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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    right! thanks for that. Will likely look into them.
    Great pictures, love the parking lot of different modes of transport, all on the same slab!
  2. Greg the pole

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

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    $10 bucks says they will not be 48mm..which they really should be.
    Cruise?
    Neat that they did a redesign three or four years in to the model year. That means they are semi serious about it.
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  3. mcyeatman

    mcyeatman Squidward Tentacles

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    Hello!

    I'm considering moving up from my baby GS with the steeply discounted prices on the 2017 AT. Seems like the dealers have a ton of these on the lots and the going price locally is right around $9K for new. I know they had significant changes in 18. With that said, does the 17-year model have any major drawbacks I should be aware of?

    ~Matt
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  4. Greg the pole

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

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    Not sure if 2018 was significant, unless you're looking at the ATAS.

    2018s changed fork outers (still problematic). Kashima coated 2017 flexy forks.
    different dash
    FBwire
    Power modes (why???)
    MOar tc selection. Three works well enough.

    that's about it. For me not worth the trouble. I think the 2017 dash is actually better.

    If you're not hard on the forks the 2017 are fine. 25k km here, of moderately hard use. Zero issues.
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  5. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile Supporter

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    What he said. 16k miles on my '17, moderately hard use. Love it to pieces.
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  6. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    2018 CRF1000 manual version: taking it in for its 8000 mile/annual service tomorrow.
    7300 miles ticked off in the last year. Let me down only once - rear wheel puncture, so hardly the bikes fault.
    In the one year since I’ve had it I have loved it, really great all round workhorse. Cheap to run, user friendly, fun and very easy to live with. A big thumbs up from me!
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  7. WalterMitty2

    WalterMitty2 Been here awhile

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    Excellent info...thanks. Makes want to consider the 500x more. I just hate the weight of these bikes. If you almost got the 1090, I wonder about your thoughts on the new 790 Adv R? Again, I like many wish there was a Hafrican Twin.
  8. WalterMitty2

    WalterMitty2 Been here awhile

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    What they're riding isn't anything that I would call hardcore offroad. They stick to back roads (paved) and then dirt and gravel roads, and off to camp sites. All of which is fine for almost any bike. That said, some day I'd like to do the TWAT, TAT, and maybe even LAB2V, so I'm still looking for the unicorn.

    I wonder if a Goldwing would pull my CR250? :dunno
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    WalterMitty2 Been here awhile

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    That's what I am seeing too. One dealer near me has a brand new 2017 DCT, but it's the Candy Red one (least fav color for me), for $9,999. I might test ride it this weekend.
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  10. Greg the pole

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

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    AT was built for the BDR. Maybe not for all the expert sections, but it worked a treat.
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    For the riding you're describing, it will do you nicely.
    Ride it, see what you think.
    The AT would be the unicorn if it had the 1090 suspension to start with. Damn close though
  11. Moshaholic2

    Moshaholic2 PCUT

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    Buy a new old stock 2017 (i got my manual for $8500)

    Spend a little on the suspension if you think you have to or just ride the hell out of it.

    I ride jeep roads, fire roads, double track on mine from the mountains to the desert and try to jump it whenever I spot something . I love it. For its weight it is pretty nimble and can comfortably gobble long mile days

    Will it ride whoops and power wheelie out of a corner like an MX bike? Nope. And its not designed to.

    I think you'd love it for back road explorating and camping.
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  12. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

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    Well guys, its now official. New 1100 Africa Twin release is confirmed by September 23. This year.

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  13. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    With the headlight redesign, honda was sure going for angry.
  14. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Interesting concept for a video.

    Retro vs modern

    1991 africa twin vs 2019 africa twin dct

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  15. mentolio

    mentolio King of the island of unwanted toys...

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    Amphib: "sure looks angry!" Was the first thing I thought too when I fired up the video!
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  16. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    I’m going to laugh my ass off if Honda pulled some sort of weird production magic and has the first run in the US before Yamaha gets the T7 over here.
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  17. swimmer

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    If history is any indication, the new AT will be in the US April/May. When is the T700 supposed to be here, late summer?
  18. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Yeah.
    They'll announce it on that day, release (in Europe/ maybe Austraya) in late-ish 2019, then we will hopefully see ours in May. That's what they did last time.
  19. 97707

    97707 Vulture capitalist

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    What a tease. Lots of rumors . . . not much specs yet on the 2020

    According to this,

    "the existing 998cc mill has received a capacity bump from 998cc to 1084cc, which will increase horsepower from 94 to 101 @ 7500 rpm. And while not yet confirmed, peak torque is expected to rise from 73 to 79 ft-lbs @ 6000 rpm.

    . . . A generously-sized TFT display will now summon all of the bike’s readouts, while its electronic assets are accessed via the high-resolution touchscreen. The display is nestled atop a more streamlined fairing . . .

    By all accounts the standard Africa Twin’s fuel tank is larger for 2020. It was assumed it would utilize the more voluminous 6.4-gallon tank already in use on the Adventure model, but in the photos it appears the Adventure Sports tank is still larger . . .

    The AS version also receives cross-spoke tubeless wheels and a deeper, more comfortable-looking seat than the tall, flat original design.

    We don’t believe the 2020 engine will feature the DOHC system slated to replace the AT’s existing Unicam, or the revolutionary Direct Fuel Injection Honda has patented to manage the 1100cc mill more efficiently. We do expect Honda, with its involvement in highly-sophisticated automobile racing technology, to lead the motorcycle industry with this feature and that we’ll see the more precise DI on the Africa Twin no later than 2022.

    The next level of reveal for the 2020 Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports is likely to be the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. We’ll keep you up on all the details here."


    Nothing in there about a suspension upgrade.



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  20. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    Until Honda officially announces specs, everything is speculation from videos and regulatory filings. In just a couple weeks we can either praise Honda’s upgrading, lambast it’s lack, or be frustrated with insufficient details after the formal announcement.