Welcome dear 1000PS fans to a second anniversary, because we talked to Varahannes, which you might know from the Trackdays or the Roadshows, about his Varadero which today achieved 600.000 km. But it’s not the only bike he rides. He was given a second one from Honda, from Phillip Kornfeld which stands next to me. Delivery was when exactly? P: In February 2015. 16! Sorry,16. February 16 was handover in our dealership. We made a video back then. Gave the bike to Hannes and worried if he might acquire a new nick. Will he be Afrohannes in future? No, he still is Varahannes. We were keen to know what he’ll do with it. And now we’re here with 100k km on it and a lot wiser. After year he came to us and threw down a package of sheets this thick. All his notes, experiences, memos. Very interesting. Let’s see what comes next. K: Is there somebody out there – do you have contact to other Honda dealers or a network – that has done something similar? Or is he unique? P: He surely is amongst the frontrunners. Meanwhile we have 2 other riders above 100k km in Europe, but they ride one bike, not 3 like Hannes. That’s the difference. I think if he’d stck to 1 bike he’d be unbeatable! INterestingly the reports of other riders who acquired such a high mileage correspond to Hannes’ reports. Of course there are riders who move the bike more offroad. Hannes counts km, but I think he started off-roading lately. Future development will be interesting. In Austria he is the man with most miles with a huge gap as far as I know. If there is anybody out there with more miles on it, please contact us! But in our knowledge he has the largest mileage. K: Once again the proclamation: If there is a challenger – you’re very welcome! I’d like to know: Does this fuel you? You have competed in the Iron Butt. Does it inspire you if yomebody writes “I have 50k already” and you respond “Oh my! I have 60k!” H: Yes, it is a zest. It was in 2012 when I read about a german guy who held the Iron Butt world record with slightly above 3000 km in 24 h. It lured me into beating him. Which I did in 2014 with 3138 km in 24 h on the Varadero. She already had 440000 km back then but was perfectly rideable. And because Phillip mentioned I was riding 3 bikes. Since I got the Africa Twin I only rode it and the Varadero, up to 151k km. So if I didn’t want to achieve 600000 km on the Varadero, I would’ve gotten 150k on the AT. K: You also ride a third Honda. You obviously trust in quality and all 3 bikes confirm that they are extremely enduring and robust. 100000 km is a real no-go in the secondhand market, isn’t it? Phillip, did you ever notice – everything in the 6 figure numbers is useless I’d say. But prove me wrong. P: Of course I’m in the secondhand markets – with 1000PS.de And honestly, I wouldn’t buy a bike with a 1 in the front. I don’t know, but seemingly you can do this with Honda free of worries. I don’t know how many used bikes with over 100k km are offered, would be an interesting side-note to evaluate how much people dare to sell. K: I already looked and you can take a guess what brand it is. Honda of course. The Goldwings, 6-cylinder, are long distance bikes as well. The big engine lasts forever. And there is one or two Electra Glide as well. BUt else it’s only Goldwings, I looked not too long ago. Crazy! Can’t be coincidence, right Phillip? P: No, it’s all on puropse. K: I’ve arrived with the Rebel today, one of my favourite bikes this year. Great price tag, extremely fun and many options for customizing. Is there anybody amongst your friends who also has such an unusual bike yet rides this much? H: No, with unusual bikes I don’t know many. Goldwing, some BMW GS riders. But from a BMW dealer I know that a small fraction of the GS riders ride that much and the larger portion does their 1k service after half a year. K: I think the switch might have been – I observed you when you started in February Then you came back and you were like “Well… I have to see if…”. I thought, ok you aren’t attuned to the AF yet. Because at that time you rode the Varadero for 14 years, if I’m right. What were your first thoughts? Was it too modern, too much on it? Which were the biggest rearrangments? H: What I really liked was HOnda staying below 100 hp with the liter engine in the new AF. Because I find more than 100 hp power not really sensible on roads since you don’t need it. I get to where I want, I’m not slow and you can do it with this power as well. What was odd in the beginning since I got the DCT version, was that I tried to engage the clutch sometimes. But only 1-2 times on the first 1000 km. And occasionally, as I mentioned in an interview before, the 30k km I rode on the Varadero I must change gears on my own – and I said MUST deliberately. Because I believe that many bikers who dislike this modern technology mistake “must” and “want to” change gears own your own. The more I rode the Africa Twin the less I wanted to do a river dance on the gear lever, stepping around those gears when I can do it with minimal force on the thumb, like turning off the indicator. And also use engine braking when I want to for more efficient braking. My approach on the modern technology of the Africa Twin wasn’t testing the brakes but the enigne, the DCT – dual clutch transmission – and put the load on the engine via the clutch. At 48k km they changed the brake pads for good measure, shortly after I rode a bigger tour in France. Now I have 100k on it and still use the second set of brake pads. I rode 100k km with 2 sets in front, in the rear there is still the first set on it. I use them off-roading, where there is less braking in front but they’re still good to go. Which means I put almost all workload on the engine. K: I think this is the most important perception, I think. Good you mentioned it. NOt just that the engine can take it but the technology as well. Surely there are still doubters who say it won’t last. But you are the best proof against it and that’s why you obviously appreciate him and his work so much. And the conclusions you can draw from this, it’s all high tech but still robust. You for Example are here with the X-ADV. A second one just passed. Funny. I get the feeling these things can read minds. At the last presentation, when the system already was further developed – 2 times I believe – I interfered once. One time I thought second gear was engaged too long. Else it works. An awesome tech, right? P: ON the VFR 1200 F, where we introduced it, it was spooky how well it worked. But as you said we are a few generations further. Software was updated, a bit mechanical tuning. It gets ever more smarter, you’ll have to interfere lesser. It detects gradients and inclines. Which makes interference unnecessary, except if you, as Hannes said, want to use engine braking shifting down. Upshifting I guess you use the button? H: I used it 150, 200 times on the 100k km, it wasn’t much. P: So more for downshifting and the engine brake. Of course it was interesting for us. Since we didn’t have any technical issues on the VFR 1200 and onwards the question is how much did the customers ride? There are much more moving parts than in a traditional clutch. Now Hannes achieved 100000 km and the system works perfectly. It has some back-up modes if there is any technical issue. But Hannes might be able to explain further, we had a little inconvenience at a – was it a training? H: At a Roadshow, when I was leading as a tourguide. At Garming- Reinsberg. I rode over a hilltop into a forrest – like here, light, shadow, light – I oversaw a wet patch in the corner entry and without any lean angle, just at the first steering impuls the front tyre slipped away. Since the bike was basically upright the impact was a bit harder. After that the DCT control unit didn’t work anymore, I could only use the manual mode. I rode from your dealership, wheere the Roadshow was based, to Christian Zwedorn who read out the fault memory and reinitialised something. Then it work again. But the fault came back. And then Klaus Popodi, my home technician, discovered that a plug of the servomotor was loose due to the accident. Plugged it back in and a short while ago I rode 4000 km Alpine Rallye with much gravel and many narrow streets and it works fine. Back after the accident it had some minor issues but these were fixed without replacing anything. P: That was the mentioned back up programm. If the system isn’t sure that everything works fine than it only allows manual gear changes, meaning you change gears via button. Preventing it from engaging a wrong gear, a security feature. Zwedorn replugged and reinitialised it and it worked again. K: Awesome infos, I love that story. The only thing I also noticed: Everything is actually stock. Was this a stipulation? Because the Varadero he turned into a couch. H: One thing isn’t stock. CLS. Over 1000PS – Heiko himself offered to mount 1 bike with the CLS chain lubrication including the two-stage control of the heated grips. And 1000PS called me “Who shall get it? We can’t mount it on a bike that only rides 2k km a year. How shall we test it?!” you told me. The first chain was changed after 38k km, the second one after 49k km which include about 13000 km where it was lubricated by the CLS. ANd now the 3rd chain is lubricated only by the CLS and I’m keen to know what this system adds to the life cycle. I expect over 50k because if it really adds to the life cycle it should last over 50k. And next year in – now it’s August – well, in March we should be able to say my chain has 60k km on it and still needs no replacement. But else everything is stock. K: Well, the Honda lasts so long you’ll have to optimise other parts for them to last. How long is Hannes allowed to ride the Honda or must ride it? P: We haven’t limited the distance or time. We just are excited to know what mileage he’ll put on it. I asked it in the Varadero interview, when will he reach the million and how much will the Africa Twin have parallel? The future will be very interesting. K: I’m also excited. And I don’t want to hold you up any longer. We have talked way too much, he needs to ride on. He has to burn it today! Oh sorry, he came with a trailer and two bikes. Even Hannes can’t ride 2 at once. If you’d want to wish him luck and like to see the million on the Varadero and the 200k on the Africa Twin: Thumbs up, that motivates him or what even motivates him more is a comment that you ride more than him. Then he’ll go crazy and burn up the german Autobahn. Thanks Phillip, thanks Hannes. I believe we’ll go eating now. Let’S fetch a Schnitzel. Hannes will drive home and do a small trip, a few hundreds, right? H: That should be done. I need to say something about Phillips comment before. He doesn’t want to buy a bike with a 1 in front. I’ll see to put a 2 on it fast so it will be acceptable again! K: Good idea! Thanks for watching!