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Offline RallyMan

Wich DS Bike
« on: October 04, 2008, 09:58:10 pm »
ok, so now i got bitten again,

had an 2006 Transalp had alot of fun and decided to sell and get a Quad and after few months im bored an want to get out on the open road again so now the quastion wich one..

The   new  F650 looks goood

hows the new TransALp ?

maybe go second hand Ktm or a Dakar model ?  The bmw 800 and upwards i think is a bit outa my price range...

 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2008, 07:30:19 am »
The 640's a no-brainer but they are in demand & it dragging the prices up >:(
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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2008, 08:06:26 am »
I got an awesome `08 XT 660 that i want to trade for a KTM 950?
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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2008, 09:36:39 am »
I think the new 700 Transalp is a nice allrounder and a good price and package too....... :ricky: :ricky:
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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2008, 10:51:51 am »
If you are not in too much of a rush to buy, maybe wait for the New Yamaha Tenere 660. I think that will be one sweet machine.
 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2008, 07:56:21 pm »
i watch a few movies of the tenere and seems like a moerse nice fiets.

when will it be available in RSA ?? price range ?
 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2008, 07:59:08 pm »
You don't want a Tenere. It's a rubbish bike
get the new Transalp
 

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2008, 08:00:33 pm »
Yeah, we are too lazy to change your display name on your profile.
 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2008, 08:30:53 pm »
I got an awesome `08 XT 660 that i want to trade for a KTM 950?

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2008, 09:38:52 pm »
how is the new transalp against the older one ..

offroad cappable i mean... my older 650 i love it...
 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2008, 09:42:48 pm »
never rode the old alp .. but this is how i found the new alp.



From the outside:
The new bike has great new curves. The previous model has been around for a while and it needed a fresh new look. The 21? front wheel has been changed to a 19? which will be better suited for the road but can be a negative point in the dirt. The bike is fitted with Metzeler Tourances and they prove to be a very good all road trail tire. The fuel tank is a modest 17.5L (including a 3l reserve) and you should see about 300km on a tankful. The seat is pretty high, so you might battle if you come in around 1.7m , its wide and also comfortable and should make long trips a breeze. The major restyle of the bike, apart from the body, is the front light cowl area. Its now a rather large round light and produces very good illumination at night for the road.

On the Road.

The bike handles far more like a road bike than a dirt bike. When I received it, the back preload was too hard for my liking and with a quick turn of a screw, I had managed to soften it up a bit.
The bike has noticeably more torque than its predecessor and you will definitely notice the increase from the older models 38kw to the new one's 44kw. The clutch felt light and the gearbox was smooth when the bike warmed up. I never once missed a gear.  The turn-in feels rather light for such a big bike and I was very surprised that it handled like a road bike. On gravel road one can easily travel at 100km/h without a problem. I did however find that the tires need to be correctly inflated to keep the bike from moving around too much. It will do moderate offroad but as its not fitted with a bashplate, you have to be careful where you take it. It will do some sand, but remember its not a motor-cross bike and care should be taken. The bike is perfect for riding to work during the week and exploring the county roads over the weekends.

The Transalp cruises comfortably at 120kp/h. It will run to its top speed of 180kp/h with relative ease, but lets face it, its not intended for highway blasting. This bike excels on the country roads where its just man and the machine. The little front screen is useful but I sensed slight turbulence around my head above 140km/h. Fuel consumption is rather good and you could see around the 6l/100km mark if you treat your hand with respect. 

The Transalp is a blast to ride, whether its to commute on as weekend toy, it will please any rider who wishes for an alternative route every weekend.
« Last Edit: October 07, 2008, 10:29:43 pm by stevh0 »
 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2008, 08:09:39 am »
If you are not in too much of a rush to buy, maybe wait for the New Yamaha Tenere 660. I think that will be one sweet machine.
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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2008, 08:14:01 am »
You don't want a Tenere. It's a rubbish bike
get the new Transalp

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2008, 10:11:01 am »
I'd rather go for the new F650GS than the new TransAlp.
 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2008, 02:23:14 pm »
I tried both the Trans Alp and the F650 twin .  Both great bikes.   I went for the F650 because it is far better on tar, has a sixth gear, can cruise at higher speeds, feels much ligther and less top heavy. I use (or plan to) use it for long distance on tar a lot and it is very good at it. It handles as good as any road bike and loves the twisties. There are not much choose between them on dirt.   On the negative side the BM has alloy rims, but tubeless tyres (positive). The  Trans Alp is a lot cheaper, but does not have ABS (which I can do without) and heated grips.  Very difficult choice, but it all boils down to what you need the bike  for and what kind of riding you will do.   
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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2008, 09:55:39 am »
You might wanna check the latest 2009 Transalp, new colours (much better than the previous ones) and with ABS.



 

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2008, 11:23:03 am »
Freedom is when you get to a T-junction and think to yourself.
AAAAAAAAAAAAGH I think I'll go left.

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Re: Wich DS Bike
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2008, 11:30:58 am »
You might wanna check the latest 2009 Transalp, new colours (much better than the previous ones) and with ABS.





Nice colours but the golden rims :eek: WTF ???