The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    I would buy it. But then I'm not a stock kind of guy. I believe in altering a bike to suit MY needs. I'm sure that one is done properly since it's Swiss.
  2. A-Wind

    A-Wind Andreas RD07a

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    Agreed, it looks like a beauty.

    The only (hopefully) minor issue that I can see, that it is advertised with 26KW. I guess it was registered this way to meet some regulations of it's time.

    I would check with some local bikers if it is possible to register this bike with full power and most importantly via what method is this bike's power reduced. Is this done via an (easy to be removed) carb mod or a different camshaft (would not be that great).
  3. bastimentos

    bastimentos Been here awhile

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    Thank you gents, you have given me some points to consider and some good questions to ask the seller next week. Appreciate the wisdom!
  4. Gummitarzan

    Gummitarzan Adventurer

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    Nice one:nod
  5. svestenik

    svestenik armchair adventurer

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    It is normal for RD03's from Switzerland. You can increase to full power by changing or modifying carb intake boots. Reduction vas done via lowered inside diameter of boots, you can just cut it out, or get new ones from Germany.
  6. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Anybody have experience with both the Touratech and African Queens seats? I'm leaning towards the AQ as it is taller, but comfort is the huge factor here...
  7. SulytS

    SulytS n00b

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    The oil metalic filter that is on the bottom of the engine had lots of debris...I think ths was the main reasean...:evil
  8. ZORBA

    ZORBA Adventurer

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    Going slightly mad here...
    This morning, without doing anything, the bike started...
    Then, I disassembled the on-off switch, sprayed it with contact cleaner, went for a short ride and started it a few times.
    All went well...
    I ll do some more riding to verify tomorow.
  9. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    Good show!! You mean the ignition switch or the emergency stop switch on the right handle?
  10. ZORBA

    ZORBA Adventurer

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    The emergency switch on the right handlebar...
    I hope it is this one causing the problem.
    I''ll test the next few days and report.
  11. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    Sorry for maybe asking simething that's been dealt with before, but I'm to lazy to go back and read all teh posts...


    Have you checked the side stand switch? Mine has dropped me in the crap a few times till I bypasses it completely. Depending on dirt and water, it can cause intermittend cut-out issues.
  12. ZORBA

    ZORBA Adventurer

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    I have bypassed the sidestand switch many years ago.
  13. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    I now remembered: a few months a go, a friend removed the fuel tank on his Africa Twin and disconnected a few connectors located under the tank, to the front of the bike, near the thermostast housing. One of those connectors belongs to that on/off kill switch on the right handlebar. He disconnected them to clean them and spray them with contact cleaner but apparently, he failed to connect all of them correctly. You guessed it, the mis-connected connector was the kill switch connector and one day while riding the bike (not very long after removing the tank and luckily to him, not far from his home), the engine simply shut down and wouldn't start again. He pushed the bike home and when looking for possible causes, he found the connector disconnected.

    So, have you been disconnecting stuff lately on your bike? Could it be the connector for the kill switch on your bike is poorly connected? Or having bent of ill-connected terminals inside? I would check to see this first as sometimes the vibrations from the engine may cause poorly connected connectors to come completely apart... I actually had this happening to me on the tripmaster connector...

    I hope the cause is actually something simple and not too expensive to fix.
  14. La Case

    La Case Adventurer

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    Hey guys!

    I live in France and I've 25. And I am customing an Africa Twin to do in August a trip to Istanbul in Turkey.
    I've decided to give a rallye look to my bike and lengthen the suspensions (+7cm). And make a little lightweight. :1drink


    My Rd04 one month ago :
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    The tail after painting :
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    During a jaunt in the mud :
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    Before / After :
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    My future color :
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    It will be finished, I think, in two weeks

    See you soon
  15. Danielmoben

    Danielmoben Adventurer

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    Nice!!!!!!!
  16. Dutchy506

    Dutchy506 Adventurer

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    wicked! :clap

    what kind of fairing are you planning to use?
  17. La Case

    La Case Adventurer

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    thks guys.


    I do my rally front Fairing. I work in fiberglass tech. Here in France, I will make a limited production of rally fairing for my local AFRICA Owners Club. :nod
  18. lemovice

    lemovice Been here awhile

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    vien nous voir l'ami

    http://africatwin.forumactif.com/

    tu sera le bienvenu
  19. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Wonderful color choices LaCase. A great looking fairing.

    Can we see photos from other angles. i'd like to see what you've done with the headlamps etc.

    Would you post photos as you build up the Rallye fairings?

    Will you base the fairings on the RD03/04 tank and bodywork or will they be based on the RD07?

    I would be interested in more detailed information and possibly a purchase if the fairing will adapt to the RD03/04 platrform.
  20. La Case

    La Case Adventurer

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    thks LADDER (et merci LEMOVICE, dès que j'ai un peu de temps, je fonce vous voir sur ton forum)

    My fairing fits on RD04/03, I havent do the model for RD07 yet.
    It is a one piece fiberglass fairing with 3 fiber skins, and GELCOAT surface finishing.
    Instalation is easy because it uses origin mouting supports. (It just needs to bend forward the 2 front IronTube supports of the windscreen to fit correctly to the RallyFairing)

    I've doing an image to show you:
    [​IMG]

    I will paint all my fairing during next week. I'll so give you more picture of my work.
    As soon as I finish my Africa, in fews weeks, I'll start the production of the RD04/03 RallyFairing.