The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    Very good traction at the rear with a such a slick front means thick brown pants for me. Respect! :)
  2. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I use them, work well.
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  3. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    Cool, glad to hear and thank you for the feedback.
  4. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at?

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    I used them on my AT too. I think it is prudent to put a small drop of LocTite 242 or 243 on the allen head setscrew threads after arriving at the final fastening of the weights.
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  5. procycle

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    :-) Yeah, I've had a few moments. This setup is not by choice. I needed a rear tire when I was at the AIMExpo in Columbus a week ago and the Motoz guys were kind enough to comp me their only tire in the correct size. I packed it 1000 miles to New Mexico to squeeze every last bit out of the stock rear and give the Tractionator a fighting chance to get me home to Oregon.
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  6. blalor

    blalor Been here awhile

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    How'd it fare? I've heard great things about the mileage of those tires…
  7. Zave

    Zave ******

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    Great timing i need some yesterday i just order a set from Good Bang only $30 canadian hope they come as ordered
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  8. procycle

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    I can't say yet. I have 1000 miles on it and need another 1500 to get me home. I did promise the Motoz guys I would give them a full report back with photos at the end. I've been making a tread depth (knob height) measurement every 3 fillups. The first 500+ miles it barely wore at all. Like 0.020". I thought wow this thing is wearing like iron! The second 500 miles it lost a good 1/8" and now I'm a little concerned about it going the distance. 90% of that mileage is 2-lane paved roads, 60-65 mph and 90 degree temperatures.

    If you want mileage the Tractionator Adventure is a much better choice than the Desert H/T.
  9. -mek-

    -mek- Been here awhile

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    The bars of my AT has also been twisted, allready from purchasing this former dealer demo bike a year ago. I tought it's the forks that are twisted when the dealer had changed the Karoo 3's under it and I could correct it when changing tires. I Changed new tires on summer, following the manual and carefully humping the forks before tightening the front wheel axle. No help. I've been busy at work and used my scarce free time for riding, so I've almost got used to the bars being twisted to right, about 1" measured at the bar end. I've got very long arm's ("ape index" + 4", also my fathom is 4" longer than my lenght) so twisted bars bothered me not so much. A week ago I got my bike to the first, 12 000 km service and also asked them to check the fork alignment, no help either.

    However, then I saw this thread on AT-Forum and began to investigate the problem a little bit closer. When looking the bars of my bike on the top and comparing the bars to upper fork bridge, it's clear that the bar is twisted in relation to upper fork bridge, also the reason must be on the lower bar holders or their bolts. I looked the rubber grommets under the bar holders, but the niche between the bar holder and the bridge is even, so I guess the bolts are not bent. I'm thinking to dissassemble the bars and holders during the winter and investigate the problem closer, but it's allready clear that the reason for twisted bars is between the bars and the upper fork bridge.

    I've dropped my bike only once, when making U-turn on soft sand, and it had not any dropping marks after being a demo bike, so the bars being twisted may just be the nature of these bikes. :hmmmmm
  10. craighkzn

    craighkzn Been here awhile

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    Just loosen the main clamp bolts under the top triple (that go through the rubber mounts), as well as the bar clamp bolts, re-align, and re-torque....mine have been straight now for the past 20 000km
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  11. windowto

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    Mek,

    Just go to the left steering stop and force the bars further left with a moderate force. You'll be surprised, but you can reposition them that way. The rubber mounts do allow some movement there.
  12. craighkzn

    craighkzn Been here awhile

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    I found this only worked for a while and the bars would slowly go out of alignment again (you're just twisting the bars in the top clamp, putting the rubber bushes under load....)....once the main mounts are loosened and re-aligned, problem has gone for good...But your method works great to re-align when you crash in future..
  13. arrcrussell

    arrcrussell Gimme Dirt

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    Dang - :baldy - I was crashing on the other side just to tweak the bars back straight!
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  14. windowto

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    Make sure you crash an even amount of times on both sides and at the same speed:D:lol3:muutt
  15. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    If you loosen the bots on the bar clamps and then get the bars where you want them you will be set. The bars can seem twisted just by not being straight in the clamps.
  16. dwj - Donnie

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    I hope it is OK that I post this here!

    We are on a one month plus into a two month trip and the tires I expected to last till I arrived to my daughter's house in the Dallas, Texas area where I have another set waiting, looks like they aren't going to last that long! We are currently in the San Francisco, California area and looking for tires. Ideally, I want Shinko 705s, 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 tubeless. Continental TKC70s or the OEM tires for the African Twin will work as well. For the record, at 8,453 miles, the rear TKC70 has little life left and the front is badly cupped. The rear has not seemed to show any wear in the last 500 to 600 miles, but I still have 2,000 miles to go! The OEM tires were replaced at 10,297 miles and had at least another 500 miles in them, which is why I expected the TKC70 to last till Texas.

    Thanks!
  17. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Wish you were close you would be welcome to my stock tires.
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  18. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    I just purchased a 2017 AT in the red/black/white.

    Will post some pics later

    I'm 6'2" and looking for a larger windscreen and larger foot pegs.

    Has anyone bought the Givi windscreen?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
  19. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    Anyone have any experience with this product?

    Givi Trekker Outback 42 Liter Top Case

    What adaptor do I need to attach it to my OEM rack?
  20. FTWeather

    FTWeather KISS army 1976

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    Got a set of stockers with about 5k on them in Fresno, CA you are welcome to?
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