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    Africa Twin Shakes

    Just come back from a 3,500 mile jaunt in Europe on my new AT.

    Issues so far:

    Footpegs are crap.
    Screen directs wind blast directly onto my helmet at ear level.
    Accelerating in 5th or 6th from around 2,900 revs shakes the bike to pieces until 3,500 revs reached.
    Checking oil is a pain although no oil used so not really an issue.

    Anybody else's bike shake in 5th or 6th ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grez View Post
    Just come back from a 3,500 mile jaunt in Europe on my new AT.

    Issues so far:

    Footpegs are crap.
    Screen directs wind blast directly onto my helmet at ear level.
    Accelerating in 5th or 6th from around 2,900 revs shakes the bike to pieces until 3,500 revs reached.
    Checking oil is a pain although no oil used so not really an issue.

    Anybody else's bike shake in 5th or 6th ?
    All XRs
    Edited because I cannot type

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    Quote Originally Posted by grez View Post
    Just come back from a 3,500 mile jaunt in Europe on my new AT.

    Issues so far:
    ..........
    Accelerating in 5th or 6th from around 2,900 revs shakes the bike to pieces until 3,500 revs reached.
    ..........

    Anybody else's bike shake in 5th or 6th ?
    Don't change up so soon

    Andres
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    Not got mine yet but already know I'll likely need to swap screen and pegs...mine is to be a DCT so won't have those 3rd world problems of shakeyness at low revs but as above..use the gearbox more

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    Well there is that but cruising along in 6th I don't want to have to drop down 2 gears just to accelerate by 15 mph. 3000 revs is around 47 mph in 5th ( 53 mph in 6th) so it should pull from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymfb View Post
    All XRs
    Eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grez View Post
    Accelerating in 5th or 6th from around 2,900 revs shakes the bike to pieces until 3,500 revs reached.

    Anybody else's bike shake in 5th or 6th ?

    It's a twin!!

    If you want to pull away in 6th go and buy a K1600 !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outtomunch View Post
    Don't change up so soon

    Andres
    Yep it's a twin so ride it accordingly
    My At is one of the smoothest big twins i have rode

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    Yep it is a twin, my GS can manage it though, who would have thought a 17 year old 1150 GS would be smoother than a modern 1000 ? That's progress for you.

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    My 1100 was far smoother than my1200gs
    mainly because of the extra flywheel weight...but worst in almost all other respects
    The other thing is a shaft does not slap like a chain and that smooths it out at lower revs
    Just alter you riding style to suit the bike
    For a modern twin the AT is smooth and will happily pull from under 2.5k in the higher gears ...Just don't give it too much throttle until it clears 3.5k

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    Take it to Hilltop

    Seriously, made a massive difference to mine in terms of rolling on from lower revs.
    Life is short.
    And random.
    That's all you need to know...

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    I changed from the original to a Puig Touring Screen but I still cant drive with my visor up at speed as the wind is battering me half way up the helmet.Measuring the Givi screen on my BMW 1200GS which is great at speed its only about an inch lower from road level.

    The other issue I have is the brake lever seems a tad high compared to the foot peg so I have to live my foot to press the brake pedal
    Caution : May stop suddenly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi_archer View Post
    I changed from the original to a Puig Touring Screen but I still cant drive with my visor up at speed as the wind is battering me half way up the helmet.Measuring the Givi screen on my BMW 1200GS which is great at speed its only about an inch lower from road level.

    The other issue I have is the brake lever seems a tad high compared to the foot peg so I have to live my foot to press the brake pedal
    please tell me thats a joke................
    LBL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnet View Post
    Take it to Hilltop

    Seriously, made a massive difference to mine in terms of rolling on from lower revs.
    As above.....with a full Arrow system.
    Why so serious ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnet View Post
    Take it to Hilltop

    Seriously, made a massive difference to mine in terms of rolling on from lower revs.
    Or sell it and buy something decent

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    Mine's ok in 5th and 6th (DCT) however is jerky/lumpy in 1st or 2nd when riding below 20mph to such point that U-turn or parking manoeuvres look like ridden by newbie with L-plate

    Throttle freplay is OK but idle engine speed seems to be around 1400 so that might be a problem. But apparently there's no way to adjust the idle...

    I disconnected battery overnight and after connecting it run on idle until fans kicked in (that's apparently ECU reset procedure) and did DCT clutch reset procedure but to no avail.

    I already mentioned this problem to my dealer during 600 mile service but they said couldn't notice such thing.

    What's your idle speed? Does it run high when started cold at the beginning and then settle at idle?

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