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Old 10-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #12421
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Beautiful 4-day weekend! Just wanted to stop every 4 feet and take another photo!

Announcement!!

Early 2012, keep an eye out for a Transalp "get together" at IronHorse motorcycle Lodge, Stecoah, NC.

John, the owner, has a 89 transalp, and wants to get this together, early in 2012, around April - June time frame.

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:39 PM   #12422
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Shoot, I should be able to get another month in here in Chicago (I hope).

On another note, the NX125 bars do not seem to want to easily bend back. I may need to remove them and check to see what's actually bent.
Three foot pipe is tool of choice
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:31 AM   #12423
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Three foot pipe is tool of choice
Ah, I wasn't applying enough leverage. Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:38 AM   #12424
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Ah, I wasn't applying enough leverage. Thanks.
I don't know if you have tried to just twist them back, hold the ft wheel with your knees and twist the bars, that may straighten them back so they line up.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:41 AM   #12425
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You might want to determine exactly WHAT is out of alignment here before you start applying pressure to anything.

If it's the handlebars, they can be removed, set on a flat surface and with a bit of manipulation you can discover if the bend is actually in the bars.

If the NX has rubber mounts on the top triple clamp (like the TA) you can remove the bar and mount up a piece of white PVC pipe. It's cheap and usually pretty straight. Then take another look like you did in your first photo to see of the pipe is in line with the for caps....or not.

If the problem is with the mounts, loosen the bolts underneath and straighten...or add the aluminum plugs that Mr. Rowley has to replace them with something solid.

I'd guess the NX doesn't vibrate too badly, even with solidly mounted bars.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:37 PM   #12426
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wondering..... 6'4" 245lbs transalp to small?
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:53 PM   #12427
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wondering..... 6'4" 245lbs transalp to small?

nope
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:57 PM   #12428
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wondering..... 6'4" 245lbs transalp to small?
6'3", 285, 34in inseam, freakishly long arms. TA with stock bars, Corbin fits perfectly other than while standing (bars a little too low unless you are really leaning into the tank). Get a taller windscreen.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:32 PM   #12429
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wondering..... 6'4" 245lbs transalp to small?

Thinking about selling the buellxb12x and trying a 1990 transalp...
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:46 AM   #12430
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Thinking about selling the buellxb12x and trying a 1990 transalp...
remember it's a 400 pound bike with 50 hp so dont expect a rocket ship. For back roads and riding around town i prefer it to the faster heavier bikes
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:31 AM   #12431
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I don't know if you have tried to just twist them back, hold the ft wheel with your knees and twist the bars, that may straighten them back so they line up.
I tried it with the forks turned full right and pushed against the left grip like Mr. Rowley suggested. That didn't do much (if anything).
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You might want to determine exactly WHAT is out of alignment here before you start applying pressure to anything.

If it's the handlebars, they can be removed, set on a flat surface and with a bit of manipulation you can discover if the bend is actually in the bars.

If the NX has rubber mounts on the top triple clamp (like the TA) you can remove the bar and mount up a piece of white PVC pipe. It's cheap and usually pretty straight. Then take another look like you did in your first photo to see of the pipe is in line with the for caps....or not.

If the problem is with the mounts, loosen the bolts underneath and straighten...or add the aluminum plugs that Mr. Rowley has to replace them with something solid.

I'd guess the NX doesn't vibrate too badly, even with solidly mounted bars.
Yes, I plan to investigate further this weekend. I suspect the bars are twisted but I also need to look at the mounts. I did not know that Jim makes aluminum plugs to replace the rubber ones. Hopefully the ones for the TA are the same for the NX. An on-line parts fiche should solve that riddle. Thanks.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:09 AM   #12432
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Time to put the bikes away till Spring. Today the Transalp got a bath, oil and filter change and a general check over.
I might be in the same situation. The forecast is for snow tonight and if they put salt or chemicals on the road its hibernation time. She got the bath yesterday and I'm about to change the oil, filters and plugs and give it a once over. If I'm lucky the town will plan of the residual heat in the roads to combat the snow and I can get another month or more before she gets pushed into the corner of the shop. Where's Global Warming when you need it!
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:52 AM   #12433
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wondering..... 6'4" 245lbs transalp to small?
6'2", 34" inseam. Knees bent a little more than I would like, but that tells you more about my aging knees than it does about the TA. In fact, if you believe cycle-ergo.com, the TA is actually pretty good in this regard.

I agree with another poster who said that the standing position leaves a tall person a bit too bent over.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:06 AM   #12434
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Tall guy fix

OK, this mod is a bit "extensive"

But if you're a tall guy, it's well worth the cost and time. It takes some fabrication and welding.

Lower the pegs !!

This does two things that will make you smile:
(A) Drops your feet and relieves the angle of your knees when sitting
(B) Effectively raises the bars (without actually changing the bars or mounts) when standing.

Continually raising the bars is only part of the fix if you want to go in this direction. Because of the angle of the top triple clamp, raising the bars also keeps moving the bars further toward you......not what you want.

If you only want to raise the bars, I'd suggest RoxRisers or something that will also allow movement forward.

Higher bars when standing are uncomfortable if they are shoved into your waist.

Here are some finished photos of my mod:



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Old 10-27-2011, 10:56 AM   #12435
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I don't have a shop manual, does anyone know what the stock gearing (# of teeth on each sprocket) is and how many chain links are on a 2001 650 Transalp?
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