The Africa Twin XRV650 & XRV750 thread

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

  1. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    So here's my new to me beast..a '91 (which makes it an RD04?) with about 60km on the clock. I've only ridden it a few KM so far (from the previous owner's home to mine) as I want to give it a basic service before I take it out for a proper ride.

    fingers crossed I remember how to post pics here..

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  2. icelandmg066

    icelandmg066 Adventurer

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    lucky man that looks like a new one.. nice bike i hope it serves you well is that your first africa twin ..i have a rd03..88 done 77 pus klm strange i went to the local
    bike dealers to look at a xt660r..07..looked it over then took a better look round to see what was in ....saw this big old black dual sport bike looked it over
    a bit and climbed up on it sat on it started it and bought it ...since then ive changed the brakes...oil and filter...and rear wheel bearings..and done a 1000 km on it..there is just something about the africa twin great to see what other people are doing with them...i love riding mine.....regards....icelandmg066
  3. icelandmg066

    icelandmg066 Adventurer

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    nice i would like to see the ROTHMANS VERSION ..of this nice bike..iceland
  4. diskow

    diskow Been here awhile

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    black
  5. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    And black it will be.

    Waiting fot the graphics.

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  6. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    I can use with or without the front tanks


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  7. diskow

    diskow Been here awhile

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    Bravo!
    Awesome transformation.
  8. DakarBlues

    DakarBlues One-everythinged man

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    PLease don't hide that beautiful engine, paint the headers red, "rosso"
  9. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    It was an idea!


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  10. AT86

    AT86 Been here awhile

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    A little ride out along the mediterrenean today

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    Saw some nice houses

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    And met Aida in Cannes

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  11. twinie

    twinie traveler

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    Playground @ Portugal


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  12. Iwan Suli

    Iwan Suli Adventurer

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    Hangover

    Bike training 49 k.

    Took AT for a spin that became a trip to my unofficial mechanic, to adjust the idle revs (I studied the soft stuff, ok)

    AT revs repaired, but for some reason, black smoke coming from muffler.

    Ok, after some revving, smoke cleared for a bit, strange engine noise however, somewhat... ugly, not smooth and slurpy as the usula AT.

    Starting to leave mechanics farm... electrics completely gone.

    Okay, we found some weird electrical circuit/conduit thingy near fuel pump, that seemed to be burned (I did mention that maybe it is that bad connection at the battery, but that idea was dismissed for being too easy). Cleared that one. Turned the key, got the clocks back.

    Tried to start the engine, soft bang from the open circuit, slight smoke and nothing.

    Cleaned the thingy again, got the clocks, lost the clocks. Checked the battery connection. No connection (I'd like to point out at this point, that I, lawyer, suggested it 40 minutes ago). Cleaned that connection.

    Got the engine running again. Started limping home (50 k to go). Some weird "bad spark, weird pushing momentum in the revs" soon appeared.

    Got lost in the highway intersection, went 10 k totally opposite direction.

    It was fing cold.

    Reaching city, idle revs never went below 3000 rpm when stopping in traffic. Well, that hadnt happened today, what's next.

    Took the Anus Africanus to my friends garage, easier to plan repairs there.

    Friend not home, jumpstarting his Volvo at the other side of the city. Garage doors locked.

    Walked 3 k to the store and back, took beer for waiting, completely pissed at that point.

    Finally, the damn bike is in a garage... now lets fix friends cat, who got injuries, I guess from the catfight. An IT tech and lawyer performing light surgery on a domestic cat.

    Cat shat on the IT techs lap (to be fair, a little bit on my riding boots also).

    If I didnt had Honda Africa Twin, I never could have gotten most of those things done today.

    So how was your day?
  13. mrmrva

    mrmrva wannabe adventurer

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    Anyone had problem with emulsion tubes on AT? Is it possible to repair/replace these somehow (RD04 in question)?
  14. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    Anyone care to express an opinion as to what's going on with the battery compartment here?

    It's real messy with some weirdly placed fuses. Figured I'd post here before start tinkering and blowing stuff up.

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  15. raoulserban

    raoulserban vrrummm

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    Looks like starter relay has been changed, adapted another model. If it works, leave it be
  16. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    Ahh, so that's what it is :) thanks Raoul and, on the positive side, the fuses are easy to change :)
  17. ray3656

    ray3656 Adventurer

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    Looks like it's the original and the fuse has melted and been relocated

    Mine did that and I did exactly that to get back on the road:clap

    Have since replaced it with a starter that does not have the integral fuse and wired in a FET regulator with its own 30 amp fuse direct to the battery and retained the eternal 30 amp fuse in the bike feed line :-) as said looks ok keep an eye out for hot connections though.:clap
  18. mrmrva

    mrmrva wannabe adventurer

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    I just found out I might have swapped these so need confirmation on marks on front and rear cylinder needle.
    Only info I found in this thread RD04 Original Carburetor Needle Size
    so would like another confirmation if possible. It says in the thread above that J83A goes to the back cylinder and 9TI8 to the front.
    Is this correct?
  19. Fliegenfischer

    Fliegenfischer Adventurer

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    Front is 9 T B not 9 T I 8.
  20. mrmrva

    mrmrva wannabe adventurer

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    Thanks Fliegenfischer for confirmation :wave It is 9TB but the B is a bit strangely written. I had to register on german forum Africa Twin friends, and there are few topics that confirm needle position over there also. I have definitely swapped them and one has a slight wear now in the middle but will have to do because they are not available anymore and it seems they are specific to AT and TA.