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Forum: What Did You Do To Your Africa Twin Today?   Yesterday, 07:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,556
Posted By XLGeorge
Hello, yes, I left my bike in Greece after the...

Hello, yes, I left my bike in Greece after the summer and will bring it back to the UK in the spring via Morocco in Easter. Doing Agrafa at this time of the year was very demanding given a **** of a...
Forum: What Did You Do To Your Africa Twin Today?   12-12-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,556
Posted By XLGeorge
The same thing happened to me over the last w/e...

The same thing happened to me over the last w/e when I fell to the right crossing a slippery/rocky river bed with my 2017 manual CRF. I have ordered the bracket and will probably weld the old one as...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   11-28-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,144
Posted By XLGeorge
John, the list of problems you describe is...

John, the list of problems you describe is exaggerated, yes there have been some blown fork seals but there are no major issues with the fuel pump or gearbox, at least for the manual version. One...
Forum: Engine and Technical Discussion   11-23-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,912
Posted By XLGeorge
Incidentally, I was looking at it only yesterday...

Incidentally, I was looking at it only yesterday as my CRF will be 3 years old in February and I will need to change the coolant. I was surprised to read in the workshop manual that in order to...
Forum: CRF1000L Africa Twin Parts   11-23-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By XLGeorge
On Honda bikes, I always used Honda front / JT...

On Honda bikes, I always used Honda front / JT rear, same on my CRF (JT ordered online in the UK).

11K km seems too low an interval whatever the conditions, I changed the front sprocket at 45K km...
Forum: Parts and Accessories   11-12-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,445
Posted By XLGeorge
I always had/have centre stand in all my mikes...

I always had/have centre stand in all my mikes (well, apart from enduros) as I think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks.


But the other day a colleague mentioned "Do you know that you CRF...
Forum: Engine and Technical Discussion   11-09-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,153
Posted By XLGeorge
I have stripped down my VFR VTEC in the past to...

I have stripped down my VFR VTEC in the past to get to the valves - and this is considered a complex bike due to the V4 arrangement - but I can confirm that the CRF is even more complex to get to...
Forum: Engine and Technical Discussion   11-01-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,153
Posted By XLGeorge
It is the other way round, the intake ones are...

It is the other way round, the intake ones are adjusted by changing shims (and nobody has ever needed any yet) and the exhaust ones are adjusted with screw/lock nut.
Forum: Other Bikes   10-29-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,700
Posted By XLGeorge
Not that many, have been riding since 1979 when I...

Not that many, have been riding since 1979 when I was 19 but tend to keep bikes for a long time:

1980 Honda XR200
1981 Honda XR250 - first ProLink one
1983 Honda XLR250 (also first ProLink one...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   10-10-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,251
Posted By XLGeorge
2017 manual tricolor bought in April 2017, 40K...

2017 manual tricolor bought in April 2017, 40K miles so far (i.e. in 2.5 years) with no significant problem, ridden hard in Europe, Asia and Africa and taken quite often off-road.

The only issue I...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   09-27-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By XLGeorge
I also think they should have made the tubeless...

I also think they should have made the tubeless wheels an option in the Enduro model but not the larger fuel tank, this defeats the purpose and is also difficult to offer as an option given the...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, and Suspension   09-27-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By XLGeorge
Well done to have managed to change the inner...

Well done to have managed to change the inner tube in such a hard tyre, but this is not something anybody could do on the side of the road, even with the right tools. I also have Motion Pro bead...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, and Suspension   09-26-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By XLGeorge
The E07 in 140/80-17 non-Dakar (on a friend's AT...

The E07 in 140/80-17 non-Dakar (on a friend's AT 750) can be got off/on without much problem but I believe the E07+ has much stiffer side walls, even in the non-Dakar version. A friend did put it on...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   09-25-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,296
Posted By XLGeorge
I prefer bikes with fewer electronics because I...

I prefer bikes with fewer electronics because I travel far (Asia, Africa), venture in remote areas off-road and even when I travel in Europe I do so without road assistance. In this context, my 2017...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   09-25-2019, 04:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 798
Posted By XLGeorge
Or change only the rear spring with a stronger...

Or change only the rear spring with a stronger one, as I have done. It is mainly the rear spring that is found wanting at 82.5N/mm, especially for riding two-up with luggage.
Forum: Wheels, Tires, and Suspension   09-24-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By XLGeorge
Absolutely, and not just the Dakar version - this...

Absolutely, and not just the Dakar version - this is the reason I have not tried it although I would like. TKC80 and TKC70 are fine to get off/on with levers, the Pirelli Rally STR more difficult....
Forum: Wheels, Tires, and Suspension   09-24-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By XLGeorge
I find the front TKC80 the best 50-50 tyre for...

I find the front TKC80 the best 50-50 tyre for the CRF and have used it to that effect in other bikes as well. I use it with either TKC70 or Pirelli Rally STR rear for mostly tarmac riding and with...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, and Suspension   09-05-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,248
Posted By XLGeorge
Let me point put that a front tyre puncture is a...

Let me point put that a front tyre puncture is a very rare thing - it only happened to me once in almost 40 years of motorbiking, and I know this is also the case with most riders. I personally take...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   09-03-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By XLGeorge
This must be the case, in my bike the rear Rally...

This must be the case, in my bike the rear Rally STR is on a second rear wheel which I use it only for off-road riding and pottering around town - when I travel on tarmac I put the primary rear...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   09-02-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By XLGeorge
I also run a Pirelli STR rear (with a Conti...

I also run a Pirelli STR rear (with a Conti TKC80 front) which has done 4000 miles and I just measured 3.5mm centre tread depth. When it was new, the tread depth was 5mm, so it is lasting well given...
Forum: Engine and Technical Discussion   08-27-2019, 03:33 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,367
Posted By XLGeorge
It has made the 1st gear slightly shorter and...

It has made the 1st gear slightly shorter and this has helped in slow/difficult off road passages, it has also helped in steep uphill/downhill riding. But it has helped even more on tarmac as the...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   07-31-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,597
Posted By XLGeorge
Skimmer, I am slightly mystified by your route...

Skimmer, I am slightly mystified by your route description that resulted in congestion zone violation. I live at Wimbledon and work in the West End i.e within the congestion zone. Going northbound...
Forum: Parts and Accessories   07-04-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,464
Posted By XLGeorge
Thanks for this, I had exactly the same problem...

Thanks for this, I had exactly the same problem recently and did not know how to delete that waypoint that was dragging me backwards in the "trip". I just searched and found out how this is done...
Forum: Engine and Technical Discussion   06-10-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
  Poll: Valve Check?
Views: 409
Posted By XLGeorge
If you have the equivalent of £350 burning your...

If you have the equivalent of £350 burning your pocket (rough cost in the UK), you can do it at 16K miles but it is very unlikely you will find any valve out of spec. Most people who have shared...
Forum: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin General Discussion Forum   06-06-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,285
Posted By XLGeorge
Done 700ml / 1100km a few times two-up with...

Done 700ml / 1100km a few times two-up with luggage on my 2017 manual with modified front seat (London - south France, Belgrade - Athens the most notable ones).
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