Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    I watched this guy. Uses a blank key, sprays some ink-stuff on it. Inserts into the ignition. really hard forces/wiggles it to get an imprint on the ink on the key. Goes to the cutting wheel and cut the profile. Re-insert into the ignition and test. Fine tunes with a pencil file. Makes it look sooooo easy. I tried it at home with a lock I lost the key for. Gave up after 30minutes and cut it off with bolt-cutters.
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  2. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Yeah, the guy I watched did the same thing without the ink-stuff. He said he could see the imprint. I couldn't see anything ??
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  3. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Interesting.....

    I've never heard the handle bar controls called heavy or clunky.

    They are pretty basic for a street bike. More modern controls all seem to me to be heavier and much more complex with functions to control everything from the suspension to shifting to the GPS.

    Even looking at the basic Baja design kits to convert dirt bikes to street-legal, the switchgear doesn't look much different than what is already on the TA.

    Taking weight off the TA is not that easy. If you are planning a rally fairing with instrument tower etc, you will probably be adding weight. Pulling the wiring harness apart to save weight is getting down to pretty fine detail like drilling out bolt heads etc. It's probably more trouble than its worth. Although I do remove the sidestand switch and clutch/transmission switch on all my bikes for off-road reliability.

    If your goal is weigh savings, you'll want to look at the silencer first then possibly the rear fender area and after than it gets pretty complicated and expensive.

    As for the fuel cap, the cap from an early 90s XR250L will fit the TA tank perfectly. Other XR models might also but I know for a fact the 250L cap works perfectly. It had a dirt-bike style vent tube coming from the cap center. California model TAs also got this cap to work with the charcoal canister evap system.

    Key code under the helmet lock should be correct.
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  4. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    Mr KIWI, I have replaced my stock headlight with an aftermarket 5 in x 7 in (whatever that is in mm ) from an auto parts store. I t is the same size as the auto replacement , or you might use a 5 in x 7 in sealed beam.
    I hope this will help your search.
  5. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    Thanks, that's another option to look at. I've finally got the bike home and I'm now about to pull the front end off and take the light out. Then I can work systematically through what I want to do.

    Really appreciate the advice I've received through this site, it's truly humbling...
  6. malkmus13

    malkmus13 Adventurer

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  7. sadner

    sadner n00b

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    Hi,
    I think this one will do, looks like an 1994-onwards headlight and is from the uk

    www(dot)ebay(dot)co(dot)uk/itm/Honda-Transalp-XL600V-XLV-Headlight-/401437176320?hash=item5d77853200
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  8. malkmus13

    malkmus13 Adventurer

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  9. rfarmer2

    rfarmer2 Adventurer

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    Hey Guys,
    Thinking about getting a transalp as a project bike. Would go the Africa twin route with tank, swingarm, fairing and so forth, xr forks, geared more towards the offroad side of things. But one of my main questions was engine parts. If I needed to do some engine refreshing, or valves, crank, ect, how difficult is it to get those parts? I would hate to build one up just to be stuck without something I needed. Thanks in advance
  10. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Cranks are NLA from Honda. I was recently able to source one from Japan but was not cheap.

    Valves pistons rings etc are all still available but don’t know how much longer.

    A few transmission gears are also NLA.

    It also seems that used RD 03/04 parts are becoming more difficult to find with many German ebay sellers no longer willing to ship to the USA.
  11. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I know a guy just north of San Francisco with a very nice RD03 for sale if you want to just buy one.
  12. colddog

    colddog Adventurer

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    Any way the light could be flipped over?
  13. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    Sadly no
  14. benedikt.m

    benedikt.m n00b

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    Hey guys,

    after lurking around for few years on this forum and reading alot of ride reports and about several mods i thought it's time to register and stop hiding. ;-) So this is my very first posting on adv rider.
    I got my Transalp about four years ago and of course i couldn't leave it alone. Over the years i did a few modifications to fit it my needs. So here's a short and not coprehensive list of them:
    • Bars from an AT
    • Bar risers
    • Higher and shortend seat
    • Lowered pegs
    • Auxilary lights
    • Bigger luggage plate
    • Modified givi luggage rack with toolbox
    • Crash bars
    • Frontend of an Suzuki DR Big with Honda XR650 triple clamp
    • Longer Wilbers suspension in the back
    • Laser exhaust
    • Aluminum bash plate
    Since a post without a picture is more or less useless, here they are:

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    And packed up during the summer vacation:

    [​IMG]


    Next things on the list:

    • Building a proper ignition lock holding plate
    • Rebuilding the front brake pump
  15. Reverand Hope

    Reverand Hope Adventurer

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    how does it handle with the DR front end? Looks like you fitted a bigger disc also...
  16. benedikt.m

    benedikt.m n00b

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    It handles alot better than with the original front end. No wobbling anymore. The disc is as well as the wheel the original one of DR Big. It's got a diameter of 300 mm.
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  17. neppi

    neppi Been here awhile

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    Looking good! How did you engineer the lowered pegs? Any pics?

    Cheers!

    Neppi
  18. benedikt.m

    benedikt.m n00b

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  19. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Damn! The TransAlp brotherhood is still going strong... good on ya! Peace be with you and ride safe. Cheers!
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  20. Reverand Hope

    Reverand Hope Adventurer

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    We hail from a bygone age; distant days of yore, when carefree yeoman-mendicants roamed the highways and byways on potent beasts sparsely furnished and meagerly adorned.

    Thence, from the Land of Teutonica was spawned the GS, ridden by two imposters, ushering in the age of penury and aluminium panniers

    :D