The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. Jim Davis

    Jim Davis Owner, Eastern Beaver Co

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    I just wanted to report that my LO beam has died shortly after the H4 conversion. The headlight fuse is still good and the HI beam button works.

    I am removing the front fairing tomorrow, and find the problem. I will also make and install a Relay Kit, as there are none on the headlights.

    I just hope I haven't burned out the LO beam switch.

    I therefore have to warn others, the RD03 headlight wiring is not built for more draw than the 45/45 watt bulbs.

    THen again, maybe a bullet connector came undone. I'll be checking everything up front well, will report what I find.
  2. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    On mine, I only use the bike's switch to trigger the relays. And, of course, I changed the H4 plugs and wiring. No problema yet!
  3. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Abat.... we are all watching...:evil :lurk :nod :drif
  4. abat

    abat Been here awhile

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    I'm sure you are:lol3
  5. Underground

    Underground unbefuckingbelievable

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    I fitted H4's to my RD03 and they work alright but not as bright as you would expect . I think this is due to the light wiring and lack of relays .
    Will be interested to see how you get on with the relays
  6. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    Abat, nice work on the forks !!, re the caliper, I find the CR250 caliper + 320mm disc on my bike after the USD conversion lacking in braking power. The feel is great & on the dirt it's OK but riding hard on the tar it's a bit lacking. When funds permit Im going to add a motomaster 4 piston caliper or maybe a CBR1100/VFR800 3 piston caliper
  7. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Greg, if you are still using the stock AT master cylinder, you may want to swap it out for a Brembo 16-18 radial unit. Much better feel and performance.

    Jim.
  8. abat

    abat Been here awhile

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    Thanks Greg!

    As Jim seid about the radial master cylinder-i have one that is just wating to me if i'll see that i'm not pleased with the braking.i also wanted to buy a motomaster 4 piston caliper-don't have the cash right now.i ran out.:cry
    I also thoght about a 3 piston caliper, maybe later on.
    Are you aware that 2 pistons are controlled by the front master cylinder and one from the rear?to use this caliper on the front, a short hose is needed to connect the 3 pistons together.
    What did you do with the speedometer drive?
  9. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    Hi Jim,

    Im using the CR master, the AT master went with the front end to a TA owner. I tried a TA600 master as well but that was so wooden it was terrible.
  10. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    I use a trailtech Vapor instead o0f the stock speedo so no need for a speedo drive
  11. oly_ro

    oly_ro I STAND ALONE

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    dear abat what you are doing to that AT of yours is no improvement......giving up 2 brake disks and a honda front end is just WRONG !
  12. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    actually its the best thing to do to the AT, get ride of the antique forks. I wish I had done it years earlier
  13. abat

    abat Been here awhile

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    I agree with Greg.
    Twice offroad is more then enough to understand that the OEM AT suspension are limp.
  14. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    When I got my first non-Soviet bike, I also was very surprised about how poor made are front forks- Soviet ones all I had on my hands was with at least one valve- like these emulators which are used to upgrade leading axle forks.

  15. abat

    abat Been here awhile

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    I'm still working on my upgraded AT.
    New crashbars.

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  16. abat

    abat Been here awhile

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    need to fix some pics in here...:huh
  17. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Looking good!:clap
  18. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    For those in the US: Do any of you have an RD03 or RD04 seat available for sale. No matter if it has scratches. I need to make a solo rider seat and will use it a base. It could also be Corbins, but I'm on a recession budget, so adjust the price accordingly....:lol3

    I wanted to post it here, before going to the flea market.
  19. oly_ro

    oly_ro I STAND ALONE

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    wish i could check it out and ride it a few miles.........:)) till then i'l stick to the original
  20. Arf

    Arf Adventurer

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    So far ...so good....:D

    Please do not take notice of the mess in the garage....have been decorated the inside of the house the last few days....and the summer holiday is arriving FAST:wink:... Only 3 weeks untill the 2009 PCAC...(Pacific Coast Alpen Challenge).....more than 100 passes over 2000 meters heigth will be be crossed...3 weeks - 6700 km.....and really looking forward to it :wings