The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    a fellow AdvRider on this morning's commute:

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  2. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    Wonder who that could be......
  3. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    Ciao!
    Some years ago a friend, Stefano lost his left leg in a accident driving his Africa, going to work.
    I met him in the Hospital while the doc were studyng what kind of solution they could adopt for him to permit him to walk, and we start to dream a solution to permit to him to drive again.

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    Some month ago he contact me and asking help to build up some accessories for his bike.
    He continued to dream and he put on the bike a robotic gear and start to prepare a long trip to the door of China.
    One month ago he left to me the bike and in the night, saturday and sunday I started the work.
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    This guys restarted driving and restart his life, changing everything exept his beautiful family.
    The work done in the photo were my gift and contribute to a strong man.

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    Toghether with my slim one.

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    Ciao!
  4. gruberxr

    gruberxr n00b

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    Nice project.Your friend will be very glad:clap.Good luck for his journey to China.
  5. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Amazing story gpmucci, how is the robotic clutch operated? By his left hand?
  6. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    This guys restarted driving and restart his life, changing everything exept his beautiful family.
    The work done in the photo were my gift and contribute to a strong man.


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    My hat to you GPMucci, for the heart and the work !!!!
  7. Kitedans

    Kitedans In love with my AT !!

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    :clap:clap I entirely agree with Alaimax !!!
  8. twinie

    twinie traveler

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    hey there cas, i sent you a private message, check it out!

    cheers!
  9. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    I didn't so much, just what I show in the photo and some little things more.
    The robotic gear was done from a specialistic company.
    Basically it is an electric piston working on the gear shift, you can see here:

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    You can decide to use it in manual or automatic way.
    In manual you have a couple of button near to the left hand.
    You push one to get the longer gear and the other to go down and you operate the clutch usually.
    In automatic it is really interesting, because when you act on the the clutch the gear go up, and if you are braking the gear go down.
    I did a fast tour in a very fast off road trip and it work very well, you can drive stand just forgetting the gear, each time you act on the clutch it change a gear.

    Nice.
  10. Stormforce8

    Stormforce8 Farkle Tart

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  11. cas121

    cas121 Adventurer

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  12. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    advice please, well after close to 400,000km not surprisingly my AT is having some electrical dramas :D

    Had a meltdown of the connector between the starter solenoid and the main wiring harness , Ive managed to scrounge another green socket that attaches to the solenoid but no idea where to get the red connector thats on the end of the wiring harness and plugs in , pic attached , any ideas ??

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    Also looks like my reg /rec is on the way out again ( not bad only the 3rd one) Has anyone done the mosfet upgrade on an rdo4 and can provide some advice on wiring etc
  13. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Greg,

    Sounds like you need Jim Davis jim@easternbeaver.com

    He should either have or can build what you need. He's got the updated rectifier on his RD03.
  14. Stormforce8

    Stormforce8 Farkle Tart

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    Greg - sorry I can't help out with the connector - but as Ray has suggested, Jim over at Eastern Beaver will more than likely have a ready made solution for you.

    As to upgrading the RD04 to a Mosfet Reg/Rec - absolutely :D

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  15. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    AT Greg, I did mine when I bought my RD04 and Jim Davis has the set up that you need for worry free riding and at a fair price. I got my mosfet R/R form a CBR600RR year 07-10, got it off eBay, it will bolt right up to the same holes as the original. While I was ordering the R/R kit from Jim I also ordered about 20 to 25 of his waterproof electrical connectors so that I could replace all of the original connectors mainly for the reliability as will as the waterproofing because breaking down in the middle of nowhere Thailand was something I didn't want to do. I still need to get a count of the remaining connectors to complete the job but I strongly recommend you do the same, most of the original connectors were still good but there were a few that were suspect, so I'm glad I did it.

    All my AT brothers in the states, the family and I are thinking about coming back to the states and leaving an extremely important part of the family here would just kill me. Now I know that there has been some talk here in the past about AT's being brought to the states but I was wondering if there was any first hand knowledge/experience. I would ideally like to go back to Oregon but Calif might also be an option. How would the bike have to come in, would it have to come in, in pieces? Anyone have a family member of friend at the DMV that needs anything like a new car or house? I'm sure that there has to be a fairly easy/reasonable way to do it but I have no idea and leaving it here just isn't anything I want to do.

    Thanks for any help or advice also AT Greg hope I helped.

    Keith
  16. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Piece of cake. Ship the bike over in parts. Reassemble and start the process. It's much easier in Colorado if you have a 17 digit VIN but not impossible if you don't.
  17. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    AT Greg I just thought of something if I'm not mistaken and please someone more knowledgeable than I please chime in but I think that you can bypass that connector at the starter solenoid and wire in your own 30amp fuse. I would get a waterproof blade inline fuse, I believe Jim also sells these. It won't look like a botch job and will be far superior to the original as it will be waterproof.

    Keith
  18. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    Mr. Rowley I'm sure that Calif would be a nightmare to try to do but I don't think that Colorado is going to be an option for us, nothing against your beautiful state but I would have to live there in order to get it licenced and registered. Maybe Oregon will be easy.

    Keith
  19. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    My CA friends have found a way around the red tape so have my OR friends. I'm sure some will chime in. It's not impossible. I lived in Kalifornistan from 1972 to 2004. Now I visit or play tourist if I feel the need.
  20. @dreamer

    @dreamer Been here awhile

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    Sorry everyone for all of these posts but I forgot, Mr Rowley I hope that you are feeling better and I was thinking, like your signiture line said that the cancer only works during the week, well if you treat everyday like the weekend then you should be feeling better. Truly hope that, that is the case. Also I need to order two of those fuel line quick releases from you, the RD04 can be a real pain getting the tank off, as I currently have to use two needle nose vise grips on the fuel lines right off the petcocks.

    Keith