Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Not to worry Modrover. I still appreciate my 'alp as much as the day I rode it home in 1994. It's for sure staying with me.

    You really owe it to yourself, tho, to go and give a KTM 950 a spin. They are much like the Transalp, only higher and with balls. (the suspension is a big upgrade too)

    RE: Darkside :dunno Whatcha gettin at Rover??? Yeah, maybe the avatar looks a bit darth vader-ish, eh?
  2. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Yeah, it's got that Darth Vader-ish quality to it. Very IMPERIAL. :thumb

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  3. seat_boy

    seat_boy Wannabe adventurer

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    Here's a standoff I made to keep my saddle bags off the exhaust. Basically, it's what I could make with some steel, a hacksaw, a drill and a rivet gun. And a little bending.

    I had to add the little tab when I mounted the saddle bags (they were new) and saw how big they were. I used this setup for a 4 day tour of West Virginia, with no fires, so I call it a success.

    Eric
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    seat_boy Wannabe adventurer

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  5. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Nice photos! WV looks beautiful. :nod

    I haven't done a water crossing yet on my TA. I'm a little nervous about those, "HEY! IT wasn't supposed to be THAT deep!" situations. :lol3 I'm sure my time will come. :evil

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    seat_boy Wannabe adventurer

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  7. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Sometimes you just have to go for it to get someplace.

    Pic from Canol Road in Northwest Territories, after crossing the last standing bridge. This little stunt was done about 160 miles from nearest town of Ross River, Yukon Territory.

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  8. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    This was the last WWII era bridge on the Canol Road that was standing. This is also in the Northwest Territories. My confidence in the structure was lacking, but I took a pic anyway. It is probably still standing only because the old dump truck prevents bank from washing out.

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  9. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    That has got to be the best TA photo! You really should keep that as your avitar! :nod

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    Michael
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  10. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I think I'll milestone every 100th post on our TA mod thread. :rofl

    It's only fitting. Now, I'll try not to just post just for the sake of posting... I think that'd be annoying. I did just take this photo showing my other TA with a similar acc. plug setup.

    I added a marine grade cig. plug, BMW plug, kill switch, and a LED light to let me know things are HOT. Everything is fused and properly grounded. I really liked this setup on my higher mile TA so I just had to add it to my low miler (with the addition of the LED light).

    Regards,
    Michael
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  11. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hello,

    I finally got to spend 3-4 hours in the dirt with my TA. Just logging roads and muddy double track. The Kenda 270 tires worked great! :thumb These tires are so so on tarmac, but get them on the logging roads... vvVVVRRRROOOOOOOMMMMMM! You're gone! They hook-up nice and really give the feeling of riding on rails. Very solid feeling. I like them. AND... they are so cheap! :nod

    I'd have to say I'm inpressed with my TA as well. I mean, it's not ALL tires! The bikes feels like a tank off-road. Not all that flickable or light, but really feels like it can handle some HD situations and come out wanting more. :nod

    I compare this to my (now sold) 250cc dual sport. That thing was perfect for the technical stuff (I don't really do the tech. stuff anymore anyway), but on the open flat sections of fire road... I got bounced around. I really had to stay on it to keep her under controll. The TA just sucks it up! Flys thru that shit with no worries. Like I said... like a TANK! Like a tank in a good way. :evil

    The combination of weight, balance, and power really make the TA a great logging road explorer. Speeds of 50+ mph are nothing for the TA in this environment. :nod

    Anyway, here's a photo I took on Tuesday.

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    Michael
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    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Just a nice little shot. :wink:

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  13. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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  14. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Nice photos! I'd have to say, that area looks great! I plan to do a bit more Mt. St. Helen's exploring next month when I get the chance. I've done some on a 250cc dual sport, but really want to get the TA up there. :nod

    That BMW looks great! Great compliment to the TA. :wink:

    Hey, have you done any mods to your factory seat? I found that my Corbin is so nice that when I ride my other TA with the stock seat... I can't F'n stand it for more than 1 hour at a time! :lol3 The foam gets all crushed down and then my ass isn't too happy anymore. I've thought of adding some foam from another seat at a wrecker, but don't really have the time for that. Plus, I can't afford to just buy another Corbin. :cry

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  15. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    stock seat, took the passenger strap off,
    comfort is OK, this ride was 230 or so total miles, 9hrs , stopped for breckfest, no lunch, photos stops, gettin lost stops, butt was hurtin a little when I got back to HQ. if I was on my LC4 (just sold) I would be walking funny today from ass pain.
    I am going to try an insert

    http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Brand/Kawasaki/klr 650 gel seat.htm

    I bought for a KLR650 ( since sold) and get it recovered, the seat width is really close, it has on step too. I would have to ry a corbin before buying , I am not sure about the hardness.

    ktm lc4 ralley footpegs look like they might fit w/o too much trouble, much wider platform, at $45 total new , they're cheap to buy!

    anyone wanting info on the mount baker area, if I can help, holler
  16. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I like that KLR seat. Try it out. I'm interested in how you like it.

    From a cost standpoint it's a good option. The Corbin is like $250, but then again... you do get a complete seat for that too-fitty! :evil

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    Michael
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  17. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Highway Chile, that caught my attention. Now that you have mentioned it, please keep us informed on the progress with fitting the KLR cover to the Transalp. If it works, I might give Dualsport a holler for one too. :thumb

    Don't forget to post a pic of it!
  18. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Modrover, that TA is looking like the HumVee of motorcycles! :evil
  19. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Yeah, and it's getting to be just as HEAVY! I've got to watch how much crap I bolt on to this baby! :lol3

    I must say... she does cruise real sweet with all that kit! :thumb

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    Michael
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  20. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    i meant to type above no step for the rear part of the seat,