Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    :thumb Thanks Michael, bike's in excellent condition despite couple of trips to the Yukon and Alaska. Gee, I've not had any trouble carrying gas can on back. It's pretty standard equipment way north. I've ridden across Washington twice now, coming back, with gas can with no attention from leos whatsoever. On the Alaska ferry this last time, however, the purser asked me to check the empty can in at their onboard hazardous material storage. No big deal.

    I've got to have to be blunt about the windscreens. I think the Clearview shield for the Transalp is a piece of shit and the company gave no thought whatsoever in its design. It is turbulent as hell and, for a dual-sport screen, it comes back in your face too far. I paid the two prices those bastards wanted for it, tried it and pitched the damn thing in a dumpster!! The National "Cheeta" screen was a huge improvement over both stock and clearview. It's wider at top, but there is still minor buffeting at top of helmet. Your idea of setting the windscreen off from the cowling is a good one. I saw a picture of a KTM 950 in recent thread on this site where the stock windscreen was offset maybe only 1/4" from cowl, with nylon washers. I think that would be sufficient, and actually might give that a try myself.

    The water crossing was in the NWT, on the old Canol Road. Once into the NWT on this road, the old timber WWII bridges have fallen in, so you have to cross the streams and rivers until you just chicken out! My boots were the only thing to take on water.

    If I can find it I'll post another pic from that road in this thread.
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  2. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hey... you motivated me to try the spacing of the screen. My Clearview has these big ass holes that the four screws pass thru into the cowl. With the additional room I was able to use 1/2" white nylon spacers AND still get the screws to screw in. I didn't have to make any new holes in the screen for this. It appears to be very solid still just trying to move it by hand. The real test will be at speed. I'm installing a speedo drive gear tomorrow so I'll be taking her on a ride sometime in the evening. I'll let you know how it works out. This just might be the ticket... or it might make it worse. How exciting! :thumb

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    Michael
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  3. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Nice center stand! I wish I had one. :2cry

    You are correct in that the US bikes never had those. Someone did you a big old favor! :clap I just wish I knew who... I'd get one too. :thumb

    By all means... someone fill us in on this stand. Is it a production stand actually made for the TA or is it off some other bike and made to fit on the TA? :scratch Hmm...

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    Michael
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  4. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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  5. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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  6. Ludlow

    Ludlow Adventurer

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    Nice looking products, but clearly not mine. Don't know what the 5-star looks like. I find it strange that it has no (obvious) brand markings. It also now appears that the bolt threads through tabs that really should not be there.

    Its nice, but as Deti points out in the link above, apart from emergency repairs you can get along without it -- keeping weight down and clearance up.
    Thanks. I apologize if this was a highjack.
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  7. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I will give the spaced windscreen a try without trying to block off anything first. I'll then try limiting the amount of air flow on the sides to see how that changes things. I'll let you know how it works out. :nod

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    Michael
    '89 TransAlp
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  8. Tim

    Tim Long timer

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    Whilst I loved having the AT (It's the bike that I have owned for the longest time) I did find that it was a bit of a hand full off road (this is in the main down to my woefull lack of ability rather than anything that the bike does wrong). So, bottom line is that I need all the help I can get and the KTM being quite a bit lighter gives me that help.

    The AT was however much better than the KTM on road. Mrs KTiM used to ride with me on our holidays in France but this August she will be flying to the South of France whilst I make the 600+ mile ride across France!
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  9. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Understand completely! :nod My TA is a beast on anything other than a wide fire road. Once again... it really comes down to the rider. :ricky

    I'm not a brilliant off-roader. I do OK, but also benefit from the lightest thing I can ride. I own a KL250G7 that allows me more margin of error. :thumb

    It's nice having two bikes to choose from. Funny thing... I'd still like another bike! :lol3 I've given great thought to maybe buying a DRZ400 dual sport next year. I'd probably sell my KL at that point to fund it. :2cry I'd miss the KL, but would welcome a bit more poop from the 400cc size. :evil

    Hey, have fun on that epic ride. You'll probably have more fun without your wife... they usually have to have things all nice and neat and stuff. :rofl

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  10. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    My homemade exhaust heat shield. Better than factory for protection of body and gear. :thumb

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  11. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    My Pelican 1400 top box and custom AL rack. Keeps my TP nice and dry and allows me to strap an Elk to the top! :rofl

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    Michael
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    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    My SW-Motech skid plate. Great protection and a fine German product! :thumb

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    Michael
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  13. Ludlow

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    Modrover,
    Did you attach your Pelican using clevis pins, as others have done, or did you come up with something else? I'd like to have one on the Givi rack when the trunks not in use, but it'd have to be quickly removeable .

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  14. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I actually drilled (and sealed) thru the box in the exact loctions of the threaded holes in the rack sides. I removed the old rack top and used the same bolts to bolt down the box. I really like having a permanent storage box for things. I then made my own AL top rack so that I didn't loose any cargo carrying space. It works for me. I'm not really into side boxes/bags and would probably just use a big ass dry bag on the pillion seat for my gear if going on a trip (makes a little back rest).

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    Michael
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  15. seat_boy

    seat_boy Wannabe adventurer

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    OK, here's my '90 Trans Alp. Not too many modifications here:

    - Givi crash bars (they really work!)
    - Dual star heated grips
    - Givi top case and mounting plate
    - Outlet for heated vest
    - piece of 1/4" red oak plywood under the seat to protect the CDI, maybe.

    Since this picture, I've built a little frame over the exhaust to keep the saddlbags off. I haven't tested it yet, though.

    BTW, has anyone noticed that there are three Transalps on the cover of the latest Aerostich catalog?

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  16. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Yes, I did notice. Two guys with white ones and a woman on that moonstone color. Must say... the white and red TAs really outshine the moonstone. The trip colors are like a brownish tan? Ugh! Well, at least it's a TransAlp! :rofl

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
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    PS Hey, TA people... we have to keep this Thread alive! Keep posting the mods or whatever you've done to your TA. We can't be put out by all those 950 threads! :lol3 Gee Wiz... at this point flick something out of your nose on it and call it a mod! :thumb Keep 'em coming...
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  17. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    RAM GPS Mount. This is a great system and it's super easy to swap my GPS from my TA to NX to 4runner.

    Attached Files:

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  18. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    That's it! Stuff like that can keep us on the "front page!" :lol3

    I use a Garmin eTrex Vista on my TA. I like it, but it'd be nice to have a larger color screen. Hmm... Well, I think I'd probably break one of those if I had one... I'll stick with my little Vista model. :thumb

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    Michael
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    transalper Been here awhile

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    I really like my GPS12map. It's a little tank. I use fancier color models for work but prefer the 12map for trail riding, hiking, and 4wheeling.

    I'll post a pic of my mudflap extension mod as soon as I snap a pic. :1drink
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  20. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Yeah, I agree... a smaller simpler GPS is sometimes the better way to go. :thumb

    Well, I just sold my beloved KL250G7. I'm thinking that I want to get another TransAlp to replace her. I know... why two TransAlp bikes? Because I like them for my style of riding. If any TA people know of one (not any ebay TA stuff... that's no way to buy a motorcycle!) for sale... feel free to pass the info. on to me. Thank you. :D

    Regards,
    Michael
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