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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  2. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Eric, I like your stash of paracord.
  3. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Wow! I am constantly amazed at what and who turns up on this forum. Well, I can tell you that his product is fantastic! One of the guys who as a shop by my house is a former KTM Factory Mechanic flipped out when he saw their products! He has a group of folks who have been looking for something like this for a long time.

    Thanks Jim, I saw someone on another thread (I think the 650 thread...not sure) who did some amazing work on his handle bars for his paracord. Great way to hide 50' of cord!
  4. Rob 110

    Rob 110 Adventurer

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    Shakedown ride today
    it actually rides well :shock:

    i was faster than my mate on his Husky TE250 in 2nd/3rd gear sloppy ruts
    went up and down all the hills we went on and suspension seems to be good enough, just as well as i can hardly get the front wheel in the air :lol:
    did a bit of forestry track and its good on that, so ideal for rallies

    i didn't drop it and nothing fell off :)
    misty and cold on the Welsh hills
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    first rally on the 10th March:lol3
  5. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    I'll be fitting a pair of Daytona heated grips on my '96 TA here soon and with them being hollow right through and no end piece I am curious to know what people are using to plug the holes. Anti-vibration bar ends I know is not a requirement for this model...so what is the preference? I was thinking of a bar end like the following...

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    or does it come down to personal preference...

    What works?
  6. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Some type of bark buster, Cycra, Acerbis etc to protect the levers.

    The TA is a bit finicky here since the right side master cylinder/lever seems to go further inboard than some bikes so the bar has to be longer.

    Your handlebar choice will also affect this so it's best to go to a shop and trial-fit them rather than ordering on-line.

    Anyway...that's what I'd do.
  7. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    Hello Ray...I'm ok with the OEM handgaurds so therefore will probably just plug the hole with some cheap bar ends to keep the birds out. It's nice to have another bike in the garage again with the TA here as it's starting to warm up a bit.
    Got the MOSFET on the AT so the TA is next with some required maintenance as I have no record or idea of stuff like valve adjustment and fork fluid drain and replenish, brake fluid etc....
    I recently had a good experience on making a number of purchases on German Ebay and just recieved a few boxes via air cargo...:D...thanks to my colleague in Frankfurt.
    I want to be able to switch from a low rider TA to normal height with the aquisition of the OEM suspension link and an OEM seat. Both used and in excellent condition...good price too. :wink: From the pic you can see i had some fun. Found an MRA dark touring screen too...not sure of the performance but it's only a few screws. I'm thinking those GIVI Tekker boxes and racks will compliment this bike very much. :evil Also a Gammatronix battery charge monitor from the UK to keep tabs on the charging system.
    I'm still shopping for a tank bag and the Giant Loop Diablo has caught my eye....not too big is what I'm thinking due to the steep slope on this tank.
    http://www.mx1canada.com/giant-loop-diablo-tank-bag.html

    And i was due for some new boots and picked some GS boots for a 100 euro. Previous were getting soft and leaky...and these may save an ankle one day. Needles to say...even though they fit me perfect and are comfortable it seems the ergos have changed...yeah a bit stiff and i may have to look at some Pivot Pegz or some sort of lowered pegs. Pivot Pegz aren't cheap but it seems people who have and use them never go back.

    Inside one of those GIVI's was a 6 pack of special German Bock Beer.
    Mmmmm...tastey. :D

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  8. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Nice haul.

    The Trekker bags are something I'm considering for my bike.

    Being able to open from the top and also as a suitcase seems like a very good idea.

    Can't abide stiff boots, personally.

    FWIW I fitted Pivot Pegs this winter. Don't notice a big difference and really don't pay any attention to them at all....maybe that's good. Only time I really noticed them was leanging way back going through some deep mud recently. It's kinda nice to have the peg go with you rather than being perched on the back edge of a non-rotating peg.
  9. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    I believe you already have GIVI wing racks so the Trekkers should snap right in for you. Keep in mind as functional and good looking these bags are is that the 33 liter size is not all that roomy. However they are very robust and solid and have some weight to them.
    The new racks that I recieved (to fit GIVI's) are made by 5star in Germany and come with 2 standoffs to put the rear blinkers/stalks rearward 3". Kit even comes with butt splices and wire to lengthen everything.
    Weather changed here...sub-zero in the garage again. :vardy Installation on hold.
  10. Marre

    Marre n00b

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    Last winter i bought Transalp 1997...as every begginner with transmission i had problems but quick i did get into the problem and that's where i really liked Transalp :)

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    Winter came again...after 12,000km last year...I decided to work a little bit on the looks. It's not that i didnt like the color but it wasnt really my favorite one.<br>
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    Wheels down...and handed over to my friend wheel specialist.<br>
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    Seat...ready for seat specialist.<br>
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    Forks polished.<br>
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    In meantime my friend comes to showoff with his new rims :)<br>
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    And now...the better part..!
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    Fairings..arrived :)
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    Spokes and nipples...finished!
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    Wheels finished! Power coated...the rims and hubs :)
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    New tires...K60 Scout..<br>
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    Fresh new sticker on my screen...Dakar style...my life wish<br>
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    Tires on rims...<br>
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    Everything is coming to the end...<br>
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    I made LED flasher with help of dealextreme :)<br>
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    Sunshine day! Taking pictures! Everything done...small details left...winter is still here..at least for one month.
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  11. layzrider

    layzrider Layzrider

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    I purchased and installed the Race Tech emulators in my front forks of my 89 Transalp. I hope they make the forks work better. I can't go out to my favorite rough gravel road and test them because the forest hills are closed by snow. The most difficult park was getting the bottom retainer bolts to come loose. A butane torch and impact driver solved that. Race tech lists the wrong number for the required emulators. For a 1989 Transalp, it takes the 4101 emulators, not 4301's. The forks are 41mm diameter forks, hench the 4101. They were quick to exchange them for me. I drilled the holes required and cut down my preload spacers to be the same amount of preload as before, Same 15w fork oil. I am hoping that the emulators come with a setting that is close to ideal. Since I am headed for the Arizona desert to camp and ride, I really can't take them apart to change them. Here is a photo of the spacers. I guess not many 89 transalp people buy these because my searchs revealed no one bringing up the wrong numbers. Hope these help. I made a similar post on the UK Transalp site,
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  12. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    You needn't take the entire fork apart to change the preload on the blow-off spring.

    Loosen to top triple clamp bolts.

    Remove the fork cap

    Sloooowly remove the springs (I usually wait 10 min or so with the spring half way out so the oil drains off the coils.

    Get a long "parts finder" wand from the auto store with a STRONG magnet. Find one long enough to hit the top bolt head on the emulator. Fish the magnet down the tube (yes it will try to stick to the sides) until you feel it "click" onto the emulator bolt.

    Slooowly lift the emulator out of the fork leg. It takes a few tries to get the feel for what you're doing but it's much easier than pulling the whole front end apart again. You have to have patience here since you want the oil to bleed through the emulator. If you lift too fast the magnet will release and you'll have to start over.
  13. layzrider

    layzrider Layzrider

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    Hopefully, the set up will be good and I won't have to fish them out. At least I know I could. Better than taking them apart. I will post some photos when I get to the desert next week or so. Thanks again.
  14. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    After many months of working on this document form months along with the help of some very dedicated individuals here who both offered words of wisdom and many hours of their time acting as peer reviewers, I have posted the first edition of:

    Honda TRANSALP: A Compendium of Thoughts and Ideas


    I would recommend downloading the .pdf as it is 411 pages in length. Here is the thread where I have posted it so there will be a reference point later on: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20767513#post20767513 as things tend to get buried in our monster thread.

    However, here is the direct link to the paper:https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwYQ...it?usp=sharing

    Cheers,

    Eric
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  15. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    After many years on this thread, someone finally came along and put in the effort to actually ORGANIZE it :happay

    My gratitude and the gratitude of TA owners everywhere goes to you, DR.E :bow

    It is fitting, is it not, that it took a Nuclear Science guy to finally grab this thread by the neck and shake it hard enough to get it into some form that can actually be of use?

    So....Allow me to be the first to use it as a reference


    .....ahem......

    Wanna know about TA carbs?

    Go here: :https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwYQ...it?usp=sharing

    Look under "C" :deal

    Goodness, that was so easy I'm laughing in my coffee

    Now we all must send a PM to Baldy and petition to get him to add this as a "sticky" to the TA thread.





    On the downside, I just burned down my old printer trying to get a hard copy of this thing.....:ddog
  16. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Thank you Dr E nicely done:clap
  17. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    What these two guys said. :clap:clap:clap
  18. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Thank you guys...but again the real thanks goes to everyone who has taken the time to post up so much data! My big hope is that in the next version we can recover many of the lost photos when the server change occurred a few years ago and some really top notch threads just became a wall of words...good words...but when your being told to go look at something that is not there.

    Also, I was asked a question about the links in the paper. I have tested them from a remote system by downloading the document and then using the following to open them up: Hold the "CTRL" button down and double click the link. As long as the webpage that holds that link exists, you should be taken right to the data.

    Ray, I will pitch in a few bucks to help buy you a new printer!:lol3
  19. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

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    Excellent job Eric, thanks for scouring the thread and pulling everything together.

    :clap:clap:clap
  20. Backonthebike

    Backonthebike Giddy up

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    I am genuinely amazed at the work you have put into this project. As I scrolled past page 100, I realised that I was not half way through your opus.
    Congratulations, and THANK YOU for your outstanding effort.
    Having a rescource document like this means that I can never sell my TA now (not that I intended to).

    Tim