Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin




Make Model

Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin




Four stroke, Longitudinal 52°V-twin. SOHC, 3 Valve per cylinder 


742 cc / 45.2 cu-in

Bore x Stroke

81 x 72 mm

Compression Ratio


Valve clearances (COLD engine) Intake valves: 0.13 to 0.17 mm
Exhaust valves: 0.18 to 0.22 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled, 2.03 l (2.15 US qt, 1.79 Imp qt)
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil (After draining) 2.4 l (2.5 US qt, 2.1 Imp qt)
(After draining and oil filter change) 2.6 l (2.7 US qt, 2.3 Imp qt)
(After disassembly) 3.2 l (3.4 US qt, 2.8 Imp qt)


2x 38mm Flat side CV
Idle speed 1,200 ± 100 min–¹(rpm) ...E,G,F,ED,AR,II G
1,200 ± 50 min–¹(rpm) ..SW


TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Battery 12V - 12AH
Generator 0.36kW/5,000min–¹(rpm)
Spark Plug Standard: DPR8EA9 (NGK) or X24EPR - U9 (DENSO)
Cold climate (Below 5°C, 41°F): DPR7EA9 (NGK) or X22EPR - U9 (DENSO)
For extended high speed riding: DPR9EA9 (NGK) or X27EPR - U9 (DENSO)
Spark Plug Gap 0.80 - 0.90 mm (0.031 - 0.035 in)
Starting Electric

Max Power

62 hp / 45.3 kW @ 7500 rpm 

Max Torque

62.7 Nm / 6.4 kgf-m @ 6000 rpm

Clutch Wet, multiple discs, cable operated


5 Speed 

Final Drive Chain
Primary Reduction 1.763
Gear ratio 1st: 3.083 / 2nd: 2.062 / 3rd: 1.550 / 4th: 1.272 / 5th: 1.083
Final Reduction 2.812 ...E,G,F,SW,ED,II G
2.687 ...AR
Frame Single downtube with double-loop cradle, rectangular section, steel

Front Suspension

43 mm air-assisted telescopic fork,

Front Wheel Travel 220 mm / 8.6 in

Rear Suspension

Pro-Link 214 mm wheel travel with preload and compression damping adjustment

Rear Wheel Travel 214 mm / 8.4 in

Front Brakes

2x 276 mm discs 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 256 mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

90/90 D21

Rear Tyre

140/80 R17

Rake 27°
Trail 133 mm / 5.2 in
Dimensions Length 2315 mm / 84 in
Width    905 mm / 35.6 in
Height 1430 mm / 56.2 in
Wheelbase 1565 mm / 61.6 in
Seat Height

860 mm / 33.9 in

Dry Weight

207 kg / 456 lbs

Wet Weight 218 kg / 481 lbs

Fuel Capacity

23 Litres / 6.1 gal

Reserve 5.1 Litres / 1.35 gal

Consumption Average

16.4 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

13.3 m / 40.7m

Standing ¼ Mile  

13.1 sec / 56.6 km/h

Top Speed

181.8 km/h / 112 mph

Colours and codes lights & Torque settingss 


Built in homage to the giant desert racers of the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally, the Africa Twin is a huge, imposing trail-styled bike, powered by a rather softly tuned V-twin engine. First launched in 1990, the Africa Twin features fully-faired bodywork, including a large 23-litre (5 gal) fuel tank and a tall windscreen. A wide, long dual seat stretches back from the tank to a tough, aluminium grabrail/luggage rack, while a tough aluminium bashplate protects the bottom of the engine from flying rocks and impacts.


But, while the Africa Twin's styling points to off-road prowess, its detail design and performance suggests otherwise. The trail-styled knobbly tyres are designed for Tarmac use, and offer little grip on wet dirt or deep sand, while a close-fitting front mudguard quickly clogs with mud and debris. The plastic bodywork is easily damaged in the inevitable tumbles of off-road riding, and the 205kg (4521b) weight makes the XRV very hard to pick up after dropping it.


Kept on the road though, the Africa Twin works well as a touring bike and is also useful in town. There is plenty of weather protection from the fairing, and the large tank gives an extended range. The riding position is comfortable for extended two-up riding, and the rear rack is useful for carrying luggage. The seat is very high, however, and even average-height riders will struggle to touch the ground at traffic lights.

Although the 742cc liquid-cooled engine is rather dated and low on power, its

flexible delivery allows reasonable progress, and it is both reliable and economical. The long-travel suspension insulates the rider from uneven surfaces and while the twin-front and single rear brake discs are a trail-styled compromise, they work well enough in the context of the bike as a whole.


The XR V's instruments have some unusual additions: a large trip computer LCD display mounted above the conventional speedometer and tachometer is styled like Dakar racers' navigational displays, and incorporates a range of extra electronic timers and trip meters.