The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

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

  1. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    Betting the windshield as well. Hard to tell from the pic but are there any sharp bends of sharper contours on the new windshield? It looks like there is right near the top adjusters. This was an issue with "Double Bubble" type windscreens on sport bikes. The sharp contour from one surface to another created a concentrated spot when the sun hit it just right. Similar to the spot created with a magnifying glass when positioned just so in direct sunlight.
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  2. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    My Givi windshield came with a warning not to have the bike parked in direct sunlight?

    I usually hang my jacket over the windshield when I'm parked in the sun
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  3. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman Back in Black!

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    Had a great 150 mile ride today to bring in the new year... After I charged the battery...:dirtdog
  4. tapdoubt

    tapdoubt somewhat cranky old man

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    (I'm quoting myself above from 20 December on this thread) I wanted to keep my word and acknowledge a great new dealer in San Diego area. Poway Powersports. (Honda and KTM) newATincrate.jpg AT@stfrancis.jpg New dealership--just 3 or 4 months old. Run by a young man named Melo Gusman who-- though he looks young--has lots of years GM experience before acquiring his own dealership. Low key, honest and easy to work with. Love my new bike and appreciate the guys at Poway Powersports.
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  5. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    I am always sad when I get rid of my old steeds but get over it fast lol.
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  6. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    You could use heavier springs and valve job if planning any real bumpy offroad.I weig 210 lbs and could bottom bike out in g outs on hard top 1 up at speed.At our weight almost no bike anyone sells works very good stock.
  7. KamLeeR

    KamLeeR Animal Adventurer Supporter

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    I'm looking at trading my farkled 2016 BWW 1200 GSA in on a Twin, HRC color.
    Who all here traded from BMW to Honda and what is your opinion. Good move?
    Done with BMW recalls and so on, but I see
    Honda has a few of their own too . I'm looking at Honda, because it's the logical choice.
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  8. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Never traded in any kind of Beemer, never owned one.

    But I can say this about any trade in. A dealer will make money on it AND the sale of the motorcycle to you.

    Usually it is best to sell your trade in first if you can. Puts you in a better bargaining position.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  9. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    BMW GS bikes are terrific. I really enjoyed mine and still have my '04 GSA, but when I decided to upgrade to a new WC GSA I also test road the new KTMs and AT. For me the Honda AT was amazing. The first thing I noticed was the low COG. Bike doesn't handle like a 530 lbs machine. I also really liked the DCT. I have 2,200 miles on my AT and have no desire to ride the GSA anymore. I'm probably going to sell it. The power delivery on the Honda is also excellent. The new BMWs have more bells and whistles but that didn't interest me. Two things I miss are heated grips (easy fix) and tubeless tires ( I will probably go with the Outex kit when I'm do for new tires)

    Good Luck with your decision
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  10. tallpaul63

    tallpaul63 Long timer

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    I'm looking seriously at the AT as my next do anything bike. For day rides, multi week road tours, and the occasional BDR route. I've looked at and ridden the DCT version, but would opt for the standard transmission if I buy. Local dealers are selling them for around 12 K. I'm thinking I might wait four or five months for the AT Adventure Sports version: Taller is good with me, I'm 6'5". Taller windscreen, bigger tank, heated grips and light bar/engine protection comes standard (I think), wider pegs, slightly longer suspension travel. I suspect the new model will be priced around 15K. I am told they will be available some time around May, perhaps as late as summer.

    Anyone out there wrestling with the same decision? What are your thoughts? LMK if theres a separate thread!
  11. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    I just made this decision, planning on using the AT for the same stuff you mention. I couldn't wait and deals are to be had on '17s, so I bought my manual down in Petaluma at Cycle West (great shop BTW).

    I'm really only quoting you to ask where you live... we may be neighbors...
  12. Boostdreamer

    Boostdreamer Been here awhile

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    I wanted to see if I could trade my Infian Chief Vintage for an AT. The Honda dealer also owned the Indian dealership two doors down. He had used bikes similar to mine but with MANY more miles and none were as clean as mine. His bikes were being advertised at $14K and up. He offered $9K for my 2015 with 6K miles. I walked out. That’s what you need to be prepared to hear. Know what your bottom line on your bike is and be ready to walk! Don’t take their ridiculous offer!

    Tell them you have your own financing set up and you want a deal sheet to take to them, not fax to them. That’s the best way to get real numbers.
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  13. Black99S

    Black99S Been here awhile

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    Advertise yours privately for $13K. Anyone buying used from a dealer expects a warranty and a deal so you have to figure that in to your price negotiation. Best if you had the dealer service the bike and have all records, further discount if you don't. Most dealers value farkles at 30% of price.
    Good luck on moving the Chief.
    Last January I sold my 06 BMW RT and 2014 DR650 privately to buy the AT. Is is possible.
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  14. jyrays

    jyrays The Wanderer

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    24k km, just switch change, oil change and fuel up. If you ride off-road (serious) go with manual, for touring and soft off-road DCT.
  15. jyrays

    jyrays The Wanderer

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    There has been no recalls.
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  16. arrcrussell

    arrcrussell Gimme Dirt

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    I went from a '13 GSA to a manual AT - completely happy with the change. My rides focus on gravel and back roads with some mild single track for fun - the AT is superior to the GSA for this kind of riding. If your riding will be more road oriented, especially if you spend time on the super-slab, you may find your self missing the GSA.
  17. PhaseShifter

    PhaseShifter Been here awhile

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    in 2016 i traded my 2006 R1200GS for the AT-DCT and i am very happy with this decision
    GS has more "punch" in the low rev's, but the AT is much better all-round handling
    My next AT should have al little more "punch" too ...
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  18. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Here, but lost. Am I lost if i know i'm here?
    I know of no recalls from Honda about the Africa Twin.
  19. itsnumber42

    itsnumber42 hard runner

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  20. KDouble

    KDouble AKA BeefCurtain

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    Anyone know the snap ring size on the OEM center stand? Need to pick up a replacement. Thanks