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Old 03-12-2009, 08:28 PM   #6676
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Pissed Quick technical Question

Maybe this should go under wrenching, but it's transalp specific, and you all are such a fount of knowledge. My rear cylinder valve cover was weeping oil. So I figured it was an easy job, and started to pop it off, but now it's stuck in the frame. There doesn't appear to be enough room between the valve train and frame to get the cover off!

I would swear I did it about 10 years ago, but after 45 minutes of wiggling it this way and that, I've had no luck.
Please tell me it is possible to remove the rear cover without dropping the motor...
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #6677
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Spring, when a man's fancy turns to ridin and camping.
Nice setup there Showkey.
I have been busy as well making ready


TA givi screen on a DRZ headlight shroud.
I'm running the Wolfman Beta bag in the rear. It is a perfect fit on the TA.
Inside are a weeks worth of clothes, sleeping bag, tent, sleeping pad and kermit chair and basic camping stuff.
Aerostich tank panniers up front for the heavy stuff.
The tiny tank is the Acerbis 1.6 gallon, just the right size and can be found pretty cheaply.

Tool tubes are next up.
Santa... Your TA is looking good! Haven't talked to you in awhile. I'm trying to get my act together and see if I cant make it up to the WARP. You really got me thinking about going. Still trying to wrap up my TA #2 project but have gotten sidelined with a 6 day trip with a couple buddies next week up to the Bay area hittin all the good pashnit.com stuff. I also may be picking up a NX250
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:36 AM   #6678
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Why would they be sliding on the tarmac? Crashing?
They dit touch tarmac in the twisties a few times, with stock suspension, but that's not a problem. This one was from crashing. The 3th roundabout wasn't as clean/dry as the previous 2, front and rear decided to step aside simultaneously. TKC's aren't designed for that kind of stuff. I like the crashbars though, no damage to the plastics.
Now I wonder if these pegs would not bent/break if crashed into some serious rocks, beyound the folding. I carry the stock pegs without the rubbers as a spare now.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:24 AM   #6679
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WOW !!

You lot sure got prolific quickly. Nothing for weeks, I go to the coast for a day, and find an entirely new page...

Nice mods everyone.

Love the dual tool tubes. Pity they couldn't be black with fake exhaust pipe ends on them. The back of the bike would look like an RG500 Suzuki

Cartridge emulators do not HAVE to be from the XR250. I just got a pair from the 250 cheap on ebay and they were 43mm forks so they fit the stock TA forks and worked just fine.

Gosh those new AT plastics look good. That bike is simply a great design. Don't forget to look for the bottom fuel tank mount when looking for a tank. IMHO this is an important piece.

For you guys coming up to the Cali. N. coast...give me a PM if you want company and a guide (who gets lost alot). I'm on those road quite a bit.

To remove the rear valve cover, you have to remove the frame "crosspiece" and drink just the "right" amount of good beer. Then squint into the sun just right and do the Buddist chant. Honestly, it took me a while too and then I have no idea how I did it. You'll find that the gasket is hard, brittle and cracked near the rear exhaust pipe. Replace it and you're good for another long while.

Thanks for the concern about my bro' "Mike". If you're interested (or know anyone who is) here are a some shots I took trying to be a photographer (with absolutely no training) yesterday.

http://s653.photobucket.com/albums/u...view=slideshow

After shoving this huge (to me) RT around the tiny coastal tracks, I'm more than ready to get back on the DR750 for my commute this morning
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:33 AM   #6680
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WOW !!


Pity they couldn't be black with fake exhaust pipe ends on them. The back of the bike would look like an RG500 Suzuki
They could be black for that mean exhaust look they started out red , painted them with white plastic paint. I am thinking red reflective tape maybe on the caps. My plan is to mount them only for longer trips.

I have the medium size Moto Fiz bag for every day use. The picture is with the large Moto fiz bag attached.

The Home Depot containers were better quality than all others I looked at, thicker plastic, threaded caps, o-ring seals, slightly larger diameter (just able to reach a hand in) $9.95 each.

Some were light weight plastic, poor seals or no seals, very weak mounting taps and some did not have threaded caps or poor quality threads taht would not allow tightening. Some of the ones I looked at the mounting taps were broken in the store.

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Old 03-13-2009, 09:10 AM   #6681
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on the subject of emulators; we need the ones that fit in an XR250 ?
For stock TA forks, the Race Tech part number is FEGV S4101
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:54 AM   #6682
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Tool Storage Tubes

Here's another option for use for storing tools, chain lube, hand grenades, etc. - also, MSR 33oz fuel bottles fit in them perfectly for stove fuel or emergency bike fuel on long trips. The yellow instruction stuff comes right off with a little spritz of Brake/Carb cleaner or Acetone.

Agri Supply Operator's Manual Canister - $4.99

More Info with mounting ideas and pics

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351936

http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=25471



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Old 03-13-2009, 10:14 AM   #6683
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Here's another option for use for storing tools, chain lube, hand grenades, etc. - also, MSR 33oz fuel bottles fit in them perfectly for stove fuel or emergency bike fuel on long trips. The yellow instruction stuff comes right off with a little spritz of Brake/Carb cleaner or Acetone.

Agri Supply Operator's Manual Canister - $4.99

More Info with mounting ideas and pics

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351936

http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=25471




I have two of those but haven't mounted them yet.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:26 PM   #6684
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I parked my stock Transalp in the garage in December , and this is how it came out in the spring !





Major mods include

XR250R forks
RSW racing XR650L fork brace (yes it fits the 250 forks perfect)
Aluminum Skid plate
Rear shock spacer
ken sean dual sport mirrors
Givi Wingracks

I would really like to put the Cogent Dynamics long travel shock that i just heard about on it, but its gonna have to wait, already spent enough money for this winters work !

oh , and anybody want a K&N filter ? PM me
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:34 PM   #6685
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Looking good
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Old 03-13-2009, 05:07 PM   #6686
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Great ideas showing up...but the Rod Keeper cost $12.00 here...

Gotta find it on the estados! Dave: Thanks for sharing!

Santa:

I like the bike's setup! Looking good!
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:07 AM   #6687
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I'm running the Wolfman Beta bag in the rear. It is a perfect fit on the TA.
Inside are a weeks worth of clothes, sleeping bag, tent, sleeping pad and kermit chair and basic camping stuff.
Aerostich tank panniers up front for the heavy stuff.
Hi Santa

Would you mind posting a up a couple more pix of that bag, showing how it sits there and attaches. I take it you don't need a frame.

Oh.. I'll have one for Christmas thanks.

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Old 03-14-2009, 05:15 AM   #6688
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Doesn't matter, found this
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:25 AM   #6689
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Looks like you found what you needed.
I have had racks and hard bags for many years and although great for long trips they were always somewhat of a liability in rough off road situations.
I like the simplicity of soft luggage, especially for off road travel.

The bag fits the TA like it was made just for it. You can see the little part I made to ensure that the bag would not touch the silencer. I think it would be fine with a stock TA exhaust.
I did not get the expedition model as waterproof bags seem to hold moisture in just as well as keeping it out.

Typically I carry all the heavy stuff up front in the tank panniers so I barely notice the bag back there.

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Old 03-14-2009, 11:27 AM   #6690
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Oh yeah,

I'm looking for a TA rear brake rod. Maybe one of you who did the disc conversion has one laying around?
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