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Old 09-16-2011, 11:10 PM   #10186
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Cheers Mate

You would be correct as I was told a German first bought the bike into the USA. I will look into the mod and see if it is simple enough for me to do. I wanted to make sure it was normal before I started digging around. Thank you.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:11 PM   #10187
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You would be correct as I was told a German first bought the bike into the USA. I will look into the mod and see if it is simple enough for me to do. I wanted to make sure it was normal before I started digging around. Thank you.
Just a few wires to solder. I'm happy to take a pic for you of my loom (it is currently off the bike).

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Old 09-17-2011, 01:35 AM   #10188
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German models have only one light on in low and both on in high. Both of my ATs had this behavior. It is a simple matter for bridging between the two lights to convert it back to both lights on in low.

I used the info in this thread to modify mine successfully:

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-...eadlights.html
Hi,

not quite right:
From 1988 to 1995 (RD03, RD04 and RD07) one light in low beam
from 1996 (RD07A) two lights in low beam.

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Old 09-17-2011, 04:44 AM   #10189
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Talking New Africa Twin

Hi all, been a lurker here for a while. I passed my Mod 1+2 tests on Wednesday and have now upgraded my bike!
Got a 1991 XRV750 RD04 Africa Twin. I'm 6'5 and wanted a big enduro type bike and this fitted the bill perfectly! Has a MIG exhaust which sounds lovely and only 27k on the clock.

I have been riding around on a Derbi Adventure 125 since June and now I'm going to be very sorry to see it go!

Going on my first rideout on Sunday which was organised by the training school (Ace Rider in Newton Abbot- Devon) which I can't wait for!

I need some tips for taking pillions before I rideout later in the year with one - Is it much different to riding solo?!?

Attached is a piccy of my new AT at Slapton Sands in Devon (where the D-day practice went wrong. Gorgeous place though!)
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:30 AM   #10190
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Hiya Grumbleweed.

Beautiful bike but some crashbars would be a worthy addition to keep it that way. AT tanks are getting a bit difficult to find.

Yes, pillion riding is very different. It's a partnership and like all good ones developed over time. There's much more weight transfer when accelerating and braking. You'll likely have a bruise in the middle of your back from the pillion's helmet.

The quick advice I give to anyone riding pillion is to be certain to look the the right of my helmet on rights and other-way-round on lefts. That at least makes certain they are leaning with you and not trying to sit straight when you're trying to turn. I'm sure the instructor will have other tips but that's the one they must remember.

Also ask for the technique for lifting the bike up from it's side. Being tall, you'll have less problems but the AT can be a heavy beast when full of fuel. There's a way to do this without spending 2 weeks flat on your back.

Let us know how things go.............can't quite picture you on a 125
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:34 AM   #10191
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AT in France

Was across the big pond a couple weeks ago and came upon this AT at one highway rest stop in France. The very friendly German (I think) couple who owned the bike noticed me taking pics of the bike and came over to talk about bikes. I told them about the site so hopefully they will eventually find their way to the forum. Very nice AT indeed.



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Old 09-17-2011, 09:27 AM   #10192
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Hi,

not quite right:
From 1988 to 1995 (RD03, RD04 and RD07) one light in low beam
from 1996 (RD07A) two lights in low beam.

Martin
Don't mean to argue, but my German RD07a had one light on low as the factory standard. Research over at xrv.uk.org confirmed this.

I don't think it was a model thing, but rather a destination country issue. That's why BMWs have two lights but only one on in low.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:39 AM   #10193
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Hiya Grumbleweed.


Let us know how things go.............can't quite picture you on a 125
The 125 was a challenge on the hills! Great little bike though!!

My list of things to get are - Crashbars, panniers, some new tyres as these are near the end of their life and i would like a centre stand, though i cant find one to fit the '91.

Looking to take it to France next year on a tour. Be nice to get over for the D-day celebrations in June!! Normandy is real nice that time of year.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:59 PM   #10194
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Don't mean to argue, but my German RD07a had one light on low as the factory standard. Research over at xrv.uk.org confirmed this.

I don't think it was a model thing, but rather a destination country issue. That's why BMWs have two lights but only one on in low.
Martin is right, the two lights came with the RD07A in 1996. IF you have really an A, then check the bulb.

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Old 09-17-2011, 02:04 PM   #10195
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Ok guys under the seat is this little bracket that is held in place by a rubber securing strap. Has to have a purpose any one got the answer?

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Old 09-17-2011, 03:04 PM   #10196
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It's a prop stand for your fuel tank when you lift it up those first few inches...it then makes it easier to disconnect the fuel hose from the pet cock. What did I win?


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Ok guys under the seat is this little bracket that is held in place by a rubber securing strap. Has to have a purpose any one got the answer?

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Old 09-17-2011, 03:07 PM   #10197
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Excellent

Good work. You have won dinner on me if you are ever in Phoenix, AZ.

I have to assume all AT's cam e with this little addition. They think of everything
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:47 PM   #10198
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Good work. You have won dinner on me if you are ever in Phoenix, AZ.

I have to assume all AT's cam e with this little addition. They think of everything
I suppose one more Canadian snowbird invading your town every winter won't hurt eh? Sure...if I'm ever down that way. Always wanted to do the Baja and their are alot of Calgarians that launch from there when heading south of the border.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:45 AM   #10199
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Had a few issues with tyres today! Found that my pressures were down loads - prob where the bike was stood for a while. The back one is almost toast and i want to change the pair over!

I am looking at the Mitas range -E07 or 08. They dont make the e10 in the rear size though!

Anyone had these on their AT??

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Old 09-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #10200
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Yes. I used both many times.
Take E07. You will get the most millage out.

One of the best allround tires i know
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