The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    Looks like a spotless example MrWahlstrom. Best of luck with it.
  2. MrWahlstrom

    MrWahlstrom n00b

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    Well there is a few scratches here and there, but nothing that shouldn't be on an AT! As my dad said - If there isn't any marks on it, then there is someone haven't been taking care of it in a proper way ;)
  3. bunkmuffin

    bunkmuffin Bunkmuffin

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    Anton has done a great job with his silicone hoses. I'm trying to find information to do a similar job with my RD04.
    Located in Canada makes parts replacement a bit of a pain and I have not been able to source any rad hose kits for the AT yet. I would appreciate any input anyone has..
    I am doing a ground up restoration and have not been taking pics as yet. The bike is 20 years old and has sat in storage (not my fault) for quite a few years.
    I am also looking for an original sparkplug socket if anyone happens to have a spare in their back pocket....

    Slicone hose kit for AT
    A source for reinforced silicone hoses similar to Anton 88
    1 slightly and gently used OEM sparkplug socket to fit the AT head......


    Thanks in advance

    Billy Bob

    1992 AT
    1992 Harley Sportster 1200
    1992 BMW K75 RT. :ear
  4. yeljac

    yeljac Adventurer

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    Try Honda Canada Sparkplug socket Part# 89216MY1000.(Easy to make if you know what it looks like.) I have one if you want to take a look. PM me I am in Toronto.
    Andy
  5. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Guys I have a set of brake pads that are for an earlier model than mine. Anyone interested?
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  6. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    long time no post so hello to all AT friends !!

    going custom seat so corbin seat for AT will go on flea market. it still in perfect shape.....
  7. Markus_w

    Markus_w n00b

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    Hi all,
    Been reading this thread for quite a while and earlier this summer ended up buying a one owner RD04 in excellent condition, bad thing I didn't get to keep it that long as my father tested it and wouldn't let go of it (he used to own a Transalp before but says it's night and day experience..) so he took over it and I continued searching for another one, ended up buying a black RD07A with only 11000km on the clock, in mint condition. Will add a crashbar, headlight protector, nothing major.

    First Africa, now my fathers:

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    Br Markus
  8. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    Very nice. Through the natural run of nature the RD04 should eventually come back to you so look after it for your Dad. The RD07A is a great bike. Best of luck with it.
  9. dennism

    dennism dennism

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    A source for reinforced silicone hoses similar to Anton 88 [/QUOTE]


    Lots on ebay, though I didn't see the reinforced kind. I doubt you'll find an AT kit.

    You might take a look at Pegasusautoracing.com , or Google for it. Good stuff there, but expensive.
  10. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Rd07 or 04?
  11. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    I believe it's an RD07.
  12. toro618

    toro618 Been here awhile

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    My cousin in France is going to help me locate a 750 AT which I may either ship here to US or just keep there. What is the best year(s) I should look for?

    Thanks in advance for any input
  13. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    The best are the last.
    The Rd07A 750 is the best. Years of development correct all the weak points of the bike. But all the At are good bikes with some little work to do. The last one is the best.

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  14. ujeni

    ujeni just doesn't get it

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    Many people agree that the earlier RD04 and even the RD03 were made with a higher standard of quality (I've been told this by people owning both).

    The good news is that there are no bad years for the Africa Twin. You will likely have the most luck finding an RD07 or an RD07a as there are far more of those than the RD04 or the RD03.
  15. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    I mean, the first one rd 03 and also rd 04 and rd 07 had some minor problems you can handle easily. The last one was better.
    But these are not structural problem, as frame quality ( materials ) the best is the first one, the 650, but it had some electrical minor trouble. The last one has less and also is less expensive thinking about gasoline price.
  16. aikidimi

    aikidimi Adventurer

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    Hello.
    I have had all those twins, 9 of them in all, and still drive a 93 mod, RD07 that looks like new (182000 kms)
    Having those bikes since 1989 i would say that, the 650 is best in build quality, better for offroad use, smoother engine. Disadvatages according to newer models is the design of the tank, if you have long legs, and maybe the wind protection. The one disc at the front is also a minus, and the location of the CDI`s. Other than that, the qauality is far better than the RD07A.
    The latest -RD07A serjes are aktually, made at Montessa in spain, since 1996, and not in Japan. Build quality in this series is much - much less than the 650 (by HRC) or even all 750`s. Have a look at the thin screen, thinner plastics, the seatcover, clutchwire, the rims (compared to the anodized ones) the failurs with the pump, the exhaust quality, the paint etc. compared to RD07. ONLY advantages of the RD07A is better fueleconomy , sligtly better seat and slightly better windpretection than the RD07.
    To me the RD03 is a legend. The RD04, a very good bike, especially the 1992 mod with tripmaster, and the RD07 is the balance between all models, The RD07A, well unfortunatly it is the black sheep of the XRV legacy.
    After 500 000 + klm`s with those 9 twins trust me... i know what iam talking about...

    Drive safe
    Aikidimi
  17. Stormforce8

    Stormforce8 Farkle Tart

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    According to Honda - my RD07A was built at the Hamamatsu factory in Japan :evil

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    I agree that the RD03 had the highest build quality - the way I explain it is:

    • RD03 - designed & built by mechanics
    • RD04 - designed & built by mechanics with advice from accountants
    • RD07 - designed by accountants & built by mechanics
    • RD07A - designed & built by accountants

    That said - I still think the RD07A is the best all round Africa Twin (well I think mine is anyway :lol3 )

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  18. toro618

    toro618 Been here awhile

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    Wow...great info here guys.....all the answers I was looking for. Thank you very much.
  19. aikidimi

    aikidimi Adventurer

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    well written about accountans and mechanics... respect for that great build RD07A, inspirational!!!
    Bud if the RD07A is the best, why did you change all the parts on the bike?
    Anyways - all twins are great bikes, but ones you compare - as an example the clutch cable from the RD03 with this from the Rd07A, you will feel the influence of the acountants (or wherever the word is)

    Aikidimi
  20. A-Wind

    A-Wind Andreas RD07a

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    Is it possible someone is mixing up the "M" in the VIN with Montessa, Spain? "M" is indeed for Hammamatsu after all.

    FAT (Freunde der Africa Twin e.V.), Germany lists the entire Africa Twin VIN Number Series in it's Knowledge base.

    All (post 1996) 17 digit VIN start with "JH2" and feature an "M" as plant I.D. digit.