I can't see myself ever selling this bike - 3500km on and off-road through Morocco without any issue. In comparison to the mix of other bikes on the trip (KLR, GS, S Tenere, Transalp & TDM) I found that off road I had the advantage of "smooth stability", Downside is weight relevant to not being able to go to that that next level of kickass fun.
Really great bike
I bought a 1990 AT (RD04), more or less on a whim, and it turned out to be a very good surprise. I've had a Suzuki DR 650 and Honda 750 VFR prior to this one, and I would choose the africa twin any day over them!.. It's a big bike, yes, but it handles like a breeze,and such well balanced. I used it everywhere, going to work and for adventure. Driving slalom between cars is very easy since it high and not that wide, plus a low point of balance. I have never felt uneasy about leaning it down in sharp turns. Put on some knobby tires, and you have an awesome gravel road killer, there is plenty of torque to make the tail drift :) For being a 23 year old bike, the suspension very up to the job too.
The only negative thing is that spare parts in sweden, are hard to come by, especially fairings and panels..also the original seat is bit harsh for longer trips.
To summarize, the bike was cheap and it was worth every penny! I'm thinking of rebuilding it to a lighter rally version to increase it's awesomeness :)
I passed my test back in September and bought an RD04 Africa Twin. There is more than enough power to do anything you want with this bike. I also have a CBR600 as a second bike. I will always take the XRV over the CBR as it is so much more fun to ride.
I have done 5000 miles since passing my test and the bike has been faultless. It even survived a nasty crash after sliding on some black ice near Exeter and only needed a brake lever after going 250m on its side down the road. Picked it up and started first time.
Two up, it is fine, though be aware that the seat is one long seat and your pillion can slide about a bit!
I changed my screen for a tall one, and added some semi-off road tyres (mitas e-07) which makes the Twin into a fantastic off road bike. Mine kept its own against a CF250 up the devon greenlanes, and despite its weight will match anything on the rough stuff!
There are LOTS of superb accessories for the RD04 on german ebay which is good, as it seems that the likes of Touratech have forgotten that the original (and more off-road biased) 650 (RD03) and 750 (RD04) Africa twins ever existed which is a pain!.
I plan to change the gearing a bit with different sprockets to make motorway mileage a bit better. Mine manages an average of 34MPG which is ok but not as good as the later RD07/A.
nothing else to say ,its great bike perfect to go to places Like Africa ,Asia also to use it on the high way all over the world ,the engine can do 60000 miles easy just change oil and regular service ,
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from 2003 to present 3 africa twin so far
the best all round bike and it takes you any where
fuel pumb and i changed it for facet after market one ,and there is no tube less rims for it