Why is Transalp that famous? Need help choosing a bike!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Skyy223, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    Yeah I will drive as much as I can and do alot of trainings, there are street, offroad and even special trainings for big enduros like ADV-Bikes with luggage on different terrains.
    Also I want to learn how the tech work, im actually thinking about buying a cheap broken down motorcycle as side project...a 125cm honda win for example, 200€ but not running. If i can get that running, I already learned alot i guess.

    I am not completely new to this btw...just new to motorcycles.
    I drove a scooter around bali for 4 months when i studied there, travelled from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh on a Scooter, Travelled on a Quadlike Think from Fes into the Sahara and usually rent Scooter whenever I can in Malaysia, Taiwan and such places.
    I just decided that a Scooter is not what i want forever so I got the license.
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  2. Mistetas

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    I just gave the same advise a gave to my brother and give to my best friends. If learning its your objetive i'm sure you will.

    I envy you. I can even mind a one month travel... planing a RTW with your age have to be a great vital experience. Good luck!.
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  3. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    Well it doesn't look too good for the break...but im really pissed about some things at work right now that i consider quitting even before that...the finance is a problem then tho and I think i need atleast 2 years from now to be as experienced as needed for such a trip, in both terms, mechanically and my driving skills.
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  4. midnightsessions

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    First bike I had (aside from riding some old Honda PX's and mopeds around fields as a kid) was a 93 transalp. They truly are an amazing machine, still have it as my daily rider. I rode to the South of France and back from Ireland two up, 3600km in all and it never skipped a beat. Mine is using a bit of oil if I keep it at 130km/h for extended periods but aside from that it's solid. Oh and if you intend on doing highway touring miles I recommend a 16T front sprocket and an airhawk seat!
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  5. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    I bought the Transalp, i loved the handling, the condition was good, nice seller.

    I also get a complete Checkup, new tires, new steering head bearings, new fluids, 1 year warranty.
    2490€, maybe a bit high but for the addings (caseholder, grip heaters, alarm system) its fine :)
    I liked it, I bought it.
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  6. GSPD750

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    Congrats! What year? Pics?
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  7. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    I get it next friday because of all the service they make beforehand.

    It's a 1998 in purple xD Yes yes, a milka cow.
    Only pic I have:
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  8. neppi

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    Crash bars and pannier racks are a big bonus! And a touring screen.

    Replace the stock bash plate with a proper one and you're good! A lot of guys have put finger guards on the handle bar. I cut the original hand guards (wind protection only) in pieces to make them fit the new aluminium brusch guards. Same wind protection, but the levers (and fingers) are now also protected.

    Fit some stainless brake hoses on it. You'll be surprised by the effect!

    www.transalp.org has heaps of info and the Brits xrv page too!

    Enjoy the ride!
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  9. neppi

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    Sorry for the super bad pic! You'll get the idea anyway...

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  10. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    Thanks for the Tips ;) I will see what bothers me after a while (im sure the seat will!) and replace stuff then. .)
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  11. Noprogram

    Noprogram High Plains Drifter

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    Good decision! Looks in great condition and fitted with crash bars and racks as well. I just read through all the posts and my recommendation was just going to be buy the Transalp and get riding (I have an XRV and CRF1000). Like anything, take it easy at first and build up your skills of course, but in general I find it's good to get on with things and not be a 'kleines mädchen' :D. -We learn to cope with what's thrown at us. It's a pretty mild mannered bike but capable of everything you might want to do touring wise in the future, as well as a bike you can keep when you decide to getting something bigger and faster. The advantage is that it's reliable, low tech bike that's field repairable and there's lots of knowledge and parts out there for them. -Perfect for touring.

    The only thing I'd do it is put proper handguards on it like Barkbusters. This will save your levers snapping off if you drop the bike somewhere.....good to have spare levers, but saving them in the first instance will prevent some hassle. Consider the purple an anti-theft color scheme! Let us know how it all goes....
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  12. Skyy223

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    It even got a alarm system ;) No1 gonna steal a screaming milka cow!
    But stop beating it, I like the color sheme!

    Yeah I will add my navigation system and an USB-plug first and maybe add other handguards aswell!

    The Transalp is super cheap, i pay like 120€ / year for it. I can totally imagine getting a Dual Sport aswell and keep the transalp later :)
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  13. Andreim92

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    Bought my Alp (99 50th anniversary with 1500 euros) this year in winter and I broke my foot in the third day of riding it....the bike gave me too much confidence and had to stay 45 days with a cast and crutches ..... I think im more careful now as I already have 3-4 months on it and all good. The bike can be really capable offroad in its own limits of course .... I really like the soft suspensions of it. Once I get up it's like waving over all kinds of bumps and rocks...I would like a skid plate but they're too damn expensive....[​IMG]

    Here s a pic of it, got like 4-5 drops ,one from falling off the trailer (stationary thankfully and 0 damage lol ) Has Mitas E09 back and E09 front

    https://ibb.co/invWrv
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    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    Sorry for your foot.
    My bike should be ready today but the seller still didn't call me. :(

    Update: I can pick it up tomorrow!
    It's raining like crazy and it got brand new tires xD this will be fun!
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  15. DesertSurfer

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    Hey Sky, Great choice.

    That bike will last a long long time. That color scheme is rare and looks good. You'll be able to ride it in a lot of conditions.

    Load it up with bags and gear and go on a 5 day ride that has dirt roads to secluded lakes and rivers with nice camping.

    [​IMG]

    ( My '88 Transalp. A recent ride in the Pacific Coast to view recent total eclipse. 18k Miles I've owned since 3k miles.)

    [​IMG]

    (Secluded forest camp spot to view the eclipse. Transalp totally in it's element.)

    Bring a great simple coffee brewer like a jet boil and make morning coffee, top ramen lunch and beef chili for dinner. Bring a hand fishing line and try to catch a fish using marshmallows. If no luck build a fire and make s'mores.

    Bring a couple good short books that you've always wanted to read and bring a headband light to read under the stars. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine... Fill plastic water bottles so not to deal with the glass.

    Bring a gal who's comfy in the outdoors.

    That's what the Transalp's for. Enjoy it!
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    Great reliable do it all bike!
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  17. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    Nice pics :)

    I will do that!
    Going to pick it up soon, sadly one of the beers last night was expired it seems xD
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  18. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    The Transalp is FINALLY here! [​IMG]

    Just had a 2 hours ride, sadly bad weather now. Tomorrow I will ride around and find a nice place to take some pics and introduce myself [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
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  19. Noprogram

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    The 'milka cow' looks great! -It's more of a cobalt blue than a purple :D. Ideal RTW bike if that's what you end up doing, and it's already got racks and crash bars. If you get some nice weather I'd plan to do some small weekend camping trips somewhere to get a feel for the bike and what kind of gear works. Don't stress over it too much....just throw some basic gear on the back and go. You'll work it out. -Which part of Germany are you in?

    Over winter you can do some research/route planning, get a decent tool/repair kit together, add some handguards and a 12v socket etc. And a workshop manual.....you can read up on how to do your basic maintenance tasks and where all the various components are. Learning how to change the oil, adjust the chain tension, put on a new tire, repair a puncture is a good start if you're not already familiar with those tasks. Lots of small manageable steps to the big step!
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  20. Skyy223

    Skyy223 New on the Road

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    I'm living in west germany, close to the durtch border, sadly not the most exciting part for motorcycles :D

    The seller already gave me a huge folder full of manual stuff. :)
    Yeah I'll add Barkbusters and some1 recommended here to get a decent alu crash plate.

    For now I paid enough tho, my bank account has to regenerate itself :D
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