The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by iswoolley, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Mario Shi

    Mario Shi Been here awhile

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    .... They're all cool and so are we.

    A wise man once said, "can't we all just get along?". Then again, I shouldn't be one to talk.... :rofl
  2. Andy G

    Andy G 2wheeled alpinist

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    With the rear tanks it gets difficult to mount pannier and boxes. With fully loaded boxes the rear frame already starts feeling rather week. Then add the weight of the fuel...

    The bikes (TA and AT) jump / fly / land really nice, even with full tanks, and, when you know how to do it, also with bigger tanks. But me personally, I would not go for more than 45l in a front tank.

    Cheers, Andy
  3. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Neither I... :lol3

  4. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    It's all based on the kind of riding you do and your preferences. On Rallies, you dont carry panniers and you do jump a lot. On touring, you do carry panniers or a nicely constructed rack, like Luner's. But I do like Luner's approach, it seems practical, and it may accomodate the side tanks.

    But maybe, a bigger tank will give you some security, being in the middle of nowhere without fuel is no joke, but trying to lift a fully loaded bike is another thing...

    But believe me, this is all about experiences, opinions and preferences and being different doesnt make you wiser, better or greater...just different. We may disagree, but that doesnt mean we wont get along! Tell me! I've been married for 22 years!:eek1

    This is whats all about! At the end, we all ride, no matter if it is a real scooter or a wannabe!:clap


  5. Andy G

    Andy G 2wheeled alpinist

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    Sorry, I didn't want to offend anybody. I thought I was just offering my experience of 50.000km with this setup as I had the benefit of the expierences of everybody here.

    Cheers, Andy
  6. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    Hey Pete! :wave

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  7. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Ya know....I never understand these comments. You start by saying you don't wanna piss on his parade....then you do just THAT??

    Maybe a warning would be kinder like: Get ready 'cause I'm about to piss on your parade.........(followed by the insulting part)

    So....here goes.....(yeah, this is the warning bit)

    I'm gonna tell you what I think of the above comment:

    Carlos has put a lot of time, effort and money into building a AT replica (so have I). Obviously, if ATs were more redily available we'd have one of those but in many instances the "wanna-be" model is all that can happen. It may even be an improvement on the standard AT depending on your riding and point of view.

    If you want only "true" AT riders with matching serial numbers posting here, I'm sure we can restrict our comments to the Transalp thread......because......I wouldn't want to piss on your parade.
  8. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    There is no offence, so no need to apologize. And your opinion is always welcomed!


  9. Papa Pete

    Papa Pete RIDES RED

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    I have stated in past posts that a Honda by any other name is still a Honda
    When I first asked if AT riders wanted to meet up I didn't say if your riding a trans-twin Africa-alp stay home. I just don't think a person riding a 600cc
    bike can fairly state the larger tanks are going to cause problems on a 750 .

    Maybe it's winter and I'm having cabin fever creeping in on me. The statement was never meant to throw the wanabe card as a f^#k you play.

    Sorry for that. I have a little project in my garage that take will some left over transalp parts, a 250 vtr, and a xr200 to build what I hope to be a baby transalp. I havn't thought about a name for this baby beast, but transtarx comes to mind. :huh
  10. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    :uhoh
  11. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Thats what had me confused. Thanks for clearing it up.

    Maybe "Transknoll" would be an appropriate name for the lil' guy.
  12. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Great! A happy family again.

    How about XRV250 Lil Twin?
  13. Papa Pete

    Papa Pete RIDES RED

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    Well I must admit sitting in my house waiting for the deep freeze to pass over my neck of the woods I was thinking that island guy Carlos is out riding as I type this. I was waiting to spring my xrvtr250 thing of mathing
    for summer when I could start to really get the thing started.
    The project was thought of from the creative stuff that I saw in the tranalp mod thread.

    And as always Jim, YOU ROCK!
  14. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    hello,

    we have prepared Polish Africa Twin Calendar,

    If someone is interested I can send pdf file and you can print it yourself, please drop me a PM with e-mail...
    I will study possibility to send some calendars to US. Don't ask me for price now please... I know price in Poland but shipping cost are crazy.


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  15. Twiniver

    Twiniver Adventurer

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    Hey Sambor1965, thats some really nice calender, well done!!!!!

    I have a question for you all, it was posted in the Danish, Honda All-road klub, called Hark i happen to be member there, but dont know the answer! Maybe you all can help with hte answer!

    Is it posible to take parts from an AT modelyear 98-2001 and put on a 1993 yearmodel? And we are talking motor and gearbox components as well as surrounding parts!!!

    Thnaks for the help, Iver.
  16. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Sure, engine and gearbox are the same...
  17. Ed Teach

    Ed Teach Been here awhile

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    Nice calendar Sambor1965:clap
  18. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    Stay tuned for pics from this upcoming weekend ........ :evil

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  19. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    Awesome Calendar!!!!!!! :thumb :lol3 :beer

    G.
  20. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    No .... not that type, :beer , of bar ........ :D

    K .... so I'm still searching for bars for copperhead - soon to not be copperhead - and I really haven't found what I'm looking for.

    The Renthal Dakar bars are very close to the OEM bars, but with further investigation on them, they're shorter in height than the stock bars. The sweep is almost the same, though .....

    With that said, I could in fact score some OEM bars for an RD07. Cost for the bars and shipping from Germany will run me about the same as buy some new pro-tapers, or renthals .......

    So my first question is - is there any difference with the bars on an RD07 v.s. the RD04?

    Second - and I'm sure this is going to sound stoopid ...... but why, in every pic I see of bars on Ebay.de, does it look like the right side of the bar has a slightly different "angle" to it than the left.

    See attached pic for example ........ :1drink

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