Show us your TransAlp modifications!

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

  1. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    OoooOOOoooo... very nice buddyboy! :evil


    And a bump... for all the new folks checking in to this site that have yet to see the wonders of wrenching on these ahead-of-their-time machines:clap
  2. gofargogo

    gofargogo Lurker, mostly

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    Just in time for my 31st birthday, the welds on my venerable supertrapp decided to fail, which meant I could justify a shiny new Laser ProDuro Sport! :evil

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    If you look closely, that dark line under the weld is where the weld failed and tore a hole into the pipe.

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    Here's how they seem to compare:

    The supertrapp is clearly made for the transalp, while the produro is more of a modular system. The nice thing about the produro is that it's available, but it's mounting system, welds, and complexity are less 'elegant' than the supertrapp. It also weights 2.75 lbs more (of course I would do well to lose 20lbs, so I won't quibble over weight).


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    The supertrapp when installed many years ago, fit flawlessly. The produro needed some headscratching, coaxing and frowning at, before it fit. That said, the produro won't be relying on welds in thin sheet metal to stay attached to the bike. The supertrapp failed where the mounting tab was welded to the can.

    The supertrapp can be adjusted (via discs) to come up with a good jetting solution if the bike has been extensively modifed (as mine has). So after weeks of setup, it ran for years with a idealized combination of discs, k&n cone filters, ported/polished head, big jets, and lots of power, for a TA. With the ProDuro, while it's still running strong it smells too rich.

    Sound: Almost identical, except the ProDuro is slightly mellower, slightly softer. I've got an mp3 of both pipes recorded exactly the same way (mic is the 15' to the side of the bike) for comparison. However the deep thumping was a bit much for my iriver's mic so the sound is slightly distorted. If I could figure out where to host the file I'd post it. If you'd like to hear it, I'd be happy to email to anyone who asks.
    At speed, again the sound is slightly mellower/deeper with the produro, but also at speed there's a lot of racket from the induction side with the K&Ns which tends to mask differences. If you put me on the bike blindfolded and helmeted it might be tough to tell which pipe was on the bike. It's easier to tell with 'bare' ears.

    The produro doesn't under the framework of my kustom Bruce Gordon(tm) rack. Poop. Taking the rack off certainly made up for the increased weight of the new pipe.



    Here's the rack with the Supertrapp.

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    Good points? The produro looks sweet, sounds good, and won't melt my taillight/rearfender/turnsignal like the supertrapp did. Unfortunately, the supertrapp already melted those so it still looks skanky.

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  3. no5s

    no5s Terror at 2 mph

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    Gofargogo, would you like to recoup some of the cost of your Produro by selling me your Supertrapp? Thanks, Doug
  4. blue_birdxx

    blue_birdxx Bomberly

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    Have you managed to use your unofficial contacts to find out any info on the 2007 model? I'm interested in the idea that the new Deauville 680 fuel injected engine may be used. I cant wait to see the styling also (:lurk thats if there is a change).
  5. gofargogo

    gofargogo Lurker, mostly

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    Doug-
    You did see that both welds holding the hanging-tab have failed, right? And the failure means that there are two long holes in the can itself (you can see where the exhaust gases have escaped in the close up photo). If that doesnt faze you, then yes Id consider selling it. Where in Michigan are you?

    -Scott
  6. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Hi there! Newcomer here!:clap
    I don't know if someone had mentioned it, but the center stand shown in the thread (further down)looks much like my 1973 Honda CL350 stand. Vintage Hondas had two stands and this one looks pretty much like it. I'll measure it and get back to you all, so that someone checks it and see if it might fit!

    I just bought a Transalp, with 14k miles 2 weeks ago and it is still in the mainland. I'll keep it for a year or two to do some riding :wink: and then bring it down.
  7. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Here is a picture of my CL350 center stand. Looks like the one posted before.

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  8. no5s

    no5s Terror at 2 mph

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    Gofargogo, sent you a PM
  9. eljefeinorbit

    eljefeinorbit Adventurer

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    New to this site and the transalp fam! My beauty has a sickness right now. It randomly shuts down to half power. Dismantled it the other day and figured the front two plugs weren't getting fire. Figured it's the coil or ECM. Any body dealt with this prob. before? Easy does it!
    this is my beast that i am considering selling!:evil
    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/mcy/186668296.html
  10. Adh007

    Adh007 Needs to get back to work

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    This was happening with the one I just bought. Cut to half power. Replaced the right side CDI, and replaced the CDI holder with the 94+ CDI holder and haven't had a problem since. Supposedly the easy way to tell is if the Tach cuts out at the same time it goes to half power, it's the left CDI. If it does not cut out it's the Right CDI. It's an easy fix. for about a hundred bucks for new CDI and CDI holder.
  11. eljefeinorbit

    eljefeinorbit Adventurer

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    Did you get the new unit at the dealer? Not sure if it's worth shopping for a used one. The tach does is not bothered, I heard that before as well. Thanks again for the input! Ride on, rider!
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    sorry had to utilize these stupid dancin mofos.
  12. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT wannabe

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    if you still like the bike dont sell it. i know it can be frustrating but bear with it.
  13. Adh007

    Adh007 Needs to get back to work

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    http://www.servicehonda.com/parts.php

  14. Zonkelnut

    Zonkelnut King in the land of Zonk.

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    And here is my baby. Fully loaded. 30l petrol, 10l water, spares, sleeping stuff and food for 10 days.

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  15. Zonkelnut

    Zonkelnut King in the land of Zonk.

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    Then I met this guy from Germany down in Namibia. A TA with a 40l tank and some other goodies.

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  16. Adh007

    Adh007 Needs to get back to work

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    Them Crazy Germans... That's just insane. In a very cool way. :clap
  17. Alpo

    Alpo Transcendental Adventurer

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    Sorry to be late in my response, and unfortunately there is nothing good to report. While the M/C guys are notoriously tight-lipped, I got the distinct impression that there will be no new Transalp, or similar V-twin dualsport model, offered for 2007 in North America. Like Kawasaki and the KLR, Honda is going to rely on the XR650L to fill this niche. And I haven't seen any indication that there will be much change in the XR for next year either. There's one other guy I'm trying to reach who may have some answers as to why they are doing what they are doing, but my guess would be that there just isn't enough demand for a new Transalp in North America. Let's face it, we are a minority.
  18. RKeeble

    RKeeble Adventurer

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    Anyone have a guess what a "shoof.shoof.shoof" sound would be when I'm accelerating? Is it as simple as a clapped-out clutch, or something a little deeper? It's most noticeable when accelerating in 2nd and 3rd, and doesn't happen on downshifting/using engine braking when coming up to a stop light.

    -Rob
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  19. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Did a plug unscrew from its threads? That's the same sound when my Nissan Altima did when one of the plugs came out. It left a half dollar size dent in the hood.:lol3

    Jim.
  20. RKeeble

    RKeeble Adventurer

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    Nope, it's not that! I'm still thinking clutch, since I also cannot adjust the slack to spec and have it feel right. It tugs when I'm sitting at a light with the clutch all the way in, more noticeable when I rev it up a bit, and this is with zero slack at the clutch lever...I figure the clutch is toast. No idea when it was last replaced, and about 50,000 on the odo.

    -Rob