Honda Africa Twin XRV 650 RD03 1988-1989

The first Africa Twin with its rally routes was the XRV 650 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.

Africa Twin XRV RD

RD03 Specs.

Specifications - Africa Twin XRV750 RD07 1993-1995
EngineLiquid-cooled 4-stroke SOHC 52˚ V-twin
Bore × Stroke79 × 66mm
Displacement647
Compression Ratio9.4 : 1
Carburettors32mm CV-type × 2
Max. Power Output57HP / @ 8000rpm
Max. Torque6.1kgf-m / @ 6,000rpm
IgnitionDigital transistorised with electronic advance
StarterElectric
Transmission5-speed
Final Drive‘O’-ring sealed chain
Dimensions(L×W×H) 2,315 × 895 × 1,420mm
Wheelbase1,565mm
Seat Height880mm
Ground Clearance215mm
Fuel Capacity25 litres
WheelsAluminium rim/steel spoke
TyresFront 90/90–21 54H (Bias-ply)
Rear 130/80 R17 69H (Radial)
SuspensionFront 43mm leading-axle fork, 220mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with aluminium swing arm, 214mm axle travel
BrakesFront 296mm single hydraulic disc with dual-piston calliper.
Rear 210mm hydraulic disc with single-piston calliper.
Dry Weight185kg