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Old 17 Mar 2007
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p reg africa twin

my local dealer has a p reg 1996/1997 africa twin with 32 thousand miles on the clock taxed and mot,d £2400.00 it look,s in pretty decent condition . is there anything in particular i need to look out for on this model ? apart from the obvious , or is worth me going for a later 2000 onwards model ?
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Forget problems!!!

I have a '95 Africa with 64000 kms on the clock. I don't think that there is something to worry about. There aren't problems at Africas!!! Of course, you should do the standard check as needed at every motorcycle.

Good luck,
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Originally Posted by mr moto View Post
my local dealer has a p reg 1996/1997 africa twin with 32 thousand miles on the clock taxed and mot,d £2400.00 it look,s in pretty decent condition . is there anything in particular i need to look out for on this model ? apart from the obvious , or is worth me going for a later 2000 onwards model ?
Check the gearbox output shaft for wear. Thats the one the front sprocket goes onto. It's only two little bolts to get the cover off, plus the gear shift lever. Otherwise it's a great great bike. Good luck!!

And dont worry about the seat - your arse will adapt in time.

I've got 2 AT's. One at 100,000 mls -the other at 50000. Great bikes.

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Talking fuelpump, forksprings and seat.

As far as I am concerned the AT is an absolute wonder of mecanical enginering. It has only three flaws that I can think of:

1- The fuelpump is crap. It breaks down every 50.000 km. Luckilly it is easy replaced by a better one.

2- The front fork springs are oldfashioned non progresive and weak. But again, they are easy replaced.

3- The seat. It's a torture-machine, and unfortuntly not that easy to replace. But there are way's to improve it.

Mine has now done 190.000 km, mostly on horible roads, and still in perfect shape.

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i had a 91 model rd-04 and done 112,000m on it. the only prob i had was the rectifier blew at about 100k,even the fuel pump was original! (rare). the only other prob i had was someone stole it in october last year . searched for a new one but with no joy.Came across one on e-bay,2002 model with 4000 miles on clock,full service history and one owner. paid £3000 for it and am happy as un cochon dans la merde .
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As above the fule pump especially. The older RD04's can have problems with the wheels too.
If UK based check out
Honda Trail Bike Forums - lot's of info on fuel pumps, fork springs, and seats - everything AT.
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