Rebuild Honda Transalp 600 '98

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  1. xNOKIAx

    xNOKIAx Been here awhile

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    hi. i am interested about motorbikes from my 12-14 years. mostly old bikes fix and ride. when i was older i bought bike and made some modification on it. i tried sport bikes, choppers, supermoto but finally i discover enduro (dual sport) bikes is category for me.
    i bought bmw GS1150 2001 and i had it about 10 years. i did some trips around europa. i liked bike. problem was that bike was so heavy for me when i had to move it- push it while parking or lift from ground. i started thinking buy something smaller and lighter. i found one used and cheap honda XL600V transalp 1998. when i brought it at home i started understand why was cheaper. and here start my story with repair and modification.
    i will add pics of repair and mods.
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    xNOKIAx Been here awhile

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    When I bought it
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    Here what I discover. Owner was not care about bike so much.
    Air filter look like 100years old
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    Damaged piece between airbox and air chamber
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    Broken small air filters
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    Coolent
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    Brake fluid
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    Dirt from chain
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  5. Dutch idiot

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    That doesn't look like the end of the world. I've seen worse. I am very interested in the rest of the story, though ... :lurk
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  6. Cruz

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    Air filter and sprocket cover look pretty standard, and the foam seals are known for breaking down. Air filter looks nice and clean inside which is the important part.
    The repair to the airbox is a bit out of the ordinary though. Hopefully it has been done ok and seals properly.
    How are the sprockets and chain?
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  7. Local Machine

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    I have the japanese model (JH ..sumethin) I bought it @ 800 bucks, 90 thousand on the odo, and it was in the same condition to yours. Don't you worry none tho, the engine is bulletproof, the frame ..not so much.
    TBH, I don't like it much and it's heavy too. My F650 Beemer is lighter, with super smooth adjustable suspension but with a doggone, POS motor, so there some plusses and some minusses.
    So, just replace all the busted stuff, change fluids, brake pads, sparkplugs and whatnot, and Bobs your uncle.
    It's a super reliable little bike. Slap a topbox in the back and it will be the best scooter/grocery getter you ever had.
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    It was not worst what I see but I like when people take care about they stuff. I replaced oil, brake fluid, coolant, filters, wheel bearings and seals. Bought used rubber piece for airbox, new tires and tubes.
    Cleaned carboratours

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    Rear side was so low. I add spacer 25mm on rear shock
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    And I put new rubber on handlebars
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    I did not like big exhaust. Look huge and something was rattle inside. I bought some cheap replica.

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    I had to made pipe for it.

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    Footrests were bad as well. I did not decide which I buy. I just welded some my self for now.

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    I put new brake lever and hydraulic clutch. Acerbis protectors.
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    Smaller signal lights

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    Add lights
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    xNOKIAx Been here awhile

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    I did not want paint bike. Just put some stickers get more Color.
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    My friend rebuild front shocks. With spacer on rear shock bike was high and I had to extend side stand. I just touch ground only with toes. Bike looks like this all summer and I rode it. Feels good on corners. Just weak brakes.
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    Rackemcrackem Unsafe at any speed

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    Looks great! It's nice to see a neglected bike brought back to life with a little loving care.

    I've rented late 90's Transalps a few times and enjoyed riding them. Your new lights, suspension and exhaust upgrades look like they will make it a much better bike. Is your seat an aftermarket product? It looks more comfortable that the factory seats from that era.
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    talking about seat. its looks like somebody was doing wit seat something. maybe just exchange leather or foam as well. i dont know sorry. but was not comfortable for me. because lift rear side i was sliding on tank all the time. few week ago my friend did new seat for me. i did not tested because bike is in garage now. but here are pics of it. i dont know how it will be using off road. but should be good for traveling.
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    As I mentioned before my bike is in garage. Reason for it is something wrong with engine. When I was checking everything and making maintenance I discovered front cylinder had half compression
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    I put it on bench.
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    Took out engine
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    Left frame in corner for now
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    xNOKIAx Been here awhile

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    When all bike is into parts i got idea make some more modification on it. Like Ktm front suspension and rally fairing with different lights.

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    It was short story from half year ago till now. Now I have engine into parts. I’m looking parts which I need order to exchange and fix.

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    New pistons with rings cost 300€ (both)!!! I can’t believe it. So expensive

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    I have to exchange cam chains and chain for oil pump
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    Need clean heads and repair valves

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    Dutch idiot Crazy, not stupid

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    You're not taking half measures. Are you a mechanic? I wonder how this is going to end. :lurk
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    xNOKIAx Been here awhile

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    Im not mechanic. It’s just my hobby I hope it will work again when I put it together
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    Parts prices are always a concern on engine rebuilding. It’s not just a Honda problem.........but.........engine rebuild parts alone can easily be more than the value of the bike. Then add specialty machine work for the head and cylinder boring only makes the numbers worse.

    It quickly becomes a labor of love with poor economics.

    Some of the Transalp engine parts were getting in short supply even a few years back. One solution is find a better lower mileage engine with fewer issues.
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