The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. Stormforce8

    Stormforce8 Farkle Tart

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    WTF :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3.............gotta be the best sales pitch for an AT I've seen in a long time.:rofl
  2. Stormforce8

    Stormforce8 Farkle Tart

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    @dreamer - cheers for posting:thumb - now stop playing around with Photoshop and get back to work!! :D:D - it's taken me ages to colour it all in again :evil:evil..........................

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  3. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    Stormforce, sorry about the distraction I was only wanting to share. Found the software over on XRV.org works really well and a 1000 times easier than photoshop.

    Speaking of work do you guys have any plans to make a rear rack for the RD04, just looking to remove the plastic top and keep the aluminum sub frame due to the fact that the rear faring attaches to it. One other thing do the aluminum choke valve guides work on the RD04 carbs

    I have finished my project RD04 and thought I would share a little. When I bought the bike I brought it home 18km and before I could do anything I had to make a trip back to the states for a couple months which allowed me to compile three extra checked boxes on the airplane allowing me to avoid paying all the ridiculous taxes. While I was there I went to Leo Vince in Oakland and if you can believe it they had in their stock a pipe for a bike that was never imported to the states and it was for the RD04. I also picked up a R/R off Ebay from a CBR600RR 07'-10', a Facet fuel pump from Spruce Aircraft and many extras from Wemoto and Rugged Roads. I also ordered a box of goodies from Eastern Beaver to include the 3CS kit for accessories like an air pump (Slime pump) and power source for a GPS (to come later), I also got water proof connectors for all of the wiring, well almost all I still need a few more. Anyway once I got home I completely tore the bike down, spent many, many days cleaning. Sent the frame, engine and other bits and pieces to be painted. Once the paint shop was done I started on the rebuild which included installing all new water hoses, fuel lines and the new electrical connectors which were all soldered to prevent future problems. Just so everyone knows this is the first bike I have ever rebuilt like this, I have owned many bikes and always done my own work but nothing like this. What a fun project and I think it turned pretty well, its not done but I've got it to the point to where I'm on the road, just waiting for a break in my money so that I can continue.

    Here is a picture of a temple near the wife's home town in central northern Thailand on our first ride after the rebuild.

    Keith
  4. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    Ooooop's it said the file was too big.

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  5. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    Here is a list of everything I did. Now nothing was really wrong with the bike minus some dodgy electrical work and extremely dirty with road grime and the usual gunk behind the front sprocket guard but my goal was to make the bike as reliable as I could mostly because of where I live, breaking down in the middle of nowhere Thailand isn't an option.

    New R/R, Facet fuel pump, waterproof electrical connectors, 3CS for accessories, H4 light kit with HID/Xenon bulbs(outstanding), fuel lines, water hoses, chain, front sprocket, chain sliders, wheel bearings, head set bearings, Fat bars w/grips, Rox Risers, Pivot Pegs, filters-(oil, fuel and K&N air), many gaskets and O rings, cables-(throttle, clutch), Rugged Roads radiator guards, chain guard, frame guard, polished swing arm and engine/gravel guard, paint-(engine, frame, bits and pieces), lots of heat shrink tubing and woven wire protection, I also replaced about 99% of all the bolts and screws with stainless steel Allen bolts, screws and nylock nuts facilitating a minimum of tool that I have to carry with me also I used a marine grade anti seize paste on every thread to minimize corrosion.

    Items still needed.
    oil cooler guard, rear shock(ohlins), front shock springs, mirror relocator, waterproof connectors, GPS, flip mirrors, wheels and spokes(17" or 18"????), rear rack, engine/crash bars, panniers, tires???, plug wires and coils someone cut/spliced all the plug wires???? why, Why, WHY.

    I saw somewhere in the forum where people say that they cut pounds off their bikes and others say that its not possible to cut too much but I'm here to tell you all that if you get into the electrical systems and start taking off all the extra electrical tape you can easily loose 20Lbs, I really hate people who think that tape or zip ties fix everything, just as easy to do a proper job, emergencies/roadside OK but for permanent fix not good.

    I'm sure that I've missed some items but everyone should have a good idea of the quality that this bike is and will be when I'm actually done with the mods but then again I plan to keep this bike so I probably will never be done fixing/modding.

    Keith
  6. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    I need a new wind screen and I also put on a Leo Vince SBK oval pipe on but I didn't like the hanger system so I had to fabricate one from 2mm aluminum. I knew I forgot some stuff, probably even more misses

    Keith
  7. Antti

    Antti Been here awhile

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    Sounds like nice mods.

    Heres two AT:s at just a bit too soft surface :D

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  8. Heno

    Heno Lover Of Perfection

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  9. DC Chad

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  11. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I see longer cables in your future.

    Going to look great.
  12. Heno

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    You have told me, mate :D

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  13. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    Awesome build. Are you going to repaint the plastics & tank or leave them original?
  14. Heno

    Heno Lover Of Perfection

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    Joz...new color, new stickers, new cockpit,...
  15. rusic

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    can't wait to see the rest of the re-build... :)

    I'm doing some of the things you did when the snow starts :)
  16. Heno

    Heno Lover Of Perfection

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    rusic...so do not forget to make proper photo documentation ;)
    What are You planning to rebuild?
  17. rusic

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    this was after the crash in may 2010... standard "I didn't see you" explanation from a stupid driver in his big bad car :)

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    after that I had played around and changed a bunch of parts... RD07 and RD07a front ends etc...

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    a rode it like that until march 2011 when I decided I liked the RD07 front end more and I missed my MRA touring windshield so I changed all the parts needed and went back to RD07 :)

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    now the "winter is coming" and I'm planing to tare it down to the last screw and fix it back up :) I'll take photos and videos... it's gonna be a fun winter :D and it's great I have a friend who loves the Queen and has a garage.. otherwise I'd be taring it apart in my living room... and I would get smacked by my girl :)
  18. rusic

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    hi guys,

    I'm thinking about two things:

    - what do you do when painting the front and rear fenders? they are "bendy" and white or black plastic, not painted... won't the paint crack on them?

    - when lowering the footpegs, how low can you go before it's a real problem in the corners? 2cm? maybe more?

    thanks!
  19. ninety

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    Bought myself a '88 AT with SW Motech fairing. The engine didn't sound so healthy, oil level was gone, very dirty airfilter, frontlights were broken, rear light didn't work... So the first idea was to swap the suspension and 18inch rear rim to give my '94 AT better offroad performance.
    But after some work on the electrics and now the engine is properly set i love driving it. So she's going to stay!


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  20. Antti

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    Very nice bikes, ninety!