The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. mentolio

    mentolio King of the island of unwanted toys...

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    Took the AT out to the pine barrens today to try out my Battle Axe AX41s and my suspension adjustments. The tires were pretty excellent, suspension worked splendidly, and I only got wonky a few times (no dirt naps!). I’ve got to hand it to the guys on here that really “dirt bike” these things. I was white knuckled for a good bit of my ride, but still had a lot of fun. I need a lot more practice with this pig for sure! 353AE525-891C-4A1D-B426-260538221F0F.jpeg
  2. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    I’m burning through my AX rear - 2up + pavement is not ideal for it :rofl. Front is doing great, going to run a more pavement friendly rear next and keep going.
  3. chinook1

    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hey AT brain trust. I was wondering if anyone else (everyone else?) is absolutely demolishing front tires? I have had a pretty bad run; Shinko 704 (4k), Shinko 804 (3k loved), and now a set of TKC 80s (sooo loud) with less than 2k are showing wear. It's a really prominent shark tooth pattern, and seems to affect every other tread block. I do have heavier springs up front, and have been told my fork tubes are in good shape. I use the front brake quite a bit, and ride probably 70% street (but when I ride off road, I ride at 110% :-)).

    Does anyone have ideas on this? Suspension settings? Do I have unrealistic expectations? Know of any fronts that tend to last longer? Considering a Motoz Tractionator to match my rear, or a Mission.

    Some poor photos to illustrate. I did "rotate" these so the wear is showing opposite of where it formed. Don't lecture me about rotating this tire, one reason I went with this is that it's symmetrical so should be reversible. If you want a major shock; I'm running it tubeless on my Outex converted rim!!!! GASP! Spoiler alert, it's working great, not leaking air even after airing down and doing Umtanum Ridge (hella rocky), and I am not actually dead.

    Any help or feedback would be awesome.
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  4. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    705s lasted about 8k on my AT before they started scalloping enough it was affecting the front feel at lower speeds. Nothing like what you’re seeing! Maybe you need more curves?
  5. Northwoods Snowman

    Northwoods Snowman Been here awhile

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    Low tire pressure?
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  6. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Yup. A combination of low air pressure and hard braking. Lay off the brakes (they only slow you down!) and front tires will last many times longer :D
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  7. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    35+ psi and go easy on the front brake. I had 7k miles on the front TKC80 when I wrecked my '17. I had turned it once.
  8. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    35 PSI on the front??? Did you mean the rear?
  9. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    I’m with you on that
    29 frt 34 rear.
  10. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Ordinary average guy Supporter

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    My AT is hard on front tires too. I have a Mitas E07 on the front, took a 2 day 900 mile pavement ride and had excessive wear like posted above. Wasn’t sure the tire would last for the return trip. I pumped it up to 36 psi for the return trip and the wear basically stopped.

    I think it’s asking a lot from even a semi aggressive 21” tire to last on pavement at
    29 psi. :dunno
  11. Black99S

    Black99S Been here awhile

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    Mitas recommends 32psi on front tyre. Check the catalog.
  12. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    No, I mean the front. 35-37 front, 40-42 rear is what I've been running. TKC80 front and Motoz GPS rear. Next tire change I'm switching to a GPS front as well. I ride too much pavement.
  13. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    Wow!
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  14. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    Makes for good tire life, especially in a knobby front. Also with remembering that it is hot much of the year here in TX. Low pressures melt tires surprisingly rapidly around here.
  15. chinook1

    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Interesting! Thanks brain trust! I am pretty careful about running factory pressures, so always 29-30 and 41. I'll bump up to 36 up front and see if that stops the wear. Maybe that will help with awful howling these TKC80s produce. Maybe I should go back to Shinko 804s and run higher pressure. I really did like those; smoother, quieter, and hooked up just as well.
  16. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    A guy in Italy posted some sound clips on the AT forum of his bike doing something similar.

    https://www.africatwinforum.com/threads/africa-twin-1000-crf-1000.41070/#post-362522
  17. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    If I am only going to be ridding on the street, I'll often run my front tire at 35-37psi. Rear around 40. Running Dunlop Missions now but I would do it regardless of the the tire.
  18. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    I was pretty happy with the Heidenau Scout K60 tire set. The front was a little noisy at 20 mph or so on the pavement, but was really confidence inspiring in the dirt. The rear lacked dirt traction until I cut out the continuous center rib with a hot tire knife. I ran both 6500 miles with no flats or issues, could of gone 1500 miles longer but I don’t like to run the risk of flats due to thin tires. I am running the Dunlop Missions now. They are great on the pavement but a little sketch in the dirt unless you air down.
  19. motocopter

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    Got into Rapid City, SD yesterday and set up camp.

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    Riding the dirty Black Hills today. :lol2

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  20. cblais19

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