The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by erey, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. zoodio

    zoodio Adventurer

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    I went with the Camel Tank and couldn't be happier. I'm up in the 400km range now and can pick where I want to fuel up,talk to Cory at Camel I'm sure he will help you out. He just made mounts for my Holan rack


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  2. zoodio

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    I've replied to a couple of people the Camel Tank is s great choice it's out of the way and now I'm in the 400+ km range. The company is very easy to deal with and very helpful. Check them out. I'm super happy with mine[​IMG]


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  3. zoodio

    zoodio Adventurer

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    That's good if you know where the next fuel stop is. But when you are loaded up travelling space is at a premium that's why I like the Camel tank so much


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  4. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    They aren't entirely without merit. I found out (twice) that the passenger peg does a great job of keeping the muffler and other hard parts off the ground if you drop the bike.
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  5. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    Hey, thank you for posting. Was curious to see how it would go because of the DAMN diagonal tube.

    Actually, would love to see a clear picture showing how the setup goes along with the upper crossbar + 2 curved brackets around the blinkers (if Holan has ever ship you both of them!). I ask because it would really be a pity to get rid of any of them... both the crossbar + curved brackets make the Holan rack rock solid (tested the hard way with a KTM990... a non event for the pannier frame, stigmas on the KTM. Rear crashbar on it own). And it's also known that the curved brackets also play in supporting the rear rack from cracking...

    Do you mind posting a picture showing how it fits around upper crossbar + curved bracket ? Thanks.
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  6. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    "Calves bruises vs conveniency" choice. Constrained to choose the latter and I already know the price to pay. I agree with you they are a very good protection but... depending on how one crashes and happen to end somehow under the bike, they can be very very nasty on bones and tissues I think.
    @NSFW : I understand your choice. A chance I don't wear skirt... so that I won't ever need to show off my bruise tattoos in public ahah ;-)

    "Scar tissue that I wish you saw..." :kumbaya
  7. rve123

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    I doubt if we'll see the Pacific Red one that much? Tricolor has a history, Victory Red (CRF Rally) is all over the off-road/Dakar project. And then silver metallic and black metallic as more generic choices. Don't think the Pacific Red is a real addition to the existing colors which were available from the introduction.
    I do have to admit, it sure looks nice in Pacific Red (seen it on a motorcycle show in the Netherlands earlier this year).

    Still do like the Silver one the most, although I ended up with a Victory Red (CRF Rally) due to the fact it was impossible to get a Silver one (in The Netherlands) when I ordered in July 2016. Oh well, it will soon be changed to something Orange :super
  8. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    I saw a red one in Yokohama, it was in the shop because the guy got hit taking it home right after he bought it. I thought it looked really good, but I've always liked the red/black color scheme.

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  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    There's a red one sitting at my shop as well. I thought it looked pretty good too.
  10. Bushyar15

    Bushyar15 Been here awhile

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    I agree. I like this unit. Doesn't take up valuable "rack" real estate. No hassles pouring gas in the tank in potentially really dirty conditions. Don't need extra fuel, just don't fill it... I'm seriously considering this unit..

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  11. racer

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    No pillion!
  12. racer

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    Four or five years down the road, I think tri color owners are going to look at the silver and wonder if they made the right choice. The tri color looks great right now, however, in a few years it may look a little dated and tacky. Just sayin.......It's still a great bike!
  13. gun pup

    gun pup out fishing

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    No, it won't.....

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  14. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Been here awhile

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    Just repaint it.Be a pretty easy bike to repaint. As for the seat I think most will be replaced by then with more comfy seats in black.
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  15. blalor

    blalor Been here awhile

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    I had the same thought on the tri color when I bought my red/white/black: had visions of looking at pictures in 20 years and having the same reaction I do today to the PC800 in its pastel green and pink. Looking at the Trans Alp and original AT, tho, I think it will age much better.
  16. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    Universal chinese handguards on DCT (on-going).
    It was about time since I could access a drill press. What a piece of cake to work with good tools.
    M8 tap drilling hole : 6.8mm - thread depth : 28mm (@craighkzn : thank you very much for having shared your great tip!)
    Took the opportunity to do both the oem handlebar M18 end bolts and the H&B ones (have happily trashed the handguards but have kept the bolts... even if their threads rust very easily btw ; remedy : ACF-50. Pure crap from A to Z!)
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    Now waiting for my super expensive chinese "Sikra clowns"...
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    Quite a long wait for a non guaranteed fit... but so cheap ; if miss CRF1000 doesn't want it, KLX is already whining for it.

    Lots of fun with the AT on two wheels and also in the garage! :)
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  17. syntec4

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    I get mine a week on Saturday. Will post when i pick it up :-)


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  18. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    I agree. Tricolor Blue - White - Red will never, ever, look outdated. One simply have to think French flag or Star spangled banner... but there are quite a few other examples of course! :D
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    Who said "outdated" ? LOL
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  19. windowto

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    It might look outdated at some point, but not in a bad way, more like a classic.:thumb
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  20. jantomas

    jantomas Been here awhile

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    What tyres for smooth gravel? I unfortunately need to ride more asfalt than gravel. Getting a bit of rear wheel drift on gravel is fun and for this I find an 80/20 tyre fine. My only worry is the front could wash out fast and I keep asking myself if a more dirt oriented front tyre could allow me to do more and longer rear wheel slides without increasing the risk. Changing both front and rear would just push up the speed I guess, a notion confirmed in the linked article.

    http://www.advpulse.com/adv-prepping/best-adventure-motorcycle-tires/