Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. AlpineGuerrilla

    AlpineGuerrilla Been here awhile

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    I have a '96 Transalp 600 and want to make it more capable for offroad riding. So the first and foremost thing is the suspension. I've researched a bit and decided Hyperpro's are the best for me.

    On the front, I will just change the springs. But on the back I have two choices: Either I can just change the springs or replace the shock and spring.

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    The shock and spring is more than four times as expensive as the spring! Now what do you think, is is worth it? Or is the factory Transalp shock good enough?

    Thanks for your opinions.
  2. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    A 16 year old shock should either be rebuilt or replaced.

    Yes, it's expensive but, believe me, you will find it money well spent.
  3. PhEb

    PhEb Rookie

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    Hey there!
    This is my first post on here :eek2

    As far is i know honda built 34(36?)hp versions of the transalp...
    i think i got one of those, is there any opportuinity to give her the full 50hp?
  4. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    What year/model Transalp do you have?

    To my knowledge, some of the Swiss bikes (both Transalp and Africa Twins) were built with reduced power by using intake restrictors.

    Dunno why your government required this.

    I have heard that it is possible to either enlarge the restrictors by using a Dremel tool or simply replacing them with the standard part from Honda.

    They should be the black flexible pieces between the carb and the cylinder head.

    Expect to change the carb jetting to match otherwise you will be running the bike without enough fuel.

    You should be able to change to the standard Transalp jetting.

    A good local Honda Tech should have details on this change and the jetting necessary for your local (I'm assuming higher altitude) conditions.
  5. happyclam

    happyclam Been here awhile

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    While we're on the rear shock question. I'll need to update my 89' eventually. I did the spacer with even more modification.[​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]Does any of the xr shock fit? Noticed Dr. E. went with the 250 and upgraded spring. Just wanted to know so i can start watching flea bay.
  6. WeeBee

    WeeBee Proud Deplorable

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    Neutered or Spayed Transalps were available in Germany and other Countries in the EU. The link below from xrv.org has what appears to be detailed info on model years and the parts needed to restore your Alp back to full power.

    More Info

    "In Germany, reduced power versions are available for license reasons. The power is reduced (to 34 or 27 horse powers, depending on version) by a Restrictor in the intake manifold, so Honda offers different intake manifolds whereas accessory dealers offer metal plates that are inserted in the existing manifolds. Alternatively mechanical stops to the throttle can be used."

    http://www.f-ms.de/ta/faq/index.htm#redu

    http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/transa...0-engine-restriction-details-1991-1999-a.html
  7. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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    A little chillier this weekend than my idea of fun so got a few bolt ons out of the way.

    I like a little more real estate for my big feet and the pivot action gets my boots under the shifter easier so went with Pivot Pegz:

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    And to help me find the back roads as I ride I wired up a Garmin Montana 600 with the Touratech mount:

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    Now I just need about 10 more degrees of warmth to get out and enjoy (and less damn salt spray on the roads).
  8. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    If you are looking for the 250/400/450 shocks, you need to make sure that the nitrogen reservoir is either remote like mine or points downward away from your frame. You will see that many of the EBay shocks are later model shocks and they angle upwards...this will hit your frame and not work.

    Best of luck on your search!
  9. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    very nice Mr Baron, say hi in the Oz owners thread too

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=384629
  10. ravelv

    ravelv from Baltic side of river

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    These are one of the best 260EURos I spent on my TA.:) Fuel consumption dropped quite much- when riding within 90-100km/h I had mostly 5.3l/100km. With these new CDI's I have now with same riding style 4.5l/100km. Quite a difference, because I did nothing else, just swapped CDIs.
    Else I noticed that vibration from engine to foot pegs around 90km/h/5th gear also disappeared. I had this regardless how pedantic I was when syncing carbs.

    Drawback is that these CDI's have sharp corners and don't fit good on my stock holders.

  11. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    My 89 has 77k miles on it, still runs nice. After reading about the rear shock I believe it should be replaced or rebuilt. Which way should I go, money is no object.
  12. PhEb

    PhEb Rookie

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  13. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    If money is no object go with a new aftermarket shock. I just ordered a rear Ohlins from a dealer in the vendors section. Wilbur's or hyperpro as well make nice TA shocks.
  14. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    i got a wilbers type 641 w/ all kinds of adjustments,damping, rebound and remote height adjust, that i pretty much set and forget but really to nice to have for fine tuning .
  15. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I'd like to be able to say that...at least once in my life


    alas, it always seems to be - an "object" that is.

    :tough
  16. happyclam

    happyclam Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the heads up. Your bike is coming together beautifully.
  17. happyclam

    happyclam Been here awhile

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    Eventually, or maybe sell the vstrom to free up some cash.:huh
  18. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    yea i figured it was worth it. Of all the 10 or so bikes I've had the TA is the keeper so a little extra refinement worth any price,almost
  19. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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    Getting ready to order the Ricor Intiminators for the stock forks (1989).
    Is one quart of fluid going to be enough or does it take slightly more? Knowing my luck I figure it'll be better to check first......
  20. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    If my memory serves, 1 qt is just barely enough. It depends on where you set your oil level.

    Since the front of my bike is heavier than a normal TA and I hate fork bottoming, I set mine up with a bit higher oil level than normal.

    Don't remember the air gap measurement but I think 115 mm. Standard is, I believe, 125 mm. All measurements suspect due to corrupted hard drive in my head.