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Hi Manuel and welcome. :D

This link might be some help?
http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=32609

If not try searching in the africa twin area of the forum. Quite a few 650 owners around and plenty info too.

Hope you find what you are looking for.
 

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RD03: XRV650

J: Model year 1988
K: Model year 1989

Sales market/model:
F: France
G: Germany
SW: Switzerland (HSQ = Headlamp Square)
B: Belgum
PO: Portugal
AR: Austria
SP: Spain
IT: Italy
FI: Finland

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1988 total
Frame s/n: from 5000015 upto 5009495
Engine s/n: from 5000018 upto 5009515 (Obviously there must be unused s/n in that serie otherwise there would have been 9498 engines produced)

1989 total
Frame s/n: from 5100001 upto 5103359 and with special s/n for Spain 0M000001 upto 0M000280
Engine s/n: from 5100001 upto 5103642 (There must be unused s/n in that serie too otherwise there would have been 3642 engines produced)


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Honda XRV650J 1988 AR
Frame s/n: from 5003407 upto 5008431
Engine s/n: from 5003423 upto 5008451

Honda XRV650J 1988 B
Frame s/n: from 5001037 upto 5007576
Engine s/n: from 5001049 upto 5007596

Honda XRV650J 1988 F
Frame s/n: from 5000021 upto 5008540
Engine s/n: from 5000030 upto 5008560

Honda XRV650J 1988 FI
Frame s/n: from 5003417 upto 5003446
Engine s/n: from 5003433 upto 5003462

Honda XRV650J 1988 G
Frame s/n: from 5000015 upto 5008541
Engine s/n: from 5000020 upto 5008561

Honda XRV650J 1988 IT
Frame s/n: from 5000024 upto 5009495
Engine s/n: from 5000018 upto 5009515

Honda XRV650J 1988 PO
Frame s/n: from 5003797 upto 5008086
Engine s/n: from 5003815 upto 5008106

Honda XRV650J 1988 SP
Frame s/n: from 5002237 upto 5007525
Engine s/n: from 5002253 upto 5007545

Honda XRV650J 1988 SW/HSQ
Frame s/n: from 5000026 upto 5007403
Engine s/n: from 5000031 upto 5007423
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Honda XRV650K 1989 AR
Frame s/n: from 5100001 upto 5103198
Engine s/n: from 5100001 upto 5103460

Honda XRV650K 1989 B
Frame s/n: from 5101420 upto 5103337
Engine s/n: from 5101628 upto 5103620

Honda XRV650K 1989 F
Frame s/n: from 5101414 upto 5103359
Engine s/n: from 5101622 upto 5103642

Honda XRV650K 1989 FI
Frame s/n: from 5101700 upto 5102453
Engine s/n: from 5101854 upto 5102750

Honda XRV650K 1989 G
Frame s/n: from 5100006 upto 5101699
Engine s/n: from 5100006 upto 5101907

Honda XRV650K 1989 H
Frame s/n: from 5102374 upto 5102413
Engine s/n: from 5102626 upto 5102665

Honda XRV650K 1989 IT
Frame s/n: from 5100736 upto 5103335
Engine s/n: from 5100944 upto 5103618

Honda XRV650K 1989 PO
Frame s/n: from 5101409 upto 5103081
Engine s/n: from 5101617 upto 5103338

Honda XRV650K 1989 SP
Frame s/n: from 0M000001 upto 0M000280
Engine s/n: from 5100615 upto 5103616

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I have just noticed that my own bike is the 78'th produced in 1989, thus it's likely to be a German market model.
But I have the Bi-Lux lamps from the 88 model (or the French 88 and 89 model) and the bike was bought and imported from France :confused:
 

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Many thanks for the informations.
My XRV has:
Frame:RD03-5005029
Eng.500572

That means that is a 1988 product.
But for which country?
It seems Honda just produced bikes for different markets as they went a long, only Finland have an unbroken row of production,,,
Your frame number is produced during the time when frames for all markets except Finland were produced





 

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Can't understand how it works.. the frame of my Italian 650 is 5101119, so it's in the Italian range but in the German one as well... it makes non sense...
 

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Thats interesting, my frame no starts with 1000, and engine no starts with 100 ??
I suppose Africa Twin was on sale in other continents other than Europe... maybe Japan, Australia or Usa, or the ones you find in these countries were all imported from Europe?
 

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Can't understand how it works.. the frame of my Italian 650 is 5101119, so it's in the Italian range but in the German one as well... it makes non sense...
They built them in small batches.

The figures I have are the first serial number and last serial number for each market model.

Say they were producing 50 bikes one day, 10 out of them were for Germany and another 10 for Italy, and so on, so the row of s/n for Germany (as an example) will not be consistant, ther well be "holes" were other markets bikes would fill in .

I know that the carbs also have numbers stamped on them, and they were different for several markets, that could be one way to determine or at least rule out som markets when investigating what market your bike was intended for.
 

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I suppose Africa Twin was on sale in other continents other than Europe... maybe Japan, Australia or Usa, or the ones you find in these countries were all imported from Europe?
About the RD03
Japan = Yes
Australia, USA = No

Although I have seen periodic pictures of an Africa Twin race bike with "Africa Twin" switched to "Australian Twin"
And if my memory serves me right it was an Marathon RD03.
 

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Mine was a used import from Japan and is registered as a '91 here. It would be interesting to find its actual date of manufacture though as they were only built in '88 '89 to my knowlege
When I noticed your s/n on engine and frame, I quick thought went trough my head, that yours could be an ex Japan bike.

As far as I know the RD03 were only produced in '88 and '89.
One can sometimes see RD03's beeing advertised as '90 models, but I think it comes from the first date of registration

I have never seen any figures for the RD03 stating the exact numbers being produced, that would be interesting to know.

Anyhow, it's still a great pice of machinery, and it's very revarding to see that the owners are taking care of their bikes, and using them as intended by Honda.
 

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Hi,
I have been lurking here and looking for a good, cheap @.
A few days ago I came over a 94 @RD07 in Austria....it has lots of goodies, like Öhlins rear damper, Marzocchi Magnum 50 front fork and bridges, African Queens Rally front fairing and slim rear end, Touratech IMO 100R300 Multifunction rally computer and electric Roadbook (both with remotes), Titan exhaust system, K&N , one extra set of complete wheels with enduro tires, 2 extra exhaust cans and a lot more...

...the price I paid for everything was well under half the price for just the parts...so I thought I had made a steal.

Yesterday I got the papers and it states that the engine is a 35Kw version for Austria....:-(.....but when I check engine and frame numbers from the list on this post ...I get to that it is a full HP version... :confused:
Details:
Engine number: RD04E5300486
Frame number: RD072104053

Can anyone help with this ? If it really is a 35KW version...how is it restricted ?

A couple of picture of the @ here:http://lovik.net

Regards

Arf
Stavanger
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Hi,
I have been lurking here and looking for a good, cheap @.
A few days ago I came over a 94 @RD07 in Austria....it has lots of goodies, like Öhlins rear damper, Marzocchi Magnum 50 front fork and bridges, African Queens Rally front fairing and slim rear end, Touratech IMO 100R300 Multifunction rally computer and electric Roadbook (both with remotes), Titan exhaust system, K&N , one extra set of complete wheels with enduro tires, 2 extra exhaust cans and a lot more...

...the price I paid for everything was well under half the price for just the parts...so I thought I had made a steal.

Yesterday I got the papers and it states that the engine is a 35Kw version for Austria....:-(.....but when I check engine and frame numbers from the list on this post ...I get to that it is a full HP version... :confused:
Details:
Engine number: RD04E5300486
Frame number: RD072104053

Can anyone help with this ? If it really is a 35KW version...how is it restricted ?

A couple of picture of the @ here:http://lovik.net

Regards

Arf
Stavanger
Norway


From another thread:
http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=346729#post346729


Power reduced (It seem this text relates to the RD04-RD07A) Africa Twins
The Africa Twin is sold in at least three differently powered versions:

 60hp
 50hp (Austria, ...)
 34hp (Germany, especially for driving license class 1a)
The reduction is normally done by a reduced air intake diameter in the pipes (one for each cylinder) between carburettor and cylinder ("Ansaugstutzen"). The two big plastic plastic pipes can be easily seen if you have a look at the engine, but you won't see the presetted power without disassembling them.

Getting more power ...
If you want to remove the power reduction, you first have to lift off the tank. Then loosen the clamps which hold the air intake pipes between carburettor and cylinders. Now you can take away the carburettor. Store it at a clean place and ensure that now dirt can go in.
The reduction parts are placed directly in the air pipe. For 34hp, there are two metal plates (see picture) inside the pipe with an inner diameter of 19mm. You can just take them out and you have 60hp (all together about 1h).



If you have a 50hp version, the air pipe itselves is changed, which means that it has a smaller inner (!) diameter (about 32mm). But also no problem here: You can just cut out the plastic a bit to get the full diameter (about 36mm) for full 60hp power. If you don't like this, you can buy an official 60hp air intake pipe, of course. For several countries (e.g. Austria) the 50hp version additionally has an changed camshaft. For getting full power you will have to change it, too. The two cam shaft versions differ in the cam stroke: The international version has 38.5mm, while the 50hp version has ?.?? mm

http://www.atic.org/faq/reduction.php

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That is all I know about the 750cc Austrian version and any indication of the power reduction.
If it's correct or not, I can not say, but it could be worth to investigate
 

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Hi Kjell,
Thanks for the reply !!
I have asked around and one friend in Austria told me that it was normal that when You bought the new bike , You got the original EU camshafts and the carburator parts from the dealer....on the first service they mounted them for free and it is standard EU bike with 60HP....
It came to it's new home on Friday morning and I had a good long tour with it...surely feels like has all the original HP in it :thumbup:.
Now I'm looking for the slim KTM style rear fender to mount..ideas on where to get it ??....and get it touched up with new paint..have not really decided on colour scheme yet....:icon_smile:

Regards
Arf
 
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