Africa Twin Farkle Fest with Pictures

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by NoVa Rider, May 26, 2016.

  1. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    Sounds high to me, especially that the front wheel is already off of the bike in the crate. Anyway, in my case, I told the dealer to keep the OEM tires and call it even for the labor (I did supply my own tires to him).

    If the 177 includes the price of the new tires, then it's a great deal.:)
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  2. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    He must get a good deal on tires.I would be all over that.A set of shinko,s cost more than that before changeing.
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  3. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    I don't know how dealer could do it.Bike bandit is asking 194 just for back tire shipped.Damn,rev zilla wants 216 for back.
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  4. Maximus64

    Maximus64 Betamus Chingamus

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    My new to me AT
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    And my girlfriend Mary Ann

    This is the farcklefest that is waiting on me when I get back from out of town
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    Question for the masses.

    I ordered the LED signals for front and back. Do I need to install resistors or a flasher with the resistor built in or is this already installed?

    After looking at the question I just wrote out, I’m thinking I do. But, your answers will be appreciated.

    The farkling will begin in a week or so. :clap

    Thanks in advance. :beer
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  5. Boostdreamer

    Boostdreamer Adventurer

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    Is the Connie14 yours or hers? Was any of this a surprise put together by your girlfriend?
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  6. Maximus64

    Maximus64 Betamus Chingamus

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    The Connie is mine. The purchase of the AT was all me. I’ve waited 4 years for an adventure bike. Mary Ann is all support. :raabia
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  7. Boostdreamer

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    Is there any talk of changing the final drive to belt? Has that ever been done before? Pros and cons assuming it is even possible?
  8. Boostdreamer

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    While on the subject of final drives, who would be interested in a Timbersled snowbike conversion for their AT?
  9. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Belt drives don't do well in off road environments. Gravel getting trapped between the pulley and the belt can cause the belt to fail.
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  10. Dillo

    Dillo All bark, no bite

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    I think that's the sort of thing I'd rent, but not buy.
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  11. Boostdreamer

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    Makes sense to me.
  12. Boostdreamer

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    I would have so few chances to use it in NE Tennessee if I wanted to try it I’d have to be the one buying it. I do think it would be awesome to ride in to work on a snow-covered morning!
  13. Junglejeff1

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    Would not work out well,bikes way to heavy for that small track.It would be buried in even 1 foot of snow.Have alot of them up here in the u.p,450 mx bikes work the best.The cost for the kits are a little nuts and nice used snowmobiles are cheap.We used to get crazy snow up here but things have changed so much weather wise.A lot of people buy 4 wheelers now as they are useful all year and great ice fishing rigs.As for belt drive it would not last a day offroad on AT.
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  14. Camel ADV

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    Hey Jeff,

    Please send me some assembled photos when you can!
  15. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    No problem.That heed center bracket is main problem.I had shot some photos for you but needed more light.Will get some good pics for you tomorrow afternoon.
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  16. pip_muenster

    pip_muenster curious

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    My bike came with the adapter plate, so I bought the bag. I wouldn't normally buy a bag requiring an extra rain cover, that's just nonsense. And while my camera didn't drown (not using the cover), it got damp enough, that I couldn't take photos with it for a day.
    I can ride standing up, but moving my weight forward is an issue. So offroad, I may move my weight onto the footpegs, but I barely stand up. At the same time, the bag interferes slightly with the bars at full lock. That's usually only noticable, if I want to engage the steering lock.

    Otherwise the bag has nice design features and is well build. It can be locked to the bike.
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  17. cyclopathic

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    Have a friend with Uly with 50k+ on belt. Bike had gone to Prudhoe, Inuvik, many many FS and high passes in CO (it is his back yard). He did have a prob with original belt due to gravel puncture at 19k, but it wasn't catastrophic failure got home without drama.

    I wish I had a chain which lasted half as much, for whatever reason they don't last much in dusty wet conditions.

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  18. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    I saw 3 HDs in AK with belt issues due to gravel. Then again there were many with no issues at all. Belt drive, chain drive, or shaft drive they all have their pros and cons.

    What have you got against Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana? :D
  19. cyclopathic

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    I just got from there on the way home from Key West need to update sig. Too flat for my liking until you get closer to Tennessee. And no, not going to Hawaii unless they build a decent highway to there. Definitely need to do TransLab before it is all paved.

    With regards to belt vs chain vs shaft, paper vs plastic..
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  20. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    This article mentions that Honda America donated the bikes.

    http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/africa-twin-police-bike-build/
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