The CRF1000L Africa Twin problem thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by twinrider, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. ABCoast2Coast

    ABCoast2Coast Adventurer

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    Anyone on this thread had the worn out fork tubes that I've read about? I can't remember if I read about it here or elsewhere. I was wondering if you managed to get a look at them yourself. I'm going to have mine apart in a couple weeks for a rebuild just as a PM before snow melts. Would like to have an idea of what other's have seen in the way of visible damage (if any was visible at all). Thanks.
  2. Motociclo

    Motociclo In torque we trust!

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    I found wear in my forks some time back. You may have read it here about a few folks that have had wear issues.
    If you do find wear, typically is about 200mm from top of fork tube, pretty well inline with lower clamp.
    It is usually on the rear side of tube. Sometimes the left leg shows more wear also. Typical size of wear around 40mm diameter.
    The outer tube internal surface needs to be cleaned of oil to see the wear if present. The sheen off the oil can mask the appearance of the wear.
    Best of luck you Don't have any wear.
    Some have gone down warranty route. I never bothered, just re coated and did some other mods to help reduce risk of happening again.
  3. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I came from an S10. :)
  4. skybo1

    skybo1 Been here awhile

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    No- I never had the wheel off- bike has 2000 miles
  5. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Screenshot_2017-08-10-01-59-17.png 1st set of tubes egg shaped patch down there.
  6. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I'm not sure exactly how it works, but any time the bike is only idling in gear (first normally) it roll, just like a manual bike when the clutch is pulled in. Similar to a rekluse in feeling I guess.
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  7. ABCoast2Coast

    ABCoast2Coast Adventurer

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    That's some great info thanks for posting that. Knowing what to look for will certainly help. I remember reading that some thought part of the issue could be over-torqued lower clamp bolts from dealer assembly and I did re-torque all of the bolts when I first got the new bike home.
  8. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    My lower is at 14nm now.A Internet cammando told me my front will fall off lol.
  9. Bbarsh

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    I just did my forks, 3500miles mostly road with some forest service roads when i can. The inside showed some light patches but not worn completely through so I just rotated the tubes to get to a fresh spot and will check on them the next time.
  10. PistolPetey

    PistolPetey Been here awhile

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    This photo confirms JJ is in 24hour awake mode, watching for the end of winter and the start of ride season lol.

    Soon I can stop scanning these threads, driving myself crazy watching problems/potential problems, and put some miles down! Maybe 1 more week if these temps hold...

    ok, sorry for the detour, and now back to problems...
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  11. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Should hit 50 Saturday and I am ready.Also I am a 2cd shift guy.
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  12. jyrays

    jyrays The Wanderer

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    Sound bad, but never happens to me. I hope they can really find it out, not just guessing. Maybe some sensor?
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Dealer is closed today as well, so I'll bring it there tomorrow.
  14. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    My previous shifting issues were never diagnosed. We've had to factory reset the system again since then when the idling wouldn't drop below 2k and I had trouble getting the bike to engage 1st, and stopping it from 'running away'. No error code, nothing wrong but functioning haphazardly.

    Good luck
  15. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I'm farked right now. I rode the bike around my neighborhood a bit and it seemed like it was shifting fine in S1 mode so I rode it to work (26 km away). I noticed as I was about 3/4 into the the trip the shifting got more hesitant. About a km from the office it got stuck in 5th and I can't start it, even rocking the bike back and forth doesn't make it go into neutral. I parked it at some company's lot and told them I'd be back later. Hoping it goes into neutral once it cools down...
  16. SkipD

    SkipD That looks stickey

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    Got mine back today, Suspension Matters said to make the lowers 12nm so I think most suspension guys are going low on that number. I will pull them out again in about 3,000km for a look at what its like in there and do an oil change. 20180315_150606.jpg
  17. twinrider

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    Update to the drama: After letting the bike cool for about 2.5 hours I turned the key on and started rocking it back and forth. This time it clunked down through the gears and finally got into neutral, whereupon I was able to start it. Between this and the fact that the shifting got more hesitant the longer I rode it this morning, it seems highly likely that the issue is somehow heat related.
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  18. jyrays

    jyrays The Wanderer

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    How long you have from last oil change?
    How hot it is there?
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  19. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The last oil change was about 8,000 km ago (manual calls for 10,000 km intervals), using synthetic 10w-30. I checked the oil level and it's still between the two lines on the dipstick. I've done similar intervals before with no issue.

    Temperatures are mild, today was in about 24C. When it happened the other night it was probably about 15C or so.
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  20. windowto

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    I looked in the manual and there are too many possibilities to just guess. It could be the shift motor. Could be various sensors. Could be clutch oil circuit. Need to read the codes.There is a way to read the codes without the computer by observing the blinking pattern of the "-" on the gear indicator.
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