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Old 03-07-2006, 08:39 PM   #1636
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Then I remembered Avon Gripsters. I ran through a couple sets on my Morini Camel and liked them, so figured I'd try them on the TA.



Little more agressive tread than the Siracs, but that should be fine.

I'm also thinking of trying TKCs on the other set of rims when the Karoos wear out in prep for a 2k mile mixed surface trip later this year in hopes of better mileage.

Gripsters last a long time and are decent for light off-road, but not mud, (like most DS tires).

What kind of mileage have you seen from the Karoos?
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:14 AM   #1637
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Gripsters last a long time and are decent for light off-road, but not mud, (like most DS tires).
What kind of mileage have you seen from the Karoos?
About 2k miles. What burns them out is that I usually have 20-40 miles of highway to get to the good stuff and am not afraid of working them on pavement. Siracs are good for almost 5k miles; unless I take a long road tour. I fried a set of them in <3k miles doing CroMags 2 years ago.
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:38 AM   #1638
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I'm happy with tourances on my TA. Had em' on my GS in the past too...good milage and they do ok in the dirt.
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Old 03-08-2006, 06:33 AM   #1639
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Thumb twisted throttle

i've also just used twisted throttle for the MRA-Vario windscreen, and bar risers. took a while on the screen, too. but they were conscientious about keeping me posted on it.

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Where are you guys getting the aluminum bash plates?
Twisted throttle comes up on the web.
Any one do business there?
Thanks for the info.
Santa

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Old 03-08-2006, 06:58 AM   #1640
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Hey, I am in the midst of an 8k service on my 89 TA. The manual calls for 50/50 mix of water and ethylene glycol.

Can I use water and car antifreeze? Same thing? EDIT: Just found elsewhere in the manual where the refer to it as antifreeze....so I guess that will be fine (can you tell this is my first water-cooled bike?)

Also, anyone make their own carb sync tool? I found this version and I am gonna try it out later today:

$1.55 Carb Sync Tool

Any thoughts?
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Old 03-08-2006, 07:36 AM   #1641
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Hey, I am in the midst of an 8k service on my 89 TA. The manual calls for 50/50 mix of water and ethylene glycol.

Can I use water and car antifreeze?
If you're going to use automotive antifreeze, make sure it's the kind compatible with aluminum. And use distilled water for your mixture. I use Spectro coolant. It's already mixed and made for bikes. It's not that expensive either. I think you only need 2.2 quarts. By the time you get a gallon of the car stuff, a gallon of water and mix it up, you have way too much hanging around for the next few years. Just my thoughts.
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:09 AM   #1642
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The carb sync tool works great. I've found that the TA runs best when the carbs are synced at idle or just barely above. For some reason (maybe the wierd TA intact tract) the sync changes at larger throttle openings. I've synced at 4000 rpm only to be unhappy with increased vibes under load like when climbing a hill.

Best smoothness came with the carbs done at idle....your mileage may vary. Build up a small plastic fuel bottle so you can completely remove the tank when doing the carbs. My wife got real bored holding the tank to the left of the bike while I fooled around with the sync screw. Oh...you'll also need a phillips screwdriver #2 (I think) with a long narrow shaft to reach the screw.

On antifreeze/coolant, an old Honda mechanic (like been working on them since the CB model days) says that Honda cooland or a product called "Coolinall" or similar does best. He says that the weak link in the water pumps is the ceramic seal and the Honda brand stuff does best with lubing this seal and letting water pumps last. For the relatively insignificant savings in buyin the auto stuff I've listened to him and have had good luck with water pumps on the TA (36,000) and my DRZ (6500). The DRZ by the way has a rep for leaking water pumps.

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Old 03-08-2006, 10:11 AM   #1643
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Ok, one more question...

Did I screw up? I noticed that the headers on my transalp were looking worn and showing a bit of surface rust here and there. So i took them off, cleaned them up and refinished them with high-heat paint (up to 500 degreef F according to the label). Now, a day later, when I start the bike, the pipes are smoking and the paint goes soft. Did I just screw up or do I need to let the paint dry longer? New pipes aren't too expensive.....
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Old 03-08-2006, 11:49 AM   #1644
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The paint will stop smoking eventually. If you have some down time, I would get them ceramic coated.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:09 PM   #1645
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Ok...I don't own one but I rented an AT whilst visiting a friend in Cyprus back in '04. Really grew to like this bike, especially on the island's fabulous roads.

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Old 03-09-2006, 03:09 PM   #1646
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The paint will stop smoking eventually. If you have some down time, I would get them ceramic coated.
Jim.
Yer right...they turned out nice actually.

By the way, I am looking for an original transalp exhaust to trade for my stainless steel exhaust. Here's a pic:



Just put the ad in the fle market too:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124087

Anyone wanna trade your quiet honda exhaust for my cool-but-too-loud-for-my-wimpy-ears supertrapp?
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:58 AM   #1647
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Hey Ujeni, I think you can add discs to your suppertrap to quiet it down. I had one on an XR once and that was how it worked.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:05 AM   #1648
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Hey Ujeni, I think you can add discs to your suppertrap to quiet it down. I had one on an XR once and that was how it worked.
I think it's the other way around. You remove discs to quiet it down. But you also change the power and torque bands.

I think Modrover had a stock muffler for sale. Come in, Michael.

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Old 03-11-2006, 07:39 AM   #1649
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oh man I'd be all over this if it would be possible,
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:58 AM   #1650
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I've made one of these carb sync tools. Very easy to make and they work fine. No need to get a yard stick any piece of wood or anything long and thin will do. There's no need for measurements as all you are trying to do is get the oil level.

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Hey, I am in the midst of an 8k service on my 89 TA. The manual calls for 50/50 mix of water and ethylene glycol.

Can I use water and car antifreeze? Same thing? EDIT: Just found elsewhere in the manual where the refer to it as antifreeze....so I guess that will be fine (can you tell this is my first water-cooled bike?)

Also, anyone make their own carb sync tool? I found this version and I am gonna try it out later today:

$1.55 Carb Sync Tool

Any thoughts?
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