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Old 04-08-2012, 12:57 PM   #13096
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I just noticed that I am coming up on 6 years since I started riding Transalps, just curious about the rest of you, how long have you owned one?
Purchased mine in 1996, used with ~6000 miles. 16 years, ~80K miles, 49 states and several provinces later it's still running fine, although showing some usage.

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Old 04-08-2012, 01:23 PM   #13097
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I just noticed that I am coming up on 6 years since I started riding Transalps, just curious about the rest of you, how long have you owned one?
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I bought my first one in 02, in 04 I started drinking that orange koolaid for a while.
I think in 06 is when I came back to the TA's and still here.....the more i ride it the better I like it........
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Only been riding TAs for two years now. Rode about a hundred miles yesterday, loved every minute.
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Bout 18 months ago ,

and since have added a 2nd


seems like they are like drug or something , addicting








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Old 04-08-2012, 03:58 PM   #13098
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I'd always assumed you were a lifer due to the passion you have for the Transalp. Was there another motorcycle prior to the Transalp that you were as meticulous, detailed, and passionate about?

I bought two new leftover Transalps in '91 for $1999 each, so 22 years for me.

I'm beginning to feel like the new kid on the block? I also feel like I have ridden Transalps all my life, no other bike has been so perfectly suited for me or has caught my interest.

My whole career in one way or another has been involved in the restoration process, from vintage steam powered antique cars to period furniture, vintage American guitars and museum quality American fine art so I guess motorcycles were inevitable since I have been riding for 40 years.

When I decided to own a Transalp I found no shortage of well used examples. The first one I owned had 3,220 miles, I thought it was a shame that no one was preserving this historic model and decided this is what I'll do.

If it were not for the wealth of knowledge on this thread I probably would never have started doing it.
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:17 PM   #13099
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Purchased mine in 1996, used with ~6000 miles. 16 years, ~80K miles, 49 states and several provinces later it's still running fine, although showing some usage.

Very cool. If you haven't looked at Dales picture link it's a must.

http://daleeva.smugmug.com/Motorcycle
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #13100
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I have only had my TA for about 3 1/2 years. I'm a dirtbiker and I was riding a pristine Honda Hawk when I discovered Transalps. That's all it took. I sold the Hawk to the brother of the fellow I bought my TA from in essence, it was an even trade.

FYI, my new CDI modules arrived Saturday. I popped them right in this morning and had a lovely, carefree Sunday ride. Thanks to those of you who offered advice on this.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:02 PM   #13101
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I have only had my TA for about 3 1/2 years. I'm a dirtbiker and I was riding a pristine Honda Hawk when I discovered Transalps.
What a neat coincidence...

I just bought a pristine Hawk...



Third one I've had, gave one to my daughter who is still riding it..

I have had my Transalp for about a year...

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:28 PM   #13102
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What a neat coincidence...

I just bought a pristine Hawk...

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What header pipes are fitted to your Hawk?

Does anyone know if larger and more free flowing header pipes improve the bikes performance compared to the oem headers?

I have an 87 600 Transalp fitted with an Arrow muffler.

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Old 04-08-2012, 06:15 PM   #13103
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What a neat coincidence...

I just bought a pristine Hawk...



Third one I've had, gave one to my daughter who is still riding it..

I have had my Transalp for about a year...


And I'm most likely selling my Hawk thanks to impending knee surgery.........
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:52 PM   #13104
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update on my EndurAlp

It's been a while since I last posted but here are some picture updates of my '89 "EndurAlp." I repainted everything with a textured green paint to give it a rough cast look like armor and then went over it with a couple of coats of OD. I don't remember what pics I last posted so here's a few to let you know where it was a few months ago & where it's at now. Also the link to flikr gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/68844295@N06/






I have the premolded kydex panel showing a "before" stage


And an "after" stage




Ready to go to the trail!



At the trail. I was approached by three people when I got there who were dual sporters too and were very cool

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Old 04-10-2012, 04:28 AM   #13105
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I have mine now 9 years. Prior TA I rode NX250 (which I still have) some years. Before these two Japanese bikes was also riding soviet made ones, but not much.
And no thoughts to change TA for anything else, bike does all I want from it. :)


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Old 04-10-2012, 11:45 AM   #13106
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Thank you again for your kind offer.
Have you been getting my PMs?
What I need is the top cross-piece of the triple tree (that has three holes plus I guess two more for the brackets that hold the handlebars) and the middle/bottom piece of the triple tree (the upright pivot tube and the bottom cross-piece that has two holes through which the fork tube slide).

I don't particularly need the brackets that hold the handlebars, but then I don't need you to remove them, either. You can leave them in or take them out, it won't make much difference to me.

I think my bearings, washers, caps, etc. are all OK.

Thanks again

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Sorry for the delay, here is the triple tree, let me know what's needed and I will send :



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Old 04-10-2012, 12:22 PM   #13107
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Very cool. If you haven't looked at Dales picture link it's a must.

http://daleeva.smugmug.com/Motorcycle

Thanks, since I'm normally traveling solo, taking pics of the TA at a location is how I remember/prove I was there.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:35 PM   #13108
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Had mine for a little over 3 years now and have gained a huge wealth of information from this thread.

I'll be taking it over to Canada next month to start a trip through the Americas over 12 months - some think it might be a crazy idea with a 24yr old bike.....

More info on my blog if anyone is interested: http://heyivegotanidea.wordpress.com/

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #13109
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The TA will make the trip. No worries.

Dan,

When/If you're in the Central California area, my house/garage/tools are open for any service or repair work you want or have to perform.

You are also welcome to ship spares to me it you want to place cache items in a certain location.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:39 AM   #13110
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Also re this, at what temp or part of your gauge does your fan come on?

My fan has never come on yet, fuses are good so presuming a problem somewhere else. My gauge has indicted to just below the red line, on an 87 600 Transalp.
The fan should kick on about the red line point. It could be the temp switch or the relay. Its normal for these to heat up while idling. Temp goes back down as soon as you're moving. Some folks have installed a second fan on the left rad. I've been planning this but have not had time yet.
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