Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    No, actually was a wrecker..............
  2. trex300

    trex300 Been here awhile

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    Didn't they make a CBR 929 back then too? Also made a CBR600RR around that time didn't they?

    Rick
  3. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    Looks exactly same as on my in Germany new sold 1994 XL600VR model.

  4. csustewy

    csustewy Motojero

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    Anybody happen to have some used TA handlebars they're looking to get rid of?

    I'm not looking for anything too nice, but unbent. And just my luck, I happened to have missed mas335's flea market extravaganza by mere days...


    :ear
  5. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Sandplow on here every once and while has a stock TA handle bar send him a PM
  6. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    I have a complete set of front forks trees and bars, If you're not in a big hurry I'll check them when I get home, make sure they are straight.
  7. JBMorse

    JBMorse Been here awhile

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    Hi! I just bought one of these big bitches this past November and have had little time to enjoy it but am thoroughly impressed! I would like to get some useful accessories for it and thought this ridiculous thread of 800 pages would be the best place to ask about them.
    Here's a quick bit of background:I am mostly into old Hondas, I have a couple of CB500/550 projects in the works. I live in the country and was thinking about getting something like a DR350SE as a sort of backup/extra/backroad bike. That way if I am still not done rebuilding by riding season I'd have something to ride that would be different in purpose than what I already have. I learned on an old DR125 so I have a particular fondness for Suzuki dual sports. Anyway, my craigslist browsing revealed this old Beast:

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    It was advertised as a 1989 XL600V so I knew that the person selling it didn't really have a grasp on what it was. It seemed like a good deal so I went and checked it out and was smitten with it. On the face of it the Transalp is so different from what I would have pictured myself owning (my main bike is a 1971 Honda CB500). It's watercooled, faired, from the 80s, has all these extra hoses and wires, is tall and somewhat heavy, etc. But it's really a neat bike and I think it will serve many purposes and be lots of fun!
    I've put around 100 miles on it so far (hey it's been cold around here!) and it seems like a great bike. It runs like a top, has a great sounding Supertrapp muffler, and is fun to ride. It's amazing on the dirt roads (duh) but also really great on pavement and has plenty of power. The idiotic blackout job unfortunately included the rear turn signals. I don't think the guy who owned it before me ever had a state inspection :huh I think he just registered it and drove it! You can see in the second picture how somebody removed the rear rack and cut the goddamn back fender mostly off.
    First order of business will be to make a nice plate mount, replace the turn signal lenses and give the bike a tuneup. I've also got a little fairing repairing to do. A couple of the threaded inserts in the windshield part are broken and there are a few broken tabs here and there. I will do a proper JBWeld and fiberglass bondo job where necessary. I do believe I'll leave the bodywork black, though. I like the idea of not worrying about scratches from riding in the woods or tipping over!

    Anyway, my goal is to outfit this bike with the necessary accessories for local (for now) adventure tours. That means I would like crash bars, a bash guard, a Givi windscreen, Corbin seat and perhaps most importantly, some luggage.
    Here are my questions:

    -The only crash bars I can find are the Givi ones listed on the Happy Trails website. Happy Trails claims you need "slight modification" to fit the 89-90 model. Does anybody know the deal here? Is it a big deal or not so much?

    -I found a Motech bash guard. Are there other options I should look into? Is it worth having? I see that it basically replaces the plastic one that comes with the bike.

    -LUGGAGE!! Searching forums hasn't been particularly helpful in this case because it seems some products are no longer available. Happy Trails has a few options using the SU side rack. Is there a current alternative I am not aware of? I like the looks of this rack and the various cases they offer with it, but I'd like to shop around. The aluminum cases are probably best but I am not crazy about spending that kind of money!

    -Any feedback on the Corbin seat? The one on my bike is not in great condition and is somewhat uncomfortable. It kind of points me down into the gas tank.

    That's about it for now. Realistically I won't be buying all this stuff too soon just because it will collectively cost a lot, but these are the things I would eventually like to have for the bike. Thanks for any advice. I know people have asked these kinds of questions many times but I believe the offerings on the market are changing and I want to make sure I am not missing anything.
    Happy motoring :D
  8. ujeni

    ujeni just doesn't get it

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    Congrats on the new ride! I'll try to answer a few of your questions...others will have thoughts too for sure...the Transalp community is always here to help! You are zeroing in on the best mods for the transalp in my opinion.

    The givi crashbars might be to only crash bars being made today for your bike. Cheap insurance...cause finding new plastic will be very tough (and expensive).

    I have the SWMotech aluminum guard on my current transalp and I had it on my previous transalp. SUPER sturdy (though there could be more mounting points...you can always add some if you like). Every time I hear a rock hit it I smile...the plastic guard probably would not have survived some of the bigger ones!

    I had Happy Trails aluminum panniers on my first transalp. Other use soft luggage or givi plastic luggage. All have their advantages. I really liked the happy trails bags myself. Simple and very sturdy.

    The corbin seat is another great mod. Loads of comfort....thought it looks like your seat has already been modified to some extent. I had a corbin on my first transalp...I have the original seat on my current transalp and use an airhawk of long trips.

    My first Transalp has all the mods you listed, so here is a pic for ya!

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  9. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    Hey JB, I nearly bough that one last year for a back up TA but like you a couple of other projects needed my attention... I too have CB 550's, love 'em.

    Anyway, I was going to outfit the TA with TKC-80's and use it off road wher I wiould not take the nice one.


    Well cool, have fun with it.

    Rob

  10. old2wheeler

    old2wheeler Former nÔÔb

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    I put the Givi crashguards on mine... Not a big problem. You will need a longer through bolt where the guard bolts to the engine mount. I bought a bunch of 'em in stronger than the standard hardware store ratings. Send me a pm when you get to that point and I'll send you one. Also where the two halves bolt to each other under the steering head it's good to strengthen that connection (be creative) and there is a tab of plastic that has to be cut off the grid that is stock on the bike. I think all that is well covered in the instructions that come with the guards.

    Rod
  11. Motoswami

    Motoswami Motoswami

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    Does anyone have a URL for free microfiche parts diagrams for non-US models? I specifically need microfiche for the Africa Twin, RD04
  12. pdxthmper

    pdxthmper Been here awhile

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  13. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    [QUOTE

    i have a giant loop bag that I have used on my XR650L, it is a very neat design based on your needs there are 2 or 3 sizes available now, and you don't need a rack. i haven't tried to fit it to the TA, but it should fit pretty good, after I finish my valve adjustment I can check if anyone is intersted.[/QUOTE]



    Please post some pics of the GL on the TA:clap
  14. tgeliot

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    Here's my "sort of" 89 TA with Giant Loop's largest model, the Great Basin. If you have very sharp eyes you may see that I had to extend the lower straps with loops of rope to reach the rear passenger pegs. I believe that my particular model is an older version that was sitting in a vendor's warehouse for a while, that newer models have longer straps there. (Side note -- I wanted yellow, but was shopping during the gulf oil spill cleanup, and was informed that GL was making only black at the time, because all the yellow and orange rubberized fabric in the nation had been made into oil booms for the cleanup. It took a lot of calling around to find this one model).

    I find that it snuggles against my back reasonably well. I try not to slouch back against it, as my lower back ends up very unhappy if I don't hold myself upright. You can't see them here, but there are three straps on the top of the bag that run down behind the bag, around various parts of my luggage rack, and back up to cinch buckles on the bag. These hold the bag back and down.

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  15. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Thanks for the GL pics looks good
  16. ferretface

    ferretface Adventurer

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    Out of interest, is it an easy swap and are the connectors the same between the european and canadian/US models?
    I've got an import but want to swap over to a switch that allows me to turn the lights off (useful when trying to loose the cops) :evil
  17. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    The 91 Euro switch plugged right into the US harness but I can't know if it will do the same for 87/88 Canadian bikes. You will have one loose connector which would have plugged into the harness for the parking light but just tape it off and ignore it.

    You should be able to determine if the US and Canadian Transalps use the same turn signal switch and if so then I don't see why the 91 would not work just as well.

    The switch did NOT cut off all the lights, just the headlamp which can be done with a separate switch. Sorry but the cops will still be able to follow your tail lights.
  18. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    With the TA's poor stock headlight one can ride with high beam on during daylight, no problems for others. But some are riding with modern bikes also like that and this is very annoying because light beam is very strong- I got "blinded" few times myself as well.
    In my country this is even not allowed actually (to ride with high beam when visibility is good, that is, during daytime).

  19. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    There is logic in what you wrote, as well as each country has it's own rules. But still- light beam's path is same regardless daytime and rules in particular country, just during daytime eyes are less sensitive to sudden strong light beam.
    I was also surprised when first time was "hit" blind during daytime with upcoming bike's light. Before that I also thought that no matter what lights you use during daytime. But this applies only to most old bikes/cars- sometimes when I forget during night time switch in time to low beam on my TA, rarely someone blinks asking to do so (my headlights are always adjusted properly).

    Here locally also many bikers drives with high beam on during daytime thinking they are better visible. But result is- many other drivers are very angry about this- bike riders inclusive.

    But I'm just keep spare headlight bulb with me. :)


  20. csustewy

    csustewy Motojero

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    Thanks for the help, guys. PMs on their way...