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Old 07-11-2013, 04:44 AM   #12526
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Mika,i don't believe that is an Africa Twin!

Unless you sent more pictures of it,in the day perhaps,more angles.....then I will believe you..

LOL !

go => it's a RD04 ;)

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:02 AM   #12527
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LOL !

go => it's a RD04 ;)


It's using Transalp tank and sidepanels....so it's cheating.....

Nice job anyways...

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:06 AM   #12528
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If this is all the press has, then I reinforce: we shouldn't hold our breath...

Exactly...in point no3 the journalist ask him : "Is there going to be an Africa Twin successor?"
He replies: "Yes. Dakar Rally is going to be the inspiration to develop a new model to attract customers.I can not give many clues, among other reasons, because the Project is not finished yet."

At the top right of the page it is written: " we are working in the Africa Twin successor"...

Many other times we have heard rumours about the new Africa, but this time the sources are very qualified...I think they may be working on the new Africa Twin, although perhaps the project stalls or is delayed for Honda's internal reasons...

I totally agree with you, that Africa Twin potential customers are few(a real dual purpose bike, with offroad attitude and capacity) , comparing to scooters, or other types...

Anyway it is fun to talk about this, isn't it?

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:18 AM   #12529
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Connecting voltmeter

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Here is mine:

Hi, could you please tell me where (to what) you connected that voltmeter?
Thanks and cheers
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:47 AM   #12530
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in point no3 the journalist ask him : "Is there going to be an Africa Twin successor?"
He replies: "Yes. Dakar Rally is going to be the inspiration to develop a new model to attract customers.I can not give many clues, among other reasons, because the Project is not finished yet."
For those that don't follow the Dakar all that closely, it's important to remember that the days of the large displacement Dakar racers is gone.

Mr. Yamazaki was observing the performance and development of a 450cc single cylinder bike at the time of the interview.

Now, re-read his statement above.

I think it's a very very large stretch to assume that any "Dakar Replica" that Honda develops for the public (IF this even happens at all) will be based on a V-twin design and use the old 750 AT as it's inspiration.

You may be looking at the development of a modern mid-sized single based on the Honda MX line.

That would be fine with me, personally. But is a far cry from the ATs we all love.

Time will tell

As a side comment, does anyone else here find it a bit humorous that a guy with a name that is the combination of two of Hondas fiercest competitors is developing their new bikes

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:56 AM   #12531
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As a side comment, does anyone else here find it a bit humorous that a guy with a name that is the combination of two of Honda fiercest competitors is developing their new bikes
Hawk-eyed Ladder, very well spotted
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #12532
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Hi, could you please tell me where (to what) you connected that voltmeter?
Thanks and cheers
All perfect works great and this is how it looks:




Take a look here:

http://www.kosonorthamerica.com/koso...-volt-meter-4/

Paid 15 US$ here in Taiwan.....
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:21 PM   #12533
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For those that don't follow the Dakar all that closely, it's important to remember that the days of the large displacement Dakar racers is gone.

Mr. Yamazaki was observing the performance and development of a 450cc single cylinder bike at the time of the interview.

Now, re-read his statement above.

I think it's a very very large stretch to assume that any "Dakar Replica" that Honda develops for the public (IF this even happens at all) will be based on a V-twin design and use the old 750 AT as it's inspiration.

You may be looking at the development of a modern mid-sized single based on the Honda MX line.

That would be fine with me, personally. But is a far cry from the ATs we all love.

Time will tell

As a side comment, does anyone else here find it a bit humorous that a guy with a name that is the combination of two of Hondas fiercest competitors is developing their new bikes
All the time Mr. KawaYama is talking about the new Africa Twin, not referring to a rallye bike (besides, I agree that they will make a 450 "rallyable"...)

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Old 07-12-2013, 07:52 AM   #12534
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All the time Mr. KawaYama is talking about the new Africa Twin, not referring to a rallye bike
I see no factual evidence for this other than the title of the article. That title was invented by the journalist that wrote the article.

The name "Africa Twin" is never used by Mr. Yamazuki.

You will also note that the photo has been cropped so as NOT to include the 450 Rallye bike standing next to him. Was that done to fit the photo to the page or was it done so the photo would not degrade the "evidence" of the Africa Twin since that is the overall direction of this article?

Believe me, If Honda were able to build a true sucessor to the Africe Twin, I'd be lined up to buy one. I just don't think this brief interview is any evidence of such an project.

Interestingly enough, Suzuki IS trying to tie into old Dakar roots.

The new Suzuki advertisement campaign is directly linking the V-Strom line and their new 1200cc "Dual Sport" concept bike to the lineage of the DR750 and DR800 (Dr. Big) Rally bikes ridden by Gaston Rahier and others in the late 80s and early90s.

They have even published a kind of family tree time-line to link the two bikes together.

http://www.suzuki-vstrom.com/history/index.html

It's interesting what the add-men will do to sell a product. I own both a Dr750 and a Dr800 and, believe me, there is absolutely NO direct correlation between these bikes (that are quite off-road capable) and the V-Stroms. I cant even consider some new-concept 1200 cc overweight machine loaded with electronics and running on street tires as being even a very distant cousin.

But the add-men have printed it.....so it must be true


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Old 07-13-2013, 12:02 AM   #12535
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hey there guys!

I recently bought a 650 1989 with only 100.230 km on the clock

I am quiet happy but I have to search a bit to improve my suspension front and back. Any suggestions you might have?
Congratulations!
If you dont want too spend too much money do what I have done and fit Ricor intiminators to the front end and just get the original shock refurbished.
The RD03's Showa shock is a decent and long lasting piece of kit and rebuilding it (NZ $400 for me) will be like night and day for you.
Intiminators take all the brake dive out of it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #12536
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Congratulations!
If you dont want too spend too much money do what I have done and fit Ricor intiminators to the front end and just get the original shock refurbished.
The RD03's Showa shock is a decent and long lasting piece of kit and rebuilding it (NZ $400 for me) will be like night and day for you.
Intiminators take all the brake dive out of it.
I'm interested in this question too, my RD03 is due for a front/rear suspension upgrade/replacement.

What exactly is involved in a rear shock rebuild?
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #12537
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It's interesting what the add-men will do to sell a product. I own both a Dr750 and a Dr800 and, believe me, there is absolutely NO direct correlation between these bikes (that are quite off-road capable) and the V-Stroms. I cant even consider some new-concept 1200 cc overweight machine loaded with electronics and running on street tires as being even a very distant cousin.

Liked!!!

I like to add...80% who now is a new breed of adv-rider in my country,owns a GSA12,S10 another other latest overweight meaneast looking buffalos,skips a true meaning offroad riding on a thumper.Just becoz its the latest trend,and everyone has it,everyone does it,so just follow suit.

So,no one really cares about the real deal of the drbig,xrv,etc.
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #12538
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Congratulations!
If you dont want too spend too much money do what I have done and fit Ricor intiminators to the front end and just get the original shock refurbished.
The RD03's Showa shock is a decent and long lasting piece of kit and rebuilding it (NZ $400 for me) will be like night and day for you.
Intiminators take all the brake dive out of it.
+1, done that, works great

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Old 07-13-2013, 01:57 PM   #12539
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I'm interested in this question too, my RD03 is due for a front/rear suspension upgrade/replacement.

What exactly is involved in a rear shock rebuild?
Any competetant motorcycle suspension specialist should be able to deal with it, its no big deal for them to rebuild back to original specs.
The guys that did mine also tested the spring and it was all good, not bad after 120,000 km of punishment.
What I also like about refurbishing is that the bike stays original but rides like a new one
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #12540
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Will be leaving in 1 week for WBDR but battery just started going out.

Any recommendation on battery for RD07 out there? Available in US that is

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