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Old 07-18-2009, 06:51 AM   #121
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I just bought one of these - pick it up tomorrow. Have wanted one for ages and took a chance on this one that's been stood in a garage for four years, but owned by the same guy for 12. Will post pics as soon as.
Congrats with the bike! Keep it in good condition... it is a rare classic!
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:22 PM   #122
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Look What Popped Up

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=238042270

This was listed today on trademe - New Zealand's version of e-bay (but its betterin fact).

After reading this thread I'm very tempted to have a bid.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:06 AM   #123
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I sold mine 5 years ago for $2,500 - and it was 10 times better than that one,with heaps of spares including a complete engine.There is another one in the Waikato,but it's a real heap....I hear there is one in Orini,this could be it.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:40 PM   #124
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Finally got around to taking a few snaps...







It's not perfect - the exhaust link-pipes need painting correct black, the cans are non-standard and the grips are annoying - but it's not bad for what I paid for it.

I'm a wee bit concerned about the tappets, though. They're definitely noisy, and I understand their 'automaticness' can disappear over time. Two questions:

01. Can they be adjusted?
02. Am I going to destroy the motor by riding the bike in the mean time?

I've hardly ridden it since bring it home in July - only a few miles. Any advice on the tappets thing would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:09 PM   #125
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It's been so long since there has been activity in this thread.

Loose tappets IMO are better than tight tappets. Tight tappets mean burnt valves. Unless they are really really noisey i would leave emBe.

Love these bikes. Great pics.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:38 AM   #126
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Thanks, Hodgo.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:22 AM   #127
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Great pics, Kraftwerk, thnx for sharing. Is the engine repainted? Noticed that the rims of the cooling ribs are red and HONDA is read as well...

Minor details (same here... easier), you did a great job! I've repainted the exhaust in black. The paintjob was done by an Harley-specialist who developed a heat-resistant black paint.

I still have to mount the whole lot together though...

Got my black/red limited now on full synthetic oil (Castrol). OK, its more expensive, but hey, the XLV750R is worth it! I was surprised by how much full synthetic oil has an positive influence to f.e. gear change.
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:14 AM   #128
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Great pics, Kraftwerk, thnx for sharing. Is the engine repainted? Noticed that the rims of the cooling ribs are red and HONDA is read as well...

Minor details (same here... easier), you did a great job! I've repainted the exhaust in black. The paintjob was done by an Harley-specialist who developed a heat-resistant black paint.

I still have to mount the whole lot together though...

Got my black/red limited now on full synthetic oil (Castrol). OK, its more expensive, but hey, the XLV750R is worth it! I was surprised by how much full synthetic oil has an positive influence to f.e. gear change.
Hi Two Plugs, yes the engine's been touched up by a previous owner, I guess. Over time I'll get it back to OE spec. No hurry. Thanks for the synth tip.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:45 AM   #129
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I'm a wee bit concerned about the tappets, though. They're definitely noisy, and I understand their 'automaticness' can disappear over time. Two questions:

01. Can they be adjusted?
02. Am I going to destroy the motor by riding the bike in the mean time?

I've hardly ridden it since bring it home in July - only a few miles. Any advice on the tappets thing would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Kraftwerk, Really nice bike. Welcome to XLV ownership!!

The Hydraulic tappets are one of the parts that are still available. I bought mine from Dave Silver spares, they're 18.50 per tappet. But are you sure it's the tappets you can hear and not the cam chain? The chain tensioner is the thing that sticks. If it is the tappets making the racket then there's some chance the cams are worn too. I have two engines (one working and one spare) and all the cams have surface pitting.

As I'm sure you know, the biggest problem with this bike is the gearbox. It can go wrong catastrophically and pretty much make the bike uneconomical to repair. It is the reason that not many XLV's are about anymore. If you have any problems selecting gears STOP IMMEDIATELY! you might just save a couple of cogs and the shafts.

Luckily, I did some work with Nova Gearboxes last year. They built and blueprinted my gearbox making every new part including the selector forks. The only parts they didn't make were the shafts. These are still available from Dave Silver. So now you can order any gearbox part you need from Nova. Hopefully you won't need them.

Sharky's site has some good info on it

http://moto.zoic.org/xlv/

If you need any engine parts PM me.



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Old 10-27-2009, 10:08 AM   #130
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As I'm sure you know, the biggest problem with this bike is the gearbox. It can go wrong catastrophically and pretty much make the bike uneconomical to repair.
That`s what happened to my XLV750R a couple of years ago.

Wouldn`t change down from top until stopped.....then locked up completely changing from 2nd to 3rd.

One trashed gearbox and most bits unobtainable...sold the bike as a project.


Shame I didn`t get to know about Nova until now.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:20 PM   #131
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Hi Kraftwerk, Really nice bike. Welcome to XLV ownership!!

The Hydraulic tappets are one of the parts that are still available. I bought mine from Dave Silver spares, they're 18.50 per tappet. But are you sure it's the tappets you can hear and not the cam chain? The chain tensioner is the thing that sticks. If it is the tappets making the racket then there's some chance the cams are worn too. I have two engines (one working and one spare) and all the cams have surface pitting.

As I'm sure you know, the biggest problem with this bike is the gearbox. It can go wrong catastrophically and pretty much make the bike uneconomical to repair. It is the reason that not many XLV's are about anymore. If you have any problems selecting gears STOP IMMEDIATELY! you might just save a couple of cogs and the shafts.

Luckily, I did some work with Nova Gearboxes last year. They built and blueprinted my gearbox making every new part including the selector forks. The only parts they didn't make were the shafts. These are still available from Dave Silver. So now you can order any gearbox part you need from Nova. Hopefully you won't need them.

Sharky's site has some good info on it

http://moto.zoic.org/xlv/

If you need any engine parts PM me.



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Thanks for the info and advice, Ped. I'm no expert, but took the bike to a handy friend, whereupon he had a listen and said 'tappets.' Handy to know they're available from D Silver. Are they replaceable with the engine in-situ, or is it a motor-out job?

I'd heard about gearbox issues, but have had none on mine thus far - but, having said that, I've ridden it very little. 220 miles to get it home and maybe another 20 on top since then (July).
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:47 AM   #132
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One other minor annoyance is the grey (gray) grips. I'd like to swap these for black. Will Africa Twin (or any other) grips fit?
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. Will Africa Twin (or any other) grips fit?

Of course they will.

Your bars are the standard 22mm or 7/8" fitted to all non 1" equipped custom bikes.

Don`t ferchrissakes order AT or any other Honda OEM grips...
Just get Universal accessory ones or go to a dirtbike shop for MX or Enduro ones.
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:52 PM   #134
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Of course they will.

Your bars are the standard 22mm or 7/8" fitted to all non 1" equipped custom bikes.

Don`t ferchrissakes order AT or any other Honda OEM grips...
Just get Universal accessory ones or go to a dirtbike shop for MX or Enduro ones.
I don't remember the last time I had to replace grips on any bike, hence my dunderheadedness on the subject.

Your advice is noted, Tarka - thanks. If you could nip to London and have a go at sorting out the clacking noise for me, I'd be terribly grateful.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:17 PM   #135
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As I'm sure you know, the biggest problem with this bike is the gearbox. It can go wrong catastrophically and pretty much make the bike uneconomical to repair.
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Hi Ped,

Thnx for the info's regarding gearbox restoration, I think it is very valuable information!

But... regarding the quote... I disagree. The XLV750R has become 'cult', thnx to the fact the bike has become rare and there fore a classic. Prices here in Europe have increased - even for totally worn down pieces -. I've bought my last two XLV's (the MK1 HRC edit, with the red engine) for under € 800,-; but for my MK2 limited (with black engine) which is in pristine condition I've paid near to € 2.250,- back in December 2001! (Btw... the bike was valuated on € 4.500,00 so I consider that one as a bargain... )

The gearbox was a real source for delivering the owner a good headache. But nowadays we can benefit from new, modern oil.

Recently I changed from half- synthetic Motul 10W40 to a full synthetic CASTROL oil which does make a difference. The bike (its my MK2) has now 41.000 km on the ODO and it still feels solid as a rock.

My MK1 (see elsewhere in this topic) which I am (still) working on looks good. For the repaint of the engine it was taken apart, and the internal organs of the gearbox look good...
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