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Old 09-29-2011, 01:22 PM   #12316
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Glad you are happy and healthy. Tube amps are a lot more finicky than transalps huh?
Oh man... they can drive you mad!
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:25 PM   #12317
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Hi Michael. Glad to hear you're doing well. I'm glad you stop by once in a while.
Thank you, Jim! It's good to know that I can pop back in now and again... and still feel welcome.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:28 PM   #12318
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:03 AM   #12319
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Thanks, mate!

I'll let this holy group know when that day comes. Cheers!
Welcome back from the "land-of-the-not-always-rising-sun"!!!
Remember me??

Still waiting for you to come over here one of these days!
How about a group ride? It shouldn't take too long.
I mean, when folks come all the way from Germany (see my website).
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:39 AM   #12320
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My seat also has quite a gap between the horn and the tank. I can't see any reason/failure. I believe the cover is o.e. Perhaps it's just shrinking from age?
Same here.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:54 AM   #12321
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Cogent Shock

WOW !

Shock looks like a very nice piece.

For those of you who haven't yet tried the TA with good suspension, I hightly recommend it. After the crashbar mod, save your pennies and go for Intiminators or Gold valves in the forks and a good quality rear shock and spring.

If you like the TA with standard boingers...you'll fall in LOVE with good suspension. You don't even have to get fancy with increases in travel. Makes a world of difference.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:26 AM   #12322
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WOW !

Shock looks like a very nice piece.

For those of you who haven't yet tried the TA with good suspension, I hightly recommend it. After the crashbar mod, save your pennies and go for Intiminators or Gold valves in the forks and a good quality rear shock and spring.

If you like the TA with standard boingers...you'll fall in LOVE with good suspension. You don't even have to get fancy with increases in travel. Makes a world of difference.
For those of us who can't afford to do both at the same time, which would you do first - forks or shock? I think my TA has Progressive springs but I'm not 100% on that. The P.O. was religious about changing the fork oil (it's time to do it again). The seals appear to be in good shape (no leaks or weeping). Approx 53K miles on the bike.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:32 AM   #12323
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For those of us who can't afford to do both at the same time, which would you do first - forks or shock? I think my TA has Progressive springs but I'm not 100% on that. The P.O. was religious about changing the fork oil (it's time to do it again). The seals appear to be in good shape (no leaks or weeping). Approx 53K miles on the bike.
The nice thing about Intiminators is that they improve the performance of the shock on uneven surfaces AND reduce front-end dive when braking. Unless your rear shock is toast, I would go for an upgrade in the front before the rear.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:22 AM   #12324
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new to transalp

hi guys great thread

hope i could get some replies - might be ridiculous questions for u folks

am currently rdiing a 2008 st1300 , great bike but just a tard too heavy at 330kg wet and a pure tarmac bike

was considering to trade-in to either a 650 transalp 2002 model, africa twin 2001 model or a 1997 tdm 850.

love the weight of the transalp and the price is the average among the other two, tdm being the lowest n AT the highest

transalp or AT ? any major differences other than AT being ridiculously expensive for a 2nd hand and having a cult like status?

i do two up pillion for long rides

any comments would be greatly appreciated.

viability of parts and accessories? i am in singapore btw
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:47 AM   #12325
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For those of us who can't afford to do both at the same time, which would you do first - forks or shock? I think my TA has Progressive springs but I'm not 100% on that. The P.O. was religious about changing the fork oil (it's time to do it again). The seals appear to be in good shape (no leaks or weeping). Approx 53K miles on the bike.
When you change the fork oil this time check to see if they are Progressives... if they are then you're okay on the front for a long time to come - 53k miles on the rear shocks (unless it's been babied) is about the right time to start looking at something Wilberesque.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:24 PM   #12326
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was considering to trade-in to either a 650 transalp 2002 model, africa twin 2001 model or a 1997 tdm 850.

i do two up pillion for long rides
Well I had a 92 TDM850 that I sold to buy an 89 TA600, so I will give you the comparison on those two. Upfront I prefer the spoked wheels and general look of the TA over the cast wheels of the TDM, the 850 was quite comfortable at high way speeds though I could never get the ergos quite right for me (6'3") and it had a lot of handlebar vibration. The Tank was wide and standing was awkward at best. At lower speed under 50 mph or stop and go city trafic it wasnt fun to ride, all of these are the reasons I went to the TA.

For me I have changed the bars and risers and I have pretty good ergos now, handle bar vibration is minor, bike is comfortable up to 75mph then I feel a little bad for it and wish I had the 850. In general riding under 70mph and certainly in city, sub 40mph traffic I love the TA over the TDM. With wide pegs standing on the TA is very nice. Fuel tank is smaller, but my TDM only had a 200 mile range, but I do wish the TA tank was larger. I think the wind protection with Givi screen is better than my TDM was as well.

I think the 850 will handle pillion beter, but I have done pillion on a 650 vstrom and that fine, so maybe it would be ok power wise, I don't know what the Hp and torque cruves look like to compare.

Hope that is of some help, granted the comparision are of earlier generation bikes.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:57 PM   #12327
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The AT would be my choice. Particularly for pillion riding
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Old 09-30-2011, 01:51 PM   #12328
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The nice thing about Intiminators is that they improve the performance of the (forks) on uneven surfaces AND reduce front-end dive when braking. Unless your rear shock is toast, I would go for an upgrade in the front before the rear.
OK, thanks. I had Gold Valves installed in my old DR350SE's front forks. What's the difference between the two (Intiminators or Gold Valves)?
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When you change the fork oil this time check to see if they are Progressives... if they are then you're okay on the front for a long time to come - 53k miles on the rear shocks (unless it's been babied) is about the right time to start looking at something Wilberesque.
I had planned to check the springs while doing the fork oil change. Based on the condition of the bike (paint and bodywork), it hasn't seen a very tough life (IMO). But, that doesn't mean the shock isn't (about) shot. Once the snow starts flying and I get the forks apart, I'll proceed based on what I find. Actually, I was thinking something Cogent-esque....

Thanks all - Dave.
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:50 PM   #12329
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:52 PM   #12330
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Still waiting for you to come over here one of these days!
How about a group ride? It shouldn't take too long.
I mean, when folks come all the way from Germany (see my website).
Too funny! Someday...
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