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Old 10-09-2007, 04:13 AM   #46
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IT LIVES! Started my XLV this afternoon, the engine's been sitting on the workbench for 2 years, but after a bit of a crank it started up on one (oh no!) and then both (oh yes!) cylinders!


Beemer Boy: Nice, but 250,000 THB =~ 8,900 AUS =~ 8,000 USD which is well and truly over the odds for any eighties bike IMHO.

-----sharks

Damn straight...it might be shiney but there's dust on the fork boots!
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:13 AM   #47
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It took some time, but I started the progress on the restoration of the XLV 750R. The engine is now been completely rebuild, the only thing to make it 100% close to the original is sandpapering the outside rim of the cooling ribs. On the original they are not covered in paint, but it was cheaper to repaint the complete engine, and sandpaper the cooling ribs after by hand.
Enjoy the pics, the engine looks that good with new sealings… I would even put it on the living room table… Only if Karinda would allow me to do so…

We are getting close now!

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Old 10-09-2007, 04:14 AM   #48
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Next step has been taken... The 'Marriage' between the engine and the frame!
Remember the shape the engine was in:

And now....:








You can see the 'blue' coating from the Technoflex rear shock. As at the front suspension, the rear suspension was air- supported. But I considered pumping 2 Bar of air in to a 23 year old unit as not the wise thing to do...
To my surprise Technoflex still delivers a brand new rear shock unit - adjustable! - for the good old XLV 750R; so I did not have to think twice and ordered two; the one on these pics and the other one is already installed in the XLV 750R Limited.

With the original rear suspension the bike started to shimmy at 130 km/h max, with the technoflex unit I can easily top the Vmax of the bike - 160 / 170 km/h; ca. 100 miles/hr - and it remains stabile like a rock. It is just like any other Varadero! ;D

The only thing missing riding at those speeds is the fairing and a screen!
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:32 PM   #49
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Wow, Two Plugs, that's one tidy job. Kind of the anti-me, I just whacked it all together out of the best bits I could find, splashed a bit of kill-rust silver paint on the worst bits of the frame but otherwise left it alone!

How much were the Techoflex shocks? I put a Bitubo in mine, expensive but a great improvement!

Have you had any luck improving the forks? Considering RaceTech emulators, wondering if anyone has done it yet.

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Old 10-09-2007, 03:56 PM   #50
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Wow! Cool bikes and great work!

I think early XR's and CR's had Pro-Link stickers...have you tried checking for those?
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:05 PM   #51
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The question I need to ask the lot of you: I do need desperately two original PRO-LINK stickers for on the rear fork... They are not available any more... Can anyone of you help me out?
There's places which will make up custom stickers for you, well there are in Australia anyway. If you want I can get a good close-up photo and measurements of any stickers you want to get made up.

UPDATE: here 'tis.


Bigger:http://www.smugmug.com/photos/206420554-O.jpg

Progress:


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Old 10-10-2007, 01:09 AM   #52
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There's places which will make up custom stickers for you, well there are in Australia anyway. If you want I can get a good close-up photo and measurements of any stickers you want to get made up.

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Could you provide me with an URL / e-mail address of those companies? I tried here, but got only 'NO' for an anwser... Would appreciate it!

Btw... There is an original XLV for sale near London, UK:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160163959588#description
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:39 AM   #53
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I do need desperately two original PRO-LINK stickers for on the rear fork... They are not available any more... Can anyone of you help me out?
2plugs:
Götz has got them: Götz shop link.

Also, a guy on the german XL600 forum once scanned the stickers. I saved and hosted them for you:
File1:
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2...test3tokg5.jpg

File2:
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/7...test5heqv1.jpg

I'm sure there are copyshops/printshops somewhere in Holland who specialise in car graphics and can make you a set of those.

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:38 AM   #54
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Tnx guys for all the kind help... Since it will take a few more weeks (months I hope) before winter gets here, I will be riding and pick up the restoration project early December / January. I will visit the link and make some enquieries to get those stickers here as well...! I will keep you posted.
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Old 10-15-2007, 07:11 AM   #55
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Nice Job Two Plugs! Good to see someone preserving those interesting XLVs. Here's an old photo of mine (now sold) with a Kawasaki KLR650 fairing.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:52 AM   #56
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1st Love

When I started lurking on this thread, thinking about getting an "adventure bike," the XLV was what I fell in love with. The rareity in the states made it all that more enticing. I found 2 in HI, and one in CA for sale. Ultimately I decided to get something else and have been happy with that choice. But, given enough room, and th oportunity, I would still like one of these bike for shits and giggles. Great job on the resto!
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:01 AM   #57
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XLV750R Meeting in Switzerland

There is a large XLV750R International Meeting scheduled for August 2008 in central Europe (Switzerland) where the 25th anniversary of this Africa Twin / Transalp / Varadero predecessor will be celebrated. We participated to the 20th anniversary meeting a few years ago and although it was a long ride from the north, it was well worth visiting!

More info at www.xlv.ch
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:14 AM   #58
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This whole thread has me even more pissed at Honda...

jbrownmxr: Got any links to te ones you found?
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:55 PM   #59
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THis was several years ago. Basically spent a lot of time on the computer and found two in HI, and one in CA. There are a couple of Yanks here

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...guid=127863766
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:01 PM   #60
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That grazy old bike

Today we had a little ride out with our provincial departement of the Dutch Transalp- Africa Twin and Varadero club and altough the weather was kind of shitty, I decided to leave the mighlty Dero in the garage and took my 2nd XLV .

We made a 100 mls ride (167 km) in to Germany, to a famous place called the Bike Motel, where you can eat realy GIANT Schnitzels including feggies, french fried and potatoes for only € 7,50:



I'm the guy sitting at the end of the table with the gray fleece jacket.



The place to be:
http://www.biker-motel.de/web/index.php

And although the weather protection of the XLV750R is rather crap, my biceps have increased a full inch tnx to the return to the Netherlands with strong headwind on the German motorway I really LOVE this ancient Honda big trail bike!



Waiting for a traffic light in the middle of nowhere... Strange guys, those Germans...


Best mod I have done: replacing the original airsuspended rear shock unit for a Technoflex unit (as on the model which I am working on in the postings above).

Will make some pictures tommorow before I clean the bike. Its a beauty. Even when its dirty!

With special tnx to Marco and Hans for providing the pics!
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