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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by iswoolley, Aug 23, 2004.
OK, but NOW we want to see it painted with proper colours
i want to insert a photo...but the result is that...please tell me a better way to do this. thanks
the link to the image doesn't work to me. Are you sure you copied the right one?
I'm all in this Africa Twin stuff. Bought a solid RD03 in a great shape.
It happens that it should be produced in 1988 which is the year I was born.
Still there is some work to be done to make it same looks/function as in 1988.
I bought it to change the 640 Adventure because I'm planning some more travelling in remote places.
I'll update soon - my lower fork guards are coming from eBay Italy now...
Anybody running Anakee3s on their AT? I'm loving mine. Have yet to give them a go in the dirt though.
I ran the Anakee 2 for awhile and they were ok but not perfect...sounds like the Anakee 3 improved then. It certainly is a radical looking tread pattern.
I'm pretty sure I will be running the new Metzeler Karoo 3 in the spring as I'm hearing good stuff about them.
some updated pics...
Are those rims the regular Excel rims?
As far as I could see the the "normal" Excel Gold looks much more orange.
So is Excel making now less orange or is it just the quality/color of the picture?
Also what size rims are the rear? 3.50?
Wow..the Japanese Yen is strong. Ok...it only has 5,000 kms.
They are regular Excel rims as far as I know, yes the rear is a 3.50 rim.
Actually they really look golden, check another pic taken indoors.
Spec on the rim says: J17M/C x MT 3.50 DOT, 405 JAPAN 409
I'm running a 140/80 17 on it, want to try a 150 next time if clearance allows it.
How did you find that? When I google "Africa twin sold in Japan" I only get a Japanese porn clip with two black twins, I need to turn personalized search off....
Nice. I like the "Group - Offroad/Tourer" description.
Who did your hubs and how do you keep from scratching the finish when you change tires? I'd like to get a set made up in black, but I'm afraid I'll just destroy the finish.
just check here...
well I'd have to ask the shop where they changed the tires, but I think that usually the tire shops are quite professional and have funded knowledge how to prevent any damage.
I believe the Excel rims are anodized so I assume that this finish is quite tough. I wouldn't worry to much about the tire change, going offroad could potentially produce greater damage.
Anyway Excel rims are made for M/C so they can take some punishment, that's what they are made for.
The AT was already set up like this when I bought it. I do not know where the original owner had the hubs painted, but they look great.
In case you decide to go for it, below you find the rims details which are engraved in each rim:
Front: J21 x 1.85 DOT, 402 JAPAN 510
Rear: J17 M/C x MT 3.50 DOT, 405 JAPAN 409
You can do a search here at Goobike..
If you enter 'Transalp' (it does not like model #'s) in the white search box only xl700's and xl400's come up. I'm assuming Japan never got the xl600v or the xl650 even though they were built there. Is that right...anyone know for sure?
Hello I come from are Alberto Turin (ITALY) and I'm part of the Motoclub Africa Twin Italy, and here's my bike (Gilles LALAY replica of Paris - Alger - Dakar 1988).
A driech (misty/wet) day in Scotland,Africa Twin is always fun to ride though!