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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    If the valves are set correctly...........and cylinder compression is good.....maybe an exhaust leak or a head gasket leak..........just a guess. Let us know what you find......
    Good luck on resolving your problem............:ear
  2. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    I think you are on the right track............contact Rick at Cogent Dynamics.....he knows suspension, set mine up with xr600 forks with racetech valves and built me a long travel Moab shock for my TA...........makes a miraculous difference.
    I think his website is motocd.com...........:wink:
  3. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Clockwatcher thank you! I have the front end covered thanks to a member on the site (just need to work out the final details) so your input is fantastic. I will contact him tomorrow and see if we can start a dialog on developing an option for what I am trying to accomplish. The fun thing and curse about building bikes is there are a million and one options you can use. I learned a long time ago, when you find something that works or meets your needs, go with it! Analyzing something to death can lead to vapor lock on a project and while I have some time to work on this, I want to spend more time riding than building. .
  4. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    Reading a bit old posts... RD03 swing with stock TA shock (also 375mm) gave me 45mm more height in rear. I think, with RD04 arm should be even a bit more as it is longer than RD03 swing.

  5. danyila

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  6. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Spent the better part of Sunday afternoon reading this thread. I had hoped to be to the end by Thanksgiving...(Currently at post 4100). I am finding that this build of mine is taking on a life on of its own because of this thread and all of you.

    Most bikes I work on are newer in nature so there is not a lot of information on what you can/can't do to them. Yet with the TA, the Mod thread is like going through a history book seeing all the work that people have done. But it does not stop there, the human factor is incredible and the trials and tribulations and even the passing of some members draws you into a very extended and wide family history. So many times I am tempted to respond to a question or comment but I have to stop myself as they were asked and answered 7 years ago. So as I work my way to the present day section of the thread I find that I am beginning to weave myself into a very long linage of riders and builders who are really paving the way for the new owners like myself. I hope my efforts to copy the work they have done, does them justice. Thank you all for what you have done, I look forward to what will be down the road.

    Here is where we ended yesterday, the Givi bags are off and the few parts that are in are being laid out.

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  7. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I did the same thing when I got my TA. For thoes of us into this stuff, it's like a good book you can't put down. It was interesting to trace the migration of individual bikes from new owner to new owner and the changes they made. Also the coming and going of owners as their needs/wants change. Some members have greater knowledge/experience in one area and others in different areas, most are very helpful with answering questions even if they have been answered many times before. It's unfortunate that many of the the early pictures have been "dropped" , and there is no assurance that recent pictures will endure. I have a very disorganized set of notes/references, and save or print things I want to keep. Looking forward to watching yours and others continuing interpretations.
  8. mas335

    mas335 xendurist

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    Having gotten to know Dr. E through several emails I can tell you he's the right guy for such an undertaking. His mechanical experience and attitude will make this a fun project for all of us to enjoy and learn from.

    There is a wealth of knowledge in everyone here so feel free to ask any questions.
  9. Crash48

    Crash48 Secular Lord

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    I can't seem to find a vendor with any Givi engine guards in stock... Motorcycle Superstore showed on-line inventory available but none in reaity - and they are saying Givi won't give them a date on when they'll have any ready for shipping. I've just put a request in the flea market in case anyone has a set for sale or knows of someone who does.
  10. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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    I'd be surprised if anyone really stocks them anymore. I ordered from sporttour under the same deal (they didn't know how long it would take Givi to get them made) and got them in two weeks. This was just a couple months ago.
  11. JBMorse

    JBMorse Been here awhile

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    I got mine here:
    http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/Engine-GuardbrHonda-Transalp__GIVTN363.aspx

    They mention a modification needed to mount this guard. You may already know but the only modification really is that you need a longer bolt for the front engine mount than the one they include. It seems like the length needed isn't easy to find in the right metric size so most folks, including me, use a 5/16" bolt in the correct length instead, which works just fine.
  12. Crash48

    Crash48 Secular Lord

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    Thank you JB and APP... Happy Trails called Givi for me while I was on the phone and discovered the last one in North America was sitting in Charlotte NC - on it's way to Dartmouth now:clap
  13. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    If anyone else needs a set, twisted throttle's website shows they have some in stock also. Usually pretty accurate.
  14. dfc

    dfc Reluctant Cannonball

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    I can't remember and I didn't flag it. Anyone know if an '87 xr600 triple/forks will mate up to the '89 Transalp? an Inmate is selling a set, not sure I am ready to do it but just in case.......
  15. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I just picked up a highly modified 89 Transalp, Yes the one Jim has show earlier in this thread. :clap But my real question is does anyone have any advice on side rack for the bike ? It has a big Hayabusa muffler on it and while it does not look the best it sure is light, sounds good, and runs great. I do not know if this would interfere with a stock type side racks or not.

    open to suggestions.

    Marc
  16. old2wheeler

    old2wheeler Former nÔÔb

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    I went out to the garage and measured mine. I have the one Happy Trails sells and there is 5 &1/2 " between the stock luggage rack and the inside of the side rack on the muffler side. If you use happy trails panniers, their mounting device takes up 3/8 " of that, but you can have them leave the drilling of the bolt holes for the two that would possibly interfere with the muffler and possibly choose a location that would not interfere. The side racks are connected to each other by a "u" shaped rod that goes under the tail light. That bolts to the side rack about 5 & 1/2 " lower than the bottom of the stock luggage rack. I'm really happy with the rack & the panniers. Hope this helps, & let me know if you need other measurements.

    Rod
  17. shimazaki

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    Maybe anyone can have a ideia of what maybe the problem,

    this weekend I went for off road event with some friends and when coming back home on the road I've started to ear some noises on the engine, today I went to look at the bike and found no only a few oil in it, almost nothing... refilled the oil and went outside to ear the engine working, I've let the engine warm and the then give a bit of throttle and the sound was there again :cry I've took the bike for quick around the block and feel that above maybe 3000 rpm the sound was there and feel a lack of power, does anyone can give me a clue, hope I didn´t break the engine :( , at 1500/2000 rpm ear a tick, tick tick but higher rpm the sound changes and it turns louder,

    :becca
  18. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Overhead cam engines run with little to no oil almost always damage the cams and rockers first.

    The noise you're hearing is most likely hugely increased clearance between the valves and the rockers caused by accelerated wear on the cams.

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but oil is the life-blood of your engine....without it bad things happen.

    You can check this fairly easily by pulling the valve covers off and having a look at the cams.
  19. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Not good. Not good. No oil and motor noise = trouble and $$$. On most motors the clearance between the piston and head is less than 1 mm. Sometimes the first noise you hear is the carbon on the top of the piston hitting the head when the connecting rod bearing starts to go. It could be valve train, clutch or some other noise, but I would not run it any more before you find the problem or it could cause bigger trouble.
  20. mas335

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    A while back a inmate here purchased a TA from another local inmate, of course it was advertised as "excellent, well maintained condition".

    After the purchase he rode the bike directly to me to leave for service updating etc. The first thing I did before he left my shop was check the oil level, there was none on the oil stick and hardly any when the stick was screwed in. I have seen more than a few Transalps with low oil, knowing how to correctly check the oil level seems to be part of the problem.

    Here is a view of what all needs to stay clean and be well oiled.

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    This good engine was ruined by someone who welded on the counter shaft sprocket which had to be cut off.


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    Once the counter shaft sprocket was removed the reason for welding it on was revealed. The splines are damaged due most likely to over a tightened chain, another common error that I have seen far more than you would think.

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