The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    If you're looking to get rid of them i'm taking all comers.

    While I managed 15k with my first set last year, the new bike, one month old now, already with 8500 miles on it, may not make it to 15000 miles on the OE tires.

    Cheers.
  2. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Dealer trying to tell me they recommend an oil change every 4000 miles today.


    Do I look like I was born yesterday? Nah fam, i'll take it elsewhere.
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  3. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Why not change it yourself?
    You can recycle your oil at most Auto Parts facilities etc.

    For riders that ride under 8,000 miles/year . . . they still should change their oil/filter annually . . .

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  4. chrshale

    chrshale Been here awhile

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    I think 4000 is a good practice. I have always changed mine at 3500 regardless of type of bike.

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  5. drzdirtrider

    drzdirtrider Adventurer

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    I was asking a Honda rep at AIM Expo about Africa Twin fork anodizing/stiction issue. Of course, he hadn't heard of anything about it but he said you should always change fork oil on a new bike because factory uses basic, lower quality oil. He called it vegetable oil. He said you would be surprised how much better the forks are after putting high quality oil in. Any thoughts on this? Recommended oil?


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  6. slowrider998

    slowrider998 Adventurer

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    I bet he’s right
    Sounds like this will be one of my winter projects,quality fork oil
  7. Zave

    Zave ******

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    My suspension guy said he was surprised that the shock had good quality oil
  8. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    I'm 100 miles north of you in Ukiah, I have 500 mile stock take offs. If you ride north you can have them for $80 for the pair.
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  9. CrStep

    CrStep Been here awhile

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    Me too. It's nice to have a project lol.
  10. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Anyone got a link to talk on synth oil in a DCT? Not looking to start another oil debate, just haven't had any luck on Google finding relevant data.
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  11. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    Been curious about it to. I used to run my Vara on full-synth if I knew I was going to exceed the service intervals (e.g. touring) and was wondering if I can do the same with the AT
  12. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    I'm running full synthetic in DCT.
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  13. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Don't have a garage (apartment) and live across from a school. Heavily patrolled by nosy people and police.
  14. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    How many miles with it?

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  15. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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  16. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    I changed mine at 2000 with bel ray oil and honda replaced my tubes at 7200 miles.
  17. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    I picked my new AT up yesterday and they had me go down and meet the service manager before I left the dealer. The service guy said to never use full syn in the AT? I thought this was an uninformed statement, but then again I was new to the AT.
  18. blalor

    blalor Been here awhile

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    Oil: read the manual and buy what it says you should use. Spend the rest of the time you’d be wasting on this debate watching cat videos. Or riding.
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  19. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    They want you to buy another bike sooner I'm guessing.
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  20. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    anyone have any experience with the Givi top case
    42Ltr OUTBACK TOP CASE
    What mounting system do I need to attach it to a stock AT?