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Old 08-07-2011, 07:29 AM   #1
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Nostalgia : Transalp Rallye 1989

I was looking for something inside a cupboard when I found a long forgotten shoebox.
On the top was written "Rallye Transalp 89".
It was full of paper photographs from a time where digital cameras were science fiction.
I looked at these pictures and a lot of good memories came back to my mind.
Therefore I decided to put my scanner to good usage.

In 1989, I was the proud owner of a 1987 Honda Transalp which was my first "big" bike after a Yamaha 125 DTMX.
By mail, I had received the last Transalp ad leaflet :





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Europe? It is already accomplished. For 3 years. By a bike: The Honda Transalp. this trail bike of a new type was designed at the initiative of Honda France to tour freely a country as large as twenty times France: Europe. Wonderfully versatile it swallows with the same ease highways, roads, paths, trails ...
Ignoring natural barriers and boundaries ...
Hence the overwhelming success of this incomparable Grand Tourism bike.
The Transalp is now the best selling bike in its class. Austria, France, Norway, Italy ... everywhere it has its fans.

For two years, Every year since, there are hundreds to converge from the four corners of Europe to attend the Transalp rally. A fabulous ride without borders. already classic. Soon a legend.
1987. Vienna, Evian, Nice, 3500 km in the Alps. head in the clouds.
1988. Paris, Oslo, North Cape. 6500 km. A great escape into the Tundra under the midnight sun.
This year, heading for Spain. Through the great passes. History to celebrate the new Transalp.
Ride it. Europe is your territory!


Quote:
After the Alps, after North Cape, head for the south !




Quote:
89 The Transalp does the fiesta.

Olé Amigos !
The new Transalp invites you to the fiesta in Spain. From Barcelona to Seville, Pampelone to Toledo.
On the agenda: the pleasures of the road. All. Two exciting weeks !
Mountains in the heart of joy! Starting with the Pyrenees. The winding roads as a muletta move.
A feast for the Transalp. Lightness of conduct, ease of placement ...
The 600V Honda is not called Transalp for nothing!
Great outdoors to your heart! Miles of sun. Time to enjoy the great road qualities of the Transalp.
Road Handling. Power from its serene V Twin. And comfort that will allow you to arrive with a surprising freshness! Solo, as duo. And, of course, off-road at will in the scenery of the western Sierra.
Enough to fulfill the Transalp aficionados. Are you in ? On the saddle ! The new Transalp awaits you.
Olé !
That sound promising, so I signed up the deal for my first motorbike real travel.



From Strasbourg, France to Barcelona, Spain via Lisbonne, Portugal.

I hope that other inmates have also participated in this rallye.
I would be very interested if they have also pictures that they can also share with all of us.

Next post : the scanned pictures...
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:05 AM   #2
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Start

July 2nd 1989 was the welcoming and technical checks.
The meeting was on a big square in Strasbourg.
We were 240 riders on 200 Transalp bikes from 14 different countries, all Europeans except one South African guy who shipped 2 bikes and a van.
There were trucks for our luggage and trucks for tires and spare parts and also cars for mechanics and medics.
Stickers of the official sponsors were applied on all bikes.












In the evening, there was an official welcome dinner with an Alsatian folk dance show.



People could choose pre-booked hotels or camping. Camping was of course much better to socialize.
First night in the Strasbourg campground before the real start.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:11 AM   #3
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:24 AM   #4
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July 3rd 1989

First stop was at the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A...C5%93nigsbourg








Then Le Lac Blanc (White Lake)

The "slightly" modified Transal of my Swedish riding buddies.



4.99 French Franc a liter in 1989 is 76 Euro cents per liter.
Nowadays, one liter is up to 1.62 Euro per liter. That is 2.1 more expensive in 22 years...


We rode some easy trails in the Vosges forests:





and visited the nice Alsatian village named Obernai.



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Old 08-07-2011, 09:35 AM   #5
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Thanks for posting. Makes me want to go find my photos from our first Transalp rally in the U.S. Even makes me want to go dig out my Transalp and take it for a ride!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:36 AM   #6
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This is great! Don't stop now.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:44 AM   #7
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4th of july 1989

Refreshing stop at a village café.


The small town of Cluny, famous for its Benedictine abbey founded in 910.





Main street of Chauffailles.



The town council of Chauffailles invited us for a free picnic lunch in the municipal primary school.


So there were free Transalp tours for the school children.


In the evening we were invited at the castle of Chavaniac-Lafayette for an official dinner.
The famous Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette was born in this castle in 1757. This was of course a symbol on the 4rth of july.









And there was a big cake for dessert !
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:58 AM   #8
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5th and 6th july 1989

It seems that I have lost some pictures.

There's only one for July 5th:

The Gorges du Tarn.


July 6th 1989
Andorra




The parking lot.



The lunch party on the roof.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:59 AM   #9
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:36 AM   #10
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July 8th 1989 Spain


Between Soria and Salamanca




Segovia : The Roman Aqueduc


Avila fortified city


Segovia Alcazar
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:51 AM   #11
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my cousin in Italy had one and when we would visit (from Canada) I couldn't stop sitting on it - too young to ride I would spend hours just sitting on it
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:15 PM   #12
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July 9th 1989 Salamanca Figueira








Sierra de Estrella










Almeira : Entering Portugal


Photographs waiting for the falls !





At the end of the trail : the village of Sabogueiro





Figueiras with the fog of the sea shore.





Figueiras campground.



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Old 08-07-2011, 02:42 PM   #13
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That Swedish Transalp is a work of art :-)
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:55 PM   #14
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Olirider,thanks for posting.
I neither owned a Transalp nor did the Transalp rally,looking at your photos I missed out.
Maybe I should build a time machine & go back to 1989!
Have you still got the Transalp?
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:35 PM   #15
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Have you still got the Transalp?
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Nope. Sold in 1991 for a 850 TDM. Then a 1150GS and currently riding a Yam S10.
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