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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    No, it just EVOLVES. Darwin would love ya

    Engine numbers depend on the State DMV. I think most states record frame numbers only....but even if they want the engine number, engine swaps are common.
  2. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    Man you guys need to stop justifying spending all his money. At this rate we'll never start this RTW thing.


    Oops, spoiler alert. :D
  3. Belgian Waffles

    Belgian Waffles Been here awhile

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    I'm expecting all this engineering shenanigans to pay off :wink:
  4. Belgian Waffles

    Belgian Waffles Been here awhile

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    Is it bribery if she simply doesn't notice an RD03 because of something shiny she's wearing?
  5. MarcusM

    MarcusM n00b

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    Hi guys.

    Just wanted to pop in and say hello.
    I just recently bought a new-to-me 2003 Honda XRV 750 (Africa Twin).

    Bought it with below 30.000km on the odometer, and it came with a GPS (Garmin 60csx), panniers and fog lights. So it's ready for adventure!

    Coming from a 1992 Honda NX 650 (Dominator) this big is just a beast!

    A few pictures

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    Honda XRV 750, Africa Twin by Marcus Møller, on Flickr

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    Honda XRV 750, Africa Twin by Marcus Møller, on Flickr

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    Honda XRV 750, Africa Twin by Marcus Møller, on Flickr
  6. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    very nice may you have many miles of smiles :clap
  7. Noprogram

    Noprogram High Plains Drifter

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    Hej, hej Marcus, velkommen til Adv rider! I've had some good times in Demark.

    Congratulations on the AT...still a great bike and never been successfully replaced in my opinion. It's suprisingly good off road with the smooth power delivery and geometry despite it's weight. Makes a gret adv tourer for a place like New Zealand especially.

    A couple of things to consider, fuel pump contacts can burn out (you can just get the contacts) or replace with a facet and also the reg/rect can go. Check the forum and is a common weak point due to the connectors and general design etc. There's a mosfet upgrade or just take a spare (Electrosport make them). Other than those things it's a reliable bike. Enjoy!

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  8. KT1

    KT1 RD07A Adventure

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  9. radiantpath

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    Hi

    I ride a '90 RD04 for a couple of years and I have a question about touring windscreens.

    I know that a tall touring screen is always thought of as superior to the original in terms of wind protection. Recently used a Powerbronze made tall flipup screen, and it was a bit of a disapointment. It was nice to look at and was ok in terms of wind protection but definitely not better than the original screen. It was different, like it directed all airflow directly to the helmet visor - it's impossible to ride anything above 50-55 kph (35 miles) with visor up. There is significant wind noise at higher speeds.

    With the original screen there was significant turbulance but it was not that constant, more of a sudden pressure on the helmet sometimes, still frustrating but at least it didn't appear in lower speeds.

    So, the question: is it possible, that any of the fancier taller touring screens, like MRA Vario will be any different is is it me who is defecting? I'm 183 cm, not that extraordinary high. Is it worth the extra price or just go with the original setup?

    For other purposes on a tour recently with wind and rain I removed the Powerbronze screen alltogether and it was not that unpleasant to ride without any screen at all - at least not that bad compared to the tall screen I used in the days before.
  10. Belgian Waffles

    Belgian Waffles Been here awhile

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    Sounds like your new screen is just tall enough to be in the no-zone. A short screen with no wind protection will keep your helmet in constant airflow, so you feel the wind pressure, but it can get tiring. A proper tall screen will put the wind flow over your helmet so you don't feel any wind at all. What you've got seems to be right in the middle, where you get all the wind buffeting right in the helmet. That means your head gets shaken around and you get dreadfully loud wind noise that is unbearably tiring. IMO a taller screen is worth it for a quieter and smoother ride.

    I'm too tall for my aftermarket windscreen as well (189 cm) so I put this on and it's great now.

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    You can see if something like this will work by putting your hand at the top of your windscreen while riding and see how much extra height you need on your screen.
  11. Galvão

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    Great great picture... i love this places: ample space with a river or a dam nearby, a group of friends and lots of gabble !
  12. radiantpath

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    Thank you for your timely answer. My thoughts (at least some) exactly.

    My Powerbronze screen is not really that new, I was annoyed by it for some time now. :D

    I think a change is in order in the near future, I just wondered if a setup like yours is really change that much. It's like the big name MRA Vario, which is almost exactly double price in my country compared to the Powerbronze one.

    It's just... I researched in the uk africa twin forum a bit and I seem to recall some members loathed the Vario setup for the RD04 saying not only the miracle didn't happen but it made matters worse (like in my case the Powerbronze did. Any owner with the RD07, which has a different fairing, and a different screen design from MRA were delighted with the screen.

    I agree with the principle of raising the windblast above the helmet with an extra piece of screen mounted, I'm just not to sure that with the basic form of the screen is even capable of deflecting wind efficently, even with a raiser (like in the case of the MRA).
  13. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    As you adjust the slope of the "spoiler", youll be able to effectively deflect the flow. Best solution IMHO
  14. Davemacduf

    Davemacduf Adventurer

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    Hola Moto amigos,
    Just a little story about "wind screens" and things are not always what they appear to be,especially possible when aerodynamic affects are involved.
    I have 2 2003 a/t´s and recently did a 2 month 20,000 kilometer tour of South America.
    One moto has a stock screen and the other an aftermarket 2 piece with slotted adjustability of 2 inches. At the last minute I decided not to mount the second slotted piece as the curves distorted ones vision for looking 20 feet in front of the bike on rutted gravel Bolivian roads.Add some bugs and mud to the distortion and the view is not very clear.Without the second piece I could look over the top as the height was similar to the stock.
    The height may have been similar but there the similarity ends. In Brazil between gas stops my screen was covered heavily with insects and the stock was nearly clean almost no bugs.
    For me at 6ft. tall the stock is perfect with the air hitting near the top of my helmet. Good old Honda with a good aerodynamic screen that I can look over the top when negotiating ruts and rocks.
    Needless to say I will run the stock screen on both motos.
  15. Africa_Twin

    Africa_Twin Africa Twiner

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    Regarding screens, it varies according to the rider height.

    If you think the stock screen is best for you, then use it.
    Japs are short people and for a shortie, the stock might work very well.
    For me, at 1.75 metres (dunno how many feet/inches that is), the MRA touring with tilt-able spoiler was a heaven's sent gift.
    Regarding the off-road riding mosquitos/mud thing, the problems are the same as with the stock screen, as both of them are prone to get dirt.
    I know for a fact, because I've run both the stock, the Givi tall and now the MRA Vario and for all of them I had to clean them from time to time.
    On the road, even with dirt/mosquitoes on the screen, I can see above the spoiler for a safe distance, and off-road I just stand on the pegs and lower the spoiler. If I need to, I'll just wipe it clean.

    Also, the MRA spoiler is adjustable so you can put it down for offroad, efectively taking it out of your eyesight anytime with ease. Even more, just two screws each side and a small wrench and you can remove it altogether and put it back when needed.

    Finally, to ride off-road (especially in ruts) while sitting on the bike, is harder (for me anyway) than standing on the pegs, when the screen height/type/condition of dirty-ness is not much of a problem anyway.

    FWIW, here's the MRA screen I'm talking about:
    The MRA with the stock on the back
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    And this is how it looks with me on the bike
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    An absolutely brilliant screen if you ask me. :norton
  16. radiantpath

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    The only difference is that you ride a 2003 AT, which, as I understand has slightly different fairing than the older models, like mine from 1990. On the UK forum it was pointed out that same make and type of a given screen is very different on RD04 and RD07. I couldn't compare to another bike unfortunately.

    I'm 6ft too, and with a touring seat, which I believe is even lower than the original, so stock screen should work for me as for you. But for me, the stock too was unpleasant if not even bad. Taller screen was more like a dissapointment, like the bike is nearly as tall as me with it :D Maybe I have a f..ed up seating position.

    I'm not saying I entirely given up on the idea to convert the bike back to stock condition as it was my plan in the last two years. Just like to know my options.
  17. radiantpath

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    It looks rather nice on the bike (even more so compared to a flip up tall screen).

    You almost had me convinced with that single picture. :D
  18. Belgian Waffles

    Belgian Waffles Been here awhile

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    I would look at some screens that sweep up like the rallye style, rather than those like the MRA and stock screens that mainly sweep back. The extra upward lip adds some wind deflection without adding too much height to the screen if that's an issue for offroad short-distance visibility.

    Alainmax can post a picture of his bike with this windscreen on it.

    http://www.ruggedroads.com/shop/art...SkWoCBET2IC&shop_param=cid=29&aid=B-PA8892KC&
  19. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Anyone hear from Jim after the rains/floods in Colorado?

    Jim, hope you're OK and not mudsurfing the new foundation downhill.

    See, you should got those mud tires for the SUV sooner, now the prices will be nuts.
  20. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    We're fine and so is the foundation. A little mitigation goes a long way. I laid down 160 sandbags a while back to divert any runoff. I didn't want to turn my toy hauler into the SS Minnow. Hmmm... Ginger or Maryann?

    Backfilling today. I-beams delivered. Wood package on Friday. Framing may start on Saturday. :clap