I've just completed 1200km on mine (just got back from having the initial service done). When it was new the brakes did not feel as sharp as I was used to on my Dakar, but after bedding in I haven't had cause to fault them. I've been on a 220km ride through the Bloukrans and Grootrivier passes (both directions) near where I live in Knysna, South Africa, where one needs the assurance of braking power, and it was not found to be wanting! Last weekend I did a 2 day 530km ride to Prince Albert via Robinson Pass and Meiringspoort on the way there, and Meiringspoort and Outeniqua pass home. Lots of twisties and good braking required.
I really can't fault this bike. Cruises at 120km/h without effort. I had 7kgs in an Oxford tail bag on the back seat, and lightweight stuff in the top box. Fuel consumption overall was 3,3 litres/100 km (30km / litre). Amazingly wind 'resistant'. The wind seems to blow right through the bike!
Also never had a problem filling up, which I've done 5 times now! My previous 2013 CRF250L also had those bars in the tank and never caused any issues.
Last edited by trevgrif; 01-04-2018 at 06:51 AM.