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Offline Neo_za

Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« on: February 09, 2020, 06:11:27 pm »
Anyone in Pretoria East area with a TA700 willing to let me check it out and confirm whether it can accomodate my 6 foot frame comfortably?

Long ago i briefly rode one and at that time i believed it too be to cramped for me. Maybe i was over reacting/critical

Just need to know before i scratch it off the shopping list.
 

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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 01:01:09 pm »
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 05:46:50 pm »
:peepwall:

They probably scared to let me near their bikes...... :biggrin:

Its understandable, they dont know me.

Went and checked out a Versys and found it uncomfortable so the same probably applies to the similiarly proportioned TA.

 

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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2020, 12:47:42 pm »
I have a TA700, im 1.77cm, mostly its fine butat times I find it a little cramped, that being said my rally bike and offroad bikes like the CRF450X are really tall and thin in comparison
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2020, 12:54:44 pm »
I'm 6'2" and also found the TA bit snug. Lately I've been commuting on a 650 V-Strom. Very comfortable, relaxed position.
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 01:05:25 pm »
Have not ridden either but from pictures the Vstrom looks quite a roomier than the TA
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 01:11:38 pm »
Have not ridden either but from pictures the Vstrom looks quite a roomier than the TA

V-Strom sits very much like a KLR.
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2020, 01:22:05 pm »
Thanks for the inputs. I read that there is lowering pegs available but i do not think it will much of a difference.

Seems the Strom keeps ticking the right boxes.....

Just need to find the right deal locally. Recently again went looking at a bike (Versys) said to be immaculate only to find many faults. The reason i do not buy remotely, unseen or far-off.
 

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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2020, 01:26:39 pm »
Thanks for the inputs. I read that there is lowering pegs available but i do not think it will much of a difference.

Seems the Strom keeps ticking the right boxes.....

Just need to find the right deal locally. Recently again went looking at a bike (Versys) said to be immaculate only to find many faults. The reason i do not buy remotely, unseen or far-off.

You can do a lot worse than a V-Strom. Value for money you can't beat. I always believed they were all round great bikes. Bought mine accidently on impulse. Have not regretted it for one day.
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2020, 01:12:27 pm »
Thanks for the inputs. I read that there is lowering pegs available but i do not think it will much of a difference.

Seems the Strom keeps ticking the right boxes.....

Just need to find the right deal locally. Recently again went looking at a bike (Versys) said to be immaculate only to find many faults. The reason i do not buy remotely, unseen or far-off.

You can do a lot worse than a V-Strom. Value for money you can't beat. I always believed they were all round great bikes. Bought mine accidently on impulse. Have not regretted it for one day.

Must agree with the oom, forget the TA and rather go the VStrom, the motor alone will be enough to convince you,... :thumleft:
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2020, 10:04:18 pm »
I've had two of them, wasn't in love with either.  The older 650 is a way better bike.

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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2020, 11:25:12 am »
Go for XT66Z . I'm 6.4, comfortable bike for tall oaks. But then, I did flatten my seat which is bit higher than standard
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2020, 12:45:55 pm »
Go for XT66Z . I'm 6.4, comfortable bike for tall oaks. But then, I did flatten my seat which is bit higher than standard
He wants to do more tar touring and as much as I like my XT660Z as well just about any single is not ideal for that.
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2020, 12:47:37 pm »
Go for XT66Z . I'm 6.4, comfortable bike for tall oaks. But then, I did flatten my seat which is bit higher than standard
He wants to do more tar touring and as much as I like my XT660Z as well just about any single is not ideal for that.
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2020, 01:04:41 pm »
Go for XT66Z . I'm 6.4, comfortable bike for tall oaks. But then, I did flatten my seat which is bit higher than standard

I fully agree what a good comfortable bike tbe Tenere is. But if budget is a factor a V-Strom will suit his needs better
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2020, 01:05:46 pm »
Thanks for the inputs. I read that there is lowering pegs available but i do not think it will much of a difference.

Seems the Strom keeps ticking the right boxes.....

Just need to find the right deal locally. Recently again went looking at a bike (Versys) said to be immaculate only to find many faults. The reason i do not buy remotely, unseen or far-off.

You can do a lot worse than a V-Strom. Value for money you can't beat. I always believed they were all round great bikes. Bought mine accidently on impulse. Have not regretted it for one day.

Must agree with the oom, forget the TA and rather go the VStrom, the motor alone will be enough to convince you,... :thumleft:

It goes like stink
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2020, 01:19:53 pm »
Think the TA motor is just an evolution from the one that appeared in the late 80's already. V-Strom much newer design and technology (motor) But both dependable for sure.
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Re: Need to size up a Transalp TA 700
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2020, 04:26:43 pm »
Ja, the Strom looks to be the right choice - it is plenty fast for me, well suited for long distance touring (the aspect of biking that i like the most) and, theoretically at least, budget friendly - allthough that is not currently very evident from those available on the market.

Looking around for a clean 2007/2008 model with around 40000km for R40 - R45k available in Gauteng or Klerksdorp areas. Not in a hurry, will wait for the right deal to come along.

Oh ja......just not black. I dont like black bikes.