The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. storyer

    storyer Adventurer

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    Yes, definitely frunk is a thing)

    thanks a lot for your feedback on that. Like ergonomics of the Honda and really love how AT feels after NC.

    I’m looking at 2016-2017 years, with manual gearbox, I think, any major/important things to pay attention to?
  2. MUDHWY

    MUDHWY Look What You've Done

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    Having just bought a 17 DCT I was wondering what the difference are with the 18-19s.
  3. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    The '18-'19 bikes have throttle by wire, a different dash, better traction control with more settings, a lithium battery, revised intake and exhaust, and numerous small QoL improvements you'll find when wrenching on it. I may be missing something, but those are the biggest differences I can think of.

    Source: I had a '17 and now have a '19.
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  4. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    If you’re looking at a manual for mainly on road riding, I think the calculus gets a bit different. I’d be looking at a bike with a 19/17 & a better stock suspension personally.
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  5. motocopter

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    Still a fan of my '17 AT. It's been a to lot of places. It runs with off-pavment oriented tires. Have ridden a few 500+ mile days when I needed to get somewhere.

    It'll be around longer than the 'wing I recently bought.
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  6. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD Supporter

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    The previous owner should be able to expain the extent of maintenance.
    If everything was done at the dealer, you should double check all routine items listed and the following:

    Brake calipers, discs and 'float' movement for the rear.
    Cable lube is always good. Check chain/tension
    Battery age/condition
    Check the bike when it is not washed- look for oil leads and coolant leaks

    Before your first ride, I'd double check all the suspension settings and set to default.
    Don't ride as is since you don't know who messed with them.
    Another tip is to set up the handlebar properly and adjust all the controls to optimum position.
    This is where the 'type of riding' comes into play as it's always a compromise between the two.

    Next put on your fav tires and go rip!
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  7. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    no valve check?
  8. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD Supporter

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    Local dealer did all three valve checks and adjusted every time.
    Next one will be on me, lol (dreading it, but there are plenty good vids, online)
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  9. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    Let us know how it goes. I’m contemplating doing it myself…undecided
  10. ski-line900

    ski-line900 Been here awhile Supporter

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  11. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    Watch the vids. Allow yourself a couple of days to work through it slowly the first time.
    Take it in steps.
    Plastics, tank, radiators etc. in the morning then walk away and watch the adjusting vid again. Have lunch.
    Valve cover off, check and adjust in arvo. Replace cover carefully. Then walk again.
    Next day…..refit everything slowly.

    The three major steps are:
    1. Take your time
    2. Work slowly
    3. Don’t rush
  12. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    Are there much technical (if any) differences in the 2018-2019 Twin vs the 2016_2017 twin? Seems the only real issues I see are fork seals and water pumps.. Was anything changed in the 2018 or 2019 models to help with these issues? My assumption is that the 2016 and 17 are exactly the same technically, is that a correct assumption? I cant seem to find one of these closer than 6 hours away that is a decent deal, but did find a 2019 in my backyard that I would end up needing to finance about 3K of the purchase price for and Id really like to avoid that unless there is something spectacular about it besides the color over the 2016-2018 model. Any thoughts appreciated!
  13. PistolPetey

    PistolPetey Been here awhile Supporter

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    There are differences (improvements) starting in 2018. Some are significant.
    There's a couple inmates that have experience with older and newer ATs. I'm still riding my 2017, and I've addressed many of the issues, but in general there were no show-stoppers for me, and once I started treating the bike like an adventure bike, not an enduro, I've had great times with it.
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  14. William Wolfen

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  15. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD Supporter

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    Prior to buying my 2019 AT in addition to my 2016 DCT model, I did my sleuthin' and compiled some information in a thread:
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/crf1000l-africa-twin-index-thread.1424281/
    If you find it useful, give us a LIKE :)
  16. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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  17. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    Thank you folks for the responses.. Does any feel the extra weight of the DCT is very noticeable once underway? What about gearing changes, does swapping a sprocket for a little lower or taller gearing effect the DCT in anyway?
  18. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    It’s 30lbs down at about the lowest point of the bike, shouldn’t be noticeable at all.

    No need to mess with the gearing, you can’t stall it out in slow speed stuff so no need to try and boost 1st & it’s already got overdrive gears up high that are designed for efficient cruising.
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  19. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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  20. MUDHWY

    MUDHWY Look What You've Done

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    You guys recognize the tires and skid plate here? I'm interested.

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