Since the Africa Twin was launched in 1986 there have been four variations to choose from: RD03, RD04, RD07 and RD07A. Below is a description of the motorcycle through the years, the differences between them and their specifications.
Africa Twin XRV650 RD03 88-89
The XRV650 RD03 sold between 1988 and 1989 was the first version of the Africa Twin to be launched. It was the ‘big brother’ to the ever popular Honda Transalp with upgraded longer travel front and rear suspension, more ground clearance and a modified 650cc V-Twin engine.
The XRV650 RD04 produced between 1990 and 1992 was the second version of the Africa Twin. Although very similar in styling to the original RD03, the new RD04 had a purpose built 750cc Honda V-Twin engine and improved chassis dynamics. To bring this extra horse power to a stop, it was equipped with dual front brake discs and a larger rear brake. In 1992 the trip computer was upgraded to a digital version.
In 1993 we saw the introduction of the Honda Africa Twin XVR750 RD07. The newly designed chassis and positioning of the fuel tank meant that the centre of gravity was lower. This greatly improved the slow and fast handling of the motorcycle. Cosmetically all the fairings had been redesigned and the seat was lowered to offer greater comfort and protection.
In 1996 the Africa Twin was modified to the XRV750 RD07A. The chassis, engine and the majority of the components remained the same but the fairing was redesigned. This meant a new look headlight surround and a higher cowl for more protection. The seat was also reshaped for extra comfort.