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

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    There is no problem at all! I was simply sharing my approach to this problem. I mostly travel long distance and always carry spare brake pads, a fork seal and a decent tool kit and other spares depending on the moto. I have recently read about the fork and seal issues a few folks have experienced, but I have been carrying a spare seal since my moto was new. To clarify, I am 100% sure that I will experience a leaky seal during a trip. I travel about 50% of the time, so things can and do happen. Thanks for your imput!
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    One other comment, Automatic Transmission Fluid works very well as emergency Fork Oil. It reacts like 20 wgt fork fluid. The KLR crowd, of which I used to be part of, actually used this as preferred fluid in some cases. I have used it to clean out all of the dirty fork oil before putting in the more expensive fork oil.
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    I've used atf quite a few times lol.but mainly in damper rod forks.Good idea to use seal savors on the forks alsoI use the zip off style).Have had great luck with them as long as you clean them out once in a while.I could easily replace the seals on my klr on the road as they are not inverted forks.
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    I have changed seals on several motos on the road, but none were inverted forks. It certainly looks more difficult with the AT type forks, but I will have to do it when I have to do it! Hopefully I will be able to get home first, at least for the first time. I have never used seal savers, might be something to consider. Of course, this moto will stay on the road, even though some of it will be gravel and dirt. I suspect my biggest seal issue will come from speed bumps and pot holes.
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    Get the ones for 1 3/4" for AT.I pay around 28 bucks on amazon for the zip style.I just picked up a 2012 klr650 last week.Wow does it have soft suspension.Funny as the rear spring I replaced on my AT will be perfect for the klr saving me a few bucks.
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    I put over 87,000 miles on a 2002 KLR. The best one up cheap ATW moto available in stock form imho.

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    And it's so ugly I don't worry about scratching it.came with a extra sargent seat,crashbars,and a new extra set of knobbies for 2500$.might do the dohicky on it and and just ride the piss out of it.Reminds me of a mad max sorta bike.
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    We just got back from an eight day tour of Pueblo Magicos in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. A few comments from the trip include.

    I now have 1,300 miles on my new TKC70s. They seem to perform quite well! I had assumed when we go to Prudue Bay and South America that I would switch over to Heidenau Scout tires, but I may not be so sure now. Anyone with a KTM 950/990 or African Twins sized moto that has run both tires care to respond as to how they handle off road type conditions? By off road, I am referring to poor road conditions that include gravel, dirt, muddy ruts etc. I know the Heidenau Scout tire's have long life because I have used them for approximately 100,000 miles on two KTM 990s, but I also know the wet traction is very poor as well as riding curves as they flatten out on the back. The TKC70s are certainly an improvement in the twisties and for wet traction. Continental suggest that the off road capabilities of the TKC70s are close to the TKC80's off road capabilities. But, that may just be Marketing Hype! We will be traveling from Mexico down through Panama Dec/Jan/Feb, so I may answer my own question.

    My battery is failing! It has always cranked very slow at times, but after sitting for three weeks, it was totally dead! Now, it will crank slowly after sitting for two days in temps of 70 to 80F. The moto was bought last November in the USA. Are these being replaced under warranty? We are headed for the mountains of the USA shortly and I am sure we will have mornings with much colder conditions. It will have a new battery by then regardless if the warranty covers it or not, but it would be nice if Honda replaced it!

    After sitting in a slow rain fall for a few hours before being put under shelter, the set button for the Menu Scroll stuck for a few hours when we left two days later, but then corrected itself. Mmmmm?
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    Not heard of problems with batteries on these bikes. Given you bought the bike recently shouldn't they be replaceable under warranty?
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    The AT does have a factory activated battery. Look on your vin# plate for mfg date. It may have been activated at the factory in March and set until Nov. The longer they sit . . . the less reliable etc.

    Yes, they have a 12 month warranty from date of retail sale.
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    Usually Set button stuck, not the scroll one. There is an update but I do not know yet if it is better than the original one. Part number ends with-1 or -01...
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    I installed a new Garmin 395LM on the moto today. The plug in on the Zumo 220 lost an internal wire and they do not refurbish those anymore. Not for sure I like the way power is transmitted to the new unit on the moto, but time will tell. [​IMG][​IMG]

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    We are in Mississippi. Have an appointment at the Honda store tomorrow. Hopefully Honda will replace my battery under warranty! It has never actually failed to crank, but it will drop as low as 9.5 volts with a cold crank at 70 to 80 degrees. I seriously doubt it would crank at 50 degrees or lower. I have it hooked up to a trickle charger here, plus I have a Lithium Booster. We will be headed for the mountains and cooler temps in a week or so. The OEM battery will not be making the trip!

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    You could install the garmin suport on the screen bar, it's much more safety for the riding...
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    I don't like anything blocking my forward vision. Plus it seems that many of the screen bars are breaking due to the extra weight of the GPS. But, even if they were not breaking, I would not mount my GPS there.
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    Nice to know... i'm about to buy the AT and would install the garmin on the bar...
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  17. Galvão

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    How many miles have you ride till now? any problems?

    (i've been asking this on other thread) - i've got an 2017 nc750x which i think it's a fantastic bike for daily working mule, reliable, eco, low maintenance costs, i really think this is best bike in the world for daily commute... and do have a dr650 for some trips off road...

    Now i'm about to buy an Africa Twin, but: (i won't sell the DR)
    should i keep the NC and the AT?
    should i sell the NC and use the AT as using the NC?
    now some guy is offering me 600€ and a 2014 klr650... so in this case, i could keep the klr650 for daily commute, and in this case i could sell the DR... and buy the AT... what do you think?

    PS Here in portugal there are a few DR650, and this is the only KLR650 (it was imported from Canada)
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    My African Twin has 13,644 miles with no problem apart from a weak battery. Having the NC and an African Twin would seem a duplication of motos to me. The NC may be a bit lighter, but other than if the added height of the African Twin is a problem for you in your commute, I would sell the NC.
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    :lol3What are these African Twins? I see lots of pictures of Africa Twins in this thread...
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    So what's the big advantage of the Africa twin vs the nc? Pleasure? :-)
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