What did you do to your bike today??

Discussion in 'Africa Twin General Discussions' started by Corki, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Graves

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    Silky controls are a must in my opinion, I regularly clean and lube perch pivots, brake and shiftier pivots, throttle tube, cables... I even lube the front brake master piston contact and inject hydraulic assembly lube into the piston dust boot to keep the piston sliding smooth in the bore.

    As for the disc bobbins, I've never heard of servicing them, what exactly do you do to them?

     
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    I have not heard them called “bobbins” before, rather “buttons.”

    I really never knew much about cleaning them other than to spray some cleaner on them, but this video is pretty cool.



    Here is another from the UK where he automates it a bit more and calls them “bobbins” so hey. Cool stuff and good to know :)




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    They are designed to allow the discs to float and seat better on the pads. The bobbins, or buttons should rotate and allow the disc to move from side-to-side. They cease up in no time, particularly if you ride in dirt etc.

    Your rear is a fixed rotor btw.
     
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    I appreciate you posting that. Until you mentioned it, I had never given any thought to more than just spraying them and giving them a wipe. Never thought about the techniques in the videos. Good stuff!


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    Don't clean with WD40 btw.
     
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    No. I know that has mineral oil. I used some Motorex Power Brake Clean spray that I picked up at discount at one of the KTM Rallies.


    Edit: but I simply sprayed the rotors and wiped them down. Never knew you could actually rotate the buttons/bobbins like that

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    My Africa Twin has been retired.
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    Hi Corky, what type of tire have you mounted on your rear? I am looking for a good 60/40 tire and yours looks like one.


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    Boy that back rim is pretty. Mine is bent and all scratched up from rocks. Go ride that thing in the dirt.

     
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    Actually it looks like I did a pretty lousy job of cleaning it. I had to after it got sprayed all over with de-icer by one of the C-DOT trucks the other day. Twice a year whether it needs it or not :)
     
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    DFEAAA17-80EC-4CA5-B87F-23B2CE1B65FF.jpeg 7175D529-D6F1-4661-B2BA-B3F2ABA1B40D.jpeg 50DDCEEC-5742-4EA5-8C72-EEA598189AFF.jpeg EE74ECF3-9A68-4F8B-93CA-F4C59CAC4D6B.jpeg Spent today fitting a paint protection kit. Patience is the word of the day.
     
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    ^Same here. I want everything yesterday. Fortunately here in Thailand, a full wrap is peanuts so best someone else do it.
     
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    I wish that was the case here, but I may have to get a couple of quotes.


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    Fixed a SW Motec crash bar to my new AT. It gives her great protection while keeping her a slim line!

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    Removed the crash bars, plastics and tank.....What a PITA. Had to do some wiring. I hate electrical. I hate plastics. I hate removing the tank......WTH am I doing???

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    Good on ya for trying it. I am still not comfortable with removing the tank. One of these days I really should try.


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    I enjoy working on my bikes. I've pulled enough apart that I'm always willing to do it but on Japanese bikes I never look forward to it. The plastics are always a pain and with the AT they took it to another level. It's not all that difficult, just very annoying. The Brits would say it's fiddly.

    Then they even made it more difficult to pull the tank by putting a plastic tray over the top of the back end.....That's just stupid.

    I would bet most design engineers have never worked on cars or bikes.

    Side note....I love working on my Triumph Scrambler. No plastics....

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    Installed a Camel ADV screen brace.

    Very nice product and really helps support the GPS.

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    Nearly crash it video to follow

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