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Old 04-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #13126
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Greetings from Italy
I am an owner of a 2001 Transalp 650
In the two years I had it it changed its skin many times, but at the heart it's always the same trusty bike

just bought and only slightly modified


enduro



Standard fairing again while working on the new one


rally version with africa twin rd04 forks, reversed rear linkage and custom made fairings, still WIP (got to finish the paintjob)

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Old 04-15-2012, 04:07 AM   #13127
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Dan -

We seem to be in the same boat - I have owned my 1989 TA for a few years, have gained enormous amounts of knowledge from this thread, and have been riding through the Americas for just about 12 months, looking forward to the next 12.

I don't think you are crazy at all. In fact, I don't think you could've picked a better bike for your overland trip! And I'm sure that everyone paying attention to this thread will agree. It looks like you've put a lot of work into getting her ready to go. Good luck with the final steps before your departure! Hope to rendezvous in South America a few months from now...

/mike

Hi Mike

It's great to see someone else doing a 2-up adventure on an early 600! A test run around western europe helped me make the choice. Even fully loaded - it still seems to have plenty of oomph when riding around the alps!
It looks like we have a lot of similar mods - the only one I really need is a heavy duty rear spring or aftermarket unit. I've not been able to source one in the UK (I think they were shorter on the first model) so I'm hoping to get one in the US.
Good luck with the rest of your trip! We'll be in South America at the end of the year so might get chance to meet up on the road.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #13128
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I've had very good luck with the Wilbers on my DR750. They will build to suit and can make the length to fit whatever mods you have on your TA. The gave me a 1 cm longer shock and hit the valving and spring rate pretty much dead-on.

I got mine through Ted Porter here in the USA

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Old 04-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #13129
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Welcome to this page, Nice bike but your cars steering wheel is on the wrong side.
Ah ha thats whats going wrong

Got loads of ideas from this forum and theres some cracking looking bikes here!
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:37 PM   #13130
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A new contribution. I made this bracket from 1" x .090 steel



to mount these lights, (see ADV Vendor thread)



and it mounts using the lower front fairing mounting bolts, looks like this:

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Old 04-15-2012, 06:46 PM   #13131
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Sweet I just bought some of those LED lights too. I don't have a plan yet to mount them but that bracket looks good. Can you make another?
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:56 PM   #13132
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Sweet I just bought some of those LED lights too. I don't have a plan yet to mount them but that bracket looks good. Can you make another?

probably not, but I can give you the dimensions.....
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #13133
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probably not, but I can give you the dimensions.....
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #13134
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I need some suggestions on building a dash for my TA. I have a TT X2 headlight assembly on it and I would like to make a rally type fairing/windscreen for it but I also need to have a place to either mount the stock gauges or go with a newer computer setup. The only places I can see that would make a good mounting point is where the the stock headlight frame bolted onto the bike frame or the bolts that clamp onto the forks. I don't know where to start and would appreciate some input!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:38 PM   #13135
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I need some suggestions on building a dash for my TA.
You could build your own like this.



And the dash...

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:38 AM   #13136
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Maybe I'm missing it (on my phone) but I can't tell how the dash & gauges are supported & mounted. I like the twin headlights though. Is that an AT?
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:55 AM   #13137
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Excellent, this is just what I wanted. It also lets me know where I stand WRT using heated clothing.
With my AT fairing (adds another 55 watt headlight) plus Gerbing heated jacket, the voltmeter shows the bike keeping up at normal riding speeds.

If I turn the heated grips on HIGH it's OK on the freeway but starts to loose the battle around town. If slow trail riding.....it does not keep up with usage.

I thought putting it in practical terms would help.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:25 PM   #13138
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Maybe I'm missing it (on my phone) but I can't tell how the dash & gauges are supported & mounted. I like the twin headlights though. Is that an AT?
Yeah, it's an AT but the frames are the same between the 89-90 TA and 90-92 AT. The pic with the headlights shows two vertical plates attached to the frame lugs and the headlight bracket. There's another T bracket that the dash bolts to. See the two bolts inboard of the dummy lights and fuse box.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:31 PM   #13139
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Since I am using a Trail Tech X2 unit for lighting and it mounts to the forks, I have the frame lugs free to use for a dash. I think I could make some supporting braces like in the pic out of steel and make a dash panel that's similar. Can I find the boxed pieces the T-bracket is made from at a hardware store or do I need to get them from somewhere specialized?
Thanks for the advice! I'm doing everything with basic hand-tools but I could borrow a welder if need be
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:38 PM   #13140
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The aluminum/aluminium is 1" square tubing and diamond plate, both can be found at Lowe's or any hardware store. The disc/belt sander is your friend. (With a big pot of water next to it for cooling)
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