Some impressions of Croatia.
we visited the Plitvicka national park, where Winnetou’s “Silbersee” has been filmed.
Ein paar Impressionen von Kroatien.
Wir haben den Plitvicka Nationalpark mit den Seen besucht, wo Winnetou’s Silbersee gedreht wurde.
we spent the first two nights in Italy. first night on the passo Aprica and the second in Duino near Trieste, directly at the harbor.
Die ersten beiden Nächte waren wir in Italien. Die erste auf dem Pass Aprica und die zweite in Duino bei Trieste, direkt am Meer!
last photos at home and of Switzerland. my dad accompanies me for a week or so.
these are my last days at home.
on Monday I’m leaving to my biggest journey (and adventure) yet:
around the world on my Honda CRF1000 Africa Twin!
my back issues are not completely gone yet. but I’m doing exercises and training since two months and will continue so on the trip. this won’t stop me from leaving 😀
the first part will be from Switzerland to Australia. you can find my planned route here.
I will updating this blog as often as I can. expect some great photos and videos in the following months!
I’ll see you on the road!
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
here I’ll try to document my Africa Twin’s services and repairs.
|0||8. Sep 2015||pre order||1000||pre order on honda.ch
|1||27. Jan 2016||new bike!||15000||official handover.
unboxing was on 24. Dec 2015
|1058||5. Mar 2016||first service||360||official 1000km service
|1534||9. Apr 2016||Tripmaster added||0||I've got #006 of Switzerland!
|12251||29. Jul 2016||second service||440||official 12000km service
|12251||29. Jul 2016||new tires||260||Continental TKC70 (16'183km)
|17371||04. Nov 2016||replaced heated grips controller||0||free (Honda warranty)
|19540||01. Mar 2017||third service|
Oxford heated grips
|official 24000 service
|28434||05. May 2017||new tires||300||TKC80 (back), Capras (front)
|32903||30. May 2017||new tires||300||Shinko E700 (front and back, 13'384km)
|42150||19. Jun 2017||front fork/suspension leaking||25||'revision' in Luang Prabang, Laos
|46098||29. Aug 2017||service/oil change/fixed parking brake/air filter cleaned||120||Pattaya, Thailand. 4140thb
|46101||29. Aug 2017||chain & sprockets||170||Pattaya, Thailand. 6000thb
|46287||02. Sep 2017||new tires||217||Bangkok, Thailand. 7500thb
Mitas E-07 (front 11'881km, back 18'072km)
|47752||16. Sep 2017||front fork/suspension seals & new oil||100||at StreetBiker Phuket, Thailand. 2500thb
+ Honda seals 1000thb
|51670||26. Oct 2017||left fan replaced||650||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
sent from Switzerland!
|52565||14. Nov 2017||rear brake pads||22||Sumatra, Indonesia
|58168||02. Mar 2018||full Honda service|
oil & filters
bearings (wheel & steering)
parking brake pads
4 spark plugs
160aud (TKC 70)
|64400||06. Apr 2018||new rear tyre and front brake pads||380||Esperance, Autralia
|65813||18. Apr 2018||chain||142||Nullarbor, Australia
|66733||20. Apr 2018||sprockets|
rear break pads
labor 125 AUD
|77080||16. Jun 2018||minor service: Oil & filter changes||230||Cairns, Australia
|80414||7. Jul 2018||new tyres (front & back)|
new chain guard
500 aud (back 16kkm, front 22kkm)
|85646||31. Jun 2018||front fork/suspension seals & new oil||270||365 AUD
near Sydney, Australia
|86075||27. Aug 2018||DCT issue||210||Santiago, Chile
|89696||23. Oct 2018||broken back tyre, new Pirelli Scorpion Trail||350||El Chaltén, Argentina
|91200||30. Oct 2018||front forks (again!)||200||Ushuaia
|95320||15. Nov 2018||Honda Service||235||Oil & filters change, bike cleaned!
|95320||15. Nov 2018||Front tyre||210||TKC 70 (18kkm)
|97300||26. Nov 2018||Back tyre|
Back brake pads
|170||Tyre bought in Cordoba (16kkm)
Break pads bought in Thailand
|108250||23. Feb 2019||Big service||1300||Medellin, Colombia
|113154||07. Jun 2019||New back tyre||230||Heidenau K60 Scout
San Salvador, El Salvador
|113330||11. Jun 2019||New front tyre||130||Heidenau 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)