found this wee gem on an American Grass Tracker site..
I have corrected the original, as they had the engine wrong:-
its not a Liquid cooled 58 degree V Twin, ( VT500-700-750 ).
its a 45 degree air cooled V Twin with the same bore & stoke as the 750 Harly it competed against in this class,
suggesting to me that it was targeted at this competion segment.
So for 4 years Honda won everything in the Mid Eighties.... then used the RS / XLV motor as the basis for the NSR Dakar bike and won that for 4 years, then Honda got bored..........
XLV 750R was discontinued in 1985, after a very limited run, ( for Honda ), 4000 Rd and 4000 Rf models produce and then replaced by the Transalp followed by the additon of the Africa Twin :thumbup:
the rest is history