Originally Posted by justcountry04
yea thats my biggest concern is what kind of shape the plastics are in. who makes the guards for these? I would definatley do that. I made a quick search of ebay, and notoced there are not a big source of used oem parts like more common Jap bikes. That is a concern sometimes. Though I think ebay worldwide would prob be a better source? I go and see it in the morning and test-drive it. Is there any quirks or important things to look for on the TA specifically (like weak frame points , engine weakness's and such) the owner tells me it has a slight valve cover leak, on most bikes, thats not a big deal, but not sure on this one. I'll keep all posted
. Ive heard also the brake systems on the TA suck too, my biggest concern is tthe rear drum. Ive read you can change out the swingarm from an africa twin and do a disk brake setup ?
Givi makes guards - these tend to be popular choice. Few others (particularily in Europe) although I can't think of names.
Biggest weak spot on them is the CDI boxes - poor initial locating design which causes them to fail. There is a new mount avail from honda (<$15 I believe) which will mount them in horizontal position rather than vertical. Many people carry one spare CDI when travelling - if you have it, you will likely not need it.
Valves are a pain in ass to check, especially the front. Engine is honda through and through. Rear drum isn't that bad, front disc will stop you but isn't fantastic.
Do a search for AfricaAlp converstions and you will find much written on swapping out the front end and the swing arm.