Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    OK, Thanks. That's kinda what I suspected. I got a DR350 and selling my KLR for the same reason. Really like the seat/ride heigth of the TA. Probably will use the RD04 swing arm and switch to disc brakes, and I've got a really clean XRL front end, but if I can't figure a way to set it up pretty close to stock height, don't think i'm gonna use it.
  2. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Getting a decent front brake and mounting a low front fender are the "problem" areas with the XR front end.

    You can move the tubes up the triple clamps to lower the ride-height.....but you MUST then have the forks rebuilt to a shorter travel length.....otherwise you will most certainly push the front tire into the fender/frame/crashbars on full compression and find yourself airborne without the bike.
  3. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    That's what I figured. It's an '08 with 800 miles on it and I got the whole thing, brakes, wheel and all. Thought about changing out the works, if I can do what you said, and get the height/ travel sorted. Don't like the airborne thing, did that already, took several months to rehab form dislocated shoulder. Seems like I remember someone cut the tubes shorter. Don't remember exactly how it was done though. Got time for that, still working on a new exhaust, side racks for Givi 21's, and changing out the RD07 clocks for the RD04's.
  4. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    I have to fix a couple of wires (kill switch; 87 TA) but unfortunately left the house this morning and left the assembly sitting on the counter. Can someone confirm the wire size used throughout the harness? Is it 20 AWG?

    thanks,

    rick
  5. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I'm sittin here lookin at mine and it's hard to tell. There is so much difference in the thickness of insulation on different wires and number and size of individual internal wires, that compareing is hard. From my experience, 12 ga is probably over kill, and 20 ga is pretty small. I like something in between. Probably 16 ga, but in wireing size matters. Bigger is better.
  6. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I'll leave the confines of my office and scavange around the plant for a few feet of 16ga.

    cheers,
  7. Petrus

    Petrus not at heavens Gate

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    I sure do like the way your transalp lookes!!:clap If I still had one, this would be the look I would go for.
  8. Backonthebike

    Backonthebike Giddy up

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    Thanks Petrus,
    When I got the bike it was in pieces and the plastics were so smashed up (and replacements hard to find) that I just did a cheap and cheerful makeover.
    The front radiator shrouds are aluminium from an old road sign!
    The high front mudguard is purely aesthetic, and was me poking fun at the BMW beak.
    Only later did I find out that Suzuki had sone something similar with the DR Big many years before BMW.
    Transalps of this age are pretty rare in Australia, which is strange because we have a lot of opportunity for ADV riding down here.
    Unlike the professionals on this board (Ladder, Mas, Locorider) I have done nothing to the suspension and brakes other than change the oil in the front forks. Instead, I ride the bike in country that the suspension can cope with (mostly!), and if I want to try more technical stuff, I use my DRZ.

    I have three bikes:
    1. 2009 Yamaha TDM 900 (90% road use)
    2. 1987 Transalp (50% road/offroad)
    3. 2009 DRZ 400 (90% offroad) (that's it in the lower photo; 17 litre tank so a range of about 350 km - also an ADV bike)
    so I'm lucky enough to have the right bike for every occasion, and all for less that $20,000 AUD.
    Cheers
    Tim
  9. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    As you may all know, when finding euro model parts, its a matter of doing a cross reference. Find the part number and then see if there is a model in the US that uses the same part. There are some sources that you may use, like this one http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xrv650-africa-twin-1989-germany_model7020/partslist/F__2400.html#results

    Find the part number, then go to a US based provider to see if the have it. In the case of the hex bolt, the EU provider states a part number 90128mv1000.

    Go to www.hdlparts.com ( I dont have any business relationship with them, other than being a very satisfied customer) and enter the part#. on this case, they do have the bolt under this part number. Hope this helps. But I can tell you, its not always a happy ending. Apart of that, you can rely on fellow riders in EU or ebay....Good luck!

    I bought most of the AfricaTwin parts @.fr and .de .
  10. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Further research will tell you that part# 90128mv1000 hex bolt was used on the 1987 xr600r. :)
  11. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Thanks, Carlos. I'll get one on order. I've used both of thoes sites and others. Sometimes it's hard to figure out just what your looking at. Just wasn't sure I could successfully use the TA pro link with the AT arm. I guess there is a clearance problem that necessitates the socket head bolt ? Haven't got into that yet, working on solving other puzzels.
  12. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    I think the "Professor" ( Ladder) out shines us all when it comes to suspension knowledge. I just know where the parts go, Ray knows how to make them work better.
  13. Petrus

    Petrus not at heavens Gate

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    The front radiator shrouds are aluminium from an old road sign!:thumbup
    The high front mudguard is purely aesthetic, and was me poking fun at the BMW beak.:D

    Yes those mudguards are the fashion thing now. toke me a while to get used to them.






    I have three bikes:
    1. 2009 Yamaha TDM 900 (90% road use)
    2. 1987 Transalp (50% road/offroad)
    3. 2009 DRZ 400 (90% offroad) (that's it in the lower photo; 17 litre tank so a range of about 350 km - also an ADV bike)
    I have 2 at the moment, Buell uly and a old HD shovel. I used to have all semi dirt bikes and allroads, one way ore another I ended up on the buell. 95% road hahahaha but its suits the purpose I'm using it for at the moment.
    But.. TA's are still old love and I have spent alot of km's on them.

    Cheers
    Petrus
  14. jorrizza

    jorrizza newb

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    Been lurking here for a while. My Alp's now somewhat complete, so here's a pic from today.

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    Modified quite a few bits and pieces. Half the SW-Motech catalog. Sump guard, crash bars, luggage system, tank ring, etc. The Givi high wind screen works okay, but is a little noisy. Just put her on Heidenau K60 tires, which came highly recommended. I concur. These are better than the TKC80s which I had before, except in sand. And there's a custom one-of-a-kind GPS mount:

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    Doesn't look great, but works like a charm.
  15. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Not sure about the RD04 but the RD03 and 89 TA links were quite different.
    I found that when I used the TA link I just blew thru the suspension stroke.
    Just changing to the RD03 link made for a more progressive feel in the spring rate.
    I think it made all the difference on my bike.
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  16. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    That's kinda what I was remembering from one of Ray's posts:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4203105&postcount=2209
    And IIRC ravelv came up with at least three different arms and three different links,( 03, 04, & 07 I think) but I don't remember if anyone figured out what worked with what on the TA ??? I think I have an RD04 swing arm, although if there are three different length arms I can't be sure. It was bought by the PO in Italy. Didn't get the link with it. If anyone knows what works, I'm all :ear. Or for that matter, if you know what combination doesn't work, that would be helpful also. I'm not looking for hard core off road, just dirt road and easy Colorado jeep trail/pass capable, with near stock ride height.
  17. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Oooopsss..

    You're right, there was a difference in the triangular link. It was the "U" shaped link that was the same size...

    Apologies....my bad.
  18. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    No problem. It hasn't been that long sense I read this whole thread, and lucky, I did take some notes (my memory's not that good). Still can't find the pictures ravelv took of the three arms and links. So, I'm guessing I still need the RD04 triangular link part to go with the RD04 swingarm ???
  19. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    Unfortunately even attached images here are lost time by time...

    Triangular links are same between RD03 and RD04 as well as their placement (against frame mounts) on swingarms of RD3&RD04 are same also (but total lengh of swingarms is different).
    RD07 have different triangular link as well as placement on swingarm is also different, so, to get proper progression curve you have to use RD07 triangular link and swingarm.

    But RD03 and RD04 parts you can mix freely.

    What is totally same- U-link- AT's and 600cc TA's share same part.

    I would not suggest to use TA triangular link on AT's swing- most of wheel travel is on progression curve's beginning, suspension feels very soft....

  20. drivefastandswerve

    drivefastandswerve Indianapolis

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    The Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge is proud to present the 2012 Fall Trans Alp
    rally at our facility starting October 11-14th. :clap

    We will have dual sport rides for the area, tech session and upgrades
    discussion, door prizes, and beer drinking around the campfire at night.

    The time of year is peak leaf season here and the weather is usually
    fantastic for camping or just enjoying the mountains. Couple that with a
    bunch of TA riders and we have chemistry for a great annual rally.

    Currently we have lots of cabins, rooms, and tenting camping plus RV spots
    so making plans to attend the rally as soon as possible.

    Due to the limited number of TA's I plan on including all NX and XLR
    riders of the era.

    Call the Ironhorse at 828-479-3864 or email me at john@ironhorsenc.com for
    updates.

    A rally like this take participation and this group will become the
    nucleus of future rallies.

    Lets make this a great one.

    Let me know if you are available and invite friends

    John Powell
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