The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Say Yes....MAS335 has been lovingly restoring Transalps. He's due for a new challenge.


    I see an import business in his future.
  2. ujeni

    ujeni just doesn't get it

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    Ha! I figured that might get your attention! I'll send you a PM.
  3. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hi Ladder,
    old friend! As far as I know you've got an 'African Alp'. Does that count? :rofl
    Kindest regards to you, Ladder, with Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year! And so for all of you here!
    But I feel with you all out here! Bikes like the Africa Twin and the Suzuki DR 750/800 for example were imported in loads here to Central Europe (including Germany) were you're not allowed to leave the paved road with your bike and have fun in the dirt. And many of you out there all over the world just have to step out of their door to leave the concrete ...
    Be assured, the pic Kenyon placed here only shows a very small amount of the assembled Africa Twins at that meeting. I haven't been to that place but there's a lot of these Twins here in Germany. Being a Suzuki-DR-Big-rider, our own annual gathering usually sees about 120 bikes. And not every one of our forum is able to take part ...
    Btw, today, I read an interview with Honda's manager for the on-coming Dakar in a German bike-magazin. He said that Honda wants to put their so-gained rallye-experience into a new off-road-tourer with 1.000 cc. Silver-line on the horizon?
    Kind regards, Bambi
  4. Hodgo

    Hodgo TWIN Cylinder ADV

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    Not many here in Aust at all. Heres a couple from a VTwin Get together April 2010.

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  5. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    Thanks for setting this up, I will contact your brother after the Christmas rush, Right now I'm busy boxing up an entire disassembled TA engine to ship to a guy called Ladder!

    In all my years of riding I have never passed or saw another TA on the road unless someone was on one of mine, running into a AT seemed completely impossible, can't wait to see it.
  6. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Oh goodie. Put me on the list for one of mas335's like new restored Africa Twins. :D
  7. Schelbi

    Schelbi Been here awhile

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    I think in my county (In Germany called "Landkreis") there are more Africa Twins than you have all over the US! We have already 4 in my motorcycle club!

    btw Kenyon, you wanted more pics? Here are 2 more:

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  8. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    If I thought getting AT's into this country was a straight forward process with no surprises I would do it.

    Having just resolved a 4 1/2 year old title issue with our insane NC DMV I'm hesitant to even think about what I would go through with both state and federal requirements for importing a bike.

    Life's too short to go through that but it sure would be fun to have a few AT's in my hands.
  9. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Probably shouldn't say too much because big brother might be listening, but in some states it's down right easy.
  10. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    Hello MASS,

    Visit us in the NW and you get to ride a RD03, a RD 04 and a RD 07,......promise !!! :deal



    :clap
  11. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Does anybody know of somebody making lower foot pegs? Im 6'3" and feel I could use less bend in my knee when I ride. Im planning on a new seat (Touratech) which I think is higher too, but the pegs would sure help out... Bike is 07A

    Thanks.
  12. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Try

    motobau.de

    Click on the Honda tab up top.

    They aint cheap. You can make your own with a bit of work and welding
  13. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    Thanks, I have several reasons why I should visit the NW, this is just one more great reason!

    2bold..... I have heard how easy some states are when dealing with the DMV, it only makes living here all the more agravating. I day dream about moving to Tennessee, plenty close to mountains, no personal state income tax, definately a motorcycle friendly state.

    As far as getting a "created" or "manufactured" title from one of the several title companies that are out there it can cost hundreds of dollars and with no garranteed results, besides that NCDMV is on to these title mills, they can and do refuse them and then you are back at square one.

    It's the Feds importing beauacracy I am worried about. I once sold something to a guy in the UK and several weeks later got a bill from the US customs office, just a bill, no number to call, no discussion, no appeal, just a bill. If you don't know what you did wrong how do you know not to do it again? This is why I will not ship parts outside the US.

    I'm convinced importing bikes has a lot to do with who you know and how best they can work the system. So far I think it would be simplier to just move to Germany to own a AT.
  14. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Since it's being currently discussed, I would like to add some info about the @ from us here in Greece.

    Although it was a very popular model in its days, they are slowly becoming increasingly rare, especially the ones in good condition. Currently there are 131 africas for sale around the country, ready to purchase, ranging from 500 to 5000 euros. You can see them here.

    With the crisis and all, many owners have changed their minds and have decided to keep their twins, as they can be maintained very cheaply and are hardy, well-built bikes.

    I believe in about 8-10 years they will be truly collectors items, because they are used as everyday bikes and the attrition rate is high (crashed or totalled)...

    A few years back one could hardly swing a dick without bumping an africa...

    On other news, I put the K60 scouts on the bike, I like them a lot! The bike feels shorter in traffic, turning is easier and the bike handles great. There is a bit of vibration coming on the handle bar, but nothing too serious. Haven't tried them off road but I'm sure they will be acceptable for my demands, which are pretty low for off road...

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  15. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    Well here in Italy we are lucky... plenty of AT and running too. Here a couple of photos (of RD03 only!) meeting in 2009
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    and from 2010

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    And these were people coming mainly from the north-east of Italy only:D

    Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 everybody from Gian and his (slim at the moment) Marathon
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  16. Tiggs

    Tiggs Dreamin of Adventure

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  17. ujeni

    ujeni just doesn't get it

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    Hey Alainmax,

    Who has an Rd03 in America? I'm in the process of importing one and I've been wondering if there are others already here.
  18. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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  19. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    We built my son a Transalp with RD03 bodywork.

    Close but doesn't really count.

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  20. akjerry

    akjerry Adventurer

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    RD03 here in Juneau Alaska.