HONDA Africa Twin CRF1000L 2016-

Africa Twin Honda Shock

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Our Africa Twin page is a work in progress and will be updated with suspension offerings as they come available, see below for some latest stuff.

 

Now Available~! 

Super high quality popular and affordable front and rear option is the Ohlins Shock S46PR1C1S and 30mm Ohlins Cartridge kit with Ohlins Fork springs front and rear bike set!

 

Ohlins HO646 Honda Africa Twin shock S46PR1C1S_Nitron_Touratech

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Above the new Ohlins S46PR1C1S shock with super heavy duty 46mm shock body and 16mm shaft.

 

Fully adjustable compression, rebound, and Newest style largest range spring preloader from Ohlins.

 

Ohlins New Africa Twin CRF1000 30mm Cartridge kit_FKA110 Touretech_Rally Raid

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Above, brand New Ohlins 30mm fully adjustable Cartridge kit with spring Nix-FKA series!

 

Ohlins Touretech Fork Spring and Cartridge kit CRF1000L 30mm 25mm

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Replaces almost everything within your standard fork shells with Ohlins quality industry largest 30mm cartridge kit features fully adjustable at top caps , Compression, Rebound and Spring preload.

 

Ohlins FKA11030mm Cartrideg Spring kit Honda Africa Twin Fork upgrade Nitron_Touretech

 

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Largest in the industry Ohlins 30mm cartridge kit!

 

 

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Can Anything be done to the stock Honda Africa Twin Suspension?

(see page bottom for details and options….)

 

 

 

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Africa twin Test bike in the works.

 

 

(Shown below)  Touratech COMBO $3590.00 msrp-  which is…

Africa Twin Touratech shock

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The Tourtech has Hi / Lo  adjustable compression, preloader and rebound (msrp $1795.95).

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The Touratech Cartridge  and Spring kit (msrp $1795.00 each end).

 

 

Dennis going to Touratech East August

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2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT

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2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000F,

(See Below More on Ohlins Shock…)

 

 

Africa Twin Ohlins

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Claimed Curb weight 503lbs (534 with DCT Dual Clutch Trans)

9.1″ Front travel claimed/ 230mm /

8.7″ Rear Travel claimed/ 220mm

 

 

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Can Anything be done to the stock Honda Africa Twin Suspension?

(see page bottom for details and options….)

Baseline Combo  $ 974.95 to 1156.95 – just Springs and Revalve on the cheap and piston kit

aka- Fork and Shock revalve 399.95/ Plus springs front and rear 398.00/ plus fork piston kit shown below / 359.95=

*Add for SKF Seals, Wiper Seals, bushings and bumper as needed with  New Showa  piece longer life Shock Seal.

 

Africa twin Ohlins Forks

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The Blue 19mm does spring preload, the rebound does not click 1.5 turns out stock of 4.0 turns possible.

 

The preloader has about 15 turn range and about a 15mm effect on the preload.

 

 

 

Africa twin Showa Forks

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Compression adjustable on bottoms, about a 16 click range.

 

These bottom compression nuts where used on the 1980’s CR stuff from Showa, 45mm Showa was similar to 1989-1990 Cr250,Cr500.

 

(Ooouh…… forgot it is 2016~)

 

 

Africa Twin Showa Ohlins Forks

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Early press releases claimed 43mm forks, but 45mm Showa in real life.

 

SKF Seal Bushing Fork Service kits

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Good thing the owner had a 1989-90 CR, because your Seals, Wipers and Bushings are the same size!

 

 

Africa Twin Fork Hieght standard

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The standard fork height shown in the clamps, the blue 19mm hex is fork spring preload adjust, it has a 15 turn range and a 15mm effect on spring (see pics below…).

 

 

Africa Twin Fork Spring rates

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Above the top is preload fully extended, next down is preload all off showing about a 15mm range.

 

The standard springs are a “progressive coil” or what is also called a “dual rate” spring that feel a little mushy at the start of the rate and a little soft for real adventure and demanding hits off pavement runs.

 

When Digital Machine Rating the standard progressive fork springs (See Below..)  they tend to stay at 29lb “Too long”  before ramping up to there second rate at the end.

 

A straight rate fork spring swap is in order for most!

 

 

Especially when even the standard tires were swapped in favor of the 60% On &  40% Off “Conti-Tracker” “TKC70” 90/90-21” front  150/70-18 rear,  still too street Slickies for the marshmellow forks which felt “Loosy-goosy”  worse as you crank up rear preload even at 18 clicks in of the 38 clicks offered on rear.

 

The “TKC80” 40% On & 60% Off, to be mounted  shortly.

 

 

 

Africa Twin Fork CArtridge

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The standard fork cartridge is a 20mm stamped steel thing with a 64mm aluminum top with small taper to fit the piston below.

 

 

Honda Africa twin Ohlins Suspension (2)

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Above the 2016 Honda Africa Twin 20mm Steel Cartridge and kinda soft dual rate coil spring.

 

SEE below for Straight rate fork spring conversion…..

 

Honda Africa twin Ohlins Suspension (1)

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Above “Red Arrow” shows a punch mark on the spring prelobe tube, the progressive wound spring coil displaces more or less fluid volume, with “spring in” the standard test set was about 85mm fluid level.

 

If switching to straight rate spring, check fluid level with spring in on this one.

 

The Standard preload with adjuster all off is about 10mm on the spring to start.

 

Adding full range at cap (15mm more), a total of about 25mm preload is maxed.

 

 

Africa Twin Forks

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Above is the standard aluminum top that allows the piston on the rebound rod to go thru the 64mm tapered end only sleeve to the base. The  rebound rods are a 10mm.

 

To get to the rebound stuff, advanced suspension knowledge and wisdom is required.

 

 

Africa twin Showa Fork Upper

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Above the Showa top fork stantion is a welcome design that adds to the overall feel of the bike with this tapered bell design.

 

 

 

Africa Twin Forks Showa 45mm

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These are the Showa forks.

 

 

 

AFrica twin Fork Valving

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Above, this is where the magic happens (or doesn’t)

 

The stock pistons only use a basic “spring loaded butterfly washer” on all four, very old school from the eighties, so No “tuneable mid valves” are in the basic stock design.

 

The stamped steel 20mm cartridge and old school 3 port piston, mirror image front and back sides of the rebound and compression piston except Oring / Bushing set up.

 

It is revalvable, or  piston kit and valving replaceable.

 

Bam! (Lika-a-deez!) …….

Africa Twin Honda Optional Fork Springs

Ktech SSK front frk system

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Shaw-Zam!

 

 

Africa Twin CRF1000L Fork valving

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Above on left, the super basic 3 port stock showa stamped pistons, to the right the 4 port.

 

The stock showa setup only has  a “spring loaded butterfly” to free flow the opposite direction of fluid passage.

 

The new and improved 4 port has a “tuneable mid valving” that is a nice additional element to tune low speed compression more popular with designs of today.

 

Africa Twin Honda Fork Valving kits

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Above  4 port piston and valving with “tuneable mid valves” they can replace everything from the stem off, kinda nice way to go! Out with the old in with the new.

 

Advanced suspension knowledge and wisdom is required for this procedure.

 

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Preloader Africa Twin honda

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“Wheel-Of-Fortune!”

 

The stock preloader  does a 10mm range, it does have about 38 clicks you can feel.

 

 

 

Africa twin stock Shock Spring

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Above is the stock Showa shock, it has a Nitrogen bladder, the rebound is adjustable about 24 clicks, the compression is also adjustable about 25 clicks, the spring preload has about 38 clicks or a 10mm range.

 

The standard spring is 240mm free length, 230mm installed all out so 10mm preload to start.

 

The standard spring has tapered ends that can make a substitute require collars to fit.

 

(Spring has smaller taper at top then bottom and body is not threaded)

 

 

Africa Twin Stock Shock

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This adjuster be the Compression, about 25 clicks.

 

 

 

Africa twin stock Shock Spring

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This be the Rebound, yeah that black one.

Note: You will need a spring press to swap the shock spring.

 

 

 

Afrirca Twin Shock Spring MAchine Ohlins

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Above you will need a spring press to swap the shock spring,

 

If you notice there is no extra space below the hydraulic preloader.

 

 

Africa twin Stock Spring Rate

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The standard Honda CRF1000L test spring is rated through the whole shock stroke and at peak value.

 

 

 

Africa Twin Stock Shock Valving

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The stock shock is revalvable and respringable (are those words in the webster dictionary?)

 

 

One thing we see, the Showa two piece shock seal (from 1987) we use a better One Piece Showa design that is much better on the offroad side for many years.

 

 

Africa Twin Shock Piston valving

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Above the standard Showa Piston, Compression left , Rebound right.

 

No worries, the owner has seen these on his 1987 Cr250 and Cr500!

 

 

 

Africa Twin Stock shock vs Touratech Ohlins Shock

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Above left the stock Honda Shock verses the Touratech Extreme Series Shock.

 

 

 

Africa Twin Touratech shock

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The Tourtech has Hi / Lo  adjustable compression, preloader and rebound (msrp $1795.95).

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The Touratech Cartridge  and Spring kit (msrp $1795.00)

 

 

Touratech Africa twin Shock Hi Lo

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Hi speed adjust (left) 18 click range and   Lo speed (right) 25 click range.

 

 

 

Touratech Africa Twin Shock

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Touratech shock

 

 

 

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Big Hands?

 

The standard Touratech preloader knob mount is a little too far out from the bike we think.

 

It’s an easy fix but they may have thought that allowing extra room around it was their thing for big hand people?

 

 

King Kong lead photo

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King Kong can reach around the preloader knob with ease.

 

 

Africa Twn Touratech Shock Suspension Ohlins

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Above reverse pic of the Touratech preloader knob.

 

Longer dowls and allen screws  or a “tweek” to the plate for some perhaps.

 

 

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It’s hard to tell from this angle of pic, but the Hi Speed Compression Adjust , “Red Arrow” (top left of those two things) is very hard to get to and turn, even with a small “L” style Allen it’s very tight to reach, this pic shows the back one pretty easy to get to but it’s real tight in real life, but anywhooo…

 

 

Touratech Shock Preloader Africa Twin Honda CrF1000L

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Above this pic shows Touratech preloader over 15mm tighter towards bike, by using (2x) 25 mm spacer and 45mm Honda flange bolts.

 

Looks nicer to us, but what do we know…

 

 

Preloader With Longer spacers Touratech Africa Twin Shock

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Above same preloader over 15mm closer towards bike instead of “out in the breeze”.

 

 

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We also checked the Touratech spring for rate and Peak.

 

 

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Bet you don’t have one of these….

 

 

Above a “Top Secret” Steering fully adjustable damper that “dampens Out” from center line about sixty degree and “Zero damping return to center”  adjustable from very mild to firmer. (see below more info…)

 

Africa twin Ohlins Steering Damper

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Top Secret, ( You Never Saw This! ).

 

 

Ohlins Steering Damper Africa Twin

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Top Secret, will evaporate within 30 seconds!

 

 

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