The Africa twin receives quite a lot of criticism for its suspension, especially from the heavier riders and people who regularly travel with a pillion or luggage. Hyperpro offer a spring upgrade for the Honda saying “The Hyperpro spring kits gives a much better ride by eliminating the excess sag from the standard set-up. This gives the bike a more balanced ride and more ground clearance. It is also more controllable under heavy braking, and better suited for two-up riding and/or luggage systems. This preferred spring kit raises the bike's ride height by 20mm and there is also a lowering spring kit available designed to lower the bike by 25mm compared to the original height. On top of this there is also a range of bespoke rear shock absorbers available to suit every rider and style.”
Being 6’4 and regularly travelling with a Pillion I was interested in the spring kit which raises the bike 20mm. When two up or with full luggage I was running the bike at the maximum adjustment available on the stock shock, and I was still finding the bike under sprung, especially on the bumpy roads in the Alps or here in Scotland.
The kit comes with the rear spring, two fork springs, fork oil and generic fitting instructions along with specific settings for the CRF1000. The springs are slightly longer than the stock items, but only my 5mm or so. Fitting the kit is relatively straight forwards but you will need access to a spring compressor for the rear shock, I didn’t have one so I removed the rear shock myself and the friendly staff at Motorrad Central swapped the springs over. Fitting the front springs is a bit more involving. If you haven’t done a similar job before I would recommend either getting a reliable mechanic to fit them for you or get someone who has to help you. Having a second pair of hands will make the job much easier.
For £230 for the rear spring and fork spring kit I can honestly say that the Hyperpro Spring kit is the best value for money upgrade you can make to your Africa Twin. Bring on the Alps!