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The presentation of the

Honda Europe Team

and

the bike!

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the Marathon of Eddy Hau

the Marathon of Boano at Eicma '11

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the Marathon of Hau

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the Marathon of Boluda, restored byJosep

one Marathon from Spain

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the Marathon of Boluda, restored byJosep

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the Marathon of Boano

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brochure Honda France

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the Marathon of Watson-Miller at the English National Motor Museum

the Marathon of Roberto Boano

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Found by a friend in a little Kenyan's school book!

the Marathon of Roberto Boano

 


 

 

Changes in the Honda Africa Twin XRV 750 RD04 Marathon vs. RD04 standard.

on the right: XRV 750 RD04 standard

38/40lt main front tank
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on the front tank there is a snorkel to solve the "breathing" issues of the 650 Marathon

16/17lt aluminium rear tanks
 
side protection strips on tank (as you can see is different from the 650 Marathon one)
GRP rear side panels to protect the inner rear tank

rally instrumentation including trip, compass and roadbook holder, gps. Support frame modified and renforced

zipped rear seat access for location beacon
fixed rings (instead of adjustable, like in the 650 2nd series) for attaching small luggage
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additional rally tail light

reduced plate holder

front lights protection
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opening for quick access to the air filter on the left side cover

additional storage on protection plate for water and tools

reinforcing bar connecting the front side fairings

chafing between cylinders and air box
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additional radiator protection

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dedicated performance exhaust
 
triple clamps lighter and stronger
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reinforced shock (derived from XR?) with external regulation and greater adjustment

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1 front brake only (this caused the RD04 slipping to the Silhouette class during Dakar '91!)

missing chain slide and attachments

CR500 rear chain guide

latch mechanism on snail fork to enable easy wheel change/removal

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Wider foot on side stand for use on soft ground
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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

shortened front mudguard

 
chassis serial number that begins with 6 instead of 5