c.1984 Honda XLV750R Africa Twin
Frame no. RD01-2000610
Engine no. RD01E-2003220
As the market for off-road motorcycles expanded and matured, manufacturers began to offer larger multi-cylinder models, paving the way for the emergence of the dual-purpose 'adventure bike'. Taking a leaf from BMW's book, the German firm having led the way with its R80G/S, Honda equipped its first twin-cylinder off-roader the XLV750R Africa Twin with shaft final drive. Hydraulic tappets likewise helped reduce the maintenance burden while other noteworthy features included three valves per cylinder, twin-plug ignition and dry sump lubrication, the frame serving as the oil reservoir. Like the vast majority if its modern-day equivalents, the Africa Twin was intended as a tourer with limited off-road capabilities; weighing 220kg (484lb) wet, it was simply too much of a handful on the rough stuff for most riders. Intended exclusively for the Continental European market, the XLV750R was later sold in Australia but never officially imported into the UK. This first of the Africa Twin family was manufactured from 1983 to 1986 in limited numbers by Honda standards, only some 10,000 being built. This un-restored example of a Honda model rarely seen in the UK currently displays a total of 51,299 kilometres (approximately 31,800 miles) on the odometer. The machine is offered with copies of Dutch registration papers. No reserve.
- The XLV750R was a continental market only model and the precursor to the Africa Twin.