The CRF1000 Africa Twin- I like my bike thread!

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by MadMax, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    I recently posted up on the "doom and gloom" threads that I haven't had a lick of problems with my 2018 Honda ATAS. Sadly, the folks with problems didn't want to hear positive experiences. I have 6,600 miles on my ATAS, including a 2600 mile trip from the East Coast to Colorado.

    If you have enjoyed your Africa Twin and would like to post up your mileage and opinions on it's merits, please do so. I'm hoping to see some positive experiences here, (Just a happy camper, not affiliated with Honda).


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  2. ski-line900

    ski-line900 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Just because I have an issue with my bike and want to troubleshoot and solve, doesn't mean I don't love the AT. There are many threads to post happy things, but chiming in with "no problems" in a problem thread is pointless.

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  3. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Glad to hear you like your bike. It looks like you enjoy mud slinging!
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  4. Quercus petraea

    Quercus petraea Been here awhile

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    I recently posted up on the POTATOES threads that I wanted to speak about APLES. Sadly, the folks in the POTATOES thread didn't want to hear about APLES.

    BTW, I love my ATAS, but as ski-line900 said, chiming in with "no problems" in a problem thread is pointless.
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  5. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    Doesn't everybody?
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    or playing in sand?
    (not me, or my bike)
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  6. mentolio

    mentolio King of the island of unwanted toys...

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  7. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Heavy bitch but takes a licken and keeps on ticking.Almost 20k 2 up on my 16.Going to meet with some HD pirate friends and do some road riding in Wisconsin and upper michigan tomorrow. 20180813_125556.jpg 20180729_154907.jpg 20180507_155444.jpg Screenshot_2018-08-03-21-01-28.png Screenshot_2019-05-21-20-56-26.png
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  8. McBoab

    McBoab Fast side of farty

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    My ATAS is like my old KTM950Adv with all the bad bits engineered out. Of all the Adv bikes I've owned the 950Adv was my favourite upto the ATAS. The list owned covers 4 of the big players starting with a 1150GSA (good but flawed ownership experience from BMW local and abroad) , KTM950 some in live production debugging needed and issues of pump wear etc at the time made longterm ownership a bit iffy, now better supported aftermarket probably, Yam XT660Z (not sure that counts really -too small single cyl), Yam XT1200Z 1st Ed -very capable, very heavy some minor bugs ironed out(?) in later bikes owned for 5 yrs, fancied a change and it was rusting (frame) . KTM1190R Adv, too much hype, too much vibes, too much weight over the front wheel, too much tank slapping anywhere near full throttle. Oh and I forgot an MV Augusta Turismo (is that an Adv bike) a true diva with massive design and ownership experience flaws. SO :clap for the Honda ATAS.
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  9. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    @McBoab, We've had similar experiences with many of the same bikes; I had two 1150GSAs, both with a myriad of final drive problems, and some fueling problems thrown in that left me stranded. I too had fuel pump issues with my KTM Super Enduro- 950, but it was my favorite bike. I still have my XT660Z, no problems with it ever. Of course, in the Avatar pic you can see I had a Ulysses. While it was a very comfortable and fun bike to ride, sadly it shook itself to death!
    The ATAS is panning out to be the best of the lot.
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  10. b76

    b76 Need more adventures

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    We own 2, a 2016 and a 2017. They are very good bikes.
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  11. dwelds

    dwelds Been here awhile

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    So does everyone on atas owners hate their bikes? I still can't decide if this offends me. Is this what we've come to? I'd think they'd just sell them instead of trying so hard to fix them.
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  12. Flying Frisian

    Flying Frisian Born to Ride Supporter

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    Love my ATAS. Have the tank issue but that was easy to fix. Also replaced the crappy fork seals before 5k miles but other than that the bike is great. Compared to my previous bike this is a keeper.
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  13. North6633

    North6633 Long timer

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    I see you have the stock bags on the bike. How do you like them I'm thinking about going that route with my new 2019 ATAS.
    Dealers willing to cut me a good deal on them.
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  14. LouisPK

    LouisPK Adventurer

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    I love this thing! Came from an '05 KLR that I rode the living shit out of. As with most things, it has it's quirks (weight being one) but having researched and ridden many bikes (including the KTM 790 ADV) I chose this and am planning on getting a good deal of mileage and fun out of it.
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  15. bike fx

    bike fx Adventurer

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    Luv the new BRITANNIA COMPOSITES fairing!!
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    Great protection from the rain and wind.
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  16. bike fx

    bike fx Adventurer

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    Luv the new BRITANNIA COMPOSITES adjustable fairing for the AT!!
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  17. Benjah

    Benjah Been here awhile

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    How is the buffeting with that windshield at full height?
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  18. arrcrussell

    arrcrussell Gimme Dirt

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    2016, 30k miles, numerous tires, qts oil, oil filters, air filters, 1 set chain/sprockets, 1 set fork seals, no trips to the dealership, takes me everywhere I want to go! Typical Honda - takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'!
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  19. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile Supporter

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    Exactly the same experience here. 50K miles on a 2005 KLR, now 20K on my '17 manual and it's been flawless. I'm a #250 guy on the stock suspension so it's a little soft but if I don't rail it too hard it performs well offroad. I'll be hitting Cogent before year's end most likely for a suspension service, springs and valving for my fat arse.

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  20. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    The AT is doing everything for me that I need, and wanted, other than cruise control. I can live without that. Three of my friends also purchased AT's. One has both Standard manual and DCT Adventure Sport. The other two have the ATAS DCT (one a 2020). For now I think it is the best compromise for me in a big dualie.
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