Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    http://www.transalp.de/technik/pd-technik/umbauten/xr-gabel.php


    I couldn't find the info., but check this site out. Very cool... it's only in German, but maybe one of our German TA friends here will help out. :deal

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA

    PS Feel free to post any findings on front and rear sus. upgrades. I'm trying to figure out what the hell I want to do too. I'm soooooo interested in seeing about putting one of those 750R rear swing arm shaft drive units on a TA... now that would be sweet! Probably have to use the 750R trans. too.
  2. iceweazel

    iceweazel mechanic-ly inclined

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    All these nice TAs and the ATs are making me homesick. Used to ride an AT when I was overseas for a while. LOVED that bike and should never have sold it.

    Can't find even a TA for sale here in the states. Would love to pick one up, better yet another Africa twin! I've brought cars into the states on title so that doesn't bother me, just can't seem to FIND anything. sigh.
    (if anyone knows of a non-beater, let me know)


    Here's a little help with that web page if you can't find someone to read it for ya.

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.transalp.de%2Ftechnik%2Fpd-technik%2Fumbauten%2Fxr-gabel.php&lp=de_en

    Ed
  3. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I finally got to read that article myself! :lol3

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA

    PS I'm sure you'll find a nice TA if you take some time. :nod
  4. iceweazel

    iceweazel mechanic-ly inclined

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    Well been' looking for a couple of months and missed the only one I'd seen by a day. Low mileage too (3k) :(

    Hopefully this year. Unless the Triumph or KTM bug bites. Cleaning the old 4 out of the garage this month.
  5. maverick

    maverick Lost South-African..

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    <font size="2" color="white"><b>
    I just bought this Africa Twin XRV750 2000 model last week since my GS1100 has been stolen
    3 weeks ago. Got a real bargain as it set me back about $2544 and the bike has only done 13000 miles. Had to drive it back from
    Edinburgh,Scotland to London the same day after I caught the train up north.
    Very different to my previous beast but handles well and does 100mph with ease.
    The 430 mile trip produced no mechanical problems and it seemed to run better and better
    the longer I drove.
    I was astonished with the amount of rust on the bike though..<br><p>

    <img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/africa_twin/start/1.JPG"><br><p>


    Don't think it will be a problem to clean up and once stripped it will be a good time
    for a few mods. The standard pipe has to go first! Then some nice shiny stainless steel
    cap srews all round.<br><p>
    <img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/africa_twin/start/2.JPG"><br><p>


    Some new fittings I will include will be higher mudguard, touratech pannier frames,GPS..<br><p>
    <img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/africa_twin/start/3.JPG"><br><p>


    Might even find the time to make a better sump guard and back luggage carrier. The wheels needs
    to come off and be sandblasted and sprayed. The rust on there is horrible.<br><p>
    <img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/africa_twin/start/4.JPG"><br><p>

    Hopefully soon will post some pics of a nicer cleaner bike with lots more mileage and
    intereting bits on! This is what it looked like before the previous owner's wife accidently
    knocked it over causing the RHS mirror to go. Not good as the mirror is part of the
    brakefluid housing.<br><p>
    <img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/africa_twin/start/5.jpg"><br><p>

    Later dudes!

    </font></b>
  6. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hey, great deal on that @. I'm sure you'll improve her a great deal with all the work you plan to do. Actually, it's sounds as if you're going to be a much better owner of it and you deserve her more than some chump who lets her go to pot like that! :rofl

    Have fun with the "new" ride! :thumb

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA
  7. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    Here's a pic of my Pack Mule showing the luggage racks that I made and the spare fuel tank I picked up from an army surplus. The extra fuel usually isn,t neccessary unless my friend with the R80GS is with us.

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  8. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Nice! Is that the flat green paint from crylon? Looks cool!

    Nice rack! -is that OK to say to a another guy? :rofl You should weld up some crash bars for it too.

    I like the look of your TA. Very butch! :thumb

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA
  9. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Oh yeah... is that just the stock seat with a custom cover?

    I'm in the process of try to modify a used factory seat. I'd love to install some good foam (like a Corbin shape) and fit over a new cover.

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA
  10. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    Well... I figure it's too late for the crash bars (hence the paint job) definitely not a virgin, she's gone down on me on many an occasion. The seat is a corbin that has a custom cover (thanks to a crash on hy191 no. of Moab). But it is still my favorite bike to take on long trips!
  11. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    How has the crylon flat green paint held up? Any flakes or peeling off? How's you prep those plastics bits?

    I saw that crylon makes a paint for plastics, but never have seen a OD green color for it.

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA

    PS I've often thought that having some damaged panels bed liner sprayed would be the way to go. Heavy, but cool! I saw another post where a dude did that with his 640 Adventure with good results.
  12. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    The paint was a bomb can type I picked up at a mil. surplus store and I can't remember if there was even a brand on it. Most of the prep was just simply sanding everything really well ( of which the road did a good portion)! The paint has been on for two years and is staying on real well, it's just a pain in the ass to wax.(HA)
  13. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I just looked at that photo of your bike again... Damn! I really think it looks great! I know some TA purists will argue, but who cares! I mean, it's not like you can't buy those body panels anymore if you decided to go back to stock.

    I'm taking one of my TAs and turning it into a super light (as possible) enduro machine. This will be taking some time to do. I'm looking into several big ass plastic tanks that will work with the stock radiators to start with. I will then base everything else around the tanks. A couple tanks of interest are the XR650R Acerbis Baja 6 gal. and the KLR650 Military 6.6 gal.

    I'm into long range riding without fuel stations around so I need that big of a tank. Well, I guess I could get by with a 5 gal., but wouldn't a 6+ gal. tank look the shit?! :lol3 I mean, if I'm going 5... may as well go all the way!

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA

    PS Are those TKC80 tires you're running? If so, how do you like them on the TA? How many miles are you getting out of those?
  14. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I'm kind of a fan of that color... I painted my old 1965 Land Rover the same way! OD GREEN ROCKS!!!!

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    '65 Land Rover IIA
    Van., WA USA

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  15. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Modrover, a German company, Africa Queens was manufacturing large aftermarket tanks for the 'alp. They were made of synthetic material and held something like 32 ltr and 40 ltr of fuel. The tanks extend down further on the sides and require a fuel pump, like from a small Suzuki I recall. Not cheap though. Think they were roughly $900 for the 31 ltr tank. I think I still have the link on another computer, which I will post later.
  16. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hey, thanks for thinking of me... I've already got that Africa Queens saved as a favorite! :lol3

    I've seen those tanks. Beautiful! I've also heard that the quality control isn't that great for the non-rotomold types from them. Ah, well... they cost more than I can even consider. :nod

    I hope I can find a big plastic tank local (USA) that'll work on the TA. I've done a similar project on the Sherpa I sold so I'm familiar with the one-off fabrication needed to make something like this happen. :thumb

    It sure would be easier if everyone just donated their unused tanks to me! :lol3

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA
  17. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hey TA guys and gals (any gals out there?)... we are just 15 or so posts away from being the TOP Thread in the Big Mean Nasty! YEAH! :rofl

    Keep them coming... I think it's very cool that the Transalp (fifteen year old bike) is still making the big headlines! :thumb

    Damn, we are just a bunch of kickass people! Pat yourself on the back for keeping that TA alive! :lol3

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA
  18. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Modrover, re your off road TA, I have an extra set of XR650 forks if you want to try to see if they are for you , you probably read the post in yahoo about the swap, you could lower them also to what height you need. I can either drop 'em off or ups them, dont pay 'til you OK 'em, hell even if you do take a month or two to pay if you want, $80 plus ship, these will need going through and some triple clamps, happy to send photos :1drink
  19. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hey, thanks for the offer on the forks. I'm putting the off-road facelift on a bit of hold as I had to buy some new CDI units. :cry

    I had one going bad and just thought I'd replace both. Keep one as a good spare and try to do the solder fix on the bad one. I did order the newer style cushion to hold the CDI units. It's only like $8 and it turns them 180 degrees so you'll never have the seat touching them again. :thumb

    Yeah, keep those forks around. I don't know when I'll actually have any cash. Those CDI units must be made of GOLD for what they cost! :lol3

    I'm not sure the direction I'm going on the sus., but it does appear that the XR forks are the choice to use. Don't feel bad if you need to sell or something as I just don't: a) have any money and b) know what I'm doing.

    So, I'm broke now, but at least I can ride! :thumb

    Thanks for thinking of me, GOOD MAN,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA

    PS Do you know of anyone selling a used Corbin TA seat? I know... I'm broke, but I'd at least like to know if there is one floating about for the future.

    PSS How far are you from Seattle or Vancouver?
  20. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    I bought 2 CDI from ron ayers, one of mine had died, sold the other on ebay a while back, I have a dead one I am going to try the fix.

    re the seat, corbins are a bit hard for me, I have a left over foam, gel coversion for a KLR I might try to fit, go it from dual-star, it doesnt have the step like the stocker, the corbin tends to have a hard step, not for me if road gets rough.
    http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Brand/Kawasaki/klr 650 gel seat.htm

    the fork swap doesnt look too hard, it would be nice a get one more inch or so of travel, meaning the rear must rise, winter project for sure