The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. JoeBiker25

    JoeBiker25 Adventurer

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  2. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Had fun today in 'The Dez'

    Oatman Highway

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    Somewhere west of Needles Ca

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  3. Motociclo

    Motociclo Without motion, nothing.

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    Just installed universal adventure tank. Gives a bit over 6 litres. Will give me about 450km range.
    Plan to add Camel tank also. I like fuel range! Close to 600km once sorted. I don't like stopping much either!!
    Safari tank still haven't released tank, and if triumph 800 tank is to go by, will likely be over a grand.

    Install is easy. Would recommend 5/16 hose off Af Twin tank breather. Use a 5/16 to 3/16 reducer for aux tank hose.

    When touring I use pillion seat for bulk, only light stuff on rack.
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  4. ya(x2)

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    Here is a recommended package for any rider on a Honda (dct or not), can't go wrong with that... :D Recommended oil.jpg

    Bonus : I'm on the pic... look carefully!
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  5. Sgtt45

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    How do you like those highway pegs? Are they generic?
  6. simmons1

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    No link, but I am running Rotella 5W40 Synthetic in my DCT this oil change. No complaints so far. Has about 4K on the oil.
  7. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    What region are you in? Just trying to get a sense of your common riding temps. I'm coming in to winter here, so thinner is better right now.
  8. Endurodude

    Endurodude Been here awhile

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    I have the airflow Givi screen, an it's excellent. I don't like the top of a screen being in my eye line; the wind doesn't affect my helmet at all.
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  9. Motociclo

    Motociclo Without motion, nothing.

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    Very generic pegs. $20 off ebay. Didn't have a name on packaging. I had someone mention they look like Bikemaster pegs.
    They work well. If I have bag on pillion seat, can rest back on bag and can stretch out very well. Coupled with cruise control, makes highway runs a breeze.
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  10. Junglejeff1

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    Synthetic flows better in the cold better.Preferred in cold climates like Alaska.
  11. jantomas

    jantomas Been here awhile

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    Have covered about 1000 kms of which a third on gravel with Dunlop Trailsmart. It was an akward decision after the disappointment with the stock tyres and the big improvement I felt with conti trail attack (know them well also from my 990).

    Very first impression was not good. Steering felt upredictable and they seemed to want to follow grooves in the road. I also suspect they were pretty slick for a while.

    After getting used to them I'm actually pretty happy. Just hope they wont deteriorate as fast as the stock tyres. Gravel performance is about like the contis which is fine with me. The profile is more V shaped than the contis and the steering feels quicker on asfalt. That's a plus. They also feel very stable at high speeds. On good roads they generally feel very good. The contis worked a bit better on poor asfalt and also felt good right from the start. And they still felt great after 10000 kms (very little high way use) so the change was a big let down at first. I'm no tyre expert so don't put a lot of weigh on my impressions but it seems that the Trailsmarts wants a good warm up before working well and also don't like being aired down. But if they keep performing as they do for as long as the contis did I wouldn't mind buying a second set at a competitive price. The quicker steering is a big selling point for me on this slow steering bike.
  12. simmons1

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  13. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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  14. windowto

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    Due to the well known failures of the OEM top rack, I would strongly recommend you use the Givi support struts for it, if you are going to carry any kind of weight there. They are advertised to be compatible with Easy rack and Alurack plates only, but can easily be made to work with others. That is, if your side carriers are Givi. I suspect they will work with others too, but you have to take the chance to find out.

    https://www.motomachines.com/Support-Strut-for-Honda-Africa-Twin-Alurack-Easyrack_p_6156.html
  15. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Thanks!

    Yeah, you're running in consistently hotter temps for sure. By about forty degrees at any given time. :D
  16. Motociclo

    Motociclo Without motion, nothing.

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    Not real concerned about rack. Have read through busted rack thread, 2 or 3 broken racks not really an issue.
    I use Holan pannier system, and also don't try to carry anything on rack. Fuel tank with fuel weighs about 8kg.
    Thanks for the link. I will rig something if needed.
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    Makeshift straightening of my crash bar. [​IMG]
  18. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    wow,,,, looks like your trying to capture a wild stallion
  19. PhaseShifter

    PhaseShifter Been here awhile

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    Couldn't you just tip the bike over the other side?
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  20. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    Really chic's dig scares!
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