The CRF1000L Africa Twin problem thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by twinrider, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Ordinary average guy Supporter

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    If memory serves there is a bolt or stud that the negative cable attaches to under the battery cover, just attach the tender lead there. It’s the same electrically as hooking it straight to the battery and much easier.
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  2. Bhart89

    Bhart89 Long timer Supporter

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    Is bolt ‘B’ below ok to use for the negative terminal ? It looks like ‘A’ below is what the battery is grounded to.

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  3. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Ordinary average guy Supporter

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    Use ‘A’
    It’s a direct connection to the battery cable and the easiest to work with.
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  4. Black99S

    Black99S Been here awhile

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    Bolt B (its #21 in attached picture) is a long engine mount bolt with a lot of spacers and washers hidden. I wouldn't touch it.
    Bolt A is the one you want. Careful not to strip the head. You can bend the eyelet to 90 degrees on the negative wire and it should fit down there - mine did.
    Make sure you get the ground tight on reassembly - many don't and random electrical faults are traced back to a poor ground.
    To answer your question - yes, you can connect the negative to a good clean, unpainted ground point anywhere on the frame.
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  5. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Follow-up on the DCT that was getting stuck in gear:
    Figured I needed a new battery anyway (three years 42,000 miles), so put a new one in, then cleaned the stepper motor and reset the computer on the DCT. All's back to normal! Actually, shifting smoother now. Fingers crossed this will be a solid solution.
  6. sheath

    sheath Been here awhile

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    Always cool to see someone take the time to respond on an issue that closes it out, and has the potential to help others.
    Cheers to you! :beer
  7. Wood1

    Wood1 Long timer Supporter

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    indeed. I have a leftover 2017 Dct with close to the same miles. Have not had that issue yet so any info available helps.
  8. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Thanks! I love the bike, and love the DCT especially. Was a little nervous when it stuck in 2nd, but in retrospect, having to re-set a computer after 42,000 miles isn't all that bad. The mechanical parts seem pretty well engineered!
    And Honda even makes a pretty good Dakar bike. 1st and 2nd this year!

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  9. klrkid13

    klrkid13 what makes an "adventure......"

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    i have a 16 AT
    when fuel gauge gets to last fifth, it no longer counts Down: .9,.8,.7,.6,.5,.4, etc. stays on .9. i run out of petro. Not happy.

    fuel unit, fuel pump??

    59,194 miles and i live in MN. whats your excuse?

    Thanks for any input!
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  10. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Back in the old days, we used the odometer.
    When the low fuel light comes on, you have at least 3/4 of a gallon left, by my calculations. Get gas before you go 35 miles. Simple.
  11. klrkid13

    klrkid13 what makes an "adventure......"

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    bravo!


    tell that to skizzman :lift when we are blasting through Mexico and he sin parar extra
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  12. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    DCT blew up?
  13. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    :fpalm
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  14. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    I've only been past that point once and was able to get gas at around 40 miles. It was a nail biter for sure.

    I rode with a guy for a couple of days I met on the mabdr last year. He was on a 1250gsa and did not comprehend why and when I wanted to fill up. It's a different reality on those super tankers.

    I carry a 1 gal rotopax mounted inside the rack. I haven't had a worry since putting it on and have used it to help others more than I've used it myself.

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  15. MillennialFalcon

    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

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    Which pannier rack is that @Amphib ?

    Gotta love twinrider popping in every few weeks on an AT thread just to bash a bike he once absolutely loved but now despises :photog
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  16. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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  17. blindsided

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    I love how the africa twin thread for problems with the bike is full of ads and not any significant issues. hahaha.
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  18. MillennialFalcon

    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

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    Paging twinrider to the white courtesy telephone...
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  19. klrkid13

    klrkid13 what makes an "adventure......"

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    twin rida talkin smak ?

    is he someone i should know? or not know?

    NOT a long timer here.
  20. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    He had a bad experience with his DCT and Honda Japan never really made it right, so he’s been a downer ever since.
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