The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. Jamm

    Jamm Old man on 2 wheels

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    For those who are going to install the center stand. I used a broom handle to lever against the rear tire and the springs slipped on like a bra on a flat chested gal. Took longer to find the broom than doing the install. Google it for directions.
  2. soren_dk

    soren_dk Long timer

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    ^^^
    I have a hydraulic bike lift -- I attached a wire to a ring, put the ring on the spring and ran the other end of the wire to the frame of the lift, that way when I lifted the bike up, the wire pulled the spring

    ..and yes the first spring is a bitch, the second spring fecking impossible (almost)
  3. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile

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    Man sometimes I'm stoopid! You guys worked smart, not hard. I about had a farkling stroke pulling those things on!
  4. tallpaul63

    tallpaul63 Long timer

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    I found one that looks like it should work- long leads and inline fuse, weather resistant. Look for 12vtechnology LLC.

    Full disclosure- I haven't received it yet. Ordered one this morning. 12 bucks or something like that.
  5. tallpaul63

    tallpaul63 Long timer

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  6. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    When I picked up my center stand at the dealer they said, let us know when you want us to put it on. :lol2
    I have a lever I usually use for this kind of thing but it was too short. Broom handle sounds about right. I ended up using a ratchet strap hooked to the bike sitting behind.
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  7. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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  8. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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  9. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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    I don't own one. But reading some of the revzilla reviews encourages you to go to the klim tool and use their sizing tools.
  10. ski-line900

    ski-line900 Been here awhile

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    I'm 6'2". The pants waist size was perfect to what I wear in jeans, I got the tall version as well. Jacket I tried both the L and XL, went for XL for sleeve length.

    It's awesome gear. Not too much branding that I feel like a dork when riding other bikes either. ;)
  11. Alfred_Bham

    Alfred_Bham Been here awhile

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    Thank you!!

    I have the Jacket, , , now I’ll have the Pants!!
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  12. TemeculaTim

    TemeculaTim Timiteo Viejo

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    I just got mine tonight - Large jacket and 34 Tall pants.

    I'm 6"1 and a lean 180 - both fit well and glad I got the tall on the pants- :photog
  13. Motociclo

    Motociclo Without motion, nothing.

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    After installing Camel tank, I wasn't able to use the left hand supports for the OEM rack that gets used with the Holan pro pannier frame.
    I whipped up this brace to give support on left side of rack. Now oem rack is solid again. The upper mounting point is on luggage plate. Was most convenient. Just needs a little tidy up and a paint job.

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  14. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    Can't answer for the Latitude, but I just picked up the Carlsbad. Getting sidetracked: It's just what I was looking for. Essentially, a world class off-road (and on) textile shell that wasn't constricting. The Badlands is just too much jacket for me off-road. If I were doing more on-road, long distance touring, maybe, but it's so damn heavy and bulky for moving around on the bike. Back to fit, I'm 5'8" 175 lbs. Nearly all large t-shirts fit me perfectly. I could make a medium work but it would have been small if I wore my compression armor under the jacket. I'm a tough fit because I have medium arms and a larger torso. The Klim's arm adjustability and great cuff velcro make it work perfectly though. IIRC, the Carlsbad is slightly more off-road version of the Latitude.
  15. jfbfaster

    jfbfaster Been here awhile

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    only 300km's, I love her. But Honda Dunlop OEM sucks ;-) IMG_0047.jpg
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  16. CRIAKLR

    CRIAKLR Frosty

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    Completely agree with you.

    But I am at the place in my life where I much prefer to just ride the old one to the dealer, trade it, and ride the new one home. I hate having honyoks show up at my home to kick the tires and ask if they can test ride it. Uh....Gee.....No! It does cost me some money to trade, but I am happy to let the dealer make some money on me to avoid all of the hassle.
  17. CRIAKLR

    CRIAKLR Frosty

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    To quote Mark "Big Dog" Samson

    "It took 6 minutes to install the center stand. However it took hours to install this spring. Plus a trip to the ER----tool fabrication-----blood transfusions---stitches--poked my eye out--- arm puncture-----and it
    took 3 rolls of paper towels to soak up the blood. Now awaiting mental therapy."


    I had a similar experience. At first I tried to pop on both the inner and outer spring (on an SW Motech stand)......That was IMPOSSIBLE. Finally had a lucid moment and managed to pop on the inner spring first, and then the outer. Still a massive PITA, but I got it done. When I have to remove it.....I'm going to cry like a little baby.
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  18. TCBronson

    TCBronson Adventurer

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    I admit I did not do an extensive search and was wondering if any of the new Africa Twin Sport parts like the skid plate, light/crash bar, wider foot pegs etc. will retro fit my 2017 AT. Thanks!
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  19. danptobin

    danptobin Been here awhile

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    why you can get aftermarket parts that are better and aftermarket are often cheaper?
  20. Motociclo

    Motociclo Without motion, nothing.

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    I have swmotech centre stand, never found it as hardtop install as some of you have quoted.
    One spring at a time and goes straight on. I use a spring puller, which is just a bent 4mm rod with handle.
    I have removed centre stand at least once to grease linkages. No drama to get springs on.
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