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as my wife calls her.

Bike as seen on TradeMe .co.nz in April 2010. Bought without seeing or hearing it go. The bike was collected from Christchurch and delivered  to Havelock by Biketranz Ltd  Ph 04 2985469 A very reliable firm to deal with .

 The first stage of repairs was to get a new starter button and have the tank painted & new emblems fitted. Starter & Horn Buttons


I would be the fifth owner (including traders) since it was registered in Japan in 1983. The next Registration is Barrington which I find is in Christchurch on the 21/04/994 (possibly a dealer) so at  this point of time the bike has 6,000 on the clock Then it was sold on the 10/05/1995. The next registration was 19/09/1996 with 6,567 KLMs. Then it was registered to a guy  from Geraldine on the 07/04/1999 with 13681 KLMs as of 12/98. Then it was registered to and  bought by a chap in Shirley Christchurch with 16,500 KLMs on the clock  for the price of $1700.  Due to illness he had it garaged for the last 4 years. Then I  saw it on Trade Me and without hearing it or seeing it  decided it would be a good project to restore. It  had 20,741 KLMs  and I paid   a fair price and had it transported up to Havelock. Because it had sat for so long I needed to replace all rubber seals and engine seals.  I hold most of the original papers and this is a reasonable description  of  it's history.  I have had as much fun restoring the bike as I have riding it. This year 2012 I hope to redo the chrome on the front guard and pipe and have the side stand chromed. Have purchased chrome edging  for bottom of fuel tank.

Close up view of bar and 2 spot lights, total cost including wiring was around $400

 The bike after it had the roll bar fitted with 2 small spot lights.New engine seals and o rings fitted and carburettors cleaned and set.

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 I fitted a yoke for the Garmin GPS and a cigarette lighter to run it off. The small spot lights on the roll bar is more for looks than practicality These were expensive items as wiring cost as much as the lights as they are on a separate switch and fuse. I then bought a chrome carry rack and  carry bin. Saddle bags and chrome hand grips are now  fitted and the bike now looks complete. I am yet to purchase a round tool bag to hang on the front and then I will look at getting a new front tyre with The new emblems cost  around $50 each and the tank cost $250 to paint. The chrome work on the bike is in reasonable  order as the bike was garaged in doors since 2004.After buying the necessary pants and jacket & gloves/boots I decided to join the Marlborough Ulysses Club.  The current speedo reading as of the 06/01/11 is 21648 klms. and my asking price with all the extras  would be $7500 as I think this bike is in a class of it's own and would be one of the best examples about. A real collectors item. The seat is still in it's original condition but as an upholsterer I am hoping to recover it when it starts to  look shabby.

The new saddle bags costing $191.  Fitted in January2011 The finished look with new wind shield, saddle bags and chrome hand grips.

Just had the silver trim added to the edge of the fuel tank. Bought the trim through Ebays from the USA.

Am now considering having the mag. wheels  powder coated in gold.


Type= Air cooled tandem 75 degrees  4 stroke V Twin

Valve Arrangement= OHC, 2 valves operated by rockers,threaded adjusters

Displacement= 748.7 cc

Bore & Stroke= 83x69.2mm

Compression ratio =8.7:1

Carburetion= 2,40mmHitachi constant-velocity

Ignition= Battery powered transistorized,2 magnetic triggers

Lubrication= Wet sump 3.8qt.

Charging output=230 watts AC

Battery= 12V,16AH


Drive Train

Primary Transmission= Straight-cut gears 1..6595:1

Clutch= 16 plate wet

Final Drive= Shaft, 3.12:1



Front suspension= 36mmKayaba,5.6in. travel air pressure adjustable

Rear suspension= Yamaha Monoshock,1 Kayaba damper,4.2 in. wheel travel, adjustments for air pressure & rebound damping.

Front brake=1,single-action caliper,300mmdisc.

Rear brake Single-leading-shoe drum,rod-operated

Front tyre= 3.50H19 BridgestoneL303

Rear tyre= 130/90-16BridgestoneS716



Seat height, unladen=30.0in. (762)

Fuel capacity= 3.2 gal(12 lts)

Wet weight= 502 lbs (228 kg)

Colour= Black /Red



Fuel consumption= 42 to51 mpg 47.7 mpg avg.

Average touring range= 153 miles  246 klm

Best Quater mile accelration=13.49sec., 97.4 mph 200 yard. top gear

Acceleration from 50mph= 72.0 terminal speed

RPM at 60 mph, top gear=  4150 ( observed)


Read more about the XV750


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April 31st 2012  speedometer repaired  at a cost of $121.90 by E Parrott & Son of Christchurch  and new cables purchased at Auto care of Blenheim. Also  new throttle cable and clutch cable.

April 2013 fit new front caliper kit seal kit ( cost $69.21) bought from  Motocare Ltd Blenheim. Ordered in January spare master cylinder through E-bays for chrome plating arrived April and sent to chrome platters ( cost $75 US) ordered  brake  pads for front ( cost $30.85 US ) also ordered  Master cylinder rebuild kit $34.13 US) and new sight glass Repair from www.newrivercyclesalvage.com at a cost of $15 US. shall fit after unit is chromed.                                                   

Got Bike W.O.F in Mid April ($34.50) and registered. Registration cost ($528.41) for the year. AA bike insurance cost ($226.93) Been a hard month. Just need to replace back tyre for the winter.

November 2013  bought  new Starter Motor off Ebays  $194.01 NZ  and on fitting discover that a Cam Guide Stopper was broken so a replacement was ordered from Partzilla.com at a cost of $107.15NZ  A full gasket set ordered from Hall's of Medford  at a cost of $85.06 NZ and to top it off and make it complete I  bought a new starter cog from Boats.Net  for $175.89 NZ Hopefully my  friend and I will have it up and running by the end of November. Also bought a new crash helmet off AliExpress.com for $63NZ delivered to the door. In some cases the delivery cost was greater than the parts.

Bike/XV750H.PDF  (Download link Right click Save Target As) Oil Delivery on the V Twin
The New and the Old (New Harley on left &  83Yamaha right)

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