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New shoes for my baby

My AfricaTwin needed some new tyres. But they are hard to find in Centro America. Fortunately I got a contact in Guatemala City. He’s name is Cisco and he rides a BMW 800GS. After some calls he found a rear Heidenau K60 Scout in San Salvador and he still had a front Heidenau for his own bike but sold it to me 🙂

So I put on the back one in El Salvador and the front in Guatemala.

I don’t really like those Heidenau Scouts, they vibrate a lot and the front wiggles pretty hard some times. But they do a lot of kilometers, should easily go for 20000km!

Unfortunately my front forks started to leak again! It’s already the 5th time! But fortunately Honda had them on stock! So a quick visit in Guatemala City to replace he seals and I also got some spares for the next time!


 

Motorbike service, replacements and repairs

Since China, the front forks were leaking oil.
It could temporarily be fixed in Luang Prabang, Laos. But as they didn’t have new seals it started to leak again a few weeks later. No chance to find a descent motorbike mechanic with the right parts in Laos or Cambodia, as they only sell bikes up to 250ccm!


I was looking forward to Thailand to do proper maintenance, replacing some parts and finally fix the leaking.  So I went to the Honda Dealer ‘BigWing’ in Pattaya.

It was the worst Honda service ever!
I had to tell them exactly what to do! They did not have a list of what is to do at the official Honda service intervals! Basically they  just replaced the oil. But didn’t check the brakes or the condition of the bike in general. They didn’t even know the official Honda service booklet!
I then requested that they also clean the airfilters, fix the parking brake and the leaking front forks.
So they took apart the front fender to only realize that they don’t have new seals! And they were not able to put it correctly back together, I had to show them how to do it!
And they didn’t have any spare parts at all, although they sell one AfricaTwin a week! No seals, no chains or sprockets, no brake pads, nothing!


Fortunately the JP Rider shop nearby could organize a chain and sprockets and Oleg knew a tyre dealer in Bangkok (29tire.com).


But I still needed to get the forks fixed! So I got in contact with another Honda BigWing dealer in south of Thailand in Phuket, which ordered the parts and said they will arrive in a week. It took finally two weeks for them to arrive! (they are not shipping from Japan but are produced in Thailand!)

When I finally arrived at BigWing Phuket, they didn’t want to fix the fork that day! I guess it’s too much work for a Saturday… I should come back next week. But they are closed until Thursday because of holidays!
Again I was lucky and found a very good shop nearby called ‘StreetBiker’ which did it right away in two hours. He worked really professionally, had all the proper tools and cleaned every part he got in his hands!


 

 

 

Motorcycle addons

some usefull stuff I added to my CRF1000 Africa Twin.

  • GIVI crashbars (lower TN1151, upper TNH1144)
    probably the best crashbars for now.
  • GIVI sidestand foot (ES1144)
    already lost in Bosnia…
  • GIVI side case racks MONOKEY (PL1144CAM)
    great locking system for adding and removing the panniers without tools, but secured with keys.
  • GIVI side cases Trekker Outback (left 48L OBK48AL, right 37L OBK37AR)
    the 48 litre box is really big!
  • elastic nets for Trekker Outback cases (E144)
    a must have to use the space in the lids.
  • 3x cherry can holders (E148)
    two for fuel cherry cans, one for oil and other stuff.
  • 2x cherry cans 2.5l (TAN01)
  • GIVI top case rack (SR1144 & aluminium plate M8A)
    you don’t really need SR1144, just drill holes into the original Honda rack.
  • GIVI top case Trekker Outback 42L (OBK42A)
    same key as the side cases
  • GIVI small tank bag (EA106B)
    I don’t like big tank bags. this one is usefull for little things like sunglasses and holding the phone/camera/etc while charging.
  • 2x Tool Tube
    one in the back left with tools, one on the front right with some spare parts.
  • Touratech handlebar riser (01-402-5255-0)
  • Touratech head light protector (01-402-5095-0)
    I used to have the makrolon version, but it got dull in a sand storm…
  • Unifilter Air Filter (01-402-0870-0)
    the Australians know how to make solid air filters.
  • Hepco & Becker hand guards (4212994 00 01)
    I like the look of the original Honda hand guards, so I went for these instead of Acerbis.
  • Oxford heated grips (50230000283)
    the original Honda heated grips are so bad, even with the replacement control unit. go for the Oxfords!
  • sheep fur (from IKEA)
    for my sensible ass…

these are some spare parts I took with me on the great journey:

  • front and back tubes
  • brake lever
  • throttle cable
  • oil filter
  • fuel filter
  • brake pads (front only)
  • wheel bearings
  • fuses

bike service history

here I’ll try to document my Africa Twin’s services and repairs.

kmdatewhatcosts (CHF)comments
08. Sep 2015pre order1000pre order on honda.ch
127. Jan 2016new bike!15000official handover.
unboxing was on 24. Dec 2015
10585. Mar 2016first service360official 1000km service
15349. Apr 2016Tripmaster added0I've got #006 of Switzerland!
1225129. Jul 2016second service440official 12000km service
1225129. Jul 2016new tires260Continental TKC70 (16'183km)
1737104. Nov 2016replaced heated grips controller0free (Honda warranty)
1954001. Mar 2017third service
Oxford heated grips
official 24000 service
2843405. May 2017new tires300TKC80 (back), Capras (front)
3290330. May 2017new tires300Shinko E700 (front and back, 13'384km)
4215019. Jun 2017front fork/suspension leaking25'revision' in Luang Prabang, Laos
4609829. Aug 2017service/oil change/fixed parking brake/air filter cleaned120Pattaya, Thailand. 4140thb
4610129. Aug 2017chain & sprockets170Pattaya, Thailand. 6000thb
4628702. Sep 2017new tires217Bangkok, Thailand. 7500thb
Mitas E-07 (front 11'881km, back 18'072km)
4775216. Sep 2017front fork/suspension seals & new oil100at StreetBiker Phuket, Thailand. 2500thb
+ Honda seals 1000thb
5167026. Oct 2017left fan replaced650Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
sent from Switzerland!
5256514. Nov 2017rear brake pads22Sumatra, Indonesia
770 thb
5816802. Mar 2018full Honda service
oil & filters
front tyre
bearings (wheel & steering)
parking brake pads
4 spark plugs
1886Darwin, Australia
1200aud
40aud
160aud (TKC 70)
115aud
50aud
150aud
6440006. Apr 2018new rear tyre and front brake pads380Esperance, Autralia
Heidenau K60
6581318. Apr 2018chain142Nullarbor, Australia
191 AUD
6673320. Apr 2018sprockets
rear break pads
225Adelaide, Australia
80 AUD
70 AUD
labor 125 AUD
7708016. Jun 2018minor service: Oil & filter changes230Cairns, Australia
316 AUD
804147. Jul 2018new tyres (front & back)
new chain guard
440Cairns, Australia
500 aud (back 16kkm, front 22kkm)
100 aud
8564631. Jun 2018front fork/suspension seals & new oil270365 AUD
near Sydney, Australia
8607527. Aug 2018DCT issue210Santiago, Chile
140‘000 CLP
8969623. Oct 2018broken back tyre, new Pirelli Scorpion Trail350El Chaltén, Argentina
9120030. Oct 2018front forks (again!)200Ushuaia
9532015. Nov 2018Honda Service235Oil & filters change, bike cleaned!
8400 ARS
Cordoba Argentina
9532015. Nov 2018Front tyre210TKC 70 (18kkm)
Cordoba Argentina
9730026. Nov 2018Back tyre
Back brake pads
170Tyre bought in Cordoba (16kkm)
Break pads bought in Thailand
10825023. Feb 2019Big service1300Medellin, Colombia
11315407. Jun 2019New back tyre230Heidenau K60 Scout
San Salvador, El Salvador
11333011. Jun 2019New front tyre130Heidenau K60 Scout, Guatemala City

 

I had the following issues with my Africa twin on this journey:

  • Front fork: leaked and fixed four times!
  • DCT issues after 80000km! I could not shift down anymore when the motor got hot (stop & go traffic in cities). Fixed in Santiago de Chile by refurbishing the electric motor of the DCT.
  • one of the electric fan motors burnt down in Malaysia
  • a chain snapped in Australia
  • two flat tyres (the front in China, the back in Argentinia)