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Discussion in 'Ebay Listings' started by fraserdog, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. fraserdog

    fraserdog New Member

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  2. Lutin

    Lutin Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    That's an XLV750R - the precursor to the Africa Twin. Wikipedia page.

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  3. Chewbadger

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    Hmmm interesting. Might have to keep an eye on that. What's parts availability like?
     
  4. Lutin

    Lutin Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Raymo, will be able to give you an idea as he has one.
     
  5. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    hens teeth :)....

    ooh a parts bike... very interested :cool:
     
  6. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    :)
    Well I could not resist a low punt at this as I noticed the other bidders appeared to be breakers, and I hate to see a bike broken when it's an electrical fault ( ok xlv are prone to stator failure but a 150 euro ignitech unit will fix that )

    Cost almost as much to courier up from Wales to Aberdeenshire but at under a grand for a non runner and a parts bike... Bargin :cool:

    A non runner went for £1500 plus earlier in the year and that had exhaust studs broken off and other mischief :thumbsup:


    So two heaps arrived last Tuesday :-
    Busy with other stuff so initial cleaned up to see what I had.....

    One blue xlv 750 r
    looking a bit worse for wear after 4 years in a shed,

    Front head light off and wiring akimbo
    No battery but otherwise intact

    One red xlv 750 r

    Not even a rolling chassis,

    Rear wheel out and very corroded
    Tank off and no carbs
    Clutch off and missing all plates, no pulse coils

    Ok.....

    Red one put on to rolling bike stand and will put together as a rolling chassis with my good spare rear
    Two hardly worn TK80s bonus :thumbsup:

    Next day thoroughly cleaned the blue bike, not to bad,

    Rims ok
    Engine oil clean
    Tanks has slight dent on the left but not creased
    All parts there, but no power when I connected a power pack..... No lights zip

    Took a plug out of each pot shorted starter with a fat screw drive. Engine cranked a treat.. No mischief there :thumbsup:

    Checked stator exiter coils that power the CDIs, both open circuit so a rewind or ignitech unit needed

    Checked pulse coils, one open circuit .....

    So with one pulse coil and no power to CDIs. Bike dead, this must have been the original fault

    So looks like an engine out and full stator rebuild and retrofit pulse coils ( the coils are discontinued so hunt down some 600 transalp ones on ebay)


    so this is looking like a full rebuild and with the other project I have this may be getting a low priority :(


    Gets some more time and check why no power, fuse dropped off?

    Starter solenoid had an external fuse not the red connector like both the other xlvs with integral main fuse .. Fuse fitted , key turned. .....Fuel pump rattled in when ignition on as relay has been bypassed , all indicators and lights work :thumbsup:

    No great wiring mischief then

    Check pulse coils again but this time not at the connector, but pull the whole cable out and notice some damage and bear the wires as close to engine as possible .... Both ok ... Wire damaged :lol:

    Mmmmmm with the ignitech of my other xlv I could get this thing fired up and check the engine

    Repair the pulse coils wiring and check from the plug , no issues, install the ignitech unit and remove the front plug, crank over and have a spark :thumbsup:

    Repeat on the rear pot ........ Both sparking well


    So do I shot some fuel in and fire it up, very temped....

    No. Tank off as it look to be full of crap .... Ignition on and feed pump from a fuel tank until it stops..

    Good both carbs are primed and float valves are holding :thumbsup:

    Choke on press the starter......... Fired up on both pots instantly and ticks over..... Sweat no rattles or clanks


    Steady xlv throb, but very rough off the throttle

    Add a good dose of carb cleaned to the small feed tank and let the bike tic over for a while

    Front pot steady 135c rear 120c on the infer red temperature thingie I have,

    Oils flowing through the cooler to the frame, check levels bike has been over filled (. Common mistake on these , but a good one)

    Check alternator and r/r 14 v All good

    No oil leaks all sound

    So mission accomplished it lives ... But what next.................
     
  7. austin

    austin Well-Known Member

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    Nice one Raymo. You do realise you are probably the guru for the XLV750r in the UK.


    Sent from my iPhone with a smile :)
     
  8. Philwhiskeydrinker

    Philwhiskeydrinker Well-Known Member

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    Great stuff Ray :)
    Sounds like you have your work cut out but have plenty of spares to work from ;)

    Phil
     
  9. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    don’t know about guru :)

    may end up a hermit as the wife departs in despair as another few basket cases arrive :)

    Will clean it up and get it road worthy over the coming months

    Good to have a spares bike though... shame though .......

    Was well impressed when it fired first prod of the button... amazing motor



    will sort wiring out and change the oil ..... very please its running and I have a good chance to get it back into the bike world :thumbsup:
     
  10. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    not really Phil, as I am not a powder coat and polish fiend ,

    will get the bike mechanically sound and road worthy then use it.. may use some wire wool and hammerite , prior to the mandatory rub down with an oily rag
    :thumbsup:
     
  11. Raymo

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    as they arrived last Tuesday.. was away down south for a wedding all weekend so only a few nights work and got the blue one running :mockery22:
     

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  12. outrunner

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    I seem to remember you telling me a while back that you had too many bikes/projects. :confused: :D



    Andy.
     
  13. Chewbadger

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    Yeah, I looked at them Ray, however lack of immediate space and the threat of a divorce put paid to that.
    Pictures of the blue one didn't look too bad? Was the camera being honest?

    Rob
     
  14. boboneleg

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    Shame on you, there's a sheet covering my old bike, I was getting excited :lol:

    Nice one Ray, I hope you get the beast back on the road :thumbsupanim:
     
  15. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    andy I have too many projects but this looked
    like it was doomed to a breakers yard
    and Electrical faults are simple for me
    and i have one of these and know it
    :)
     
  16. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    hi Rob
    the blue one is rough but thats to be expecte
    given it has been in a shed for 4 years
    and was not preserved, there was still road
    grime on it, understandable as it broke down and
    Mike had just stored it, not having the time to fix it

    could not believe it started first time with fresh fuel and a spark
    very quite motor too
    still away to go
     
  17. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    hi Bobo

    RD03 is the bike I am using at the moment its not been off the road since I got it ;)

    that sheet was just moved there as I was using to prevent over spray when I tarted
    up the marathon rear panels

    do I look like a bloke who puts sheets on his bike :)

    leave that for Stevie T :) his even stand on carpet so
    the tyres dont feel the chill !!!
     

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