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The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    FYI, DCT parking brake needs TLC too.
    Found the caliper seized and not moving making rear wheel installation almost impossible.
    In the pic below the moving parts are left and right of the piston.
    Caliper needs to move at least half an inch to do it's job.

    PS. I forgot to mention that the pad spring is inserted wrong in the pic, as I found out later. The two small 'teeth' need to go to the opposite side from the piston. ie. the outside pad is fixed and the pad against the piston needs to move a bit with it.

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  2. CopyCat

    CopyCat I am NOT like the others Supporter

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    Forgive a new 2019 AT owners ignorance, Ive searched for answer without luck. I am very tall and understand that the Adventure Sport model uses a taller seat, bars, and windscreen. My research indicates in '18 a blue/blk seat was used which matches my '19. A search of Partzilla fiche shows MANY AT models. I don't know which of these would be the blue/blk model. Why so many model numbers? All list the same VIN numbers so that's not it. Can anyone please help me get lined out?
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    is that how it was installed since new? never got serviced? mine is due for new rear brake pads and will inspect the handbrakes. thanks DF for the alert.
  4. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    No, I popped it out to clean the caliper and realized there was a correct way to put it back.
    As it always happens, it went in the wrong way at first :)
    But overall, the parking brake was an annoyance from the start- single purpose and works,
    but not the best solution IMO.
    I'd much rather they would design the rear brake caliper do the "parking" bit and loose the extra parts.
  5. Smittyrunner

    Smittyrunner Been here awhile

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    Wait you can do the rear tire installation with out taking the parking brake off?

    I can see it can be done but I always just remove the 2 bolts and get it out of the way. On my bike atleast its always a bitch to do the rear tire.
  6. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    I usually stick the brake disc into the parking pads and raise the wheel into the main brake pads.
    The tricky part is to keep both wheel spacers in place :)
  7. Smittyrunner

    Smittyrunner Been here awhile

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    Haha I know the keeping the wheel spacers in place mess. I can't tell you how many times I have got it in place just to realize the chain side one fell out.
  8. Veeblefetzer

    Veeblefetzer Adventurer

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    Is the parking brake active during regular braking? I've had to adjust my parking brake cable a bunch and I can't figure out where the wear is at, unless the pads are wearing down, or the cable is stretching. The cable isn't under much tension when parked, though it's under tension for a long period of time. I'm flummoxed, and a flummoxed veeblefetzer is a sorry thing to see.
  9. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    There are two adjustment point for the p-brake.
    You can make minor adjustments at the lever.
    Major adjustments are made at the caliper:

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  10. playinatwork

    playinatwork Been here awhile

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    I've seriously considered removing my parking brake apparatus. In 40k miles I've only used it to slow the wheel speed while lubing the chain. Anyone ever removed theirs?
  11. Dudley

    Dudley Long timer Supporter

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    I'm thinking that there must be away to disable the ABS both front and back. My KTM 690 enduro allows me to disable both ends. I'm not a champion off road rider and I like no aids in the dirt. Riding down a dirt road you may have difficulty stopping.
    Dudley
  12. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile Supporter

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    I really don't find the front ABS intrusive offroad. If I get to that point in the dirt, I'm already overextending myself...
  13. sheath

    sheath Adventurer

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    I like front ABS on hard pack, and light gravel. Didn't take much to get the feel of it.
    Seems faster and with better control, than me trying to figure out threshold in a critical situation.

    Having a trigger, like is used for traction control, would be great for those times it really helps to have it turned off quickly.
    For me, probably better than 90% of the time, the front ABS can stay on.
    The bike is really heavy, and very beautiful. Would be nice not to drop and scratch it up. :-)
  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    and IGNORE the factory manual. it shows the spacers being REVERSED.

    i never trust the parking brake, and don't want to park my bike downhill unless the front tire is wedged to a berm or sidewalk.
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  15. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    9DE14E31-7E98-4166-9BB5-70AB05BCE450.png Wire a switch to this fuse.......abs off - abs on.
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  16. Smittyrunner

    Smittyrunner Been here awhile

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    Now you have me worried that I have mine on the wrong side... but im assuming it only goes together one way.... hopefully.
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  18. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    Are you guessing that will work or have you done the mod?
    My experience with ABS problem is different, expecially with DCT.
  19. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    Can the tubeless wheels on the CRF1100 be used interchangeably with the CRF1000? I think its been asked before but I didn't see an answer.
  20. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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