The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. Lost Cartographer

    Lost Cartographer Been here awhile

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    What kind of terrain do you plan on riding? Off road means different things to different people.

    More importantly, what kind of terrain do your buddies plan on riding?

    I bought the AT to do 2-up off road, because my new GF is way too short to ride her own bike.

    If I wasn't going to do any 2-up riding I would have bought a 690/701 or even just converted one of my 525s into an ADV bike.

    The AT is morbidly oh-beast off road, but I kind of like the challenge. Makes easy rides a lot more interesting.
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  2. Lost Cartographer

    Lost Cartographer Been here awhile

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  3. HerrDeacon

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    It'll be interesting to see what they do with the forks. At the very least I'd say they'll go with the ATAS uppers but would be nice to see them actually address the issue and have them interchangeable with the older models. Not holding my breath though.
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  4. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Been here awhile

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    I owned a 500X for four years and bought a AT this year and your summary totally hits the nail on the head. I've taken my 500X places that I wouldn't go on my AT but on more open stuff the AT is far better. Loved the 500X though, it is a fantastic bike, far better than what you read on a spec sheet.
  5. 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!
  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. WalterMitty2

    WalterMitty2 Adventurer

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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.
  12. WalterMitty2

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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
  13. WalterMitty2

    WalterMitty2 Adventurer

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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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  14. 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
  15. Moshaholic2

    Moshaholic2 CRF1000L Africa Twin , WR250F

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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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  16. 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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  17. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    With the headlight redesign, honda was sure going for angry.
  18. 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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  19. mentolio

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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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  20. cblais19

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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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