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Honda Transalp Thread
« on: December 05, 2009, 08:00:07 am »
After following the "V Strom" thread , I feel that it is time to start one of our own for the Transalp. Please feel free to discuss any mods and "unusual problems" that all of us that are privileged to own one of these very capable bikes can share with others.
I have to date changed :
MRA touring screen
Exhaust - Scorch
Footpegs
Front fork springs - progressive
HID headlight
H/bars raisers
Amber h/light cover
Heidenau rear tire X2

Before mods:


After mods:


Would like to fit panniers and would like to hear your comments re hard or soft panniers?
There are many other mods that can be discussed?  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: October 05, 2013, 08:47:44 pm by Fuzzy Muzzy »
ROUTE DIFFICULTY:1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillion friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillion friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding
5 = expert only (we are not worthy, still to meet one)
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009, 08:23:49 am »
that is one keith bike...
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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009, 08:58:48 am »

Want like to fit panniers and would like to hear your comments re hard or soft panniers?


I recently committed myself to at least another 2 years on my TA to extract maximum value from my purchase.   Although the bike has many pros and cons, like all others, reliability and build quality are key factors for me and I think the TA scores well in both these categories which will make it possible to keep on going for quite a while still. 

What also motivated my decision is the fact that my wife has a ball on the back of the TA.  Touring two up is comfortable and the wife enjoys it just as much as I do.  This is important for me as this "our thing" that we do together.  Which leads me to panniers.  I do think panniers are expensive, but saying that, Adventurer is currently sorting me out with a set of Trax panniers and a topbox.  The reason:  I don't want to sukkel with straps, bungee cords and nets and on top of that, constantly worry about theft.  Also, it fits in with my plan of riding the TA for many more miles and the investement will pay itself back over time.
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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2009, 09:30:16 am »
I loved my TA it was 22 years old and never missed a beat..fantastic bikes.




 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009, 11:32:10 am »
Cool Thread 8)

My bike went from a standard XL700:



to this:



Al mods listed here: http://trailriderreports.blogspot.com/2008/06/xl700v-transalp.html

The bike hasn't missed a beat. I service it on time and in between everything keeps going right 8)

I have both the Kappa hard and soft luggage. I like the ease of the hard panniers, but I suspect I am going to travel with a soft bag on the back rather than the topbox more and more. The topbox tends to shake quite a bit and even though the Kappa box takes the beating well I suspect that one day something might break and the box might fall off. Nothing can last forever?

I'll use the box when I have a pillion (it has a backrest) but for trips I'll use a soft bag.
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 06:08:26 pm »
I bought my 2005 TA about 6 months ago. It had almost 18000km on the clock and came with a MRA touring screen and crash bars.

Had it serviced at LeCap and have added wide foot pegs, a Hyde orange headlight cover (Both from Topbox) and a Scorch pipe, including the collector box mod: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=35810.0   

Also fitted a MEFO explorer to the rear (from Topbox).

So far I am loving the bike, perfect for my type of riding.


 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 06:03:28 am »
Do any Transalp owners know where one can get a workshop manual for the Xl650V ? ???
ROUTE DIFFICULTY:1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillion friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillion friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding
5 = expert only (we are not worthy, still to meet one)
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2009, 07:45:30 am »
Do any Transalp owners know where one can get a workshop manual for the Xl650V ? ???

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009, 04:22:01 pm »
Thanks got it at last  :)
ROUTE DIFFICULTY:1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillion friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillion friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding
5 = expert only (we are not worthy, still to meet one)
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2009, 09:55:39 am »
Thought I would let you guys know that there is 650 Transalp in mint condition with all the farkles at dealer here in Durbs. R58000.00 looks good if any 1 interested ill PM you the dealers number.
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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2009, 10:00:21 am »
Bit pricey. There is a TA700 in George (2008 - 10 000km) for R58k
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2009, 10:06:02 am »
Bit pricey. There is a TA700 in George (2008 - 10 000km) for R58k

I might have the engine size wrong. But its not the new one like yours.
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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2009, 10:07:47 am »
Trailrider your Transalp looks like the Bomb specially with knobblies on  :thumleft:
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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2009, 02:23:51 pm »
Thanks! Ya the knobs make a big difference. Changes the whole look.
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2009, 07:13:04 am »
Thanks! Ya the knobs make a big difference. Changes the whole look.

I think the rider has also changed since he got it   :biggrin:
ROUTE DIFFICULTY:1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillion friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillion friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding
5 = expert only (we are not worthy, still to meet one)
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2009, 07:33:35 am »
Thanks! Ya the knobs make a big difference. Changes the whole look.

I think the rider has also changed since he got it   :biggrin:

Unfortunately that might be partly true :-\ But the way you are perceived also changes when you make such a big change in bikes.

The importance of how my bike "looks" was always there though ;D I made subtle changes to the "look" of my 200 as well. And I was proud about how beautiful she was although other people still only saw an ugly plaasbike. :ricky:

Recently, just as I was rekindling my love affair with the small bike and rediscovering my "old self" in biking I had to sell the 200 :-\ I will have a small bike again in future. But that is a subject of another thread. 8)
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2009, 10:53:06 am »
Had some time to pop in and saw this TA thread and felt I should drop in my 1c worth.
Kieth, I think the bike looks great. Never heard of those tyres tho - I have just fitted Perelli scorpions ST to mine. Last I had the AT type scorps on and the front wheel felt rather unsteady, esp when you let go of the handlebars, the bike would get a headshake. I put it down to a damaged front rim. Now with the new ST on the front wheel is as steady as a rock - must be the AT scorpion front.

I dont like the "noisy" exhawst, and prefer the standard one although I like the one (Also standard) on the 700 like on Trailrider's. I have not heard his bike lately but the last time he rode away from me in George it sounded very nice, throaty but not harsh.

Trailrider, I am glad to see you are still in the thing, sorry about the loss of the "plaasbikeie" but that is how things go. The bike is looking very nice, and the background to that pic...

Hey that 600 looks like it is used for what it was designed and well used at that.

As a point of interest, the screen on Kieth's TA is the MRA "vario" touring screen, which is what I have. I find that I mostly ride with it in the lowered position, which is actually a waste since it is similar to the standard OE screen. The only time I lift it is in a strong headwind or very HOT conditions - not that I can really say it does anything more in that position.
The screen on Karl's TA is the MRA Touring screen which I had on before. It is less expensive and in my humble opinion, more effective.

WAs just wondering how come Karl's has no decal on the fairing panel.

Karl, how did you find the service at LeCap? I have been threatening to take mine to Jurgen for some time but always seem to end up going back to Bonnie at Tygerberg, since I get EXCEPTIONAL service there albeit a tad expensive.

Said enuff now, all the best to all.
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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2009, 10:55:48 am »
After following the "V Strom" thread , I feel that it is time to start one of our own for the Transalp. Please feel free to discuss any mods and "unusual problems" that all of us that are privileged to own one of these very capable bikes can share with others.
I have to date changed :
MRA touring screen
Exhaust - Scorch
Footpegs
Front fork springs - progressive
HID headlight
H/bars raisers
Amber h/light cover
Heidenau rear tire X2


Hey Keith, what mileage did you get with your first Heidie on the rear, and what size was it?
I have fitted a MEFO explorer (130). Done about 3k so far on mostly tar and it still looks great  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2009, 11:01:38 am »

WAs just wondering how come Karl's has no decal on the fairing panel.

Karl, how did you find the service at LeCap? I have been threatening to take mine to Jurgen for some time but always seem to end up going back to Bonnie at Tygerberg, since I get EXCEPTIONAL service there albeit a tad expensive.


Hey droffarc

The previous owner binned it in the Cederberg and had the fairing resprayed. LeCap checked the bike out for me before I bought it to make sure there was no other damage.

As far as the service from LeCap goes, I have nothing but good things to report :thumleft: 
 

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Re: Honda Transalp Thread
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2009, 11:04:53 am »
Quick question now. Are you guys all using standard air filters or has anyone replaced theirs with a washable one?
How expensive are the standard filters?