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Old 09-28-2011, 10:26 AM   #12301
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For no particular reason, I am posting a pic of my Transalp. It is an 89 with 28K+ miles. I use it everyday to get to work. Lane splitting, stop-and-go-traffic and interstates. Driven on the coastline, on trails, through streams and Death Valley with not a single issue. This bike never misses a beat. It has never let me down. Not bad for a 23 year old bike huh? And it still looks pretty cool


My 1989 Transalp by samuelmroberts, on Flickr

So here's to the best-kept secret in adventure bikes!
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:46 AM   #12302
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I am getting a set of Givi wing racks for the TA, but I don't know what mounting system they use, I am going to be mounting them an AL painers that also come without mounting hardware so I have all the options on joining them, what you you guys done in the past?

My seat is pulling away from the tank at the front, is this common for the TA? I need to get it recovered and I want to raise the seat height about an 1", but I also want to have the seat fit tight. Is the cover causing this or is it a seat pan issue?
I have the Givi Wing Racks, they came with my TA. I just took them off because I don't use them. As 'quint7' said, they use Givi's pin/wedge locking system. I believe someone makes an adapter but I never could nail that down (by reading other posts). I designed, in my head, a way to mount soft bags on the racks but never tried to actually make the parts. It would require you to remove the locking wedge (two Allen head fasteners) and replacing it with a slightly different interface. If you're interested, let me know and I'll try to describe what I had in mind (via PM).

My seat also has quite a gap between the horn and the tank. I can't see any reason/failure. I believe the cover is o.e. Perhaps it's just shrinking from age?
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:56 PM   #12303
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For no particular reason, I am posting a pic of my Transalp. It is an 89 with 28K+ miles. I use it everyday to get to work. Lane splitting, stop-and-go-traffic and interstates. Driven on the coastline, on trails, through streams and Death Valley with not a single issue. This bike never misses a beat. It has never let me down. Not bad for a 23 year old bike huh? And it still looks pretty cool


My 1989 Transalp by samuelmroberts, on Flickr

So here's to the best-kept secret in adventure bikes!
With a bike that gorgeous you don't need a reason! Thing looks brand new! Very nice.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:59 PM   #12304
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A little bit of Transalp porn: new shock from Cogent arrived today!
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:18 PM   #12305
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A little bit of Transalp porn: new shock from Cogent arrived today!
Thanks for the compliment....now I need more info from you on this shock...Features? Cost? Performance?
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:27 PM   #12306
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For no particular reason, I am posting a pic of my Transalp.
So here's to the best-kept secret in adventure bikes!
Yeah, I agree, you don't need a reason to post a TA here...

Can I ask you how you attached the rear of that bash plate...? I have the same unit and think I have an idea of how to mount it but any insight would be helpful.

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Old 09-28-2011, 02:32 PM   #12307
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Can I ask you how you attached the rear of that bash plate...? I have the same unit and think I have an idea of how to mount it but any insight would be helpful.
It is pretty easy...the arm reaches over the frame rail and is bolted to te bash plate. I can take a pic if you need one.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:55 PM   #12308
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Thanks for the compliment....now I need more info from you on this shock...Features? Cost? Performance?
I just got it today and mounted it. It's an easy swap, but I have a lift table and was able to use a rope to keep the rear wheel off of the table to allow me to slide the shock up into place.
Cogent Dynamics is the company that made it. I read about them on here and saw that they do a TA shock and even offer it available with an extra inch of travel. Great husband/wife team to deal with, took 2 weeks to get and it was $607.00 shipped. I paid that for a similar Penske for my 89 HawkGT so I am slap happy. I won't be able to ride it til next week but I'm looking forward to some great fall rides. They do TA forks to for about the same price (after you ship them there) they told me.
http://www.motocd.com/cd/

They don't list the TA, but just call or email and they will fill you in. I'm a happy dude!
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:59 PM   #12309
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It is pretty easy...the arm reaches over the frame rail and is bolted to te bash plate. I can take a pic if you need one.
Ahh, I must be missing this "arm" then... Will something like an electrical conduit clamp do it...?

Thanks,
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:28 PM   #12310
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You may remember my pulsating front brake issue a few weeks ago. With help from this thread, I decided to get a new rotor... so I got a "new" one from an inmate here. My runoff on the old disc was about 1mm, and it looks like that was the problem, cause this new disc makes the bike feel so much better No more brake issues related to that. Must have taken a hit when I came off last year.

Thanks again for all your help on this thread!

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Old 09-28-2011, 07:44 PM   #12311
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OVER TWO MILLION POSTS?!

Oh man... you guys/gals are AWESOME! Just goes to show... all these years later... and these bikes still rule the roost!

Me... my health is great (three years cancer-free mates!!!) and life is good. I'm still not ready for bikes, but... found myself knee deep in old vintage guitar tube amps and the like so... I'm keeping busy... still mod'n stuff.

In any event, you lot are top-shelf to me! Ride on... keep the faith... and be safe!
Hi Michael. Glad to hear you're doing well. I'm glad you stop by once in a while.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:09 PM   #12312
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Ahh, I must be missing this "arm" then... Will something like an electrical conduit clamp do it...?

Thanks,
rd
They should have come with the plate, you can also buy replacemets from moose racing, the frame 1" in diameter where it clamps. I am going to add another one on the right side.

The clamps are pretty thick, 1/8-3/16 so a conduit clamp will only work until you really need it to hold the plate in place.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:12 AM   #12313
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I can take a pic if you need one.

If you have a minute, I would like to see how the arm is places and mounted.

I was going to make up this elaborate angle bar arrangement, maybe U-bolts...
Glad I asked.

Thanks very much,
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They should have come with the plate, you can also buy replacemets from moose racing, the frame 1" in diameter where it clamps. I am going to add another one on the right side.

The clamps are pretty thick, 1/8-3/16 so a conduit clamp will only work until you really need it to hold the plate in place.

I bought this one from an inmate, used so those clamps must be on a shelf somewhere...

I'll check with Moose Racing.

Thanks,
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:30 AM   #12314
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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-Clamp.aspx

Here is what they look like.

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If you have a minute, I would like to see how the arm is places and mounted.

I was going to make up this elaborate angle bar arrangement, maybe U-bolts...
Glad I asked.

Thanks very much,
Rob







I bought this one from an inmate, used so those clamps must be on a shelf somewhere...

I'll check with Moose Racing.

Thanks,
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:21 PM   #12315
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Yo Michael.....glad to hear you're still doing well.

When you get ready to get another TA we have plenty of assistance waiting for you.

We really should organize a "Welcome Back" ride for you....I'm IN...just say the word.
Thanks, mate!

I'll let this holy group know when that day comes. Cheers!
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