The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. mechahayai

    mechahayai Been here awhile

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    Is that an FH008?
  2. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    It's actually the FH020AA. More here at an earlier post #11863

    Anyhow...I just finished the install and am quite pleased. Fired it up
    and it was still putting out 14.4 vdc with grips and lights on. One of
    the old connectors ( 3 wires/3 phase yellow) had evidence of overheat but no real damage.
    That connector gets changed with the new generation Delphi connector from Eastern Beaver (see pic).
    Those are the only 3 wires you solder for the whole install and then it all just snaps in.
  3. mechahayai

    mechahayai Been here awhile

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    How did the final install go? IIRC the 12 and 20 are a bit taller. I believe Jim originally installed an FH008 on is AT as it is closest to the stock size. I picked up an FH008BA and hope to do a direct plug and play, but it's going to take a little tinkering to get it there.
  4. GSPD750

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    I thought the FH008 had the same foot print and mounting holes as the 0012/0020 and it's the 0010 and 0011 that are taller? Anyhow, the 0020 that I installed now supercedes the 0012 which has the same dimensions and specs but with some minor changes to the heat sink casting.

    The 0020 fit nicely on my RD07A as you can see in the pic. Notice the old white round connector in the middle which is not used now. I blanked off the inside with a plastic plug. Tie wrapped below that is the new Delphi 3 yellow wire connector (no particiular order). The hole you see between green and white connector was where the old 3 yellow wire connector lived. That connector gets tossed and was prone to overheat and high resistance.

    To the left and in front of the starter relay you can see the new 30 amp fuse holder and the black and red wire that now go directly to the battery.

    In the end their are a total of 5 wires that you need to pinch and solder (3 phase yellow) and the 2 pos/neg wires to the battery. I say "pinch and solder" because that was my method as I did not have a fancy crimper.
    Carefully bend the wire tabs over with some small needle nose pliers followed up with a dab of solder. Jim has a link here.
    pinching and soldering

    This is an easy and worthwhile mod IMO and certainly a preventative one if your running old connectors that could can be prone to high resistance and eventual meltdown. The MOSFET is more effecient and produces less heat at the R/R so that the mounting/cooling is not so much an issue anymore.


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  5. mechahayai

    mechahayai Been here awhile

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    That looks good. Thanks for the pic. Mine is a 7 wire set up so it's a bit different.
  6. gkam

    gkam Adventurer

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    Can these R/R charge a lithium battery?
  7. SulytS

    SulytS n00b

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    THIS IS BRILANT...:clap



  8. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    I don't see why not but I'm still digesting all that lithium battery stuff. Their certainly is a considerable amount of weight to be saved thats for sure.

    See links below...yeah....to much to read. :D Therefore I'll stick with the proven lead/acid/AGM technology for now.



    Shorai Motorcycle Battery vs. Ballistic Motorcycle Battery Comparison - webBikeWorld

    http://www.batterybusiness.com.au/products/lithium

    Shorai LFX14A1-BS12 Battery - £129.95

    Ballistic Battery 12V LiFePO4 8 Cell EVO 2

    Vehicle Replacement Batteries for Motorcycles, ATV, Watercraft, Snowmobile, Utility Vehicle

    Ballistic Battery 12V LiFePO4 EVO 2 Review - YouTube

    Ballistic Battery EVO2 Review at Motochanic.com - YouTube

    Shorai Lightweight Motorcycle Battery Review - Make your motorcycle 4 pounds lighter. - YouTube
  9. ROYMACNIC

    ROYMACNIC Adventurer

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    Hi, anybody in the UK had an RD04 shock rebuilt? I've got a few possibilities to have this done but was wondering if anyone had any recommendations,where you have had a good service or anybody that should be avoided,thanks, Roy.
  10. La Case

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  11. La Case

    La Case Adventurer

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    Me and my Half-build AT Rallye, 'll be paint soon


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  12. Stormforce8

    Stormforce8 Farkle Tart

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    This is an RD03 shock that was completely rebuilt back to new by Clarence at PLR Suspension. Excellent chap who really knows what he's doing :thumb

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  13. ROYMACNIC

    ROYMACNIC Adventurer

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    Thanks for that Stormforce8,thats just what I'm looking for.
  14. The Apostle

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    I found an advertisement for a used AT converted to 960cc with the use of a crank (not sure if translation is OK) from Varadero. Is that possible ????
  15. Schelbi

    Schelbi Been here awhile

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    Where is the advertisement? If it's in Germany I can check translation for you.
  16. The Apostle

    The Apostle Adventurer

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    It is here in Greece. Using google translate greek to english says "crank".
    But is it possible to have 960cc to an AT ?????
  17. KT1

    KT1 RD07A Adventure

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  18. Schelbi

    Schelbi Been here awhile

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    sound like a joke :wink: Maybe too much :1drink

    the AT has a stroke of 72mm, Varadero has only 66mm!

    Together with the bore of 81mm of the AT you get 680ccm :clap

    The other way is the AT stroke with the Varadero bore. That means 1086ccm but I can not believe that this is possible!

    A company in Germany called Thiel Motoren offers tuning with pistons up to 90mm. That way you get up to 916ccm.
  19. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    What is "possible" may not really be "practical" in everyday use.

    I've read that the Honda engineers thought that the RD07/750 size was the largest practical application for this engine type. The type was originally designed as a 500cc engine.

    Increasing bore or stroke or a combination of these will certainly give you a larger displacement but at what expense? More heat, reduced reliability, increased vibration not able to be balanced out at the crankshaft

    Remember there are no counterbalancers in this engine.

    Then you will also get into performance problems/alterations with intake aiflow, carburetor size/type and jetting.


    There are many who believe that the 650 or 600 cc version (RD03 or Transalp) of this engine was the best over-all balance between power, vibration, heat output and reliability.
  20. ujeni

    ujeni just doesn't get it

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    After more than eight months of waiting, I have successfully imported a 1989 RD03 into California! Here's the story...

    I finished my RD07a rebuild project just over a year ago. While chatting with Stormforce8 about some parts, I casually mentioned that I dreamt of owning an RD03 some day. Little did I know that he would remember that comment...three months later, he called back to say that a mutual friend of ours had one for sale in Ireland. I contacted my friend in Ireland, got pictures of the bike and agreed on a price. The bike would stay with him until Stormforce8 and I had figured out all of the paperwork. An RD03 in my garage!! I was very excited to own the first Africa Twin model as my fellow AT nuts can imagine.

    The seller, Stormforce8 and I spent the next seven months tracking down the paperwork, speaking to experts and assuring ourselves that the plan would work. The biggest win came when we figured out that indeed the bike had to be 21 years or older to get past the DOT and the EPA. Stormforce8 bravely dealt with Honda UK to obtain an official Year of Manufacture Certificate (YOM), while I worked out the shipping. By early January everything was in place and the bike was trailered to the port in Ireland. The bike was crated professionally by James Cargo and put on a boat. I hired the folks at Vantage Point to help me with all the customs paperwork.

    A month later the container arrived in San Francisco and I was told I could pick it up...

    The warehouse (my bike is somewhere in there):

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    I explained to the people at the warehouse that I didn't have a truck to put the crate in; I planned to take it out of the crate, get it running and drive it home two hours away (registration was already in progress thanks to Donna Leek and insurance was sorted). They looked at me like I was nuts but agreed to bring the crate down to the parking lot. Here's my bike be backed down a ramp backwards :eek1

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    Hey look, there's an RD03 in there!

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    After 30 days in transit, the battery was flat. It also took some time to get the fuel system working properly. An hour later the bike was ready to be ridden home:

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    Now its at home with its younger brother:

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    The plan is to ride the bike for a year or so and then do a full restoration. First impression is that the XRV650 is many of the things I liked about the 89 Transalp (smooth engine, lighter and narrower) with many of the things I love about the RD07a (longer range, longer suspension and a beefier build).

    Big, big thanks to Stormforce8 (a real asset to the Africa Twin community, plus he sells some great stuff at Rugged Roads). If anyone is interested in importing an Africa Twin into the US I am happy to tell you how I did it. Send me a PM.

    Hope to meet up with other AT owners this summer if possible! See you guys out there! :freaky