Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. wide

    wide Been here awhile

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    Worth noting this a cracking pic:freaky
  2. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    Excellent, this is just what I wanted. It also lets me know where I stand WRT using heated clothing.
  3. wilso122

    wilso122 Been here awhile

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    Hello, here is my XL650 Rally Alp, hope you all enjoy, its had a completly new front end, ktm whitepower forks, boano rally fairing, subframe and lighting unit. Also a respray by me which means it looks good from 20 feet away :clap

    There is a whole bunch of piccys here of the build

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  4. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    Welcome to this page, Nice bike but your cars steering wheel is on the wrong side. :lol3
  5. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    First bi-polar TA I've seen.:eek1

    Welcome to the craziness.
  6. thepoddo

    thepoddo Adventurer

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    Greetings from Italy
    I am an owner of a 2001 Transalp 650
    In the two years I had it it changed its skin many times, but at the heart it's always the same trusty bike :evil

    just bought and only slightly modified
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    Standard fairing again while working on the new one
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    rally version with africa twin rd04 forks, reversed rear linkage and custom made fairings, still WIP (got to finish the paintjob)
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  7. ferretface

    ferretface Adventurer

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    Hi Mike

    It's great to see someone else doing a 2-up adventure on an early 600! A test run around western europe helped me make the choice. Even fully loaded - it still seems to have plenty of oomph when riding around the alps!
    It looks like we have a lot of similar mods - the only one I really need is a heavy duty rear spring or aftermarket unit. I've not been able to source one in the UK (I think they were shorter on the first model) so I'm hoping to get one in the US.
    Good luck with the rest of your trip! We'll be in South America at the end of the year so might get chance to meet up on the road.

    Cheers
    Dan
  8. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I've had very good luck with the Wilbers on my DR750. They will build to suit and can make the length to fit whatever mods you have on your TA. The gave me a 1 cm longer shock and hit the valving and spring rate pretty much dead-on.

    I got mine through Ted Porter here in the USA

    http://www.beemershop.com/
  9. wilso122

    wilso122 Been here awhile

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    Ah ha thats whats going wrong :rofl

    Got loads of ideas from this forum and theres some cracking looking bikes here!
  10. dfc

    dfc Reluctant Cannonball

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    A new contribution. I made this bracket from 1" x .090 steel

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    to mount these lights, (see ADV Vendor thread)

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    and it mounts using the lower front fairing mounting bolts, looks like this:

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  11. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Sweet I just bought some of those LED lights too. I don't have a plan yet to mount them but that bracket looks good. Can you make another?
  12. dfc

    dfc Reluctant Cannonball

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    probably not, but I can give you the dimensions.....
  13. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    No worries
  14. kyjenkin

    kyjenkin Squatchy

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    I need some suggestions on building a dash for my TA. I have a TT X2 headlight assembly on it and I would like to make a rally type fairing/windscreen for it but I also need to have a place to either mount the stock gauges or go with a newer computer setup. The only places I can see that would make a good mounting point is where the the stock headlight frame bolted onto the bike frame or the bolts that clamp onto the forks. I don't know where to start and would appreciate some input!
  15. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    You could build your own like this.

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    And the dash...

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  16. kyjenkin

    kyjenkin Squatchy

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    Maybe I'm missing it (on my phone) but I can't tell how the dash & gauges are supported & mounted. I like the twin headlights though. Is that an AT?
  17. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    With my AT fairing (adds another 55 watt headlight) plus Gerbing heated jacket, the voltmeter shows the bike keeping up at normal riding speeds.

    If I turn the heated grips on HIGH it's OK on the freeway but starts to loose the battle around town. If slow trail riding.....it does not keep up with usage.

    I thought putting it in practical terms would help.
  18. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Yeah, it's an AT but the frames are the same between the 89-90 TA and 90-92 AT. The pic with the headlights shows two vertical plates attached to the frame lugs and the headlight bracket. There's another T bracket that the dash bolts to. See the two bolts inboard of the dummy lights and fuse box.
  19. kyjenkin

    kyjenkin Squatchy

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    Since I am using a Trail Tech X2 unit for lighting and it mounts to the forks, I have the frame lugs free to use for a dash. I think I could make some supporting braces like in the pic out of steel and make a dash panel that's similar. Can I find the boxed pieces the T-bracket is made from at a hardware store or do I need to get them from somewhere specialized?
    Thanks for the advice! I'm doing everything with basic hand-tools but I could borrow a welder if need be
  20. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    The aluminum/aluminium :deal is 1" square tubing and diamond plate, both can be found at Lowe's or any hardware store. The disc/belt sander is your friend. (With a big pot of water next to it for cooling)