The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    Where I get a little confused is that mine is a 1997 model year which according to the plaque was built in 1998, yet the original bike paperwork (here in Spain where I am and the bike is) show that it was offloaded from the ship on Nov 6, 1997, and then received its Spanish "licence to circulate" on Nov 30, 1997.

    I figure that the paperwork with the importation date will be enough to satisfy the Canadian authorities as far as the age of the bike is concerned.

    I was also pleased to see that my AT was manufactured in Japan. I have no idea if the Japanese bikes are in fact better but I have heard that this is the case, anyone know?
  2. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    I understand your concern.

    I work for Honda since 1990 and at first I was a bit confused too.

    The last Africa Twins sold in 2002/2003 were probably built in 2001/2002 but all of them are 1996 YMs (YM = Year Model) RD07a.

    The YM has nothing to do with manufacturing year/date of 1st registration.

    FWIW, the YMs for the AT are (if my mind serves me well - subject to further confirmation):
    1988 RD03
    1990 RD04
    1993 RD07
    1996 RD07a

    The FMCs (Full Model Change) ocurred somewhere very close to the timelines above and originated a model name change (for example, RD07 changed to RD07a)
    The MMCs (Minor Model Change) normally happens every year when there are some small changes to the model, sometimes, only stylistic and cosmetic changes and DOES NOT originate model name change.

    For example, the RD07 was produced for 3 full years and during its 1st production year, it was sold together with the runout RD04 (while there were still RD04s in the market - we call this the runout model, in this case it was the RD04 runout); likewise, the RD07 was sold together with the RD07a, during its (RD07's) last year of production.

    So, when buying a Honda (car, bike or other) what you're looking into is the manufacturing year which must be the same or very close to the 1st registration (license plate) date.

    I hope I helped clearing the confusion. :freaky
  3. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    Honestly now that I'm moving to BC and have to arrange space in a container for the AT and other household goods, I'm kinda wondering if I shouldn't buy a few more rare older bikes to take to Vancouver!

    I could get my hands easily on a few Vespa Primaveras and Montesa Impalas. The economy here is totally in the dumps and people are offloading collectibles for cheap!

    :ear
  4. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    I would agree, another bike that would do well in that market is the late 90's Yamaha SR 500's with the wire wheels... never came to Canada after 1980 something, so again kinda rare and old school. But Tenere 750's, Africa Twins and Elafant's are all rare and would sell.
  5. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    I'll try this again as I don't think you're understanding what I'm saying. How is it physically possible for a bike to have been built after it was imported and licensed? Does Honda have a time machine? If yes, I want to go back in time and buy some brand new Africa Twins to pack in grease... one of every model will do nicely...
  6. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    :thumb Obrigado!

    Mine has the number JH2RD07A2WM600061


  7. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    I think it's just because, now that I think back on it, the only reason I think it's a 97 is because the sales guy at the shop where I bought it used said it was, and he probably just looked at the import date. It might makes sense that it was imported late in 97, but was sold as a 98 model year?

    On this link my paint scheme silver/gold appears on both model year 97+98.

    Either way I'm gonna work with the original Spanish document when importing in Canada.
  8. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    Honda Dominator
    Honda CB1 (400cc) would be perfect for BC, cheap insurance and some 55hp
    Yamaha xt600 or xt 500

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  9. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    I too wish they had a time machine :D

    But just for the sake of it, are you able to indicate the full VIN? You can send it to me via PM and I'll officially check it for you :freaky
  10. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Are you serious about this?

    If so, PM me and we could talk about 1 machine at least.
  11. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    Uh oh!! You might want to re-check that VIN... take a look at this...



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    Maybe you mis-typed the number after the M... it should be a "3" instead of a "6".

    Assuming the "3" is correct then this is a 98 AT first sold in Spain on 31 October 1997 (warranty start date). The Model is a 1998 (W VIN) and the original Engine Number is RD04E 2800039.
    This bike arrived at Montesa Honda on 06 October 1997 and was invoiced to the selling Dealer on 24 of October 1997.

    This goes correctly along with what I said above, in this case, the 1998 YM started selling on late 1997... common practice for Honda. Probably, there were dealers who still had some 1997YM bikes to sell but the customer wanted the new YM... this one was originally black (NH1 colour code - look for a sticker on the frame under the seat).

    Now, if you insist the number after the M is a "6" (or any other number for that matter) you have a problem... all W VIN'ed ATs start their sequential manufacturing number (the last 6 digits of the VIN) with a "3"...

    So check this carefully and also check your engine number...

    Não precisas agradecer... :freaky
  12. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    You're absolutely right, it's a 3 not a 6. I had been looking at grainy mobile phone picture but now I'm looking at the bike papers. Thanks for sorting that out for me!
  13. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    Glad it's sorted :norton :1drink
  14. yeljac

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    Transport Canada ( www.tc.gc.ca/eng/menu.htm)

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    Importer must be able to provide proof that the vehicle is fifteen (15) years old or older as determined by the month and year of manufacture.
  15. GSPD750

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    I recently imported a '96 Transalp from Germany to Canada which in the end proved to be a fairly simple process. Of course you first have to meet the 15 year rule and also ensure that you have the original title (official documentation paperwork) of the m'cycle from the country it came from. Also a 'bill of sale' in which the following form should work in any province. http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/pdf/mv/REG3126.pdf
    That's it. You then pay the man at the Canada Border Services the GST in which they stamp the paper work giving you the clearance to go pick it up and in my case it was Air Canada Cargo. Besides the cost of shipping their was a $59 brokerage fee.
    If anyone here is planning a trip to Germany and is serious about importing a motorcycle using the above rule you can PM me as I have contact in Frankfurt who can help you with logistics. The closer the bike is to Frankfurt the better. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast who happens to own an Africa Twin. :evil Again...if your serious...drop me a PM.
  16. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    That's all very helpful GSPD and I might hit you up for some info. I'm lucky to be right by the port of Barcelona and have found a transport company willing to work with me. The agent I spoke said I could ride the AT to their warehouse and work there to palletize it, and also told me to really enquire with Canada about the legalities because he didn't want me to move the bike for nothing. I have the 2 only official Spanish documents for the bikes: the technical card and the licence to circulate, further to that I have the original receipt from the shop in Barcelona where I bought the bike used in 2006, so it´s looking good.

    I will ask inmate Africa_Twin, who works for Honda if he can email me the printout from the Honda intraweb he showed earlier, because I can´t seem to access it myself.

    I should end up with one of the cooler bikes in Vancouver and a great backroads explorer!
  17. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Plus you'll get a cool X-Ray picture of your bike when it goes through customs, right Wayne?
  18. GSPD750

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    That's right...which is good for finding cracks in the sub-frame. :D It's not even a requirement to drain the gas tank. Providing it's not full to the brim or totally empty....but 1/4 full is fine. Only requirement is to disconnect the battery prior to strapping it to a palet. Crate is not necessary as you would only be paying for that extra weight.

    Speaking of cool bikes across the pond that you don't see over here and a current fav of mine would be the Honda NX 650. Yeah...honda uses the Colours of Benetton on this model but i still like it. A great day tripper to flic around the bush. Throw some soft bags on it and your good. :evil

    Following '96. You can find many of these older models hardly thrashed at all.

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    Pipes that have never seen mud. :eek1 I want one. :D

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  19. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    ...and i'm now waiting another 24 years to ship a 660 Tenere overhere !!! let s keep in touch , Wayne :D
  20. GSPD750

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    Hello Alain...sounds like you had a great trip in the Andes. I would like to hear about it someday. Well it's +8C here today and I'm putting my soldering/crimping skills to work with the installation of the Mosfet R/R into my AT.

    Hopefully it will look like Jim's from Eastern Beaver. His pic.

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    My task today is to install the following. :D

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