Show us your TransAlp modifications!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by modrover, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. MyTicketToRide

    MyTicketToRide Been here awhile

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    Thanks jwb - we've found a few spots where the manual has had us stumped... this is really helpful!

    Thanks Ladder106 - The cylinder still measured to spec and the piston looked really good, but we weren't confident with our micrometer so we brought the cylinders and pistons to the local machine shop here. They offered to run everything through a parts cleaner while it was there, so we're heading back for an official diagnosis and hopefully to pick everything up in a few hours. We still need to look at the valves. Fingers crossed.
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  2. jwb

    jwb Local minimum

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    If you have the Honda Common Service Manual, it is full of details that are missing from the factory and the Haynes service manuals specific to this bike.
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  3. DualDog

    DualDog Been here awhile

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    I am getting another 1989 Transalp that I am needing new fork boots for. Last time I was needing some, I ordered the Pyramid brand boots and they were too long and did not fit right. Looked like they were sagging all the time. I ended up going with some black oem ones that were available for a 1990. I guess now those have been discontinued. I see on ebay there are some made by Ariete that are from Italy that are listed as fitting the Honda Transalp 600. Just curious if anybody out there has tried these and if so how they fit and your opinion. Or any other options anybody out there you can suggest. They do not have to be Blue as I really do like the black ones.
  4. Reverand Hope

    Reverand Hope Adventurer

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    I've just put a pair of black Polisport ones on mine...nice rubbery vinyl....or is it vinyl-y rubber? Either way, for less than £20 what's not to like? They do two lengths...either should work OK with the stock TA. I went for the longer option...they're a teeny bit saggy, but then again, so am I
    Coloured vinyl is notorious for fading (even in our relentlessly dull UK climate) black seems to bear up best
  5. DualDog

    DualDog Been here awhile

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    Rev,

    Thanks for the reply. I was able to get on Polisport website and they don't list for bike specific. They give length and then diameter at both top and bottom. Curious which part number/size you used or the 2 that are suppose to fit (need this for 89 Transalp 600). There is no link on their website to purchase these. Also, Several other suppliers I pulled up said unavailable. These don't seem readily available in the US.
  6. Reverand Hope

    Reverand Hope Adventurer

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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Polisport-Enduro-Trail-Bike-Motocross-Fork-Boots-Gaiters-Black-350x41-QUALITY-/171237278634?clk_rvr_id=1289326384960&rmvSB=true

    pretty sure it was these 41mm x 350mm
  7. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    Hey Mike, I thought I would let you know that there will be a Transalp / Africa Twin Rally at the Ironhorse Lodge again this year, that date is Oct 20, 21 , 22. We missed you being there last year, I hope you can make it this year.
    Russ
  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky Long timer

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    Searching for a sanitary way to mount small driving lights without engine/crash guards. Anyone figure out a good way?
  9. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    Fork clamps? It means they have to be the robust kind that can take a bit more pounding, but a good option if your ride is bitumen.
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    I fitted a small LED light bar under the AT's head-light array. Seemed to work well, but won't give you 'distance'
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    And a few years before I installed an LED on top of the Tiger's cowl. A bit agricultural, but the result was worth it.
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  10. Speedebump

    Speedebump Been here awhile

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    Squily, did you like the Tiger? I am thinking about a stablemate for my Transalp, and these seem pretty capable (For what I do), and are affordable as well.
  11. MrKiwi

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    I don't know about @Squily but I found my Tiger 955i to be rather top heavy on the loose stuff. A great road tourer but I never enjoyed riding the bike in gravel. But as a road going bike, rather nice. The triple is a lovely motor.
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  12. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    Tend to agree with MrKiwi.

    I'm a biggish bloke, so the standard suspension was very limiting off-road. Fast and smooth gravel was great, even sand. But slow stuff was hard work.

    The motor and close ratio gearbox was a dream. The electrics not so much.

    If I was staying in a place like NZ or Tasmania, I would not have gotten rid of it. As it were, I was looking for something better off-road and I traded it for a Transalp ;-)
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  13. malkmus13

    malkmus13 Adventurer

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    tiger 955i is a great bike, for tall people, and for road riding. it's VERY top heavy.
  14. skybo1

    skybo1 Been here awhile

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    IMG_1635.JPG Just put my "restored" TA in the flea market. It was a fun project. Hope someone can enjoy its amazing versatility, simplicity, natural beauty and comfort.

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  15. J. T. Kirk

    J. T. Kirk Kirk

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    It looks great!!! Sure the next owner will appreciate all the time you spent on it! The seat seems really comfortable, who sell it?

    From the heart of Mediterranean
  16. skybo1

    skybo1 Been here awhile

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    Me sell it. You buy it! :ricky
    Oh, you mean the seat?... Corbin off ebay- I bought from Italy!!!!
  17. Muug

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    Hi,
    my question has been asked for sure in the past, but searching 1000+ pages is quite cumbersome... so here I go : I know that an complete XR 600 front fork fits in the head stockings of a TA600. But what I don't know is if it's plug & play to fit a default TA front wheel with its disk and brake caliper into/onto that XR-fork? I hope so...
  18. plumer1kt

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    If you go for oversize rotor it is possible with a caliper bracket.i'll try to find the post with this mod
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  19. 2old2Bbold

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  20. Speedebump

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