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The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by erey, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    I have the longer steel ones, but they stay at home. Not the best for spooning on tires, but good to break beads on dirt bikes etc...
    I found that three short steel spoons from the stealer work well on the road, and slid in under the passenger seat.

    I have to ask...why pull a tire for a patch? if the snooty plug is installed properly, it will never give you any issues. I've plugged tires, and ended up running them until the tread was done. No issues. We even had one punture, where the tire was slighlty slit, and two or three snooty plugs sorted it. Again, to each his own.

    No mar is a no go for on bike :D but I do have the standard blue jobbie at home. Damn handy. Much better than doing it by hand.
    The bead breaker is esp. handy.
  2. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    Might want to loosen the bottom triples only. Also loosen axle, while the bottoms are loose. Compress the forks a few times, and re-tighten.
    Ditto for risers.
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  3. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I put the grip puppy's on today. Took a 100 mile ride. Not as much vibration. So that was good. But I think its more the bend of the bars. I'm almost hyper extending my wrist and fingers to work the clutch. I'm definitely maxed out on the angle that my wrist will go.
  4. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Also check that you haven't bent the nose slightly askew. Bars straight ahead, sitting in riding position, check the part of the frame that holds up the instrument panel against the ignition housing. They should be right behind each other. I bent mine ever so slightly, but didn't break/ crack any of the plastics. Manifested, some time later, as an ever widening gap in my instrument panel.
  5. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    I quite like the new Bridgestones vs the old Dunlops, but ..., I also liked the Dunlops. The awful dichotomy happy happenstance of being a tourer/ commuter on an ADV bike; almost any tire does great on the roads. :lol3

    When I moved from Los Angeles i'd bought the OE foglight switch and a pair of fog lights. Can't find the bloomin switch, and don't have mounts for the lights yet. Taking suggestions. (hopefully i've been smart and put the switch in the box together with the lights.) And I'll need to make a wiring harness. :becca S'pose I better just copy the factory.

    Does anybody know if one of the "updates" on the 2018 refresh was a stronger GPS mount bar weld?
  6. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    Different part number because it's a totally different dash unit, same shitty inadequate welds for the upper arms, unfortunately. The Camel windscreen brace is the most popular mode of reinforcement.
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  7. SkipD

    SkipD That looks stickey

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    I ran a TubBless setup on a DRZ for thousands of km of sealed roads they run much cooler than with a tube. To my mind there are zero issues with them on tar, they are not legal in US but are fine here.
  8. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    +1 on the Tubliss. I ran them on my 650L for thousands of miles and took great care when installing them. To test them out I aired them down to zero in the tire on the back and low on the front, but not that low. The tires stuck like I couldn't believe and stayed put on the rims. My initial reason for getting them was because I wanted it for the front after having a wicked blowout on the rear where the tire came off the rim, spun the valve right out of the tube. I used dynabeads to balance them and never once had an issue. I did say though, it hurt my soul a bit to drill that extra hole in the rim for the bladder.

    -Barron
  9. dbroxson

    dbroxson Wanderer

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    Does anyone have a part number(s) for the missing pieces to the toolkit? I just pickup up an ATAC and just got the screwdriver. I feel naked without tools! :-(
  10. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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  11. redneckmech

    redneckmech No burrito left behind!

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    I had the opportunity to take a look at one of the early prototypes of this kit that @Mr. Fisherman was getting feedback on. I can attest that this kit is FAR better quality and more complete than any moto specific toolkit that I have seen.

    Edit: The picture of the toolkit under the seat of the ATAS on their website is my bike, taken by Mr. Fisherman. It was just slightly too big to fit into the side compartment.
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  12. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    B0ADCC22-7DA0-4E81-923F-84619383D9B8.jpeg Soooooo........question to anyone who has installed the LED turn signals in the US on the 2016-2017 AT......did you use the 12oClock labs kit and where did you find the male OEM connector to build the jumper? Feel free to PM with the info. Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about.......
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  13. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    I'm guessing you are on the OEM bars? I got rid of those, and went with my proven setup from my super T. Renthal fat bars low rise, and chinese levers for $20.
    Perfect bend, no funny angles on wrists...
    [​IMG]
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  14. Jamm

    Jamm Old man on 2 wheels

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    I haven't installed them yet but I have the 12 oClock labs kit which included everything needed to my knowledge. I'll take a look when I get home this weekend. I may have an extra connector and will check. I think you can get them from Eastern Beaver also. They just take a special crimping tool.
  15. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    I purchased my 12oClock kit awhile ago but I decided since I had some free time I’d tackle the job......I knew it would be a pain but I didn’t know I was facing off with Mean Joe Green and the Steel curtain. :lol3

    I’d like to see how your kit looks because mine doesn’t have the correct plugs to jumper the wires, should be built as a male plug to cap one of the OEM connectors and another to connect the OEM plug with the wires. What I have doesn’t at all connect to anything OEM but the flasher relay. All the correct wires but no connectors. Ughhh...... I’m waiting to hear back from 12oClock if the kit has been changed or updated since I purchased mine.

    Heres a pick as to what I’m talking about.

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  16. Dillo

    Dillo Almost Awesome

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    I wasn't sure where to find the relevant male plug and the spade connectors that come with it are too big to be useful. I have a bunch of connectors and contacts left lying around from Eastern Beaver that I got to make stuff for the other connectors on the bike so I took some spare Male HM contacts and crimped those on instead and then stuck them into the appropriate slot on the wiring harness. I'll take some pics when I get home.
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  17. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I'm thinking I may have to do that. Really didn't want to. As much as I like this bike, its becoming a money pit.
  18. yokesman

    yokesman Long timer

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    Awhile ago there was a long tool in the garage thread in expressing the need for light strong tools.
  19. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    lol...preaching to the choir man!
    Any contact points on most bikes needed doing for me.
    The only bikes that had a good bar bend were the fz09 and FJ09. All other ones didn't work for me
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  20. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Up until recently the stock bars have given me no trouble. I purchased the bike late last August and have put nearly 8k miles and 10 states on it.... Mostly tarmac. However, the last month has been almost entirely off road .. A few hundred miles and starting to get wrist pain, especially my throttle hand. I've been focusing on relaxing my grip which seems to be helping. I'll find out next week when Im off for a week to explore the smoky mountain 500 and surrounding areas...adjusting the route to stay off pavement and camp free. I'm hoping staying more relaxed will continue to help.
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