How Long Will My 2016 Africa Twin Last?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by dwj - Donnie, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I have had a thread on ADV for the last two moto have had had documenting options added, PM, problems encountered etc. Here is a link to the 990 Adventure I am still riding if you are interested:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/how-long-will-a-990adv-last-part-2.948231/

    I am retired and from Mississippi, USA, but live in Mexico with my wife. We travel at least 50% of the time and will shortly be using the African Twin as our transportation. In the last five years I have ridden an average of 36,000 plus miles per year. Most of the miles have stretched from North Mississippi to the Darrien Gap in Panama. But, I might add our travel days are increasing, but our mileage is actually decreasing a bit. I have only ridden 19,400 miles this year. We fully intend on using this moto in South America.

    I don't actually have my African Twin yet, but it has been paid for and I am only waiting for my Mississippi Title to arrive to my MS residence and then I will go get it!

    I have had the moto on order since February, but it was held up by the earthquake in Japan. My dealer was recently told a Red DCT would not be available this year, so he found a silver DCT and is changing the tank and plastics from the red manual he had in stock to the silver moto.
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    This is the donor moto and my granddaughter.
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    I have spent a lot of time reading the many post on the various Threads here as to what I want to add to the moto and of course, as a fairly well seasoned rider, I already had a number of requirements. One thing that will be very different on this moto is the plan to camp off the moto while riding two up. I have done a lot of camping while riding solo on a moto, the longest time frame being 35 days with one hotel night. My late wife and I also did a lot of moto camping, but we were riding a Goldwing and pulling a 20 cubic foot trailer. So this will be different and new for me, even though many folks have been doing it for years!

    BTW, here is an extended Ride Report of some of our travels this year:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/traveling-mexico-and-beyond-2016.1118652/
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    Here is a list of the things I have ordered for the moto and in some cases my reason for doing so. I don't really want to argue with anyone as to why I should have bought Brand X instead of Brand Y, however I will very much appreciate and welcome input as to other things I should consider as options!

    Bumot Defender Pannier System 45/41Liter Frozen Gray. The 96 liter Jessie bags were also under consideration, but since they are not yet available and because my wife likes the Bumots better, Bumot it is. I also ordered the inner bags for the boxes as well as the lid organizers.

    The Bumot permanent mount tool box that attaches to the saddlebag mounting rack. It was a difficult decision for the toolbox versus the soon to be available six liter fuel tank that would mount in the same place. In the end, I decided the tool box would be used 100% of the time, while the fuel tank would only be needed on rare occasion. I will purchase a fuel bag for this purpose and if needs change, I can always remove the toolbox and buy a fuel cell.

    Bumot Defender 41L Top Case. Again I was torn between a top case and a XL Waterproof bag for camping needs. I decided to try with the top box and a smaller bag. If that does not work well, I can remove the trunk and put an XL bag on. When we travel, it is for weeks at a time, so the time involved in removing and installing a top box is not a concern.

    To be continued
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    Other items ordered include:

    The OutEx Tubeless System. I really like running tubeless and have been doing so for the past 100,000 miles or so on two 990 KTMs, rear wheels only. On those moto, I simply used Goop to seal the spokes. This will be a new method for me, plus it will include the front wheel as well.

    Orange Tire Pressure Monitoring System. These are great, plus it includes a volt meter read out for the moto.

    Cortech Super 2.0 12L Tank Bag. Not too big, not too small.

    Kaoko Throttle Lock Cruise Control. I have used these before and like them, not near as much as the electronic cruise controls I use to have on Goldwing. No way am I paying $1,000 or so for an after market unit.

    Holan Pro Upper Crashbars. There is a lot of discussion about what brand is best. I bought these.

    Rugged Roads Sidestand Fat Foot, I cannot understand why they put such small feet on side stands.

    Oxford Heated Grips, I originally order some cheap grip inserts from China and then decided I wanted the five heat setting. Low is usually too cold and high is two hot on the two speed units.


    To be continued
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    I did order a cheap Chinese 12V Plug and a fuse box.

    Honda – High Windscreen, considered some of the adjustable screens, but since I normally keep it on the high setting, assuming I can see over it, I decided to keep it simple.

    Honda – Center Stand

    Honda – Passenger Comfort Footpegs

    Honda Service Manuel

    I will either take the ADM Monster 10 Spot lights off of my 990 Adventure to mount them on the AT or buy some new ones.

    I will take the handlebar mount off the 990 Adventure for my Zumo 220.

    I would like to purchase some larger footpegs with rubber inserts. Something about the size of OEM on the 990 Adventures. I actually have a spare set of OEMs for the 990, anyone know if they will fit or where can I buy something about that size with rubber inserts?

    That is all I have ordered or planned at this time. I will welcome comments for other upgrades.
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  7. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Congrats on your new purchase.
    I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
    One thing I did was drop the gearing a little. At the moment I'm running a 15 on the front ant 2 extra on the back but I'm running 20% slower than Gps is showing.
    It's gets buzzy after 5000 rpm so I might go back to stock 16 on the front.


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    Mine has the DCT transmission, I don't think you can change the gearing, but I won't be doing any single track or things of that nature anyway. Of course where I live and ride, sometimes the roads are like single track! lol
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    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

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    sure you can - both sprockets can be changed, won't affect the DCT.
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    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    The saddlebags and trunk have arrived in Mississippi. That is all of the major items I order, except for the Honda brand things that have a two or three day delivery. :clap Now I am just waiting on the title. If it don't arrive next week, it certainly should not be more than the week after. :-)
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    I just made another purchase, one of the small Anti Gravity Battery Boosters. I think that might come in handy for myself, as well as helping other folks!
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    RonKZ650 Been here awhile

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    If you want it to last, made a fatal mistake with the DCT decision. Otherwise good choice. Ever read car and truck forums? About 50% of all problems are automatic transmission issues of one sort or another. Sorry, I said earlier no most disgustion of DCT, but it's so disgusting, hard to not, mostly with a high mile rider wanting reliability. Reliable riding through remote regions in goatsville, mongolia or whatever, you don't want guys with goat mentality trying to fix the DCT.
    Good luck.
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    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I have over 450,000 miles on Honda motorcycles. For me, that is more important that what some magazine has to say about cars and trucks. But, stay tuned, if there are problems, they will be reported here!
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    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    [cough] bullshit [/cough]

    You know this from experience? As the kids say, reciepts or GTFO. that means post your data or...
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  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

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    it takes no real data to insert idiotic assumptions into a thread - he just wants to troll thru the thread and stir the pot
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    Phlyn' Phil Been here awhile

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    I hope you don't have any problems, but Id like to know how well the warranty works in Mx. and if you got the extended warranty. Mine shows its good in CA, US, and MX.
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    Currently have 8000 miles on my AT riding it and revving it like a moto-x bike and not a single problem so far.... Kind of feel bad for the poor thing.
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    Honda's World Wide support is one of the big reasons I chose Honda over KTM. Having said that, there is no Honda store currently in the city where I live, but even if it was, I would have any warranty work done in the US, if the moto were capable of returning there. I have not discussed an extended warranty with my dealer, maybe I should. What is Honda offering?
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    OMG - whatta poor troll attempt. I'm assuming all his vehicles have drum brakes - them thin little discs ain't gonna hold up. :-) You'll no most disgustion of DCT from me!

    OP, will be following your mods and travels. Enjoy the fine new machine!
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    Please, enlighten us with your examples and references to failed DCTs since it's introduction in 2010.

    Also, DCT is not an automatic transmission in the traditional sense.
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