The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. Dutchy506

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    if you grind them down to original size you are always shore they will fit perfectly...


  2. dennism

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    I bought an XRV750 Driver's Handbook from David Silvers.

    It is a copy of the archived book, with two pages on each sheet of A4 paper.

    It comes in English, French and German, complete with diagrams and drawings.

    I will send the French and German sections to anyone who would like them, just PM me with an address.

    First come, first served!

    Dennis.
  3. uconnapharm

    uconnapharm Been here awhile

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    How much could a

    1983 XLV 750R

    30,000 miles

    MINT Condition

    possibly go for on the auction block ?
  4. KT1

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  5. KT1

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  6. mechahayai

    mechahayai Been here awhile

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    Dog_River Stubborn Adventurer

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  8. limcheewang

    limcheewang Journey

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    Hi all,
    I've just bought an AT a couple months back, and is in the midst of adding accessories to it. I decided to add side panniers to the bike, as I find it useful to keep some of my barang barang. But after adding the side boxes, I have problem putting my AT to main stand. I am not particularly big and strong. Without the side panniers, I've no issue. Using my body mass, I can swing the bike backwards and place it onto mainstand. With the side pannier, I can't do it, the box is in my way.

    If I really need to, I have to remove the box, put the bike on mainstand, then place the box back. Any one of you have this problem, any good technique to this? Many thanks in advance.
  9. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    Where do you pull with your right hand, to help putting the bike on the mainstand? there's a handle for the right hand on the left side of the bike... you can pull there either with or without the panniers...
  10. limcheewang

    limcheewang Journey

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    thank you for your advise.

    Yes, I pull that handle. But because I am smaller build, merely pulling the handle and stepping on the stand is not sufficient to put the bike to main stand. I have to hold on to that handle, use my body weight, step on the mainstand padel and shift myself to the right, thus bringing the bike up and backward. This is done without the pannier. With the box in the way, I cannot do the last step of shiftting my body mass to the right.
  11. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    A couple of years ago, I filmed 2 videos about this problem... I hadn't the panniers fitted at the time but I suppose you can lean your body against the left pannier... also, grab the steering handle with your left hand, turn it fully to the left and pull there too, up and backwards...

    Never mind my ugly face, funny voice and dirty feet... check these videos... :D

    <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3SRGrnp2_5c" frameBorder=0 width=420 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>

    <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fXFUaSa1LIk" frameBorder=0 width=420 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>
  12. MolloZ-81

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  13. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello to all and to limcheewang,

    I don't know if this works on the African Twin. I'm a rather small guy and my Suzuki DR 750 Big is a big, heavy bike for me. Until I put a tank-crash-bar on it it was nearly impossible for me to lift it on it's center-stand. Every possible grabbing-point for my right hand was out of reach or had sharp edges that prevented a good, hard grip.
    Now I can put my right foot on the loop of the stand (there's no lever on it) and press it down to the ground. I put my left hand on the crash-bar and my right hand on the left passenger's grip. Before, I turn the handle-bar to it's right-hand stop. Now I can pull the bike up at the tank-guard and just have to guide the back of it with my right hand. Main-force is on the left hand! I ignore the handle-bar's tendency to turn left when the bike starts rising. Having it turned to the right side just gives me space enough to bow towards the guard and start the operation. Otherwise my head would get in the bar's way (or is that the other way round :rofl )?

    Sorry for loosing so many words on such a simple topic, but it's very important for small people ...

    Kind regards to all of you and to limcheewang from Hobbit to Hobbit ... Bambi
  14. Squily

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    The standard Honda centre stand comes with a bracket that bolts on behind the passenger footrest. Unfortunately, this bracket is sometimes in the way of some pannier brackets and are removed. You really need it, or something to else to grip to get this right. Gripping the passenger footrest or the panic handles at the back (especially if you're short) won't do it

    When my pannier frames are mounted, I grab hold of them. You can even mount a small handle on the pannier itself to give you assistance.

    It is also a lot more difficult to do when the bike is loaded up and there is sag in teh rear suspension, as you basically have to lift the bike up enough to compenste for the sag and then over the apex of the stand. I.e. if your bike has a 100kg onit, you'll be lifting close to that before you can get it on the stand. When fully loaded, I find that it's easier if a use some momentum- e.g. half-lift, drop, 3/4 lift drop and over she goes...

    But as with any manual handling- try and keep your back straight and use your knees. I find by pressing my backside against the pannier, using my left hand on the outside of the pannier (I have a bracket there, or just on the under side of the pannier itself) and lifting with my kness, its easy.

    Honda stands are not the same as other (BMW's and some other manufactureres) stands that have a rounded lip and a foot-press to assist you.
  15. limcheewang

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    Many thanks for all the advice. After rested a day, went back to the bike. Positioned myself properly, holding on to the left handle behind the seat, took a deep breath, with a swing and leaning to the right (against the pannier), I managed to mount the beast on its mainstand. :clap I guess is a matter of finding the right technique that suit you... Thank you again.
  16. #philsmith

    #philsmith Desktop Adventurer

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    Hi guys, great site!

    Recently acquired this and thought I'd ask you all for your wisdom in what should be done to her? (Apart from get it dirty!)

    Planning on trips into Europe as based in London and want to get your opinions on the best mods/bits.

    Also suggestions on decals as this is minus most of them? Original or new design?

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  17. RiderMakis

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  18. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    Thanks RiderMakis
  19. Fishnbait

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  20. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    I live in Phoenix and have an Africa Twin RDO7. I would be happy to check this out if anyone wants me to.