Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    What a neat coincidence...

    I just bought a pristine Hawk...

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    Third one I've had, gave one to my daughter who is still riding it.. :D

    I have had my Transalp for about a year...

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  2. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    What header pipes are fitted to your Hawk?

    Does anyone know if larger and more free flowing header pipes improve the bikes performance compared to the oem headers?

    I have an 87 600 Transalp fitted with an Arrow muffler.

    Thanks.
  3. quint7

    quint7 "I drove a boat thru the desert"

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    And I'm most likely selling my Hawk thanks to impending knee surgery......... :kboom
  4. kyjenkin

    kyjenkin Squatchy

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    It's been a while since I last posted but here are some picture updates of my '89 "EndurAlp." I repainted everything with a textured green paint to give it a rough cast look like armor and then went over it with a couple of coats of OD. I don't remember what pics I last posted so here's a few to let you know where it was a few months ago & where it's at now. Also the link to flikr gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/68844295@N06/




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    I have the premolded kydex panel showing a "before" stage
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    And an "after" stage
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    Ready to go to the trail!

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    At the trail. I was approached by three people when I got there who were dual sporters too and were very cool

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  5. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    I have mine now 9 years. Prior TA I rode NX250 (which I still have) some years. Before these two Japanese bikes was also riding soviet made ones, but not much.
    And no thoughts to change TA for anything else, bike does all I want from it. :)


  6. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    Thank you again for your kind offer.
    Have you been getting my PMs?
    What I need is the top cross-piece of the triple tree (that has three holes plus I guess two more for the brackets that hold the handlebars) and the middle/bottom piece of the triple tree (the upright pivot tube and the bottom cross-piece that has two holes through which the fork tube slide).

    I don't particularly need the brackets that hold the handlebars, but then I don't need you to remove them, either. You can leave them in or take them out, it won't make much difference to me.

    I think my bearings, washers, caps, etc. are all OK.

    Thanks again

    Topher

  7. wdeTA

    wdeTA TransAlp Adv

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    Thanks, since I'm normally traveling solo, taking pics of the TA at a location is how I remember/prove I was there.
  8. ferretface

    ferretface Adventurer

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    Had mine for a little over 3 years now and have gained a huge wealth of information from this thread.

    I'll be taking it over to Canada next month to start a trip through the Americas over 12 months - some think it might be a crazy idea with a 24yr old bike..... :loco

    More info on my blog if anyone is interested: http://heyivegotanidea.wordpress.com/

    Cheers
    Dan

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  9. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Dan,

    When/If you're in the Central California area, my house/garage/tools are open for any service or repair work you want or have to perform.

    You are also welcome to ship spares to me it you want to place cache items in a certain location.
  10. Nightrunner

    Nightrunner Long timer

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    The fan should kick on about the red line point. It could be the temp switch or the relay. Its normal for these to heat up while idling. Temp goes back down as soon as you're moving. Some folks have installed a second fan on the left rad. I've been planning this but have not had time yet.
  11. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Thanks for that info Scott, will get those bits checked out.

    Do owners fit lower temperature sensors into their cooling systems like on some other bikes to cause the fan to turn on sooner or just leave it standard?
  12. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Many riders fit a manual fan switch so the fan can be switched on during slow 1st gear trail riding. It will cycle on and off by itself but it's nice not to have the temp get all the way up and then have to work to get it back down.
  13. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    yes or you add a fan ( space allowing) activated through a manual switch ( which i did on the AT)
  14. ferretface

    ferretface Adventurer

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    Thanks Ladder, appreciate the kind offer, I'll give you a shout if I'm in your neck of the woods!
  15. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Your restorations are incredible. I've owned mine for around 10 years but would have owned one earlier had I not held out hope for an Africa Twin for so long. Love the Transalp and glad I found mine when I did. It had 3000 miles and was a total garage queen. I leave it up in coastal central Oregon with my buddy Baygecko, who has the same year. We ride the PCT, and coastal Rogue and Illinois river trails together. I've got 18k miles on it but hope to double that in it's lifetime. Love seeing your restoration work. Truly inspiring. Hope to see another 6 years of Mas335'ing.



  16. csustewy

    csustewy Motojero

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    Dan -

    We seem to be in the same boat - I have owned my 1989 TA for a few years, have gained enormous amounts of knowledge from this thread, and have been riding through the Americas for just about 12 months, looking forward to the next 12.

    I don't think you are crazy at all. In fact, I don't think you could've picked a better bike for your overland trip! And I'm sure that everyone paying attention to this thread will agree. It looks like you've put a lot of work into getting her ready to go. Good luck with the final steps before your departure! Hope to rendezvous in South America a few months from now...

    /mike

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  17. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    Thanks for the kind words. Maybe I don't tell the whole story by never showing the before and after images, I would hope no one thinks I just wash and wax? With that in mind here is a bike sold a few years ago in the before condition.

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  18. toslow

    toslow Been here awhile

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    Had mine for alittle over a year now and each time I ride it I like it more and more gonna retire this year and we're going to Alaska
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  19. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    Can anyone give me a quantitative answer about how much electricity my 89 TA can supply? Or can you tell me how it would compare, for example, to a modern VStrom 650?

    My issue is that I have to use a CPAP machine to sleep at night. I've powered the CPAP from the TA while camping. Sometimes I was able to crank the bike over the next morning; sometimes I had to push-start it. At the end of my Canada trip last fall I had to buy a new battery.

    There were other factors at work there -- I kept stopping to take photos, and turned off and restarted the motor each time. That may be the real issue; it's hard to say.
  20. old2wheeler

    old2wheeler Former nÔÔb

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    My understanding is that the output is 310Watts and the bike uses 255Watts. Thus you have 55 "Spare" Watts. Shoganai uses a CPAP also, and rides a k1100 RS, but she is up on how to do it. I believe she carries a separate CPAP battery and charges it from the bikes alternator. BUT, I'm pretty sure the K bike has a greater output.

    Hope this is some help... gotta go now, will try to find more info tomorrow,

    Rod