Honda Africa Twin History
XRV650 & XRV750 1988 TO 2003
Possibly the most reliable, versatile and proven adventure touring motorcycle ever produced. Its history and origin is a story about the perfect timing of overland rallies, business and technical brilliance.
Utilising the knowledge gained whilst developing and racing the NXR750, Honda designed a production motorcycle for long distance touring and ever changing terrains. On May 20th 1988 the Africa Twin XRV650 RD03 was launched. In honour of its rally routes it was painted in racing colours mimicking the NXR750. Since the RD03 was introduced in 1988, Honda continued to develop this classic design into the most recent XRV750 RD07A. Each version of Africa Twin has had essential advances technically and cosmetically.
The Africa Twins proven reliability, ease of repair and responsive chassis has helped maintained its place amongst the adventure motorcyclist and commuters all over the world. Even though it is no longer produced, this now iconic motorcycle is good enough to compete with newer machines on the market today. In recent polls the Honda Africa Twin still holds its own against other large dual-sports like the KTM and the BMW adventure motorcycles.