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 38 mm 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 / 46.2 lb-ft @ 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

Rim Front 21-inch spoke, aluminium rim
Rim Rear 17-inch spoke, aluminium rim

Front Tyre

90/90-21 54S

Rear Tyre

130/90-17 65S

Rake 27°
Trail 133 mm / 5.2 in
Dimensions Length 2315 mm / 84 in
Width    895 mm / 35.2 in
Height 1420 mm / 55.9 in
Wheelbase 1565 mm / 61.6 in
Seat Height

880 mm / 34.6 in

Dry Weight

185 kg / 407.8 lbs

Wet Weight 198 kg / 436.5 lbs

Fuel Capacity

23 Litres / 5.2 gal

Reserve 5.1 Litres / 1.35 gal

Consumption  average

16.8 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

13.2 m / 40.4 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

13.4 sec / 154.5 km/h

Top Speed

177.7 km/h

Colours and codes lights & Torque settingss


Road Test

Bike Magazine Group Test 1992

Motosprint Adventure Group Test

Motosprint 1990



Sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. Stony paths burning hot in the sun.

Villages in the middle of nowhere, buried in deepest Africa. This was the atmosphere, the unforgettable setting, that gave birth to the Africa Twin, Honda's Queen of the Desert. The Africa Twin incorporates expertise proven in the motorcycle that has consecutively won the toughest test ever taken by a two-wheeled machine: the Paris-Dakar Rally.

Designed with both sport and endurance in mind, the Queen of the Desert waits impatiently at your feet, ready to be up and away at the turn of a key heading for the horizon and the call of distant adventures. Or why not trade dreams (or reality and embark on that desert adventure you've always dreamed of taking.

Every aspect of the Africa Twin has been specifically designed with off-road adventure, touring, and rally participation in mind. Honda's engineers have packed this motocycle with the best of their off-road racing and rally expertise... the design, the frame configuration, the V-lwin engine, the fuel capacity, and every other detail.

The fleet-footed Africa Twin has the potential to make all your desert-dreams into hard-running reality, and lead you on to adventures beyond your wildest desires. So, if your spirit of adventure is as great as your ambition, go for it. Make the desert your playground and satisfy that smouldering desire to visit exotic places and traverse those wide open spaces to your heart's content.

The Africa Twin was designed with your type of adventure in mind. No other mere motorcycle is worthy of the title "Queen of the Desert".


The Africa Twin mighl seem familiar - lhat's because its lines are the same as the NXR, 3 times crowned victor in the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally. Truly the lines of an African Queen, with its large frame-mount lairing. integrated fuel lank, large aluminium skidplate protecting the engine, and shapely tail end with its integrated taillight. The Africa Twin also sports the same head-lurning colour scheme: red.white and blue.HRC's winning combination.

This, the ultimate in V-twin adventure expertise, sports a light, rigid, double-loop frame encircling the engine, which acts as an additional stressed member. Nestled in comfortable riding position, you'll feel right at home from those lirst few kilometers. The 43 mm air-assist Ironl lork and Pro-Link rear suspension with its lightweight aluminium swingarm give the optimum balance between suspension travel and long-distance riding comfort.

Adding to the unlimited pleasures offered by the Africa Twin is a huge 24 liter fuel tank, designed lo give you Ihe independence all-out adventure touring demands. So climb aboard the Africa Twin. Lighl up Ihe engine with the touch of a button and the maintenance-free fully electronic Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) firing the Iwo plugs in each combusion chamber. Then head for the

horizon. The biggest compliment you can pay lo the Queen of the Desert is to mount up, open the throttle and head olf towards the distant horizon in pursuit of your dream adventure. With an engine as reliable as this one has proven to be, the Africa Twin takes all in stride. The Africa Twin. Your guarantee of riding pleasure, even after anything that thousands of kilometers of adventure can throw at you.