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The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. misterk

    misterk Been here awhile Supporter

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    What is wrong with your tank?

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  2. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    Hi guys.

    I have been gone from this thread for quite a while, out riding my AT with no issues until yesterday. Check this out.

    The front wheel tossed up a long skinny rock: the rock wedged against the factory skidplate, then deformed it enough to drive the skidplate through the aluminum sump. The bike lost all 4 1/2 quarts of oil inside a minute. Fortunately we stopped to enjoy a view of the high meadow seconds before all the oil was gone. Pretty freaky.


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    This picture taken later on my workbench has the sump sitting on top of the skidplate. The screwdriver indicates the point of impact. The lesson here is that the stock skidplate is insufficient protection for even mild fire roads and modest speeds. I am reluctant to add extra weight to the bike but a new heavy duty skidplate is on order.

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    My buddy was test riding my bike at my insistence. This certainly wasn’t his fault. I initially though that the motor was toast until I realized that the aluminum sump is easily replaceable. The main cases are undamaged. Nice engineering, Honda!

    A few tips about towing a big adventure bike 20 miles over a mountain range with a dirt bike: bring a long 30’ rope and a climbing carabiner. Clip the carabiner to the foot peg on the tow bike away from the drive chain. Make a very short bridle of rope around the towed bike’s fork tubes. Run the rope through the bridle and to a hand grip. Just wrap the end of the rope around the grip twice, and secure by grasping the grip with your hand. Releasing your hand instantly disconnects the two machines in case of instability. The bridle centers the pulling forces fairly low just below the steering head, making for a safer tow. Bike towing can be dangerous especially on uneven terrain or single track trail: I highly recommend you practice before an actual emergency.


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  3. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Can't give that a like. Glad you noticed before she ran dry.
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  4. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    IMG_0613.JPG :(A newer Black Twin with DCT pass me last night on my way home from work. He had Gold rims and I cried a little:(
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  5. Olde Phart

    Olde Phart Olde Phart

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    Dang, definitely an Aw Shit!! moment ... glad there wasn't internal damage from running without oil pressure!

    Comparing OEM and aftermarket skid plate offerings, it is kinda like:

    OEM:

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    aftermarket:

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    :photog

    Good protectin' the (ahem) tender bits to ya!
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  6. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    Dirty old Man:D:lol3:clap
  7. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    Gotta protect what you love!
  8. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    OnlyBike:
    https://www.onlybike.it/news/152-paracoppa-skidplate-africa-twin-crf-1000,

    or B&B Dakar
    https://bboffroad.com.au/bash-plate-honda-crf1000l-dakar.html
  9. Zave

    Zave ******

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    think i'm an oem man now lol dang!
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    just want to say hello from Mt. Hood OR
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    i've been on the road for the last 6 weeks and 7k miles on the odo. the bike is flawless.
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  11. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    I have a real nice Rider’s Camp here on the property. Free of course. You are invited to stay if passing through. The North Cascades Highway is epic this time of year and is close by. We are located 70 miles north of Seattle, close to I-5. PM me for details if interested. Cheers!
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Anatoli. Thanks for the generous offer, too bad I should have posted earlier. While there up, stayed at Bay View SP C. G. esst of Anacortes. I am now camping in White Salmon at Pete and Ash, Mosko Moto property.

    Heading to Portland then to the Oregon Coast starting this Thursday.

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  13. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    Missed you by that much! We are 10 miles east of Bayview State Park. I lived there while suddenly homeless several years back. Fond memories.
  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    one of the nicest c. g. i stayed
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    the view
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    this should look familiar
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    hopefully i get the chance to go back.

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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    soon it will be to the Oregon coast
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  16. mentolio

    mentolio King of the island of unwanted toys...

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    NSFW: soooo envious! Have fun, be safe, keep us posted on your progress! You doing a ride report to follow along?
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  17. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    I'm so jealous Joel.

    Keep the rubber side down and enjoy the sMiles.
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Thanks and I will keep on sMiling.

    Thanks for following along. I have a teaser thread in the West Regional "looking for Ride Buddies......" and I would do a RR when I get home possibly mid to late August.

    pics from yesterday's ride in Stevenson just above the Columbia River. of course, i have to say the DCT makes my riding much better and i'm more relax in both pavement and dirt.
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  19. Crosstrekfisher

    Crosstrekfisher Been here awhile

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    That is flipping awesome. Stay safe.
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  20. Anjin455

    Anjin455 Riding on the company dime

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    Just hit 50K miles on my 2016 standard! Other than some spline shaft blues and replacing the forks to the 2019 ATAS upper fork bodies its been an awesome bike!
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