The Africa Twin CRF1000L Owners' Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by erey, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. RallyX

    RallyX Adventurer

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  2. Alfred_Bham

    Alfred_Bham Been here awhile

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    I replaced Chain, both Sprockets & the Sprocket Nuts along with the rear Sprocket Dampers with OEM parts!! They worked well for 20,000 miles in both Gravel/Dirt & Pavement so I didn’t see the need in going with something other than OEM.

    That said, , , I’m sure the Chain could be bought cheaper than the OEM but I’d probably stick with stock Sprockets & Dampers!! I get a good deal on OEM stuff so I won’t discuss prices!! :-)

    Check Procycle & CRFsOnly......
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  3. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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  4. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Thanks for the plug :beer
    We don't have sprockets listed on our Africa Twin page - yet. But a call to the sales crew will get them coming in a couple of days.
  5. redneckmech

    redneckmech No burrito left behind!

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    :lol3 Perhaps that is true. My commute is faster if I take gravel roads and farm roads instead of the highway though. :deal
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  6. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Good to know...I will be needing all in a short while. 1 or 2 down in the back would be pert near perfect as they say down here. :thumb
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  7. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Looking also,thinking superlite just because it looks cool.
  8. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Good day,wifey and me put 350 miles on today of very mixed riding.Atv trails in 1st and 2cd to highway at 80 mph.Went and picked agates on Lake Superior and drank alot of gas station coffee even if I didn't need gas.I do not often ride this far in a day and give kudos to you long riders.

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  9. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    @cabincrasher#67 is Rebel Gears. I think there is a discount for inmates.
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  10. Merlin44

    Merlin44 XR400R & Africa Twin

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    Last time I checked, Rebel only made sprockets out of aluminum. Probably not what you want for a distance bike. How many miles could one expect to get on an aluminum rear sprocket, even heat treated properly, on a big bike? Don't think it could match the longevity of a steel one. But that's just one person's opinion, of course.
    I do like how Rebel says they have better precision hobbing the teeth, though. Maybe that helps?
  11. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    You can get a lot more miles out of an aluminum sprocket by replacing the chain at the first sign of wear.
    It is mostly chain wear that wears out the sprocket.
    Yeah, not really cost effective...
  12. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    Having rode almost 250,000 km on my crf500l. The stock steel sprocket was half worn after 100,000km. While the aluminum sprockets i now use only last about. 70,000km. And i clean/lube my chain religiously.

    My other friend with a crf250l only gets 20,000km out of his rear aluminum sprocket. But he does not clean/lube his chain at all.

    And my other freind has a crf1000l with an aluminum sprocket that he cleans/lubes often but at 30,000km his sprocket is almost half worn.

    My dad on his xt250. Replaced his rear sprocket basically when he bought the bike new and has ridden 90,000km on a aluminum sprocket. Cleans/lubes it religiously. Stil has 20/30,000km left of life

    Aluminum sprockets work best on light ,low powered bikes.

    However, lesson to learn here is:
    If you do run an aluminum sprocket u have to clean /lube alot. Steel sprockets can be neglected. Aluminum ones cant.

    Ive seen people grenade aluminum sprockets in less then 1000km in extreme offroad.
  13. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    Agreed. For long distance steel ftw.

    Aluminum sprocket for long distance requires way to much maintenance. Not worth the effort.

    With a steel sprocket. Lube it every other day and enjoy ur 10,000km trip without having to carry cleaning equipment. Not to mention time.
  14. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    I agree,only run aluminum on my competition bikes.AT is my suv bike.
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  15. pepebayeta

    pepebayeta Been here awhile

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    Whoa!! I have never got more than 30.000km out of a sprockets/chain set (I replace everything when I do).
    I lube the chain every 500km or everytime it goes into water. Clean/ tension when needed..... or when I can.
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  16. seeg05

    seeg05 n00b

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    I'm considering the Seat Concepts product for my Africa Twin. Did you install it (replace the foam and cover)? Any recommendations when removing the stock foam and cover and installing the new? Thanks
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    They have quite a comprehensive instructions in their site, i cluding recommended tools and so on
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  18. Black99S

    Black99S Been here awhile

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    your chain is too tight...
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  19. craighkzn

    craighkzn Been here awhile

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    I also needed to replace my AT chain / sprockets by 30000km...never set too tight, and well maintained...guess it depends on how / where you ride, as well as what you consider "worn too far"...I'm sure I could've gone another 20k on my chain / sprockets, but in my opinion, they were starting to hook, and a new set gives me peace of mind..
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  20. Motociclo

    Motociclo In torque we trust!

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    38k km out of oem chain and sprocket. I run mine at loose end of tension. Don't like Idea of over loading output shaft bearing. I only ever place as a set. When front is well hooked, time to go.
    Hard off road, constantly on and off the throttle, let alone sand,mud and what ever else, I think 30k km is a good run.
    Best run i have ever got out of chain and sprockets was 50k km. That was on a road bike.
    A DR650 I had, may be 15k to 20k km between new set.