2018 Africa Twin ATAS adventure build

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by michaelkozera, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. jehu

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    Do you have a link for the exhaust inserts? KOlightning/???
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  2. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    i had a KTM 690 briefly.broke a clutch lever on it and leadership wanted 140$ CAD for it. broke same lever on my crf250l, was 16$ to replace.


    price must be location dependent.
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  3. twinrider

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    KTM parts are usually much higher quality. The Japanese makers use cheap pot metal for their levers.
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  4. Cruz

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    Depends if you are comparing a bike of similar cost from one brand to the next etc. In Oz KTM parts I have bought are not cheap.
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  5. MikefromNL

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    @pepebayeta I'm surprised every time at how much Japanese OEM parts are. i suppose after some years I shouldn't be surprised anymore. I have only own
    $70 for a CRF1000L front brake lever here
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  6. pepebayeta

    pepebayeta Been here awhile

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    Whoa! that's an expensive lever!!
    That (machined, adjustable) lever is still more than twice the price than a (forged .) CRF1000 clutch lever here. But it includes the bolt, nut, spring, etc.
    I'm not trying to justify the prices for one or the other, here or there. I'm talking more about the policies for these brands. I have seen the same thing happening again and again with so many bikes.
    As @MikefromNL said, I shouldn't be surprised anymore. But too often it happens that I check some honda (yamaha, ducati, harley) parts and my mind goes "WTF?".
    In the same way, I check parts for a ktm and more often than not, I think "yep, I'm definitely replacing that".


    Anyway, waiting for some feedback on instalation and use of the McCruise. I'm thinking of one.
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  7. pepebayeta

    pepebayeta Been here awhile

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    Is there anything cheap, bike related, in Oz? (other than tools)
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  8. Cruz

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    Lots of cheap, good value bikes and cars.
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  9. Junglejeff1

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    For parts like levers I like the aftermarket stuff.This perch and lever assembly cost 32 bucks.Plenty of aftermarket stuff that fits AT also that is cheaper and better than stock.I have experienced the expensive broken ktm lever and the aftermarket has plenty of options.Not into the replace with only oem part thing unless it's more critical parts like brake rebuild kits.I think I am going to order those shortly Chinese levers and try them. 20180908_095323.jpg
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  10. twinrider

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    The PO of my last Tenere installed Chinese levers, I took them off after the pivot hole went oval because the metal was too soft. Better to buy once, cry once. ;-)
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  11. Junglejeff1

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    Good to know,never tried the Chinese ones yet.MSR makes nice levers at a good price point.Holy cow over 360 signed up for enduro tomorrow already.Going to be a sea of orange.
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  12. michaelkozera

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    Installed heavy duty pet screen to keep the radiators mint. I use the same stuff for all my bikes and cars. Keeps all the bugs and rocks clear of ur rad, and keeps them cooling consistently for their entire life.

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    Installed cruise control too.

    Love it

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  13. madafakinges

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    Do you know what is ATAS fork oil level?
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  14. playinatwork

    playinatwork Been here awhile

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    Michael, did you go back with OEM fork seals or use something better? I blew a seal this weekend. That sounds bad but I think the seal liked it.
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  15. michaelkozera

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    i contacted my honda dealership, they provided me with oil level for both forks, but i dont remember what it was.

    i reused the old seals as 95% of the time seals blow because there is something stuck between the seal and the stanchion.

    its been well over 10,000km and they havent leaked since, but i am using a stanchion covers which is an absolute must if you are riding in the dirt.
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    Michael, thanks for the details and great ideas... Question: is the ATAS brake and clutch lever size/fitment the same as the 2016-2017 AT?
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  17. michaelkozera

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    i dont know, i would assume they are, they look identical.

    you can go check the honda parts manual free online, if the part numbers match up then they are the same.
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  18. yokesman

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    I use Honda parts nation for a good price comparision, good prices.
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    bentlink Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys. Honda Parts Nation seems to say that both parts are equal 53178-MJP-G50 is replaced by 53178-MJP-305... meaning they are equal but had different part numbers... maybe simply a different supplier for 2017 to 2018.
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  20. NSFW

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    great write up...it surely a great improvement from the factory.
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