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Africa Twin newbie
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:11:51 pm »
Hello Guys

I have bought an Africa Twin and hopefully if finance etc is all sorted I may get it by Friday. Now the farkling begins  :peepwall:

My list as follows and if you could give me real world advise

1: Centre Stand (Honda or Sw Motech)
2: Crash Bars (Rockfox,SW Motech or Givi)
3: Rear luggage rack (Not for a topbox as the the OEM plastic rack looks a bit weak to take one?)
4: Soft Luggage racks (Rock Fox,Givi or SW Motech

I think thats about it for now. It has the OEM bash plate which will do for now. I also need to fit my GPS and 1 plug socket for my compressor

Any insight would be helpfull
« Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 03:35:25 pm by Battlestar »
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 04:00:50 pm »
Take a look at the Rumbux crash bars as well. They provide some additional protection for the engine casings
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Offline wilfwalk

Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 04:01:44 pm »
I think that wider foot pegs are something to consider, around R700 a set I think.
 

Offline DavidMorrisXp

Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 04:23:58 pm »
I do the price check and if OEM is in the same ball park, I go with OEM as I did with the centre stand.

The crash bars were different as the OEM is not as protective as other brands out there.  For this I went with SW Motech
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Offline BikerJan

Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 04:53:34 pm »
I went for the following:

- Honda centrestand
- Rumbux crashbars ( Bottom and Top crash bar, integrated with a sturdy bash plate. It also look very nice in my opinion)
- Wider foodpegs (A must)
- Spotlights
- Honda radiator protection
- Honda rear luggage plate (This is the only thing I am unsure of, it is plastic??)
- Couple of stickers from Mikie, to put on that ugly front fender!

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Offline Robin Brown

Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 05:23:00 pm »
Rumbux bars are very strong.  And a good company to do business with. Rockfox supplies good wide pegs and luggage plate. Industan stainless radiator protection is also good.
 

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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 10:34:59 pm »
How much off road do you plan to do, is this a daily commuter (then # 1) or do you plan adventure trips on it (# 2 below) ... two different price ranges with adequate accessories in each for the above choice.

If # 1) all OEM you can think of.
but if # 2) Rumbux crash bars, Hepco & Becker hand guards (OEM absolute crap), Pivot Pegz or similar (OEM too short), any other type of hard or soft panniers, SW chain guard, Rugged Roads radiator guards (OEM plastic is useless), OEM center stand is good, OEM 12v accessory is vital, that is what I would invest in.

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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 10:58:27 pm »
Ian why do you say the plastic radiator guards are crap?


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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2018, 01:06:43 am »
Ian why do you say the plastic radiator guards are crap?


Battlestar congrats!

When I fitted the R&G guards, I took the originals off and had a good look at the strength of the mesh, very flexible they are and whilst it looks good and will stop small pieces the main problem is the close proximity to the radiator cores, it practically touches them. We have all followed another bike and felt what can be thrown up at us, I believe it will easily deflect to allow anything with some momentum to penetrate and possibly hole a core. I would far rather get an aluminum or steel guard.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2018, 01:08:19 am by Ian in Great Brak River »
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2018, 06:47:36 am »
I would recommend you go with

1. Honda Centrestand. Fits better and more robust
2. GoGravel Radiator gaurds
3. Replace the OEM bashplate. It is not going to help with rocks
4, Rockfox upper and lower crashbars (cheaper than Rumbux although I prefer Rumbux)
5. SOf luggage Racks - Rockfox or SW Motech

I have not had any issues with the handguards yet and will probably only replace them if need be (like in crash it)

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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2018, 07:12:29 am »
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2018, 12:41:00 pm »
Hi All

Ok thanks for the replies. Good base to work from.

Regarding the center stand ive heard the OEM flops around a bit on rough roads where the Motech unit stays put? Wider footpegs I have already and will fit first when i collect tomorrow. Ill research all other recommendations. Pics to follow when I get her tomorrow

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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2018, 01:00:04 pm »
Hi All

Ok thanks for the replies. Good base to work from.

Regarding the center stand ive heard the OEM flops around a bit on rough roads where the Motech unit stays put? Wider footpegs I have already and will fit first when i collect tomorrow. Ill research all other recommendations. Pics to follow when I get her tomorrow

Think the problem was some OEM units did not have the 2 springs fitted.
Mine has the SW Motech one. It bangs on bumpy roads. Gotten used to it now.
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2018, 02:04:32 pm »
Hi All

Ok thanks for the replies. Good base to work from.

Regarding the center stand ive heard the OEM flops around a bit on rough roads where the Motech unit stays put? Wider footpegs I have already and will fit first when i collect tomorrow. Ill research all other recommendations. Pics to follow when I get her tomorrow

Yeah, the center stand must have both springs attached, I did 4 reviews on the AT ... canít remember which one shows the 2 spring setup. It's # 4, that has the two spring set-up shown.

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Cheers. Ian
« Last Edit: March 08, 2018, 10:21:29 pm by Ian in Great Brak River »
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2018, 08:56:07 pm »
@Ian in great brak..

A few questions. First off your bike looks awesome

1: Where did you get those anti scratch pads for the tank?

2: How sturdy do you find the rear rack with your SW Motech topbox?  Any issues with cracking etc?

3: Where did you get your head light gaurd?
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2018, 08:57:57 pm »
Picked up the machine today. What a beaut!! Will spend some bonding time with her over the weekend and get to to know her. Will post pics on Monday
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2018, 10:58:39 pm »
@Ian in great brak..

A few questions. First off your bike looks awesome

1: Where did you get those anti scratch pads for the tank?

2: How sturdy do you find the rear rack with your SW Motech topbox?  Any issues with cracking etc?

3: Where did you get your head light gaurd?

1) Thank you. The anti scratch pads are available from Tygerberg Honda in Bellville, ask nicely and you will get them for free. Thanks to XRRX for that!

2) I don't ... well the rack is fine I suppose, its the securing mechanism that's crap ... that top box you see in those vids does not exist anymore as the 3 tiny "T" screws that secure it broke a looong time ago. Then the lock came loose somehow and the box took off on the N2 past the airport never to be seen again. I went to Flying Brick and bought a replacement that looks rough but works perfectly. "You can pick the bike up by the Top Box" Chris said. 

3) Also from Chris at Flying Brick ... it works perfectly.

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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2018, 06:08:20 am »
Problem living in Durban is that we have almost no accessorie stores. Which box have you got fitted now?
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2018, 09:46:44 am »
Ian, i watched all you nam video's and tx for sharing. I love that country to bits and did a similar trip as yours in 2014. :thumleft:

Ok, re the topbox BAttlestar;  I also have a SW Motech topbox and have no problems with it doing good gravel roads and tar, i think SW Motech accessories are outstanding. However you must NEVER ignore the weight limitation you back luggage carrier have, normally around 10kg.
BUT
I don not recommend you do extensive rough gravel touring with a topbox.  I can almost guarantee you that at some stage any brand topbox will either fall of or become loose. Good make panniers- yes - they have a low centre of gravity and i never had problems with hard panniers on bad gravel roads.
ANOTHER BUT
I switched to soft pannier bags. The weight factor made me decide to go soft.  Many threads on hard vs soft panniers.....
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Re: Africa Twin newbie
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2018, 05:22:44 pm »
Problem living in Durban is that we have almost no accessorie stores. Which box have you got fitted now?

I think it was a Motoradical one, definitely from Flying Brick.
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

Old bike: '82 Eddie Lawson Replica Replica.
Other bike: '05 Honda Varadero 1000
New bike: '16 Honda Africa Twin.