|04-29-2013, 06:28 AM||#14641|
Joined: Jan 2009
Starved for power
Well I finally finished doing some maintenance on the Transalp. Here's what I did:
-Chain and sprockets
-carburetor float adjustment
-install 38 idle jets
-new plugs (stock)
-repack Supertrapp Muffler and install 8 or 10 (I forgot already) discs
-repainted header and fixed the leak at the header/muffler joint
-a few small cosmetic things
So now the bike seems pretty starved for power. It runs okay around the yard, but on the road it feels as though it will die trying to go up hills.
I have come to terms with the fact that I need to go back through what I've done, including rechecking the valve clearances and carburetors. Is there anything specific I should look for?
Curiously, the muffler seems even louder now that I've repacked it. I was a little worried that maybe I'd overpacked the muffler, but I really don't know.
When I first fixed up my old CB500/4, I had the carbs off four or five times before I got it right, so I know it may take a couple of tries to get the Transalp running right and I'm okay with that.
|04-29-2013, 08:02 AM||#14643|
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: DFW TX
Holy crap,Dan. Fantanstic vision, and great work. You got you an outback bike now.
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|04-29-2013, 09:30 AM||#14646|
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Green. Wet. Oregon.
Always chase your dreams. Even if you don't catch them, you'll have a hell of a time trying.
Current: 1989 Honda Transalp, 2006 Scorpa TY125F trials
Past: 1999 KLR 650, 1990 Tengai 650
|04-29-2013, 09:39 AM||#14647|
It's a short cut, really
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Davis, CA
I go away for a week and you guys all build new bikes.
Nicely done modifications with the dual headlights, AT bachplate etc. I think yours is the first "Cigarette Transalp" I've seen. Reminiscent of the 90s Dakar bikes.
What a wonderful job and a great write-up also. Thanks for letting us in on all those secrets and writing it so anyone can follow your lead.
You've really built the Transalp Valdez supertanker. Perfect bike for the your way outback.
For fuel starvation you might check tank venting. I recently read an article where the rear aux tanks fitted to a GSXR would not flow because the low pressure area behind the rider would not allow the tanks to vent. This was only at speed though and doesn't work with starvation at idle....just a thought.
As for me, I've been working on car stuff (yeah, I know) My best friend is building a sports car FROM THE GROUND UP. He's a race car mechanic and great with engines and suspension design. Frame is all chrome moly tubing. Engine is a period GMC 6 cylinder. Suspension corners are aluminium bits from a Corvette.
We've been working on building a hand formed body out of aluminium sheet. He bought an english wheel and has been teaching himself the rather arcane science of rolling and bending sheet metal. I'm trying to keep up but it's one part engineering and two parts black magic.
Just spent a week doing the left side of the car so I can appreciate all the work that goes into building the side tanks on the TA.
The left rear grew so large we had to jack up the wheel to fit it through.
This week........back to motorcycles Whew.
Ladder106 screwed with this post 04-29-2013 at 09:45 AM
|04-29-2013, 10:58 AM||#14648|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Black Forest, Colorado
That's talent there. See if he'll build you new fairing pieces.
Black Forest, CO
|04-29-2013, 12:08 PM||#14649|
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: In the mountains
I always liked your bike, but now..WOW... it looks unbelievable, bet it sounds great too; how about letting us all hear it?
|04-29-2013, 02:56 PM||#14651|
Joined: Jul 2008
Giving the Flea-Market another attempt....
Nice work guys, thanks for the inspiration!!!
I am giving the Flea-Market another attempt, my 4th I believe....
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