RD03 Africa Twin restoration

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by MassiveLee, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    What a great bike to restore. I love the AT's especially the early ones. That bike was so ahead of it's time. It was painful living in the US and not being able to own one although my Transalp sufficed for years before I grabbed the first KTM Adventure S. I love it, but still have a place in my garage for an AFrica Twin. Great work and thanks for sharing!
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  2. MassiveLee

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    Things are slowly coming together. I can see progress. The prep is the longest and most boring part. Then when things are painted and drying, one can see things are progressing. ;-)

    Painting with a rattle can. $15.00 for two cans. Tremclad is a rust protection paint that sticks to bare metal. In my case, it goes on zinc plated surfaces. It won't rust. The finish is glossy if the paint is properly applied. I didn't see the need to give $200 to a paint shop to do what I can perform myself for $15.00 with equally good results. Those parts definitely won't rust.

    First coat, bottom. Notice the use of bolts to use as anchor points to raise the subframe.

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    Paint looks grey, but it is a deep black in fact.

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    Once parts are dry, I have fitted their associated fasteners. When I will be ready to fit the subframes to the main frames, it'll be easier that way.

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  3. MassiveLee

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    I received the anodized prototypes the other day. The rear parcel shelf is intended for the RD03 but a slight redesign would allow fitment to RD04 and RD07. THis is the same design of the rack I used during my North Africa trip, except that instead of the heavy 1/4" aluminum sheets, I used a thinner and much lighter 1/8".

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  4. MassiveLee

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    I have modified the mounting for the HeavyDuties crashbars. I made some 9.5 ns 12.5 thock alu spacers. The 9.5mm seemed to work, but when the crashbars where installed, it rotated the front mounting plate and it contacted the frame. The 12.5mm spacers work better.

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    Test fitting the crashbars. I had them shipped from Romania to France, along with the racks and aluminum panniers. Installing the racks and panniers was a breeze. But I didn't like how the crashbars mounted. So, I shipped them to Montreal, and continued my 5 week ride throughout Spain, France, Italy and North Africa without crashbars.

    One can see they nicely protect the side fairings, as well as the rads underneath ;-)

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    With the 9,5mm spoacers, the mounting flange touches the frame.

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    There's a nice gap with the 12.5mm spacers

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  5. MassiveLee

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    Picked up a few brakelines I had made locally.

    The upper line from the MC was done 2"/50mm longer as I will fit bar risers.

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    Rear line

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    I also replaced the flimsy plastic brakeline guides by stainless steel units with a rubber sleeve. They will never break.

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  6. DesertSurfer

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    Looking sweet!!!
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  7. MassiveLee

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    Taking my time. And you know how it is when restoring a bike. You an old rubber piece on a new-looking support, then the only choice becomes to junk the rubber piece and buy a new one. It gets quickly expensive and it delays the resto process. ;-) But hey, it'll look good.

    Lee
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  8. Noprogram

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    Looking great Lee. Thanks for the effort on the photos, excellent reference for the day when mine gets a refresh.
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  9. Magus

    Magus Never grew up... Supporter

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    This feels like reading a book only to find the final chapter missing!?!
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  10. vainamoinen

    vainamoinen Bumblebee master

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    Amazing job!
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  11. PhaseShifter

    PhaseShifter Been here awhile

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    great paintwork !
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  12. Junglejeff1

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    Loving watching this.The work your doing is A1.Going to be a sweet ride.
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  13. Mr. Mota

    Mr. Mota Been here awhile

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    That is looking great. Such care and detail even for parts unseen. Are those grease nipples on the swingarm? How did you go about cleaning the engine, carburetor and calipers?
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  14. gkam

    gkam Been here awhile

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    Great restoration! Congratulations!
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  15. ExplorerFrog

    ExplorerFrog Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great thread, but hasn't posted since Sep of 2015?
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    IS this dead dead?
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  17. swimmer

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    OP hasn't logged onto the site in almost 4 years. Next to avatar says banned but I don't believe that it is true.
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  18. Dualsport4ever

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    Hopefully the OP finished the resto, hit the road and is four years on. :ricky
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