Honda Africa Twin
XV750 RD07 UK Bike – For more photos, please visit the eBay link.
Honda XRV Africa Twin 750 RD07. A Brief history:
Worthy of the myth this machine has a real heritage, it has a place in history.
The first bike in the Africa Twin story is the Honda NXR 750, a prototype and the desert racer that repeatedly won the Dakar rally in the Late 1980’s and costing 1 Billon Dollars in R&D!
This was a machine specifically developed for Paris Dakar which attracted a lot of crowds in the 80’s. With its lightweight (189 kg) V-twin engine with a 45 degree angle it was the birth of the famous V- twins used in the Africa Twin. With long travel suspension front and rear and rear mono shock this bike was built for the off road adventure.
Then the Africa Twin was born… starting from the same prototype to create a machine for the general public with the appearance of the first model, the RD 03 650 in 1986. Based on the NXR concept this machine had many parts directly developed for the Desert racer. The quality of materials was excellent and the bike had remarkable overall reliability… bikers could already cross continents without worrying about problems along the way, because of the need for reliability in the harshest environments the bikes were kept mechanical simple: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication! The Africa Twin follows this philosophy perfectly.
The RD 03 was followed in 1990 by the RD04, with the engine size increased to 750cc, the bike retained the steel cradle frame, long travel suspension and easy manners of the the RD03. The bike were upgraded to have twin disc brakes on the front.
In 1993 the new model was introduced that survived with few changes right through to 2003. The RD07 was a machine manufactured for the mass market and this was reflected in the success of the bike. Early models were expensive compared to bikes of that era, due in part to the quality of the materials and components originally developed for the desert racer. The RD07 and latterly the RD07a stood the test of time and is without doubt are one of the best adventure bikes of all time.
Now becoming increasingly rare to find good quality low mileage models, these bikes are going up in value. So you get a reliable bike developed on a race machine concept, with few known faults; and even today 20+ year old models are still on the road providing reliable and exciting on and off road adventures. What is not to like?
Bag yourself an appreciating asset.
The bike is currently showing 38,799 miles it has had 9 owners from new.
In excellent overall condition, however it has some signs of use and wear which is to be expected. The bike has been enhanced by the current owner with the addition of an SP Engineering exhaust end cans, Hyperpro upgraded rear spring and a taller tinted screen (Original silencer and centre stand supplied)
2 keys . MOT expires July 2021
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