled over, but the price was also a lot less in comparison, for her fair condition including that all important full franchise service history.

    First impressions.
    I was divorced from being a Honda owner for 2 years by my still current Kawa KLE 500 (replaced the NC700 which I still love), but upon mounting the CT, I got a hint of that familiar NC700 seating arrangement, quality feel and was sold.

    3000km in the first week of owner ship cemented my choice.
    O boy, what a ride! A V4 under the seat? 1200? All this 270kg's of weight disappearing as soon as the feet are up. I'm still grinning while typing this. So much smooth power, any time, always. Where mid weight bikes start to struggle, this bike loves to cruise. Twist of the wrist, a snarl from the front and rear, and your past, on your way and up to speeds......err......

    Right, before I get carried away any further, she fits my long distance mile munching cruises to visit my wife and kids like a glove.

    3Concerns:
    Numb throttle wrist. The throttle spring is quite strong and I was wondering if this might the previous owners solution to the snatchy throttle issues that some CT owners experience. Be it as it may, I do not experience this at all, even at bellow 2k rpm. I will add one of those cruise controll throttle thingy's to hold the throttle on long stretches.

    Rear rebound seems a little excessive, especially if the road gets really bumpy. I pack very light, I myself only weigh in at 68kg's, and  I haven't packed her with her full pannier set yet, so she might be set up for a lot more weight carrying ability.

    Front forks binding? It is very noticeable when coming to a soft stop. When you pull off, the front suddenly pop up as if releasing compression, it feels similar to your front wheel climbing a pavement edge. I does not seem to bother the ride itself once on the move.

    I will search the forums a bit later regarding suspension setup etc, as at this stage, I'm not too concerned with the above mentioned concerns as the CT delivers above my expectations, and will get to tweaking her as soon as the thrill of her subsides a little, if it ever will..... :305:

    All the best Crosstourer Family.
    Till Later.

  • Offline phantom53

    • Crosstourer Member  ‐    21
    • **
      #1

    Offline phantom53

    • Crosstourer Member
    • **
    • Posts: 21
    • Bike: 2015 CROSSTOURER
    • City / Town: SUNSHINE COAST
    Re: Greetings from Sunny South Africa
    Reply #1 on: Dec 02, 2019, 08.35 am
    Dec 02, 2019, 08.35 am
    Greetings and welcome to the forum from Sunshine Coast Australia. :400:

  • Offline Dave56   gb

    • Crosstourer Master  ‐    1797
    • ****
      #2

    Offline Dave56

    • Crosstourer Master
    • ****
    • Posts: 1797
    • Bike: CRF1100 DCT
    • City / Town: Grantham
    • Country: gb
    Re: Greetings from Sunny South Africa
    Reply #2 on: Dec 02, 2019, 10.00 am
    Dec 02, 2019, 10.00 am
    Hi there Arrie and  :400: along to the colleCTive.  :028:
    Great intro mate and how refreshing to hear that even after 60000km the Honda build quality still shines through and will be good for at least another 60000 plus no probs, and as many CT owners say “the more the miles the bigger the smiles”.  :047:

  • Offline Stevensweert   nl

    • Crosstourer Master  ‐    642
    • ****
      #3

    Offline Stevensweert

    • Crosstourer Master
    • ****
    • Posts: 642
    • Mensch ärgere dich nicht, wundere dich nur !
    • Bike: VFR1200 X CT DCT
    • City / Town: Stevensweert
    • Country: nl
    Re: Greetings from Sunny South Africa
    Reply #3 on: Dec 03, 2019, 07.28 am
    Dec 03, 2019, 07.28 am
     :400: from The Netherlands Arrie.

  • Offline Arrie

    • Crosstourer Junior  ‐    2
    • *
    • Topic Author
    • #4

    Offline Arrie

    • Crosstourer Junior
    • *
    • Topic Author
    • Posts: 2
    • If distance ain't enough, add some more.
    • Bike: 2015 Crosstourer
    • City / Town: Graaff Reinet
    Re: Greetings from Sunny South Africa
    Reply #4 on: Dec 09, 2019, 03.45 pm
    Dec 09, 2019, 03.45 pm
    Stevensweert, Dave56 and phantom53.

    Thank you for your welcoming messages.
    She's still behaving as expected, purring like a cheetah cub over the miles being covered.

    Dave56, I'm in agreement "the more the miles, the bigger the smiles" :152:

    Phantom 53, I hope that you aren't affected by the sad report of fires. Not sure how close you are to these. My Sister stays close to Gympie but not affected as far as I can tell.

    Stevesweer. Dankie dat jy my welkom geheet het. Hoop alles is wel. Ek geniet die motorfiets terdee. Alles wat mooi. Groete.  :031:

    With a 3week holiday looming at the end of this week, she'll have a full load including panniers, but I'm sure she'll handle the extra weight with ease.

    I'm very happy with the fuel consumption. At slightly over the national speed limit of 120km/h, I'm getting 18-20km/l or roughly 300 to 340km per tank when reserve countdown begin. I think this is reasonable.
    When I let her run freely, she drops to 16km/l or 280km on a tank up to when count down start. Still reasonable in my opinion.

    Take care guys.

  • Offline Red

    • Crosstourer Pro  ‐    208
    • ***
      #5

    Offline Red

    • Crosstourer Pro
    • ***
    • Posts: 208
    • Bike: crosstourer
    • City / Town: middelburg
    Re: Greetings from Sunny South Africa
    Reply #5 on: Dec 10, 2019, 09.42 am
    Dec 10, 2019, 09.42 am
    Hey  :400: from Belgium