Making the Africa Twin into a 50/50 Touring Bike

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by nohumdrumlife, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. nohumdrumlife

    nohumdrumlife Adventurer

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    After lurking for a year, and picking up a myriad of things from you folks, I thought I’d return the favor and share some of the things I’ve learned since picking up a silver DCT at the end of 2016.

    I’d always wanted a bike that could thrive on both dirt and pavement without too many compromises. That and a bike that I could be happy with for 15+ years. I usually keep my vehicles for a long time, so seeing me buy something new is a “Halley’s Comet” type moment.

    I hope that this thread can act as a complimentary role to the main farkle one. While the other thread jumps around a tad, I hope this one can provide a more thorough examination of the decision making process that went into outfitting the Africa Twin for touring and off road. Feel free to tell your story as well.

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    What I’ve added so far:

    Eastern Beaver PC8
    BoosterPlug
    Swegotech Forkshield
    Rox Risers 2’
    OEM 12v socket, centerstand & low seat

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    Batzen with GPS mount
    MRA Touring Screen
    Wunderlich Handlebar Bag
    Radar Box for Escort 9500ix
    Garmin Zumo 660 Mount & Wiring
    Kaoko Throttle Lock(Non Barkbuster version)
    Battery Tender

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    Shad 3P system
    Shad Top Rack
    Shad SH36 Side Bags & SHAD SH48 Top Case
    SHAD Inner Soft Bag Set for SH36
    AdMore Lighting kit for Shad Top Case
    Large & small Agri-Supply Tool Tubes
    FlyHi 300APeak 8000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter Power Bank

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    AltRider Crash Bars (upper and lower)
    Show Chrome 1.25 Highway Pegs

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    Outex tubeless conversion
    Conti TKC 70 Tires
    CARCHET TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    2 Bicycle Bags to Fit AltRider bars
    DrySpec Stash Box Lockable License Plate Storage Box

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    What I’ve owned/rented before
    1982 v45 750 Honda Magna – Was in the family since new and was my primary touring bike for 25 years.

    2008 Suzuki Bandit – 3 years touring, uncomfortable passenger seat (even with Corbin) forced me to sell.

    2012 Triumph Tiger XC rented for a couple weeks.

    I’m into long distance touring 3k – 5k in 10 to 15 days on side roads, so any minor annoyance becomes greatly magnified over that many miles.

    Some initial points:
    1) I’m at 6k feet, so hp gets robbed up here. The 800 XC might be fine at lower elevations, but in the Rockies, not so much (IMHO).

    2) I’ve gone on 2 trips this summer on my AT, 4700 miles solo (from Colorado to the west coast and back) and 2000 miles 2up (to Yellowstone and back). Others have complained about the “low” seat for the AT, but I found it to be perfectly acceptable for long distance. In addition, my wife has no complaints about the passenger seat as well.

    3) The torque on the AT is a sensible middle ground between the Bandit and the Tiger. Even at this altitude the Bandit was still a monster, while the Tiger was disappointing at best. The AT is a good compromise between the two.

    4) There’s an “unlearning” curve for the DCT. After 40 years of working with a clutch, trying to do slow speed maneuvers without one, took some practice. Initially I put a sizable bend on the parking brake to better help maneuver in those situations. However, I often forget to use it and there is very little power to the brake so it didn’t make much difference. However, I don’t have to reach for it now and will be out of the way of any future Barkbuster upgrades.

    5) The DCT offers a new kind of exhilaration when accelerating. I keep my bike on Sport III, TC2 and it snicks through gears at an incredible pace if you hammer it 0-80. I don’t know if it’s any faster by a stopwatch, but it gives you a psychological impression that you’ve been thrown out of a catapult.

    6) DCT still isn’t the smartest thing. While DCT theoretically means you can ride one handed from dusk till dawn, you might still need to reach up and revisit the +/- shifters. Sometimes, it’s slow on the uptake and others, it shifts too quickly (no matter which sport mode.) However, 2up, the DCT system seems to be better behaved (added weight seems to make it act more sensibly). I only rarely use manual mode to pass, because well, being freed from the yoke of shifting was the primary reason for buying the DCT. The positives of DCT is you no longer get cramps in your left hand after a 500 mile day. Frankly, I love not having to think about shifting anymore.

    7) Front Fork Stiction – For months I had it…then it disappeared. I haven’t taken my front forks apart yet to see what might have caused this.

    Over the next couple of days, I will slowly be adding pictures and descriptions of the farkles that I’ve added to make the AT more touring friendly.
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  2. nohumdrumlife

    nohumdrumlife Adventurer

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    Good question - I will discuss in future posts that I will be pairing Mosko Reckless 80's with the Shad Racks. jjustj was kind enough to let me try them on at Woody's Wheels and they seemed to work well with them. It's certainly more costly, but I wanted to have soft bags for off road and Shads for on road.
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  3. nohumdrumlife

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    Africa Twin Touring Build Thread Part II: The Importance of Eastern Beaver

    I have my radar, gps and battery tender all running off of the PC8. The battery is a tight fit, so you are going to need the PC8 or one of its competitors to centralize the wiring. You can have your battery tender cord in a tank bag or a handlebar bag. I decided on the Wunderlich handlebar variety. While I also installed the stock 12v outlet, I initially thought it was waste of time and money. However, I would eventually find good use for it.

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    The Battery Tender cord also acts as a USB charger with a simple extension.

    Here are the parts needed:

    1) Eastern Beaver PC8
    http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Bike_Specific/Honda_CRF1000L/honda_crf1000l.html

    2) Battery Tender Quick Disconnect
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NCOKZQ/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_c_x_4_w

    3) Battery Tender 6 ft. Extension Lead
    http://products.batterytender.com/Accessories/6-ft-Extension-Lead.html

    4) Battery Tender 081-0158 Black Quick Disconnect Plug with USB Charger
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DJ5KEF4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    5) Wunderlich Handle Bar Bag
    http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=WA&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=29870000

    Review of the above setup: The Wunderlich is a nice bag with plenty of room for routing the radar detector cord, carrying your phone and being able to easily charge everything from the Battery Tender. It's expensive, but if you don't want to run a tank bag, its a good alternative.

    First lesson learned: If you have the battery tender & USB connection, you don’t necessarily need the OEM 12v outlet.
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    I figured, since I have the front of my bike torn down, I might as well adjust the throttle lash and fit the booster plug. In my experiments with the throttle settings, I tried zero play for awhile and after awhile, loosened it somewhat on the handlebar so it was easier for low speed maneuvering.

    Concerning fitting the Booster Plug, I used a hair dryer to get those hoses reattached to the air filter box.

    6) Booster Plug
    https://www.boosterplug.com/shop/boosterplug-honda-crf1000l-446p.html
    https://www.boosterplug.com/images/shopdownloadfiles/boosterplug_%20installation_honda_crf1000l_series.pdf

    It seems to have helped with fueling, but who the hell really knows. I didn’t have enough “before” time to really compare. However, all I know is that I have no fueling related issues on my bike. No hard starts or backfires…just hammer and go.
    Edit: Recently I had one occurrence of killing the engine on take off when the bike was not completely warmed up. I’ll keep an eye on it to see if this happens again.

    Batzen screen adjuster and GPS mount & Wind Management

    When I first got the bike, I wondered how I was going to mount a gps, radar and water bottle on this thing. It’s pretty cramped up there and my handlebar space was going to be eaten up by the Wunderlich bag.

    I like to peek over my windshield while I ride, so an adjustable windscreen was a must. In addition, I was wary of the numerous reports of failures of the stock Honda windshield bracket when mounted with a GPS, so not only did I spring for the Batzen, but also the one with a GPS mount. It is well made and worth the money.

    With this setup, buffeting was still a problem so I got the MRA Touring Screen & Swegotech fork shield. At lower settings, because of the shape of the MRA touring screen, it bumps up against the Batzen. If you are shorter than 5-8, this might pose a problem (or you could get rubber spacers to lean the screen further forward.)

    At first, the Swegotech appeared to be a must, because the Wunderlich bag seemed to funnel the fork wind right into my face. With the Swegotech and the MRA, its alleviated wind turbulence from almost every area except the lower left and right. So I mounted DSLR lense bag on the left and an old water bottle bag on the right, and have successfully created a small pocket of clean air.

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    In addition, I’ve installed the 2’ Rox pivoting bar risers. What a difference that makes. Now I can sit towards the back of my seat without stretching myself like gumby. These risers work fine as long as you follow the directions in the notes for the Africa Twin at: https://roxspeedfx.com/pages/rox-sp...bmw-honda-yamaha-kawasaki-suzuki-ktm-triumph#


    I also like to have the option of mounting a video camera on my helmet and on the dash. When I tore down the front cowling to install the 12v outlet, I cut a ram ball plate in half and installed it on the dash. I haven’t tested whether this area can take the stress of having a camera attached to it over
    the long term.

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    Second lesson learned – The MRA touring screen still allows wind to hit you from the lower left and right sides (especially in gusty conditions).

    Third lesson learned – If you spring for Rox Risers and have a handle bar bag, it might make the necessity of a fork shield obsolete (because the handle bar bag would be moved back far enough to block the wind)

    Fourth lesson learned – I’m not sure that the MRA Touring Screen is the best money I’ve ever spent. It’s bigger than the original OEM, but I’m not sure it’s quite big enough to make a discernible difference. The additional bags, by blocking the wind, do help, however.

    7) Swegotech Fork Shield
    http://www.swegotech.com/Forkshield-Africa-Twin-CRF1000L-stop-ADV-helmet-vibrations.html

    8) MRA Touring Screen
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/mra-motorcycle-windshield-for-honda-africa-twin-crf1000l-16-touring-screen

    9) Radar Box
    http://www.legalspeeding.com/radarbox.htm

    10) Rox Risers
    https://roxspeedfx.com/collections/adv-dual-sport-dirt-bike-handlebar-risers/products/2-pivoting-bar-risers-for-1-1-8-handlebar?variant=1025086565

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  4. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Very nice write up.
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  5. dmason

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    I have found that for me the cleanest battery tender installation is a powerlet outlet wired to an FZ-1 fuzeblock, set to constant power, with a powerlet adapter fitted to the battery tender’s SAE cord. The SAE to powerlet adapter is readily available. This means no dongles or wires hanging off the bike. I can run my heated gear or whatever from the powerlet outlet while riding, and when I pull into the garage I simply plug the tender into that same outlet. Simple. Clean.

    Edit - the powerlet outlet is installed in my dash and looks like a factory option.
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  6. nohumdrumlife

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    damson - I'm afraid you'll need to post a pic, because I'm having trouble visualizing the differences in setups. In the above arrangement, I have the PC-8 acting as the fuzeblock and the battery tender coming off of it with constant power and then running the cord up to the Wunderlich bag. I can then plug my phone in or take off the end attachment and plug it into the wall charger to trickle the moto battery. Are you talking about an attachment like this? That would definitely attach to the end of the battery tender cord and fit in the Wunderlich as well.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Powerlet...2755&wl11=online&wl12=186414549&wl13=&veh=sem

    I'm always looking for more efficient ways to spend more money on this bike so I welcome your thoughts :photog
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    Hope this helps.

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    I forgot one piece of the puzzle - an additional adapter is needed to connect the SAE to the powerlet. So the chain is battery tender > SAE to RCA adapter > RCA to Powerlet cable.

    All cabling stays attached to the battery tender so that all is on the Bike is the permanent Powerlet outlet as seen in the last photo. Dig?
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  9. nohumdrumlife

    nohumdrumlife Adventurer

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    It's an interesting idea. Thanks for sharing. I've seen all kinds of variations on this website and others, but yours might be the first time I've seen somebody use that area on the AT like that.
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    LOL seemed like the obvious area for additional outlets to me.

    I find Powerlets to be more reliable than a standard 12V like the one Honda offers for several times more money. Much better performance with heated gear in particular. YMMV
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    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Nice write up and accessories. Do you really spend 50% of your miles off-road? I'm sure a lot of these mods make traveling long distances a lot more pleasant, but it also seems it would add a lot of unnecessary weight (and potential things to break) for something that's supposed to spend 50% of its time in the dirt. :dunno

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  12. nohumdrumlife

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    Hello Gustavo - I live in the Rockies, so it was my hope to capitalize on my proximity to the BDRs in the area and some of the most scenic paved roads as well. Regarding weight, it wasn't the most svelte bike to begin with, so adding AltRiders and a couple tool tubes hasnt made much difference. Which reminds me, despite its weight it felt fairly nimble on Weston Pass. Maybe its because I was used to getting beaten to death on 3k mile trips on an 82 Honda Magna, but I truly believe this bike is underated for touring.
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    Africa Twin Touring Build Thread Part III: Shad 3P system…the JLo of Cases
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    If you like JLo’s ass, you’ll love the look of these cases from behind. I always wondered why Shad never showed a picture of the AT with Shad’s from the rear. They knew what they were doing.

    I haven’t seen any pictures of other AT owners with the Shad system. The Shad racks are a minimalist design and look good without the bags on. In addition, JjustJ was kind enough to meet me with his Mosko Reckless 80s and they fit well on these racks. The idea is to be able to change bags from touring to offroad with minimal effort. The Shad racks seem to fit the bill.

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    Shad 3P system
    http://www.shadonline.com/shad-side-case-support-brackets-Honda-AFRICA-TWIN-p/h0fr16if.htm

    Shad Top Rack
    http://www.shadonline.com/product-p/h0cr12st-1.htm

    Shad SH36 Side & SHAD SH48 Top Case
    http://www.shadonline.com/SHAD-SH36-SIDE-CASES-p/d0b3600.htm
    http://www.shadonline.com/SHAD-SH48-TOP-CASE-p/d0b48200.htm

    AdMore Lighting kit for Shad Top Case
    https://admorelighting.com/product/sh48-top-case-led-kit-cg/

    Eastern Beaver CRF1000L Brake/Tail Adapter
    https://easternbeaver.com/Main/Bike_Specific/Honda_CRF1000L/body_honda_crf1000l.html#rl-adapters

    SHAD Inner Soft Bag Set for SH36
    http://www.shadonline.com/Shad-SH36-Inner-Bags-p/x0ib36.htm

    Review of this setup: For touring, I like the look of the SH48 and Shad SH36 cases quite a bit. They open well and are well designed. My wife and I were able to make a Yellowstone trip together, so capacity isn’t an issue. While the Shad has improved their products design, their order fulfillment department still had some severe issues. It took months of badgering to get my order correct.

    In addition, for the Africa Twin, I had to buy an additional Shad top case mount (H0CR12ST):
    http://www.shadonline.com/product-p/h0cr12st-1.htm

    The design of the mount ends up moving the top case too far forward for my wife to sit comfortably with the Shad backrest installed. I don’t know why companies do this. To remedy the problem, I moved the top case further back on the mount than designed. Now I worry about cantilevering because the mount doesn’t extend far enough back. In the future, I will probably provide a permanent fix by jettisoning the Shad H0CR12ST mount and using a custom made plate with braces down to the Shad racks.

    Speaking of the Shad racks, the right side is stable as hell, but the left oscillates slightly at speed (because it only has two points of support instead of 3)

    In addition, Shad is failing to fully capitalize on their design, because I was able to make custom brackets that would support the Large & small Agri-Supply Tool Tubes. The large tube fits on the left with a small trim off the mud guard and the smaller one fits on the upper right side.
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    To make the smaller tube work on the right side Shad rack, I needed to find a metal fabrication shop to put a bend on my custom support bracket. I had visited numerous places in my area and none of them could make time for me. Then one day I paid a visit to MK Custom. When I rode up on my bike, imagine my surprise when I saw 2017 tri color AT in the parking lot. The bikes owner, Scott1911, did an awesome job in bending the bracket for me.

    AdMore Lighting kit for Shad Top Case:

    I had completely torn the front end of my bike apart, I decided I might as well explore the rear of the bike as well. The CRF1000L Brake/Tail Adapter definitely comes in handy for the AdMore install. However, since there wasn’t a turn signal kit available at the time, I still had to hack into my turn signals with posi-locks. I then ran my power cord out the side of my bike. There’s enough space under the passenger seat to pull the cord out as needed or push it back in when riding sans top case.

    The AdMore lights are bright and definitely get other drivers attention. If you are touring long distances, they reduce the odds of not being seen. They are definitely money well spent.

    Lastly, the SHAD Inner Soft Bag Set for SH36 provides more options when carrying stuff in the SH36 side bags. How so? I velcro my air pump, windshield cleaner, chain lube and Jump Starter Power Bank on the inner panel of the side cases. The inner soft bags do not use this space, even when full, so I figured, I might as well take advantage of it.

    Speaking of the FlyHi Jump Starter Power Bank, I was worried I might need to permanently attach the leads to the battery (PITA) but I ground the ends down slightly, so they will attach to the battery as needed. Easy fix.

    All in all, I like the Shad 3p system and bags. The Shad 3P "JLo ass" look provided me ample room to fit two tool tubes, so you gotta take the good with the bad. In addition, when my bike blew over in a wind storm, the right Shad case took the brunt well.

    The tool tubes helps solve the problem of getting my main Kriega tool roll and most of my tools on my bike permanently, no matter whether I'm going with Shads or the Moskos. In the smaller tube, I carry the Motion Pro 08-0519 BeadPro Tire Bead Breaker and Lever Tool Set and and 2 CruzTOOLS AW142227 14mm x 22mm x 27mm Combo Axle Wrenches.

    Kriega Tool Roll
    https://kriega.com/accessories/tool-roll

    Large Agri-Supply Tool Tube

    http://www.agrisupply.com/manual-canister-large/p/67670/

    Small Agri-Supply Tool Tube
    http://www.agrisupply.com/manual-canister-small/p/70111/

    FlyHi 300APeak 8000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter Power Bank
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWUSXDH/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Motion Pro 08-0519 BeadPro Tire Bead Breaker and Lever Tool Set https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OXIYM6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    CruzTOOLS AW142227 14mm x 22mm x 27mm Combo Axle Wrench:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005U80C0K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Africa Twin Touring Build Thread Part IV: AltRider Where Art Thou?

    While AltRider has been a major disappointment in terms of adhering to a delivery schedule, the actual products seem to be fairly robust. Attaching the bars required some finagling, because the holes on the "lowers" left side didn’t line up when I finally received the uppers to pair with them. I suppose that’s what happens when you manufacture products, piece-meal. Any small variance starts to compound itself.

    The result was that I had to bore out the lowers hole slightly and pry like a sumbitch to get it to line up. In addition, there is small differences in the distance between the upper bars left and right side and the AT’s body work. Hopefully, these small variances don’t come back to haunt me in a crash or a future disassembly.

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    While I have abstained from purchasing the AltRider reinforcement bar so far, I will eventually have to buy it. However, it appears that my Show Chrome 1 1/4 Highway Pegs will work in conjunction with it, as long as I move the pegs forward slightly (I hope). Speaking of which, the Show Chrome pegs are expensive, but man oh man, I can’t imagine not having them for touring. You can flip them back, with your feet and don’t move forward, when you apply downward foot pressure. However, if the bike goes down, the pegs might get snagged, so I’m taking a risk with them on. In addition, the rubber pads on the pegs started peeling off the 110 degree heat of Arizona. I’ll live with it.

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    In addition, thanks to the suggestion from one of you guys, I procured two bicycle bags that fit the AltRider bars and purchased two Honda patches that my wife sewed on. One problem, there isn’t a left and right patch, so now the Honda emblem is going the wrong way on the right side. I also made my wife do extensive restitching of the attachment loops. If you buy them, make sure to have an amiable wife or a seamstress on speed dial. The bags are large enough to fit a couple of tubes.

    All in all, the bars look good and will hopefully protect my bike when it goes down. However, I dread the idea of taking them off for any future maintenance.

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    Outex tubeless conversion

    Before a couple gets married, I suggest they put on a Outex kit before they tie the knot. I know it exposed the surlier side of my nature. I took two saw horses, drilled a hole through both and bought a dowel from Home Depot to allow rotation of the rim. We then followed the directions and began to do the rear rim first, front second.

    Because it’s wider, the rear was easier, but the front is so narrow, that any mistake is exposed quickly. Our work looked like it was done by a drunken sailor.

    When I took it to http://performancecycle.com/ to have the tires put on, the owner gave me an exacto knife right there in the shop to trim the edges, because he was afraid his machine would snag it when putting on the tire. He made the right call. However, I will probably need to get a replacement from Outex, because the front has a slow leak, falling from 36lbs to 30lbs of pressure, before it stabilizes. (Edit, it seems to have improved to only loosing about 1lb every 2 weeks, maybe the cooling temps have helped)

    Conti TKC 70 Tires

    I didn’t have any problems with the stock tires, but wanted a tire with a bit more bite in the dirt. When I put the TKC 70 tires on, I initially had the sensation the front was floating. It lasted for a few hundred miles but eventually went away. However, every so often, the rear tire will catch a lip on the pavement and will attempt to chuck me off the bike. Otherwise, I liked the tires fine on my touring trips and my recent trip across Weston Pass. The only exception was the sandy bits but I think most tires will fail that test.

    CARCHET TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System

    Several years ago, I lost my front tire going down Beartooth. After that, I wanted to know what my tire pressure was at all times. As it turns out, the Carchet wasn’t the best money I’ve ever spent. However, it was the only thing I could find that would plug into my OEM 12v socket (if there is a 2 wheeled version of this idea, let me know.) It’s designed for a car, so when you take off, you are going to have to hit a button on the side of the device to get it to shut up. It’s wondering where the hell the other 2 tires are. If you have a sudden loss of tire pressure, you won’t know because its beeps aren’t loud enough to overcome wind noise. However, I can see the screen while riding but like I said, it wasn’t a perfect solution.

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    Lastly, I bought a Stash Box. It holds the little things and works fine except it moves your license plate forward to the point that the light barely shines on it. Otherwise it’s fine.


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    Outex tubeless conversion
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRF1000L-Af...-Kit-21-2-15-18-4-00-MT-FR21214-/291698243582

    Conti TKC 70 Tires
    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/continental-tkc-70-tires

    CARCHET TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012AEFDSC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    2 Bicycle Bags to Fit AltRider bars
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WE5GQ7K/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    DrySpec Stash Box Lockable License Plate Storage Box
    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dryspec-stash-box-lockable-license-plate-storage-box

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    Nice.


    To turn my Africa Twin into a touring machine I bungeed my trail pack to the passenger seat and rack.
    Rode from Arkansas to Los Angeles like that.
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  16. nohumdrumlife

    nohumdrumlife Adventurer

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  17. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    50/50 bike?

    So 50% of the time it sucks for one type of riding and for the other type of riding it sucks 50% of the time there too?

    Sent from my LG-H700 using Tapatalk
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  18. nohumdrumlife

    nohumdrumlife Adventurer

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    I'm honored to have my first troll. Thank you!
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  19. DaleE

    DaleE TransAlp Adv

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    Excellent write up. Thanks for all the links. I might have to steal some of those farkle ideas. Any notes/pics on how/where you mounted your PC-8. I have one, but need to order the specific AT connectors. We need to have a Front Range AT get together sometime.
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  20. ballisticexchris

    ballisticexchris Long timer

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    Good write up and suggestions.

    My only gripe are your choice of tires. The only exception would be if you are only going to run 100% pavement. Anything less than a "Big Block" style tire off road is asking for a dirt nap.
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