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Old 06-20-2012, 07:45 AM   #13411
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My 89 TA seems okay for now

My suspension seems okay for the back roads. The acceleration and braking are good. The bike got a lot of attention at a dualsport ride, where most of the bikes were orange. I have some xr forks, but they lack some of the attachment places that the stock TA forks have, so I bought the aftermarket springs for the stock ones. They seem okay.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:56 PM   #13412
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My suspension seems okay for the back roads. The acceleration and braking are good. The bike got a lot of attention at a dualsport ride, where most of the bikes were orange. I have some xr forks, but they lack some of the attachment places that the stock TA forks have, so I bought the aftermarket springs for the stock ones. They seem okay.
http://tomsavage33.blog.com/files/2012/05/DSCN1009.jpg
Nice looking bike with interesting mods. How bout more pics and info, please.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:17 AM   #13413
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Very nice Bike and side panels!
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:47 AM   #13414
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Premature Reserve Syndrome

My new to me '89 was running to 170+ without hitting reserve. suddenly it starts hitting reserve anywhere from 140-150. Mileage hasn't changed (45-48). I installed the Honda petcock rebuild kit with no change
All hoses and connections look good.

Anyone else have this issue? I remember a guy who added a fuel pump, I'm not ready to do that.

I am heading out for a week long trip and am contemplating doing the diaphragm "flip" to make it a gravity feed sysyem.when you do this is it just the diaphram you flip, or the entire plate it sits in?
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #13415
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I'm Back! Tierra Del Fuego bound

Been away for too long from this wonderful site doing the work thing etc, Still have 3 TA's and the AT but the fleet has been reduced. I've been planning my trip to Tierra Del Fuego for years and now it looks like we will be departing the end of this year. Have a buddy here who going to go with me, but looking for at least one other. Prefer someone riding similar equipment and capable of usable Spanish. We will be riding 2 of my TA's, yes I sold one! Current plan is to leave the LA area after Christmas and try to get down there in 2 months. My old TA will be left there or flown back if we have too.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:14 PM   #13416
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Fairing panel screws...?

Any idea where I can score a replacement screw for the gray fairing panel on the '89 T/A...? I would buy more than one just to get one.

They are a very odd stepped, short screw as you know...

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Old 06-21-2012, 06:00 PM   #13417
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2012 Transalp Rally...

I recieved this notice from a friend in North Carolina, thought I'd pass it along...
I would like to go and I'm thinking it over but there are some factors, work travel etc, whether I want to ride the T/A to NC....

Looks like it will be a great time.

The owner of Iron Horse is a Transalp owner...

Rob



The Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge is proud to present the 2012 Fall Trans Alp
rally at our facility starting October 11-14th.

We will have dual sport rides for the area, tech session and upgrades
discussion, door prizes, and beer drinking around the campfire at night.

The time of year is peak leaf season here and the weather is usually
fantastic for camping or just enjoying the mountains. Couple that with a
bunch of TA riders and we have chemistry for a great annual rally.

Currently we have lots of cabins, rooms, and tenting camping plus RV spots
so making plans to attend the rally as soon as possible.

Due to the limited number of TA's I plan on including all NX and XLR
riders of the era.

Call the Ironhorse at 828-479-3864 or email me at john@ironhorsenc.com for
updates.

A rally like this take participation and this group will become the
nucleus of future rallies.

Lets make this a great one.

Let me know if you are available and invite friends

John Powell
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Robbinsville, NC
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #13418
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Any idea where I can score a replacement screw for the gray fairing panel on the '89 T/A...? I would buy more than one just to get one.

They are a very odd stepped, short screw as you know...

Thanks,
Rob
Actually I think they are a standard M5 screw, there is a shoulder washer that sits between the screw head and the fairing. If you just need a screw many hardware stores carry metric screws, they probably wont have the black plating.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:37 PM   #13419
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Any idea where I can score a replacement screw for the gray fairing panel on the '89 T/A...? I would buy more than one just to get one.

They are a very odd stepped, short screw as you know...

Thanks,
Rob

I've seen the screws with the rubber bushings in packs assorted colors at cycle gear.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:40 AM   #13420
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More on the modified TA



The bike was stolen, plastic wrecked and bike left out for five years. Returned and I bought it from owner. Stripped it down to 380 lbs. Trimmed fenders, recovered seat, supertrap muffler. Needs more work, like a better skid plate, new disc rotor. Handles nice, good acceleration. Brakes, so so. Sounds good, using four muffler discs, not too loud.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:28 AM   #13421
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Nice looking TA but you might want to check those scales.

I don't want to rain on your parade but I ship TA parts all the time and if you totaled up every plastic part on a TA, (unaltered and not modified) it's less than 12 lbs. The OEM muffler is 12 lbs.

Add back in your sheet metal, after market engine guard, muffler front fairing and the 24 lb differential shrinks.

I just don't see how you get to 380 lbs.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:39 AM   #13422
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The bike was stolen, plastic wrecked and bike left out for five years. Returned and I bought it from owner. Stripped it down to 380 lbs. Trimmed fenders, recovered seat, supertrap muffler. Needs more work, like a better skid plate, new disc rotor. Handles nice, good acceleration. Brakes, so so. Sounds good, using four muffler discs, not too loud.
Looks good ! You've got it down to a managable weight, and a clean, form follows function design. Your on the right track. A few more tweaks ( brakes & suspension ) and you gotta winner !!!
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:43 AM   #13423
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Lazyrider I think it looks good. For a bike that was abused and needed TLC a bobbed/ striped version is a great idea. The head light looks like it fits perfect. Well done.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #13424
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Over 3 million!?! Hell yeah!!!

I reposted something in the gear section, but I certainly couldn't exit out without saying hello to me mates here... good on ya guys for all this wonderful TA goodness. Ride safe.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:52 PM   #13425
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