Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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    I went with the Tetons. I almost went Owyhee for the same reasons but am glad I picked these. I had my wife jump on and they aren't in the way (I went with the pre mount option but you can choose to drill it yourself and move them even further back if preferred, but really no need). Either way you go should be the same width so you can't go wrong with whatever capacity works for your planned use.
  2. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

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    I believe the 89 seat will fit an 87

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  3. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Excuse the side note. When I bought my first AT in California, I flew to Orange County and rode it back with no plate, a bill of sale and my insurance coverage. I slabbed it to Phoenix but from there it was all back roads. I was on Hwy 160 going through De Norte, CO and it was apparently "pull everyone over" night. People in front and behind me were getting pulled over except for me. I just motored through and was out of town in 5 minutes, all without having a plate on the bike. An episode of The Twilight Zone?

    Happy New Year everyone.
  4. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    posted a Happy Trails Owyhee pannier set, complete set, in the flea market, for 89 transalp
  5. justcountry04

    justcountry04 Been here awhile

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    Hey all Im looking at a used 89 Transalp locally, I go to see it on Friday. The owner says everything works, decent shape, 31,000 miles on the odometer. he's asking 2,200 OBO USD. Ive seen pics of it and it looks good, im just hesitant to know if parts are available in the US for decent prices. I had a bad experience with an NX250 a few years ago and how a few minor part that broke the bank. Any input would be great <a href="http://s1146.beta.photobucket.com/user/justcountry04/media/transalp_zpsb3f07147.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1146.photobucket.com/albums/o537/justcountry04/transalp_zpsb3f07147.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"/></a>
  6. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Parts are still available and there are a number of dealers. I am currently doing a rebuild on my 89' I bought last year and the only parts I have had to purchase from overseas are carb diaphragms (UK and they were here in two weeks). Others will have their favorite parts houses, I have had wonderful success with Cheap Cycle Parts. Honda 1989 XL600V Transalp - OEM Parts - Cheap Cycle Parts

    As for the price, that seems to be a good range as my bike was at 47K in miles and it was $2000.00. Keep us posted if you get this and if you want to educate yourself...take the time to read this thread as everything you need to know about this bike and repairs/updates/suspension upgrades...
  7. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

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    Plastics can be very spendy (if you're lucky enough to find them)! If you get it, spend the $150 +/- on the engine guards ... very inexpensive 'insurance'.
  8. justcountry04

    justcountry04 Been here awhile

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    yea thats my biggest concern is what kind of shape the plastics are in. who makes the guards for these? I would definatley do that. I made a quick search of ebay, and notoced there are not a big source of used oem parts like more common Jap bikes. That is a concern sometimes. Though I think ebay worldwide would prob be a better source? I go and see it in the morning and test-drive it. Is there any quirks or important things to look for on the TA specifically (like weak frame points , engine weakness's and such) the owner tells me it has a slight valve cover leak, on most bikes, thats not a big deal, but not sure on this one. I'll keep all posted:clap. Ive heard also the brake systems on the TA suck too, my biggest concern is tthe rear drum. Ive read you can change out the swingarm from an africa twin and do a disk brake setup ?
  9. R_Rick

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    Givi makes guards - these tend to be popular choice. Few others (particularily in Europe) although I can't think of names.

    Biggest weak spot on them is the CDI boxes - poor initial locating design which causes them to fail. There is a new mount avail from honda (<$15 I believe) which will mount them in horizontal position rather than vertical. Many people carry one spare CDI when travelling - if you have it, you will likely not need it.

    Valves are a pain in ass to check, especially the front. Engine is honda through and through. Rear drum isn't that bad, front disc will stop you but isn't fantastic.

    Do a search for AfricaAlp converstions and you will find much written on swapping out the front end and the swing arm.
  10. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Might want to check the front sprocket shaft splines for wear. Seems some TAs ,for whatever reason, have unusual wear. Real PITA to change that shaft. Looks like it's missing it's skid plate. Mas335 had some of his TA parts for sale, if there's any left.
  11. mas335

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  12. justcountry04

    justcountry04 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the input, I will keep everyone posted after I look at it. the owner told me the skid plate was missing and he rebuilt the fr brakes and everything works as it should so I will see. I have a D650 i ride the shit out of, but want to find a bike for some longer road trips but still have the abilty to back road it a bit. Im for sure gonna keep the DR, I love it.
  13. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    I have posted a front fender and stock windscreen in Flea Market.
  14. justcountry04

    justcountry04 Been here awhile

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    Well I checked it out, everything worked as it should, the brakes for sure needed attention. the 2 side fairings the lower tabs were broken and held on with wire. The frount dash didnt quite line up properly. had a small rear valve cover leak. pretty decent amount of corrosion around the valve stems, original spark plugs, he has the oem skid plate, and a few receipts for some brake work, oil looked clean. the carbs were gonna need a rebuild, it fired right up and idled decent but you could tell they had some hesitation. The good parts now.....The motor and tranny sounded tighter than any machine ever heard, ecxept the Vstrom. gears shifted perfectly, and motor made no noise whatsoever. 31,000 on the odometer. brand new tires too. I had to pass, as Im kinda anal and It was turn key, just not my turn key. I'll have to just keep on looking for a more long distance dual sport, I can only go about 150 miles on the DR, before im crippled! If anyones looking for a decent project, hes asking 2300 but would prob take 1800. Im headed to atlanta on Monday and could haul it up for someone along the way.......
  15. Scenika

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    Hello; My Honda Transalp, model OrangeRally :)
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  16. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Any more info on the side panels and head light fairing?
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    I can't find the flee market page. Any clues?

    Love looking at the Transalp photos. I like the orannge on the last one. Nice bike.
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  20. Bonnie & Clyde

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