1983 Honda XLV 750 R (RD01)

hondadepliantHonda indeed made a dual purpose shaft driven motorcycle to fight the hegemony of the gs. It was the XLV 750R, a motorcycle that I always liked in the French flag configuration rather than the other color configurations. Such bike was produce only for few years but it was the grandfather of the Transalp and all the ATs. Although the bike seems configured for off road riding, it finds its better place on the street with occasional ride on large gravel roads.

Honda xlv750r

This XLV750R is in excellent condition with less than 10K miles on the speedometer. The bike came with some spares and the ugly lower fender.. 1983_1fortunately I also got the original fender to switch. The bike was taken apart to lube all the joints, check it for leaks and substitute the membranes in the cv carbs.IMG_0057 The XLV750R on its sides. I always liked the look of this bike.These pictures show the engine guards and the supplement auxiliary lights installed on themIMG_2051.You can notice that I had both exhausts ceramic coated in an unusual white color. It appeared to me to fit with the other colors of the bike and having had experience with the Guzzi Baja and the quality of its paint, I have decided to replicate it. Note the lower oil cooler mounted on the bash plate.  The back and the front of the XLV750R. On the back rack I have installed a 1984 Givi monokey which I have removed for the pics. In the front of the bike to cut turbulence when driving an additional wind breaker has been drilled and mounted on the headlightIMG_2046. The XLV750R on its back side, The mufflers look good.The red engine and the tank with the top air filter.IMG_0062 I hope it last the way it is without too much flaking. Early sign of flakingIMG_2050. It is common on this bike and usually only an issue of time. Several pictures of the bike in details are below



Make Model

Honda XLV 750




Air/oil cooled, four stoke, 45°V-four cylinders,  SOHC. 3 valves per cylinder:


749 Bore x Stroke 79.5 x 75.5 mm Compression Ratio 8.4:1


2x Keihin VD Throttle bore 36 mm

Ignition  /  Starting

CDI  /  electric

Max Power

61 hp 45 KW @ 7000 rpm

Max Torque

7 kg-m 68.4 Nm @  5500 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed  /  shaft Gear Ratio 1st 2.500:1 (40116) 2nd 1.750:1 (35120)  3rd 1.291:1 (31124)  4th  1.000:1 (28128)  5th 0.833:1 (25130 Clutch Wet, multi-plate Frame Double cradle

Front Suspension

Telescopic forks, 200mm wheel travel.

Rear Suspension

Air assisted Pro-Link, 180mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

Single 276mm disc  2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes


Front Tire

90/90 21

Rear Tire

130/80 17 Seat Height 855 mm

Dry-Weight / Wet-Weight

195 kg   / 212 kg

Fuel Capacity

19.5 Litres

Top Speed

165-170 km/h

14 Responses

  1. Ray Part
    Ray Part April 22, 2013 at 2:46 am | | Reply

    thank you for your last return email about the xlv crash bar . I have a search for them on the internet with no luck. Could you please supply the makers information.I am liking the new format of your site although i have not come across the video ,tribute to past dakar bikes . Thank you again Ray Part

  2. Maurice Rissman
    Maurice Rissman June 3, 2013 at 5:56 am | | Reply

    Hi there, nice of you to post this info. I have a friend in India that is desperately trying to find the rear cylinder air scoop. Do you know if this part is avialabe new, or where he might find one anywhere in the world?
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Rissman
    Raider Motorsport Australia

  3. Anton
    Anton June 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm | | Reply

    Sell Honda XLV750R

  4. Graham Taylor
    Graham Taylor November 23, 2014 at 6:40 am | | Reply

    Beautiful collection. You’re a man after my own heart. Only you have way more treasures than I do. I am 59 and reverting to the 60s, 70s and eighties. Honda Elsinor, the first XL500S with the 23 inch front wheel, [that one was a bit of a lemon. But a reliable lemon. Wouldn't stop wrigling at high speed in the dirt. High speed? it was flat out at 160 kms.] Couple of XR 500s an 83, kinda unusual XLS500R. But my favorite, I am restoring now is the 83 XLV750. The fuel tank is badly rusted. Actually, after i sand blasted it it looked more like it had been crocheted. If you can put me on to one it would be appreciated. Great site. Great collection. Thanks. Graham.

  5. Peter Flower
    Peter Flower September 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    Let me know if your ever selling the XLV. I sold mine in 2009 and regret it

  6. Arshad Malik
    Arshad Malik December 22, 2016 at 6:58 am | | Reply

    Hi…. I am looking for Fuel Tank, Carburetor and Front Suspension of XLV 750 ….
    looking for you help….

  7. Bernhard
    Bernhard May 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm | | Reply

    Great site! Thank you! Bikes as per my taste, from the time when i was young… Own Cagiva Elefant 650, Honda XLV 750R 1986 in blue, Gilera RC600, BMW R100GS, KTM 640 Adv.
    I´m living in Austria, Bernhard

  8. Garry Dever
    Garry Dever May 27, 2017 at 12:13 am | | Reply

    I was in Melborne a while ago and the bike shop I went into said they could get a tank from honda in Japan but it was over $2000 aust. Got mine repaired for $500 nz

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