The CRF1000L Africa Twin problem thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by twinrider, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Post all your reports, solutions and questions regarding problems and concerns related to the new Africa Twin. :lurk
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  2. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    If you live or ride near sea air or, where they salt the roads in the winter . . . and are concerned about corrosion (especially spokes) coat with cosmoline . . .

    http://www.cosmolinedirect.com

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  3. jon t

    jon t n00b

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    Which product of cosmoline ....
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  4. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    So when you're new honda shows up in June, you'll be ready with corrosive preventative liquid. I think i'd plastic dip the spokes red.
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  5. BRAVADO77

    BRAVADO77 n00b

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    Most riders will use the wax version of Cosmoline. You can get it in concentrated form or aerosols which is a lighter coat. Both forms completely dry leaving a clear wax coating. Cosmoline Rust-Veto 342
    The other version you might consider is the Military Cosmoline Grease 11796. It also protects forever, but obviously doesn't dry...stays greasy.
    I've used this stuff since the 1980s. Not cheap, but nothing works better.
    WAX VERSION: http://www.cosmolinedirect.com/cosmoline-rust-veto-342-industrial-grade/
    GREASE/MILITARY VERSION: http://www.cosmolinedirect.com/mil-spec-grease-mil-c-11796c-class-3/
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  6. amaunu

    amaunu Been here awhile

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    Tectyl Glass Shelder. Count on it.
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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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  8. vgreno2000

    vgreno2000 vgreno2000

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    Spokes rust also happened on my S-10, and with only 4000kms and being very carefully.
    I think the only way to have them shining is to go with stainless ones.

    Enviado desde mi Nexus 5 mediante Tapatalk
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  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Mine stayed clean for 60,000 km but they don't salt roads much in Japan where I am.

    A few S10 riders went with stainless and ended up with broken spokes. They have to be a lot bigger in diameter to be strong enough, like the ones Woody sells on his custom wheels.
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  10. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

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    I don't much care about the spoke issue, but there are a lot of reports on the Africa Twin facebook group of problematic switchgear. Nothing like the out of control wheelie problems, but a lot of reports of buttons sticking and requiring replacement. I haven't seen any specific posts yet if the part numbers are the same, but I would anticipate this being a recall item at some point if it is as widespread as it seems.
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  11. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Sounds like silicone spray helps with the sticky set button issue:

    http://www.africatwinforum.com/foru...neral-discussion-forum/4585-sel-buttom-2.html

    "I have a manual gearbox, so to me it was only the "set" buttom that got stuck. It is a doubtfull construction of the plastic stuff which gives too much friction when there is some water or dirt run in. The silicone spray lubricates the plastics. Much better than WD40 or Castrol DWF as, these products have a lot of solvents. They lubricate only a very short period, and afterwards the plastic parts become even more sticky. That's why a silicone-based lubricant is more apropriate to my opinion. Works fine !"
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  12. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I've been keeping up with this on various forums and have only read of a few cases out of the thousands of bikes sold. Mine has been fine and I ride in the rain.
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  13. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

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    Good to hear. It's probably just the reposting over and over again to every forum and then reposting those to the Facebook group that make it seem so widespread then. I'm still in line with my deposit so it hasn't scared me off, but electrical or transmission gremlins are one category of issue that definitely would concern me and have me second guessing it. If I wanted those kinds of problems I'd stop waiting for an AT and just go get an 1190R. :rofl
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  14. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    The throttle looks and sounds like it was at idle during this entire incident but I cannot understand why at 0:8 he inexplicably turns the bars left and hits the blue wagon. After that the engine sounds like it remains at idle until revved at the very last moment.

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  15. Mikemm

    Mikemm Long timer

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    maybe that white line/stripe is thick and he stopped on the edge, in which it kinda followed the contour of it? Was he bumped/pushed from behind? is there any backstory? I cant read that language....
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  16. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Watching the video makes little sense of what may have happened.

    What was reported to have happened there?
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  17. Mojo73

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    Looks to me like he slowed to a halt feet up, started to roll backwards, then tried to gas it.
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  18. cuss

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    From google translate comments under the vid, Near. Rain cover for the shoe is implicated in the footrest and I could not take off her feet.

    So think he went to put his foot down and his waterproofs were caught on something and over he went?
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  19. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    This is what I understand the narrative was: "His left boot's rain cover has entangled in the foot peg and he couldn't put down his foot.
    (Google translate from: - "Ochraniacz przeciwdeszczowy na buta się wplątał w podnóżek i nie mogłem zdjąć nogi.")"
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  20. bozo92

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    My biggest problem is that, to date, I didn't experience any of those exposed here. I hate arriving at destination because DCT is so much fun and seamless.:happay
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