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Old 09-04-2012, 03:43 PM   #11551
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Rd07 or 04?
I believe it's an RD07.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:30 PM   #11552
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Best year produced

My cousin in France is going to help me locate a 750 AT which I may either ship here to US or just keep there. What is the best year(s) I should look for?

Thanks in advance for any input
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:10 AM   #11553
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The best are the last.
The Rd07A 750 is the best. Years of development correct all the weak points of the bike. But all the At are good bikes with some little work to do. The last one is the best.

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Old 09-05-2012, 09:25 AM   #11554
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Many people agree that the earlier RD04 and even the RD03 were made with a higher standard of quality (I've been told this by people owning both).

The good news is that there are no bad years for the Africa Twin. You will likely have the most luck finding an RD07 or an RD07a as there are far more of those than the RD04 or the RD03.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:01 PM   #11555
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I mean, the first one rd 03 and also rd 04 and rd 07 had some minor problems you can handle easily. The last one was better.
But these are not structural problem, as frame quality ( materials ) the best is the first one, the 650, but it had some electrical minor trouble. The last one has less and also is less expensive thinking about gasoline price.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:28 AM   #11556
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I mean, the first one rd 03 and also rd 04 and rd 07 had some minor problems you can handle easily. The last one was better.
But these are not structural problem, as frame quality ( materials ) the best is the first one, the 650, but it had some electrical minor trouble. The last one has less and also is less expensive thinking about gasoline price.
Hello.
I have had all those twins, 9 of them in all, and still drive a 93 mod, RD07 that looks like new (182000 kms)
Having those bikes since 1989 i would say that, the 650 is best in build quality, better for offroad use, smoother engine. Disadvatages according to newer models is the design of the tank, if you have long legs, and maybe the wind protection. The one disc at the front is also a minus, and the location of the CDI`s. Other than that, the qauality is far better than the RD07A.
The latest -RD07A serjes are aktually, made at Montessa in spain, since 1996, and not in Japan. Build quality in this series is much - much less than the 650 (by HRC) or even all 750`s. Have a look at the thin screen, thinner plastics, the seatcover, clutchwire, the rims (compared to the anodized ones) the failurs with the pump, the exhaust quality, the paint etc. compared to RD07. ONLY advantages of the RD07A is better fueleconomy , sligtly better seat and slightly better windpretection than the RD07.
To me the RD03 is a legend. The RD04, a very good bike, especially the 1992 mod with tripmaster, and the RD07 is the balance between all models, The RD07A, well unfortunatly it is the black sheep of the XRV legacy.
After 500 000 + klm`s with those 9 twins trust me... i know what iam talking about...

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #11557
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According to Honda - my RD07A was built at the Hamamatsu factory in Japan



I agree that the RD03 had the highest build quality - the way I explain it is:
  • RD03 - designed & built by mechanics
  • RD04 - designed & built by mechanics with advice from accountants
  • RD07 - designed by accountants & built by mechanics
  • RD07A - designed & built by accountants

That said - I still think the RD07A is the best all round Africa Twin (well I think mine is anyway )

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:36 AM   #11558
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Wow...great info here guys.....all the answers I was looking for. Thank you very much.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #11559
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According to Honda - my RD07A was built at the Hamamatsu factory in Japan



I agree that the RD03 had the highest build quality - the way I explain it is:
  • RD03 - designed & built by mechanics
  • RD04 - designed & built by mechanics with advice from accountants
  • RD07 - designed by accountants & built by mechanics
  • RD07A - designed & built by accountants

That said - I still think the RD07A is the best all round Africa Twin (well I think mine is anyway )

well written about accountans and mechanics... respect for that great build RD07A, inspirational!!!
Bud if the RD07A is the best, why did you change all the parts on the bike?
Anyways - all twins are great bikes, but ones you compare - as an example the clutch cable from the RD03 with this from the Rd07A, you will feel the influence of the acountants (or wherever the word is)

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:45 PM   #11560
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The latest -RD07A serjes are aktually, made at Montessa in spain, since 1996, and not in Japan.
Is it possible someone is mixing up the "M" in the VIN with Montessa, Spain? "M" is indeed for Hammamatsu after all.

FAT (Freunde der Africa Twin e.V.), Germany lists the entire Africa Twin VIN Number Series in it's Knowledge base.

All (post 1996) 17 digit VIN start with "JH2" and feature an "M" as plant I.D. digit.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:11 AM   #11561
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Is it possible someone is mixing up the "M" in the VIN with Montessa, Spain? "M" is indeed for Hammamatsu after all.

FAT (Freunde der Africa Twin e.V.), Germany lists the entire Africa Twin VIN Number Series in it's Knowledge base.

All (post 1996) 17 digit VIN start with "JH2" and feature an "M" as plant I.D. digit.
Jonathan is correct is his depiction of the AT VIN #...
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:00 PM   #11562
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Is it possible someone is mixing up the "M" in the VIN with Montessa, Spain? "M" is indeed for Hammamatsu after all.

FAT (Freunde der Africa Twin e.V.), Germany lists the entire Africa Twin VIN Number Series in it's Knowledge base.

All (post 1996) 17 digit VIN start with "JH2" and feature an "M" as plant I.D. digit.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:52 PM   #11563
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I started working on my RD04 yesterday... At least I tried. Could't get the front wheel off, because my paddockstand can't lift the front fork high enough to get the wheel off the ground (it lifts at the triple clamp).
Couldn't get the fairing off because half of the nuts won't come off, and because the crash bars are in the way...
This is going to be a pain in the ass
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:06 AM   #11564
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:33 AM   #11565
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I started working on my RD04 yesterday... At least I tried. Could't get the front wheel off, because my paddockstand can't lift the front fork high enough to get the wheel off the ground (it lifts at the triple clamp).
Couldn't get the fairing off because half of the nuts won't come off, and because the crash bars are in the way...
This is going to be a pain in the ass
Take your time....
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