Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. happyclam

    happyclam Been here awhile

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    Awesome! Thank You. Makes me miss my xrl, colorado, and vodka. Might have to try that tick trick.
  2. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Make sure your tire does not bottom against the lower clamp, that could ruin your day
  3. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    From what I've done in this area, I find you wil contact the frame downtube (and crashbars if installed and the front wheel is turned) before you will contact the bottom triple clamp.

    I you possess any sense of self-preservation, you will assess the full travel of front and rear suspension and make certain that the tire stays free of hard parts.
  4. thepoddo

    thepoddo Adventurer

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    already tried and tested for that
    I bottomed hard just once, coming down from a 60° slope to a flat part
    the wheel sligthly scratched the crashbars, nothing major
    I am pretty sure it won't get stuck in there since wp forks have the wheel advanced 60mm more that the regular ones, and it was already happening many times with those

    I guess I am going to check anyway, and I'll make myself a couple 20mm spacers just to be sure :1drink
  5. hobes

    hobes Adventurer

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    yes, these shrouds are for a '89 CR 125/250 (from Cemoto), since several years no longer available here in Germany or Europe.
    It's nice to hear that UFO sells them - still or again (fortuantely I still got one Cemoto set)
  6. thepoddo

    thepoddo Adventurer

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    you can drop a mail at UFO
    I heard they always keep the molds and can run a small batch production if asked
  7. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Made a little progress on the TA. Installed some new LED turn signals and extra LED indicators. Welded a couple of brackets on the engine guards to get the turn signals on a lower plane, away from the head lights. Replaced the RD07 clocks that came on it, to me, with correct RD04s. That bit of rewiring led to adding a relay for each headlight, 1 relay for the horns, an LED flasher relay and a couple of relays for the turn signals. By using 2 NC relays you can wire the turn signals as running lights (always on) and cause them to flash as turn signals, and light the indicators. This, of course is not new, there's all kinds of info on the web on how to do it, but it still took a couple of trys to get em all working right. Boy, this stuff was a lot easier 40 years ago. :D

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  8. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Sweet Rothmans TA
  9. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout adventure flyfisher

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    Can't wait for some spring mud to ride in:clap
  10. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I remember the days before every 3rd person had a law degree.....days when you could just take off and ride cross-country like those guys did.

    Now every bloddy vacant lot has chainlink around it and all of our off-road planning is tied up trying to determine if the forest service gates are open or locked.
  11. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout adventure flyfisher

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    Yes you definitely have to travel further to get to virgin riding too many farms and ranches in this area with barbwire everywhere might have too travel into northern Alberta this summer very similar country to video. Question for you Ray on your DR 750 where did you source your crash bars and screen from or is that a stock tall screen? I have some parts coming for the transalp from CMSNL but there is not much available for the DR. Is Hessler the only option I imagine shipping would be pricey. Cheers Brian
  12. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    DR 750 crashbars are from Hessler. Ricky Cross. They are what he recommends as "best" but I took me 2 days to mod the mounting system so it didin't stick out so far that the front tire would contact is on full fork compression.

    I've seen other pics of some of the other types with large pieces of flat stock that do not hold up at all in a tip-over.

    My screen is a Givi. No longer made and rare as hens teen. Keep trying to find another with no luck. I think I may take it to a fiberglass master that I know and use it for a mold to make copies. Too low to look through even on the trail so an opaque finish would be OK.

    Stefans pretty much the only game in town for DR Big modded bits.

    Resi on the DR750 site has some nice stuff that he's built here:

    http://www.bollertante.de/photo.html
  13. P3ia

    P3ia Swede

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    Just wanted to show you guys the crashbar i got from Heed, a polish firm.
    Real studry and good quality. Havent dropped the bike yet but it's not going to be a poblem when I do.

    I saw them on a polish forum forum and tracked em down. They had some other stuff on sale on E-bay and I asked them if they could start a sale for the Transalp crashbar there and they did a couple of minutes later. So that's where I bought it.
    I saw today that they started selling all their stuff on E-bay.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/heed_heed/m.html


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  14. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Well it has been to long between updates so decided to couple a few things. First off here are some of my recent updates. In wanting to keep the gas tank temperature down as I have done with all my other builds, I lined the gas tank with aluminum reflective tape.
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    On my race bikes and busa’s this has made a large difference in fuel temperature.
    A couple of months ago I was starting on the side panels and realized that my front turn signals were cracked on the lens and otherwise old. So, I updated the turn signals to LED’s. Given that the signals were not the same size as the OEM’s, I filled the spare space with mesh to act as a catch for debris that might enter the opening.


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    On the same note, I decided to update the lower plastic “bash” plate wherein the side panels were limited in size and since I was in a modifying mode I opened up the side panels and included some mesh. I like the overall look and since I have raised the suspension almost 8” I feel comfortable putting some time into this part. If at some point I destroy this part, I have the aluminum plate to build a nice real bash plate.


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    The kickstand was an issue as I had already built a new one when I installed the CR250 shock, however, once I installed the new Hyperpro shock I found that I had missed the geometry with the new stand and in essence I had an unstable bike. Soooo…this weekend I made a new stand and I am so happy with how the position of the bike. I can hope on and off the bike and nothing moves.


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    With all this work going on, I did not want to put the horn back in its original position…and there is a reason. I have had several hard near misses where I have only remained alive because I was able to ride out of the position I was in. Well, I have found that repositioning the horn has alleviated this issue with my other bikes. So, using the stock brackets I found a place right under the air filter that does NOT interfere with removing the filter and puts the sound right in the environment where I want it.


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    Back at the beginning of the build I found I was dealing with very old tires…very old! Well, with dirt tires, my NOMAR tire system does not do squat for these rims. After destroying a new set of tubes using metal tire tools, I needed a new plan. I spent a few days researching tools and found STUBBY’S which are made from Delron material. Holy Cow! I was able to change each of the tires in under 15 minutes. I am sure you guys have great tools that are well suited for doing this, but I wanted to share what I have found.



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  15. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Now I am concerned about a back rest for Robin and her back when she is on the back during rides. This was what I came up with and I have to say it is very comfortable. I am reutilizing the seat cover that came with the bike when I bought it and in the end&#8230;I am very happy!


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    Now for the meat of this post. I am sure that many of you have had to change the radiator fluid and if you follow the Honda method you will end up having to &#8220;burp&#8221; the system until the thermostat has opened and closed enough to cycle the engine until you have filled both radiators, engine and reservoir bottle. Well, I have been building cars and bikes for many years and during the rebuild in my Porsche Boxster I came across the AIRLIFT system. It allows you to fill the entire cooling system of any vehicle in less than 3 minutes.



    On the Boxster I was presented with almost 40&#8217; of radiator hose, two radiators, a complex engine and large scale reservoir&#8230;and this system filled the my car in under 4 minutes on a single shot. How it works&#8230;using a venturi system you draw a vacuum on the cooling system, switch to the fill tube and draw the fluid in&#8230;then you&#8217;re done. I have documented the process step by step. You pull 25 to 30 psi vacuum on the system, once you have the vacuum, you close the system remove the venturi attachement and wait 20 seconds. If it does not bleed down, you have an airtight system with zero leaks. Then you hook up the fill attachment and open the ball valves. When the system reaches zero your system is filled. If you look in your radiator and notice it is not to the top, you may have to do this a second time. For this system I was able to do the whole bike in a single draw.
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  16. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    5,142
    Location:
    Davis, CA
    Coming from that Hayabusa background has certainly tainted your judgement.

    The back pad only has to be attached to the leading edge of the top case.


    Sorry to disappoint, but here is no way the TA will accelerate hard enough to make the padding over the top necessary......even if Robin's spine is that flexible.:D




    Oh....where'd'ja get the shiny tape?
  17. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    143
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Hahaha! I have not revealed my HP upgrades to this new speed demon. Can't have that thing flapping in the wind, may tear the fabric to pieces.

    Now as for the shiny tape you ask...simple aluminum HVAC tape, not the fiber tape commonly used, but the expensive "top shelf ($7.99/roll)" solid metal tape that you find at Home Depot.:rofl Nothing but the best for this ride.:D
  18. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

    Joined:
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    Engine heat doesn't make the tape fall off and burn on the engine?
  19. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    143
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Nope. It really does wonders on a race bike in helping to keep temperatures down. My preference would have been my insulated metal tape, but I used that up on my last build and since we are not talking a large engine...this will work fine. If you go with the aluminized paper tape, there you could have peeling issues as I have seen that come off on peoples bikes...and that would burn.
  20. R_Rick

    R_Rick Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    424
    Location:
    Halifax, NS
    No posts for over a week ... time to get this thread back on the first page. :D

    Waiting for "Spring' here in Nova Scotia. Just when things were looking good a few weeks ago we got hit with a storm that dropped 6 to 8" of the white stuff.

    Put battery in the Alp last weekend and spent a few mins getting it to fire up. Shovelled a path from my shed to driveway and took her for a little spin. I rebuilt the caliper over winter and fitted a 50" ss brake line so took things easy so I can bed in the new pads (EBC HH). Hopefully get out again over the next few days.

    Cheers

    Rick