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Title: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on November 06, 2017, 04:05:00 pm
PLEASE USE THIS THREAD FOR ANY AFRICA TWIN RELATED POST, LINKS, PICS, (But no haters  :patch:):

So, I took the big step. My 990 is getting advertised (Wife thinks it sold already  :eek7: ) and took delivery of my 2017 AT DCT  :ricky:
I had the previous model for 11 years and naturally I am a fan. I will try and keep this thread up to date with my personal view of the bike.
For the record, I am not a riding god, but can help myself in most technical situations, sometimes with damage bills afterwards.   :patch:
Apart from my bike experience I will post a link to ride reports here if I get around to doing it........

Why did I buy it? ---  As said had one for 11 years without any problems so I trust the bike.
Why now? Man, that damn Namibie Honda Quest got to me and I could not help myself  :snorting: AND......chatting to Charl and Minx at the NDBA did not help either  :lol8:

Ok enough said for now. Underneath my first poster pic taken by my sons girlfriend who understand cameras a bit better than me.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4447/38181832752_9b6e8aa3c2_b.jpg)
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: Sputnik080 on November 06, 2017, 04:07:39 pm
........lucky bliks*m....... :lol8:

Baie geluk Oom! Geniet hom en veilige myle!
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on November 06, 2017, 04:14:15 pm
Sub to hear your comparison between this and the 990.
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: Dux on November 06, 2017, 04:23:38 pm
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Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: BLK on November 06, 2017, 04:25:18 pm
looking forward to your assessment,good and bad.

Thks
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: BEN TAP on November 06, 2017, 04:25:56 pm
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Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: 0012 on November 06, 2017, 04:30:24 pm
Sub  ;D

 :sip:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: daveh on November 06, 2017, 04:37:42 pm
Great bike , you will not look back
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: Robin Brown on November 06, 2017, 05:12:48 pm
It is a big bike, which handles and feels like a small bike. Easy to ride. You will not regret it and you have Honda reliability and an understressed unbreakable power plant
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: AdventureBoy on November 06, 2017, 05:15:39 pm
Congrats I hope you have many happy miles both on an off road. If you are half as happy with yours as I am with mine you will have a permanent smile when you ride.
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: SchalkL on November 06, 2017, 06:07:21 pm
First impression regarding the DCT box.
Everything works seamlessly and I love it !
For those that don't know; You choose between Drive/Sport1/2/and 3.
Drive mode is a bit to "relaxed" for me - pulling away like a normal person I hit 6gear at 44km/h. Admitingly I am not use to it yet (only done 400km) it feels like not much is happening when i twist the throttle.
Sport 1 for normal relaxed everyday traffic driving is the way to go. Revs going up a little bit higher and stays just that bit longer in gear.
Side note: When starting the bike i flick the switch twice and its in S1 - easy and quick !
Obviously if you want to shorten those tyre lifespans, put it in S3 and she pulls like the 990.
At this stage my view coming from the 990 is that you must want a smoother little bit more sedated ride if you go dct OR keep it in S3 all the time but whats the point then?
Fitted with road tyres i have done about 20km dit so cant really comment yet apart from the fact that on fairly good gravel i do 130-140 without worrying to much. I used T1 setting on traction control and definitely feel a bit safer than on the 990.
The ABS off setting (which takes 3sec) switch the abs off at the back and keep it on in front. -  It works FANTASTIC. I stoped very quickly on sand/gravel without any "o shit" moments.
She is FAST. Yes, compared to my 990. I am talking about top speed and the time to get there. I definitely ride faster in shorter time with the bike stressing less than the 990 Adv. Only took it up to 190km/h but will  test gps top speed with my 120kg on it after the first service.
Gravel mode button apparently change the engine characteristics off road but I can't feel any difference with it switched on or off? Maybe when I start pushing it a bit more on gravel?
I LOVE the gear paddels. In any mode its takes a flick of the finger to change gear and it is HUGE fun to put in in manual mode and just drive with the "flick paddels" Honestly i don't know why they don't make all manual bikes like this? Its extremely easy to change up or down (obvious no clutch) and I don't have to worry about getting my offroad boot in there. (Also no gear lever to bend and clutch lever to brake when falling  :xxbah: )

Maybe a bit of dealer experience: KTM / HONDA shop in Klerksdorp gave me great service, very helpful and Beau the owner actually help personally to adjust the topbox mounting etc when I was there. They also own the Suzuki and Yamaha dealerships thats just next door so basically a one stop shop for a lot of different types of bikes. I was invited to ride the 1190R and 1290R on their offroad track as well before I made up my mind.

[For those that don't agree with my comments, please feel free to give your experience with the most reliable dual purpose bike available today]   :peepwall:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: punisher on November 06, 2017, 07:28:12 pm
congrats man  lovely bike  , i love them  just cant get my head around the fools gold shocks and wheels tho   :imaposer: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: SchalkL on November 06, 2017, 08:27:03 pm
congrats man  lovely bike  , i love them  just cant get my head around the fools gold shocks and wheels tho   :imaposer: :thumleft: :thumleft:
:lol8: Its a Atwin thing - unique from the previous version
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience
Post by: punisher on November 06, 2017, 08:32:26 pm
congrats man  lovely bike  , i love them  just cant get my head around the fools gold shocks and wheels tho   :imaposer: :thumleft: :thumleft:
:lol8: Its a Atwin thing - unique from the previous version

 :thumleft: :laughing4:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Hinksding on November 06, 2017, 10:09:07 pm
Congrats Schalk
Is this one of the Quest bikes....or just a similar sticker kit perhaps?
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on November 07, 2017, 07:58:44 am
Congrats Schalk
Is this one of the Quest bikes....or just a similar sticker kit perhaps?
No just the sticker kit, buy it from any Honda dealer.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: JourneySA on November 07, 2017, 08:11:43 am
geluk met die bike - dankie vir die info so ver  - ek volg..
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Groenie on November 07, 2017, 08:17:31 am
Jou kapitalis!
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Gérrard on November 07, 2017, 08:25:35 am
Bly ek kon vir jou help met die deposit. Ek is nog steeds chuffed met die bike. Geniet die AT. Eendag as ek groot is sal ek nie omgee nie.
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on November 07, 2017, 08:27:44 am
Jou kapitalis!
Bly ek kon vir jou help met die deposit. Ek is nog steeds chuffed met die bike. Geniet die AT. Eendag as ek groot is sal ek nie omgee nie.

Vir die rekord: EK sal nog steeds 'n KLR gebruik as ek deur Afrika ry  :3some:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Gérrard on November 07, 2017, 08:33:53 am
Jou kapitalis!
Bly ek kon vir jou help met die deposit. Ek is nog steeds chuffed met die bike. Geniet die AT. Eendag as ek groot is sal ek nie omgee nie.

Vir die rekord: EK sal nog steeds 'n KLR gebruik as ek deur Afrika ry  :3some:

Jip. En jy sal nou weer 'n draai moet maak dat ons 'n trippie doen. Hoe lyk April vlg jaar vir jou.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 14, 2017, 09:53:42 pm
Congrats on a great bike!

 8)
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Oubones on November 14, 2017, 11:37:48 pm
Baie mooi foto.
Skryf nou nog so bietjie oor hoe hy sy?
Ek ook maar eendag as ek groot is, maar man mag mos maar bietjie droom.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Minxy on November 16, 2017, 10:33:30 am
Only saw this now, huge congratulations, glad you are loving your bike!!! The dct does take some getting used to, but once you have the hang of it, it's so awesome you'll miss it the second you climb onto another bike. I was riding my 701 last weekend and wishing it was dct too haha! :P  :ricky:
Title: Re: My Africatwin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on November 16, 2017, 11:22:47 am
Congrats Schalk
Is this one of the Quest bikes....or just a similar sticker kit perhaps?
No just the sticker kit, buy it from any Honda dealer.  :thumleft:

thats what I was going to ask. Otherwise a great colour scheme. Looks like mine
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Toothless on November 16, 2017, 11:27:15 am
Wow!  :drif:

Baie mooi fiets...
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: XRRX on November 16, 2017, 08:03:09 pm
Baie baie geluk Schalk!!!
Jy verdien 'n bike soos die!!!
... en daai foto: "front cover brochure stuff" !!!  :o :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: NoRush on November 16, 2017, 08:20:12 pm
Great beskrywing oor die fiets, en weer eens baie geluk en veilige myle vir julle twee. Schalk sal jy asb die nommers van die bike shop in Klerksdorp kan gee... dankie :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on November 16, 2017, 09:20:42 pm
Dankie almal, ek is regtig trots op my fiets  :biggrin:

Will post soon on my choices of accessories for the bike and why.

Nr van KTM Kleksdorp soos gevra: Xian - 076 232 9900 (Salesman)
 
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Scalpel on November 17, 2017, 06:27:56 am
NoRush skakel vir Fanie Scholtz by BB zambezi Honda. Hy is ook 'n lid op die forum. Hy sal jou help met goeie diens en prys. 082 88eight 8six05
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Mikie on November 17, 2017, 10:39:48 am
Congrats Schalk
Stunning bike, many happy safe sMiles
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on November 23, 2017, 05:40:26 pm
OK - Lets talk accessories.......  This is something that makes me cry every-time i buy a bike for 2 reasons - I really like doing it and its costing a frikken huge amount of money  :patch:

Underneath fitted with everything I want for now:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/24728097868_4ca02c21e4_b.jpg)

RUMBUX bellyplate - crashbars and soft luggage racks:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4533/37712149765_7e502fd194_c.jpg)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4557/38567568622_ab3c5a5048_c.jpg)

SW Motech Topbox and Nelson Rig Soft panniers & Motech duffle bag
(It took me weeks to decide on soft luggage since i like the look of hard panniers, proper straps for tie-downs, clips that last, hard inner-floor, remove-able inner bags, ability to tie another bag on top of them, water tight, easy mounting on any type of racks, compression straps, warrenty!) I am extremely happy with the Rigg Gear so far and can really recommend them.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4567/26823595309_96be421f24_c.jpg)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4547/38543241666_a8e5236a91_c.jpg)

SW Motech centre stand and side stand foot:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4530/38600407251_d748f86bde_c.jpg)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4528/38567547142_a6fa21f28e_c.jpg)

Spots:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/38600418901_e97d76bb4e_c.jpg)

GPS Mount above centre console:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/38567587062_6df79c04c7_c.jpg)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4583/38567534352_8711ed1297_c.jpg)

SW Motech small tankbag for my make up  :lol8:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/38543247146_f98380bc11_c.jpg)

NOTE:
I really like SW Motech products - they always work and are very good quality but sometimes a little bit more expensive.
Whats next:  Extended dakar fuel tank that fits between the pannier rack and wheel.

Lastly -: Thanks again GPS4AFRICA - Been a customer from Pauli's garage days and never been disappointed  :thumleft:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4584/26823696759_6a81f54253_c.jpg)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/26823693979_2863c5aaeb_c.jpg)

Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 23, 2017, 07:37:10 pm
Congrats SchalkL

A dream bike for most of us, and near perfect in the 'big bike' class. I am personally also not keen on the 'gold' as mentioned earlier but Honda has got the option to swab it for black rims as many people (seems most) do like the gold.
DCT will also be my choice, because of the reasons you have mentioned especially the 'riders boot/gear leaver' issue. I was also hoping that more manufacturers will follow this trend but it seems they are prefecting the quick shifters. I have never tried the DCT nor a quick shifter so I am clueless at this stage but DCT makes more sense.
The only issue I have with the AT (That if I had the bucks to deposit on one) was or is the tubed wheels. Again a lot of riders do not mind and even prefer it, especially the hard core offroaders it seems. That is however a deal breaker for a smaller percentage of buyers, and KTM 1090 and now the new GS850 comes with tubeless rims so one would think that Honda can atleast have it as an optional extra...not?

Anyway, once again stunning bike and happy riding!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on November 24, 2017, 12:55:16 pm
Do yourself a favour and fit some protection to those header pipes, especially it you get rid of those crappy OEM tyres that puncture everytime you hit a rock.
I bought a motorradical kit from runner designed for a GS1200, but only used one piece. The other is yours if you want it.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: RobLH on November 24, 2017, 01:12:03 pm
Looking good Schalk, 2 points if I may:

1. There has been a fair amount of chat about the "GPS bar" breaking. Are you going to strengthen / reinforce yours?
2. Your saddle bag looks very close to the exhaust (I know this because I bought my bike with the Rumbux crash bar sets too). How are you going to ensure it doesn't cook the bag or its contents? This has been puzzling me.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Scalpel on November 24, 2017, 02:58:27 pm
Do yourself a favour and fit some protection to those header pipes, especially it you get rid of those crappy OEM tyres that puncture everytime you hit a rock.
I bought a motorradical kit from runner designed for a GS1200, but only used one piece. The other is yours if you want it.

Dawie post some pictures of your exhaust protection setup. Please.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Draad on November 24, 2017, 03:28:45 pm
Geluk Slakkie moer mooi fiets .... as mens ouer raak koop mens maar n auto model mens is mos nie meer lus om ratte te verander nie  :biggrin:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on November 24, 2017, 04:34:57 pm
Do yourself a favour and fit some protection to those header pipes, especially it you get rid of those crappy OEM tyres that puncture everytime you hit a rock.
I bought a motorradical kit from runner designed for a GS1200, but only used one piece. The other is yours if you want it.
Tx Dawie, will take you up on your offer - wil contact you when I come to Gauteng.  :thumleft:


Looking good Schalk, 2 points if I may:

1. There has been a fair amount of chat about the "GPS bar" breaking. Are you going to strengthen / reinforce yours?
2. Your saddle bag looks very close to the exhaust (I know this because I bought my bike with the Rumbux crash bar sets too). How are you going to ensure it doesn't cook the bag or its contents? This has been puzzling me.
Hi Rob,
1. Didn't know that. I suppose i will check to c what happens while still under warrenty and then act. I did go and look at it again and honestly I can't see a 200g gps breaking it unless you drop the bike and somehow hit a stone or something.  Will report back here on my finding.......
2. Yes you are 100% correct. What you cant see on the pic is that the luggage come with a thicker protective layer of somekind that is fastened to the innerside of the bags with 2 loops at the top that the straps going over the seat goes through as well as a velcro thingie at the bottom to stop it from flapping.  THATS another reason why I chose the Nelson Rig luggage - they think ahead.  Will take a pic later and post here  :thumleft:

Geluk Slakkie moer mooi fiets .... as mens ouer raak koop mens maar n auto model mens is mos nie meer lus om ratte te verander nie  :biggrin:
Jissie Draad, jy slaan die spyker op die kop. Gemak raak nou belangrik, veral met daai tegniese stukkies is my brein al bietjie te stadig om nog te dink oor watter rat ek in is  :lol8:
Die bike sal natuurlik nie omgee om bietjie Geluksburg toe te ry nie né  :peepwall:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on November 28, 2017, 12:32:54 pm
Do yourself a favour and fit some protection to those header pipes, especially it you get rid of those crappy OEM tyres that puncture everytime you hit a rock.
I bought a motorradical kit from runner designed for a GS1200, but only used one piece. The other is yours if you want it.

Dawie post some pictures of your exhaust protection setup. Please.

Like this. It seems to be only the lower header that gets hit so I only fitted one. I am running TKC's
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 28, 2017, 12:38:06 pm
Do yourself a favour and fit some protection to those header pipes, especially it you get rid of those crappy OEM tyres that puncture everytime you hit a rock.
I bought a motorradical kit from runner designed for a GS1200, but only used one piece. The other is yours if you want it.
Saturday I went and fetched some cattle with the truck. On the way home I was passed by a Cruiser with trailer behind. On trailer a brand new red AT with CAW plates. Yip flat front tyre. Cruiser owner was a farmer near Vermaaklikheid giving bike owner a lift to Jongensfontein.
Did not look like the guy had anything with him to fix flats.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: m0lt3n on November 28, 2017, 01:14:36 pm
Subscribed.
Coming from the 990, do you not miss the ground clearance?
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on November 28, 2017, 01:36:49 pm
Do yourself a favour and fit some protection to those header pipes, especially it you get rid of those crappy OEM tyres that puncture everytime you hit a rock.
I bought a motorradical kit from runner designed for a GS1200, but only used one piece. The other is yours if you want it.
Saturday I went and fetched some cattle with the truck. On the way home I was passed by a Cruiser with trailer behind. On trailer a brand new red AT with CAW plates. Yip flat front tyre. Cruiser owner was a farmer near Vermaaklikheid giving bike owner a lift to Jongensfontein.
Did not look like the guy had anything with him to fix flats.

Did the bike have original Dunlop Trailmax tyres fitted? They are absolute K@K. Check my post of a few month ago when Pebbles was stranded outside Honda Menlyn with a flat and they could not fix it.
I see someone trying to sell a set. I will grow potatoes in mine.
The issue was as soon as I fitted the TKC rocks kept bouncing off the header pipes, hence my mod.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on December 02, 2017, 08:50:39 pm
I need to post this:  A honest no bullshit review of the the twin after 50,000km in one year  :eek7:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on December 03, 2017, 06:27:38 am
I have watched all of his vlogs, very entertaining.  He is in South America now after doing the Long Way Down thing as well
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on December 04, 2017, 09:25:58 am
Did a 300km ride yesterday with 911 Against farm atacks riders. All tar  :P and around 300km. Speed was fairly fast at mostly 155km/h but went up to 190 once or twice just for fun.
OK - Fuel : I am a little bit disappointed; I got 15km/L and although it was fast riding i expected a little bit more? The BMW1200's and Truimph 1200 with me got around 17-18km/L  :patch:
Oh, I did ride in Sport 1 as always and sometimes used the paddle shifts for fun  :lol8:

Next tar  :o trip i will try and stick to 140-145 and report back here.

Next Topic:

Just watched this video on changing the air filters (yes on both sides - I suppose thats a good thing)  - WHAT a mission  :-\

Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Striggs on December 10, 2017, 06:59:47 pm
Looking good Schalk, 2 points if I may:

1. There has been a fair amount of chat about the "GPS bar" breaking. Are you going to strengthen / reinforce yours?

After reading about the "gps bar" breaking and do a little research, I did not really find a solution to the issue.  I have a Montana mounted on mine and after approx 70km of gravel in Transkei, the LHS screen support strut broke off inside the fairing... a couple of cable ties later and it secured in position to stop the shaking. I have had this setup on all of my previous bikes and never had an issue. When I took it to local dealer, they welded it!!!  I queried if this should not be treated as a warranty issue? I'm still waiting for an answer  :patch:

I did read previously that someone had designed a support to strengthen this bar, I requested that he show us how? Never got a response? So if anyone has a suggestion as to how we can beef up the gps bar, please do share.. alternatively I will have to mount on handlebar..something I am loath to do...

Any ideas/ thoughts/comments?
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Striggs on December 10, 2017, 07:01:45 pm
Has anyone changed those filters at a dealer, I nearly fell over when I got the bill...approx R700 each...
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Constantinople on December 11, 2017, 05:44:25 pm
Has anyone changed those filters at a dealer, I nearly fell over when I got the bill...approx R700 each...

Same price for the 250 Rally's air filter. At least I only have one!

Looking at the construction and looking at the air-box condition behind the filter after a dust sucking Kaokoland trip (rode 2nd and 3rd most of the time). These things are really effective! Zero dust.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Losper on December 11, 2017, 09:43:53 pm
Looking good Schalk, 2 points if I may:
1. There has been a fair amount of chat about the "GPS bar" breaking. Are you going to strengthen / reinforce yours?
After reading about the "gps bar" breaking and do a little research, I did not really find a solution to the issue.  I have a Montana mounted on mine and after approx 70km of gravel in Transkei, the LHS screen support strut broke off inside the fairing... a couple of cable ties later and it secured in position to stop the shaking. I have had this setup on all of my previous bikes and never had an issue. When I took it to local dealer, they welded it!!!  I queried if this should not be treated as a warranty issue? I'm still waiting for an answer  :patch:
I did read previously that someone had designed a support to strengthen this bar, I requested that he show us how? Never got a response? So if anyone has a suggestion as to how we can beef up the gps bar, please do share.. alternatively I will have to mount on handlebar..something I am loath to do...
Any ideas/ thoughts/comments?
Striggs,  I attached 2x alu angles from the cross bar to the top of the plate behind the speedo.
My Montana is 100% stable, it works perfectly and the brackets is hardly visible.
Totaly happy.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on December 11, 2017, 11:15:27 pm
Looking good Schalk, 2 points if I may:
1. There has been a fair amount of chat about the "GPS bar" breaking. Are you going to strengthen / reinforce yours?
After reading about the "gps bar" breaking and do a little research, I did not really find a solution to the issue.  I have a Montana mounted on mine and after approx 70km of gravel in Transkei, the LHS screen support strut broke off inside the fairing... a couple of cable ties later and it secured in position to stop the shaking. I have had this setup on all of my previous bikes and never had an issue. When I took it to local dealer, they welded it!!!  I queried if this should not be treated as a warranty issue? I'm still waiting for an answer  :patch:
I did read previously that someone had designed a support to strengthen this bar, I requested that he show us how? Never got a response? So if anyone has a suggestion as to how we can beef up the gps bar, please do share.. alternatively I will have to mount on handlebar..something I am loath to do...
Any ideas/ thoughts/comments?
Striggs,  I attached 2x alu angles from the cross bar to the top of the plate behind the speedo.
My Montana is 100% stable, it works perfectly and brackets hardly visible.
Totaly happy.
:thumleft: That will work
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Striggs on December 12, 2017, 05:33:32 am
Looking good Schalk, 2 points if I may:
1. There has been a fair amount of chat about the "GPS bar" breaking. Are you going to strengthen / reinforce yours?
After reading about the "gps bar" breaking and do a little research, I did not really find a solution to the issue.  I have a Montana mounted on mine and after approx 70km of gravel in Transkei, the LHS screen support strut broke off inside the fairing... a couple of cable ties later and it secured in position to stop the shaking. I have had this setup on all of my previous bikes and never had an issue. When I took it to local dealer, they welded it!!!  I queried if this should not be treated as a warranty issue? I'm still waiting for an answer  :patch:
I did read previously that someone had designed a support to strengthen this bar, I requested that he show us how? Never got a response? So if anyone has a suggestion as to how we can beef up the gps bar, please do share.. alternatively I will have to mount on handlebar..something I am loath to do...
Any ideas/ thoughts/comments?
Striggs,  I attached 2x alu angles from the cross bar to the top of the plate behind the speedo.
My Montana is 100% stable, it works perfectly and brackets hardly visible.
Totaly happy.

That's looks solid!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Losper on December 12, 2017, 08:14:13 am
Super solid,  works perfectly  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: volroom on December 13, 2017, 09:07:52 am
Did a 300km ride yesterday with 911 Against farm atacks riders. All tar  :P and around 300km. Speed was fairly fast at mostly 155km/h but went up to 190 once or twice just for fun.
OK - Fuel : I am a little bit disappointed; I got 15km/L and although it was fast riding i expected a little bit more? The BMW1200's and Truimph 1200 with me got around 17-18km/L  :patch:
Oh, I did ride in Sport 1 as always and sometimes used the paddle shifts for fun  :lol8:

Next tar  :o trip i will try and stick to 140-145 and report back here.

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Just watched this video on changing the air filters (yes on both sides - I suppose thats a good thing)  - WHAT a mission  :-\


1200 engines don't have to work that hard, compared to a 1000 engine at high loads. But you should win again if you are cruising 120-140
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on December 14, 2017, 02:33:12 pm
Baie geluk met die bike!!  :ricky:

Die DCT verbaas my nog elke keer as ek ry; kan net nie genoeg kry nie.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Dwerg on January 25, 2018, 08:51:07 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: bud500 on January 25, 2018, 09:21:14 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

1000cc+ bikes rarely give above 20km/l. Best I got was on my GS, 21km/l at a very sedate pace through LS.

But then again, I also never get close to some of the tyre mileage some people quote....
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Dwerg on January 25, 2018, 09:31:38 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

1000cc+ bikes rarely give above 20km/l. Best I got was on my GS, 21km/l at a very sedate pace through LS.

But then again, I also never get close to some of the tyre mileage some people quote....

Of course. Not saying it can or should it's just my personal mental block. Although the way I ride when I commute, most bikes should do well above 20
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: RobLH on January 25, 2018, 09:35:42 am
Mixed riding about 18 km/l, sedate gravel travel 20+

Pushing hard into a headwind (look away now) 12ish
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Mpandla on January 25, 2018, 11:13:04 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

Average sits at just over 19km/l. Thats part open road, then part N1 traffic filtering. (fuel log average)
I do notice if you ride sedately over longer distances that it gets a lot better than 20km/l
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on January 25, 2018, 11:27:35 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

My barber (haarkapper) also rides bike and eventually bought his dream bike, Hayabusa. Asked him what the fuel consumption is like and his answer: He has never ever tested any bikes consumption because he rides for the love and joy off it and does it everyday, only thing he does check is how many km's per tank so he can plan his bike trip fuel stops accordingly.  Maybe that's the way it should be done, after all we all ride because it's a passion!
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Dwerg on January 25, 2018, 01:11:20 pm
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

My barber (haarkapper) also rides bike and eventually bought his dream bike, Hayabusa. Asked him what the fuel consumption is like and his answer: He has never ever tested any bikes consumption because he rides for the love and joy off it and does it everyday, only thing he does check is how many km's per tank so he can plan his bike trip fuel stops accordingly.  Maybe that's the way it should be done, after all we all ride because it's a passion!

I enjoy riding slow just as much as riding fast. On the commute it just doesn't make sense to me to ride fast. You put yourself in more danger and waste fuel just to get to the office 5 minutes earlier.

Anyway to get back to the AT, I first had a test ride on it about a year ago and now that a friend of mine is getting one, I am really tempted again....
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 26, 2018, 01:58:36 am
Mixed riding about 18 km/l, sedate gravel travel 20+

Pushing hard into a headwind (look away now) 12ish

Ditto.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: NoRush on January 28, 2018, 04:01:04 am
My barber (haarkapper) also rides bike and eventually bought his dream bike, Hayabusa. Asked him what the fuel consumption is like and his answer: He has never ever tested any bikes consumption because he rides for the love and joy off it and does it everyday, only thing he does check is how many km's per tank so he can plan his bike trip fuel stops accordingly.  Maybe that's the way it should be done, after all we all ride because it's a passion!
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Now thats a clever Barber, and a good idea. NO worries just ride.  :ricky:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: luv2ride on January 28, 2018, 06:21:03 am
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Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on January 29, 2018, 01:14:03 pm
Just had my 12000km service R1350, not too bad I suppose.

Wait for it....

The rear brake pads are low and need replacing R2076!!! I had to look again as I thought it was actually front and back. No just the back

I bought pads from Runner R442
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on January 30, 2018, 04:41:08 pm
2017 NDBA Battlefields
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on January 30, 2018, 04:43:39 pm
2017 HONDA Zambezi Demo Day @ ADA
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on January 30, 2018, 04:46:49 pm
2018 FarmJam Enduro
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on January 31, 2018, 08:08:31 am
Just had my 12000km service R1350, not too bad I suppose.

Wait for it....

The rear brake pads are low and need replacing R2076!!! I had to look again as I thought it was actually front and back. No just the back

I bought pads from Runner R442

I have 6500km on mine and just want to have an oil change, probably will cost the same as the 12000km service?
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Mpandla on January 31, 2018, 08:31:59 am

I have 6500km on mine and just want to have an oil change, probably will cost the same as the 12000km service?

Will probably be the same as the run in service charge I guess.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: edgy on January 31, 2018, 08:36:21 am
Charliepappa what bikes took part in the Dualsport division and how did they place? Looks like only 3 completed 5 x laps?
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on January 31, 2018, 08:59:00 am
Just had my 12000km service R1350, not too bad I suppose.

Wait for it....

The rear brake pads are low and need replacing R2076!!! I had to look again as I thought it was actually front and back. No just the back

I bought pads from Runner R442

I have 6500km on mine and just want to have an oil change, probably will cost the same as the 12000km service?

yes that all they do on the 12000km anyway
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on January 31, 2018, 09:10:24 am
Charliepappa what bikes took part in the Dualsport division and how did they place? Looks like only 3 completed 5 x laps?

There was a KTM 1090, 950SE, 3x800 GS, 660 Yamaha, 2x Africa Twin, Husky 701, 2x 1200GS if I remember correctly.

Yip only 3 did 5 laps, we did the same route as all the other bikes.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: edgy on January 31, 2018, 09:24:51 am
Which bikes were the top 3?
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on January 31, 2018, 09:34:09 am
Which bikes were the top 3?

1090
660
SE
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Advrider on January 31, 2018, 10:29:17 pm
The average time in two laps it looks like nr 8 didnt do bad. Looks like lots of fun.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: dieseldawie on February 01, 2018, 07:15:27 am
Schalk...come in Schalk
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Mikie on February 01, 2018, 09:21:31 am
Schalk...come in Schalk

Schalk is out riding man
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on February 01, 2018, 10:08:21 am
Sorry for the hi-jack Schalk, thought it was a General AT Living Thread...
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: TallPaul on February 03, 2018, 04:32:54 pm
I need to post this:  A honest no bullshit review of the the twin after 50,000km in one year  :eek7:


This oke, got me onto an AT
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Boerbok on February 05, 2018, 11:13:25 pm
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

I get 23.5km/l commuting. Thats at sea level, a mix of heavy traffic and max speed of 100km/h (crazy Aus speed limits). Easily get 380 km on a tank and then fill up with 16l on the dot.
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 05, 2018, 11:17:59 pm
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

I get 23.5km/l commuting. Thats at sea level, a mix of heavy traffic and max speed of 100km/h (crazy Aus speed limits). Easily get 380 km on a tank and then fill up with 16l on the dot.
Boerbok do you ever use sixth gear?
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: shanti on February 06, 2018, 07:48:14 am
Filled up on Sunday , I think I was pushing the edge , I only got 305km on the tank but only been using the bike to blast into Knysna or Plett from the farm .
On the long road through Africa I have gotten better km's off a tank but then speeds are down avoiding potholes and looking at scenery
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on February 06, 2018, 08:36:38 am
Symara Knitwear PlaySmart Sportwear are going to make these. I love it. Look them up on facebook to order.


(https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21752229_382928495505555_3693942633586484237_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeE0ICQTyEtRqhRMFBEmj7Y9GuMpIqzRqRJdLlr1U74t-pfVZWUdomSlskIUBIT8l2ZTWJyh0h8tDQ467-PWfkSQLN2LTWDEoHQ3Bvu30nPLhA&oh=9d2942b92f1b13734dd372b5db7d1627&oe=5AE38B0D)(https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26815310_382928418838896_3777794987511544107_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeFONR81qKWVzMMNmAaAs2dKL8gDxrCykAEApA0ZVi8ZEHYjmb-aPlPLP_3XVQXzIEaCQemf652W44eIVjcfRJG_GGYKpuc8-hopm4LyLnsfWQ&oh=e7c819de47e1a18d829f450ce4fc2561&oe=5ADB7FA3)
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Boerbok on February 06, 2018, 08:41:44 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

I get 23.5km/l commuting. Thats at sea level, a mix of heavy traffic and max speed of 100km/h (crazy Aus speed limits). Easily get 380 km on a tank and then fill up with 16l on the dot.
Boerbok do you ever use sixth gear?

What is this sixth gear you are speaking of? :)

To be honest, 6th is a bit of a novelty for most of the commute...
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on February 06, 2018, 10:37:05 am
Symara Knitwear PlaySmart Sportwear are going to make these. I love it. Look them up on facebook to order.


(https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21752229_382928495505555_3693942633586484237_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeE0ICQTyEtRqhRMFBEmj7Y9GuMpIqzRqRJdLlr1U74t-pfVZWUdomSlskIUBIT8l2ZTWJyh0h8tDQ467-PWfkSQLN2LTWDEoHQ3Bvu30nPLhA&oh=9d2942b92f1b13734dd372b5db7d1627&oe=5AE38B0D)(https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26815310_382928418838896_3777794987511544107_n.jpg?_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeFONR81qKWVzMMNmAaAs2dKL8gDxrCykAEApA0ZVi8ZEHYjmb-aPlPLP_3XVQXzIEaCQemf652W44eIVjcfRJG_GGYKpuc8-hopm4LyLnsfWQ&oh=e7c819de47e1a18d829f450ce4fc2561&oe=5ADB7FA3)

Looks like these will be the "wicking" type which will make a welcome change as most other branded gear is cotton.  I am not a fan of cotton for bike riding as it dries too slowly
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Dwerg on February 06, 2018, 11:39:32 am
I find your lack of updates disturbing   >:D

What sort of consumption do you guys get when riding relatively sedately? I struggle with the idea of commuting on a bike that won't give 25km/l

I get 23.5km/l commuting. Thats at sea level, a mix of heavy traffic and max speed of 100km/h (crazy Aus speed limits). Easily get 380 km on a tank and then fill up with 16l on the dot.

Sounds a lot like my commute except for the sea level bit. Most of it is 3rd gear low revs lane splitting with 100km/h open sections
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Advrider on February 06, 2018, 09:49:37 pm
Some pictures at the FarmJam what a experience what a bike.

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Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on February 06, 2018, 11:14:45 pm
WOW  :eek7: COOL PICS
Tx for sharing  :3some:
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Advrider on February 07, 2018, 12:11:14 pm
Die fiets doen baie dinge reg beter as reg ja daar is paar dinge wat kan verbeter wat hulle op die nuwe een wel gedoen het. Maar is baie gelukkig met fiets.
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on February 14, 2018, 12:29:07 am
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Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Jaco1985 on March 06, 2018, 08:15:08 am
Had some fun on the motocross track at Dirt Bronco in Krugersdorp  :ricky:
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on March 06, 2018, 10:02:17 am
very nice, you got some airtime  :ricky:
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: SchalkL on March 08, 2018, 07:13:36 am
Jaco dit lyk bevange. Het jy nie nog so paar pics nie man.  :sip:
Title: Re: My Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Welsh on March 08, 2018, 08:28:13 am
My barber (haarkapper) also rides bike and eventually bought his dream bike, Hayabusa. Asked him what the fuel consumption is like and his answer: He has never ever tested any bikes consumption because he rides for the love and joy off it and does it everyday, only thing he does check is how many km's per tank so he can plan his bike trip fuel stops accordingly.  Maybe that's the way it should be done, after all we all ride because it's a passion!

Now thats a clever Barber, and a good idea. NO worries just ride.  :ricky:
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I have a Prado 4.0 litre V6, the 1150's fuel consumption doesn't even get into the conversation.  :sip:   
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Jaco1985 on March 13, 2018, 12:16:47 pm
Jaco dit lyk bevange. Het jy nie nog so paar pics nie man.  :sip:

Daar is nie altyd ń kameraman naby om die action te vang nie  ;D
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Minxy on March 15, 2018, 09:26:00 am
Loving my AT! This is some of the fun I've had on the bike the past few weeks. Also had the suspension upgraded with Hilton Hayword as I thought stock is a bit too soft. Bike is performing even more brilliantly now :D

(https://s10.postimg.org/i7lq7jxt5/28515232_1728285553861072_1143159600651178800_o.jpg)

(https://s10.postimg.org/huuc1dn95/28685654_10155086580431433_6373260600800831873_n.jpg)

(https://s10.postimg.org/t76xj63nt/28828332_1728269563862671_2221260113404236078_o.jpg)

(https://s10.postimg.org/nvs0ygx0p/29067155_10156237005926972_414601134477410304_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Advrider on March 23, 2018, 07:45:03 am
Loving my AT! This is some of the fun I've had on the bike the past few weeks. Also had the suspension upgraded with Hilton Hayword as I thought stock is a bit too soft. Bike is performing even more brilliantly now :D

(https://s10.postimg.org/i7lq7jxt5/28515232_1728285553861072_1143159600651178800_o.jpg)

(https://s10.postimg.org/huuc1dn95/28685654_10155086580431433_6373260600800831873_n.jpg)

(https://s10.postimg.org/t76xj63nt/28828332_1728269563862671_2221260113404236078_o.jpg)

(https://s10.postimg.org/nvs0ygx0p/29067155_10156237005926972_414601134477410304_o.jpg)

Did you do front and rear springs and did you do valveving aswell.
Price?

Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: Minxy on March 25, 2018, 08:30:40 pm
Loving my AT! This is some of the fun I've had on the bike the past few weeks. Also had the suspension upgraded with Hilton Hayword as I thought stock is a bit too soft. Bike is performing even more brilliantly now :D



Did you do front and rear springs and did you do valveving aswell.
Price?

Yes Hilton pretty much replaces all the internals in the front forks and also the rear spring, then sets it all up for your weight. Price is around 8k, I'm not great at technical banter, he can explain much better if you contact him directly :)

http://www.haywardsuspension.co.za/
Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: BB King on April 23, 2018, 01:18:43 pm
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Title: Re: Africa Twin Experience Living Thread
Post by: charliepappa on October 31, 2018, 09:24:05 am
I love the high fender kit by AFRICA-ADV.com  :ricky: