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The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. Sundude901

    Sundude901 Adventurer

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    52
    Location:
    Memphis, TN, USA
    Anyone used one of the Givi rack/support kits with a Non-Givi top rack? I'm looking at the SR1162, but can't really tell if it would work to support the rack. Mounting an SW Motech adventure rack with a DrySpec H35 top case.
  2. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    It works with any carrier on 2016/17 models but 2018 forward, they won't do much good
    due to the redesign of the rear rack.
  3. Sundude901

    Sundude901 Adventurer

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    Gotcha! I appreciate it!
  4. McBoab

    McBoab Fast side of farty

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    Blighty
    Had my ATAS in the dealers for its 2 year service, whilst there I enquired about warranty cover for corrosion on on the wheel spoke nipples, as mine have tarnished though the stainless spokes are ok. What I was told was Honda wont cover it . Moderately disappointed in that tightening of Hondas coverage given the replacement of wheels on the earlier (non-stainless spoke) bikes. Anyone else had same /similar here in Blighty?
  5. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    Very good! I have the same year bike but you have way more miles. I’m coming up on 16k miles Did you do your own valve service In the engine? How was it?
  6. Mudslingr

    Mudslingr Been here awhile

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    2016 standard. I just hit 20k trouble free miles. Changed chain, sprockets,rear brake pads, brake fluid and wheel bearings. Rear bearing looked worn but not terrible fronts looked fine but changed them anyway for piece of mind.
  7. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    20k miles isn't much for wheel bearings so for them to not look good is a bit concerning but I've have read about other AT owners experiencing the same, or worse. https://advrider.com/f/threads/help-needed-near-bozeman-mt.1458921/

    I wonder if it's just a cheap bearing spec causing these issues or something in the tolerances of the bike design contributing to short bearing life.
  8. Mudslingr

    Mudslingr Been here awhile

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    The bearings weren't bad. I could have gone another 20k on the fronts probably. The rear ones were dirty so maybe another 10k on those.
  9. Anjin455

    Anjin455 Riding on the company dime

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    105
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    Freedom Land
    I didnt tear down the bike for valves myself, had some help with it. The intake valves didnt require any adjustment the first time, only the exhaust valve was set a little bit too tight from the factory. Second valve job I took to a shop since I was out of town st the time, again no adjustment on the intake valve but the exhaust on one side was a bit loose.

    Im not going to open it up for the next interval, unless i hear some clatter.
  10. Mikeeep

    Mikeeep Adventurer

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    A tight valve can damage a motor. They don't clatter.
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  11. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    As @Mikeeep said. The danger comes from running with a valve too tight. They typically tend to tighten up with wear as the valve slowly embeds itself into the valve seat. It won't give any audible warning before things go expensively wrong. If anything it will get quieter.
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  12. Moshaholic2

    Moshaholic2 PCUT

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    Just a heads up for anyone planning the Utah BDR anytime soon.

    Took the 450L out for what should have been a pretty easy ride on the mid section of the UT BDR which is normally big bike easy cruisin (most of the BDR's are)

    This section is below a big burn scar from last year and since then has been subject to numerous flash floods and landslides.

    Be prepared to pick your bike big bike up alot or have broken parts unless you are an expert rider.

    The track simply does not exist anymore. Gone. Washed away.

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  13. redneckmech

    redneckmech No burrito left behind!

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    Location:
    Somewhere up shift creek sans paddle..
    Anyone have a good lead on an inexpensive Africa twin? I just got back from another section of the IDBDR and one of the guys I rode it with is looking to replace his 650 Strom with something more dirtworthy. He doesn't care if it is a dealer holdover or has miles on it.
    If you have a lead on one go ahead and send me a PM and I can pass it on so as to prevent cluttering up the thread. IMG_20200801_182816.jpg IMG_20200801_220046.jpg
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  14. RossTheRed

    RossTheRed Adventurer

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    I picked up a Tusk side stand foot last fall. Worked fine until a couple months ago when it just flipped off when I kicked the stand up.

    I tried putting it back on, but it didn't want to stay, so I gave it a couple whacks with a hammer. That did it until about a week ago when I kicked up the stand and the foot didn't go with it.

    Anybody have any experience with other brands? I ride every day, but I think something like this should last longer than ten months.

    Additional question:

    Is anyone producing any good shorty levers yet? Last time I looked there wasn't much.

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  15. Black99S

    Black99S Been here awhile

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    Camel ADV for a side stand.
    Zeta for levers. CRFs only has them.
  16. Noillek

    Noillek Nomada Portugues

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    Decided to make my 2017 AT a bit more racing, rally type seat, DPM license plate holder and cut the hand grips for the passenger. Now just need to get it dirty. 36D13D4E-B17B-4A7B-A95C-FCF534DD5C58.jpeg
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  17. N0madic

    N0madic Been here awhile

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    Nice! Any more photos of the Race Seats seat and how is the overall quality? Being one piece, how does it attach in the back? Thanks!
  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    on the OR coast
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    same here, got 20k on mine but i will inspect them when i get home. if still good, i will wait for a big trip before replacing them. long list of new parts to buy. battery, rear brake pad, chains, c. s. , rear sprocket, and a bunch of other wear or broken items.

    have to do my first valve adjustment, fluid replacement. head bearing and swing-arm lube job, etc. my AT DCT never let me down.

    hello from Powers OR
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  19. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Did you take the road south of Powers to (or from) Agness?
  20. Noillek

    Noillek Nomada Portugues

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    will drop a picture as soon as I get home, the seat is pretty comfortable if you like hard... I do find it comfortable, wider in the back and narrower in the front so standing is never compromised and to get a bit wider I need to slide backwards a bit... arms go to stretched.

    quality is good, but needed to get a spacer on the seat lock so it keeps it snug otherwise moved to much for my taste, on the back has 2 metal teeth that slide into a part of the rear fairing to keep in place.

    advice I got the +2cm above stock if I would order again I would do +4cm than stock, gets to be more parallel to the ground while now does a V shape and you always slide against the gas tank even with suspension adjusted to low all the way.
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