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Africa Twin XRV 650 RD03 « MARATHON »

2nd series - 1989

 

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one of 5 Spanish Marathons

 

 

our Marathons ...

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the Marathon of Leguevaque, Lac Rose Dakar, 2-1-2014

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the Marathon of Serge Leguevaque (Dakar '90) as discovered by Hugo

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the Marathon of Leguevaque, restored

     

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<- two photos of 6000001, still owned by Honda France. Note the opening for the filter, unlike any other, maybe it was a pre-series side cover ->

 

 

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la Marathon di Giuseppe (ex-Mazzali/Bonacini) in restauro

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la Marathon di Paulo (ex-Francesc) in restauro

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la Marathon di Roberto M (ex-Aniello) in restauro

the Marathon of Valter

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the Marathon of Mirco

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the Marathon of Oreste

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the Marathon of Yves

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the Marathon of Mirco

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the Marathon of Yves

the Marathon of Gualini restored by Roberto P

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the Marathon of Flavio

the Marathon of Gualini restored by Roberto P

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the Marathon of Pascal Maison ex-Dakar 91

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the Marathon of Toni Boluda

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the Marathon of Pascal Maison ex-Dakar 91

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the Marathon of Giovanni

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the Marathon of Roberto B

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the Marathon of Giovanni

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the Marathon of Riccardo

the Marathon ex-Maurizio, now being restored by Marco

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the Marathon of Riccardo

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the Marathon of Patrizia

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the Marathon of Stephan

 

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the Marathon of Patrizia

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la Marathon de Sam (ex-Andreu Gonzales)

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a Marathon from France (now in Germany)

the Marathon of Sam awarded at Quail Show (Usa)

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the Marathon restored by Marco

the Marathon ex-Walter

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the Marathon restored by Marco

 

   

a still unidentified Marathon in Italy!

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the Marathon of Matt (ex-Tony Fowkes) is finally being restored

 

... in action!

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Roberto in Tunisia

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Marco, Lodi 2017

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Walter in Algeria

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Asiago Plateau 2009

Patrizia!

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Marcesina 2012

 

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Morocco 2013, towards Dakar!

 

 


 

 

Microfiche of Honda Africa Twin XRV 650 RD03 Marathon (second series) vs. RD03 standard.

* changes also common to the first set of 88

# To check if also present in the 1st series

sx: XRV 650 RD03 ->

dx: Marathon '89 ->

 

38/40lt main front tank, it weights 2,5 kg more than the rd03 standard one
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*4 threaded pins to put a tool and documents bag on the tank

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*16/17lt aluminium rear tanks
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* non-return valve on each tank caps
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# both tanks have bulkheads in soft sponge-like to restrict the movement of petrol
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* plastic side protection strips on tank
GRP rear side panels to protect the inner rear tank
*instrumentation including trip, compass and roadbook holder

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# simplified main ignition 
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built in sensor to kill engine in the event of a fall
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fan fuses, headlights and tail meter with more amperage
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# built in air ducts
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reinforcing bar connecting the front side fairings
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* zipped rear seat access for location beacon
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adjustable rings (instead of the first series plate) for attaching small luggage
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*additional rally tail light 
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opening for quick access to the air filter on the left side cover

#airbox more protected

bigger air filter

*additional storage on protection plate for water and tools 
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two tabs on the protection plate to better protect feet and levers
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*Engine has less compression (9.0 instead of 9.4) with thicker head gasket for low octane gasoline use. Alternator 12V-360 W instead of 12V-310 W 
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#Kehin VDF8A carburetors (instead of VDF4B). Without enrichment capsule? 
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Chafing between cylinders and air box
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* both radiators with fans

# additional radiator protection

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*forks reinforced with additional adjustment

 

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reinforced shock (derived from XR?) with external regulation and greater adjustment

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* missing chain slide and attachments 
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*CR250-500 ('88-'89) rear chain guide 
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*latch mechanism on snail fork to enable easy wheel change/removal 
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rear rim back to 2.50 instead of 2.75

rims are strengthened, the central rib is in fact more narrow and pronounced

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Hubs reinforced (on the right the standard AT front one) 

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* wider footpeg and modified gear lever
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*Wider foot on side stand for use on soft ground and no cut-off sensor 
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# additional side stand for right of bike to enable wheel change without centre stand

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* front of fork guard removed to quicken wheel removal without removing whole guard
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* shortened front mudguard 
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* reduced plate holder
 
lock for the helmet (required for approval in Italy only)
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In Italy the Marathon was approved with 38 kw instead 42, to operate only with the driver (but not all!) and papers report the words FA.E Tipo Paris-Dakar

in France was approved as "version B" to 40 kw, to operate only with the driver

chassis serial number that begins with 6 instead of 5
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engine serial number starts with 6 instead of 5
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# declared weight (in French homologation) 255 kg in running order 
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