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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by sharkey, Sep 27, 2007.
Tnx for the tip! Appreciated.
Just made some more pipes up for the machine, I had an old two into one that rusted out. The new pipes are large volume from the junction of the headers, same as original. There is a balance pipe where the factory one was. I made fixed baffles the same method as original pipes, the main difference was bigger outlets at around 30mm. It has a good note, not too loud. The torque is more than a two into one and it seems to have more top end as well.
Wow... Your bike looks like NEW! Compliments.
About the pipes... Did you replace the full exhaust system or only the rear parts from mufflers to junction?
Replaced them from the header pipes back.
Beautiful Job Old Fart! That is a beautiful bike.
this my first post on this page.
After lookng for several years I bought a XLV 750 R from 1983 with only 27.000 km 2 weeks ago
The bike was not used for more than 4 years & there is a lot to do, but I think it is worth.
When the bike is back on the road I will let you know
join the XLV750 group at yahoo.
and give your data to Christian Fuchs so he can add you to the list of proud XLV owners.
I spotted two XLV750R for sell in the neighbourhood for a good price.
How are they for longer trips? MPG, reliability, spares etc
MPG is very good, like a Transalp.
XLVs are running great with enough power and godd handling even with a lot of luggage.
Reliability and spare parts are really bad! I have a few of these bikes but for longer trips I always use my 1989 Transalp!
so taking it on a 10K trip isnt thee best plan?
I wouldn't try that. Buy an AT or TA and you will have no problems on 10k or 20k or 50k trip!
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Agree with that. For long distance touring (><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="250 km">250 km</st1:metricconverter> a day or more) we also use our '94 XL600V Transalp or the XL1000V Varadero. We own two Varadero's, a MK1 from 2000 (the Mrs her machine) with 160.000 on the ODO (<st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="100.000 miles">100.000 miles</st1:metricconverter>) and like new, and my MK2 ABS from 2004 with <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="75.000 km">75.000 km</st1:metricconverter> done. <o></o>
I'm using the XLV as an classic. And from time to time I even use it to commute (<st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="130 km">130 km</st1:metricconverter> each day, incl. <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="30 km">30 km</st1:metricconverter> of motorway) on which it performes great.<o></o>
On aspect of reliability... It is not that bad! But it depends on which model you own. On a HRC (red engine) I would ride it that much. It has some weak spots (gearbox, oil cooler, rear spring, head caskets, etc) But the Limited (black engine) has several improvements towards the red engine models. <o></o>
to bad. I dont have place for 2 bikes. I dont mind modifing and getting dirty hands btw.
But guess ill keep on looking i also spotted a xrv650 (i have a fetish for unique bikes )
A beautiful bike. Very reliable and good for long trips.
Unfortunately I have not seen a really good one for a reasonable price.
And my barn is full of old bikes waiting for a restauration.
Otherwise a XRV 650 would be a good addition to my collection!
An XLV750 can be modified. I have seen an Belgian owner who took the engine and shaftdrive of an NTV650 Revere and build in the XLV frame...
I'm in to the original thing though.
Things which could be modified to make the bike more rugged for touring are not that numereaus... Some ideas...:
- Double front diskbrakes;
- Rearsuspension... Technoflex (or Wilbers) have still an aftermarked replacement on stock. Little expensive, though.
- Sparkplugs... Invest in Iridium ones.
- Gearbox... Well.. just use proper engine oil. Halfsynt. or even full synt.
- Keep an eye on the cooling of the rear cylinder... Modify the airflow to the rear cylinder when riding in warm climate.
I've visited the 20th anniversary XLV750 International Meeting in Switserland back in 2003. I was stunned by the modifications done to the bike by some owners!
Many ideas can be viewed on Rolf's XLV pages: www.xlv.ch
I finally succeeded in finding a place where I can clean the carburettor 'Ultrasound'. It's only 30 km from the place where I live; I can simply bring the carbs down there on my way up to the office.
Costs? 25,-. Found a 2nd address at 100 km from where I live; they charge 75,-. So I think I've got a fair price.
Place to be... Motoport Assen (Assen as in Dutch GP / TT)
I need some help and advice on a 1985 Honda XLV750R. On overrun, the bike pops and backfires. It has a Marving exhaust (Italy) which is as near stock as I could get with no signs of leaking or blowing. I have tried rejetting the main and idle jets using 115, 118 main, plus 40, 42 and 45 idles all with varying combinations. Stock is 118 / 42. I have also fitted new diaphrams and tried max and min positions for the mixture screw. All with no success. I have talked to a bloke who had a similar problem which he traced to the pulse generator. The manual says they should be 450 - 550 ohms. I have one at 465, the other at 422, so it does look out of spec. The problem is, its discontinued from Honda and just about everywhere else that I have tried. The part number is 30300-MG7-003.
So.....has anyone else had this problem? How did you fix it and any ideas where I can get my hands on a new pulse generator or know of an alternative?
Hmmm... There is a whole legion of possible causes. On both the Transalp and the Varadero I had backfires because one of the gasket seals of the exhaust was broken. You couldn't see any thing wrong on the exhaust though... Since the exhaust of the XLV is made of several parts, it could well be a broken gasket... <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
- Which type of fuel do you use? I've noticed that the XLV feels comfy with high-octane fuel (f.e. Super Plus 98+)<o></o>
- Sparkplugs... Replace the stock plugs by iridium plugs. Really one of the best mods I have done to the bike.<o></o>
- Cleaning... Put a bottle of Forte Fuel Guard on a full fuel tank and ride with it, reff it up.<o></o>
- Hows your air filter? <o></o>
I've got no clue about all kinda tech-talk... I prefer to keep of the engine, settings, etc as long I can fix a problem manually (fuel, fuel adding’s, etc).<o></o>
A change of pipe will make it run on. After having a two into one on mine then putting a twin system back on the idle revs rose without changing carb set up or idle adjustment touched. A non standard system will change the tune, usually worse. Exhaust leaks will make it run on and backfire, sometimes they are a bit hard to track down.
The German Kraftfahrt Bundesamt (Federal Department of Motor Vehicles) tells me there are 153 XLV750 registered and on the road, of which 146 are 45kW version, 7 are the 37kW version.
Very rare now indeed.