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Old 04-29-2013, 05:28 AM   #14641
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Starved for power

Well I finally finished doing some maintenance on the Transalp. Here's what I did:
-Chain and sprockets
-valve adjustment
-carburetor float adjustment
-install 38 idle jets
-carb sync
-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.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:23 AM   #14642
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:02 AM   #14643
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Holy crap,Dan. Fantanstic vision, and great work. You got you an outback bike now.

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:20 AM   #14644
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:40 AM   #14645
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Dan, awesome job.

Galba, nice bike.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:30 AM   #14646
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Nice bike Galba. Which headlights are those? I've been thinking of doing the same with something like Buell XB lights.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:39 AM   #14647
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Thumb Nice Transalps

Wow

I go away for a week and you guys all build new bikes.

Welcome Galba,

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.

Dan,

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.

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #14648
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That's talent there. See if he'll build you new fairing pieces.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:08 AM   #14649
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Dan,

I always liked your bike, but now..WOW... it looks unbelievable, bet it sounds great too; how about letting us all hear it?

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #14650
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:56 PM   #14651
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Giving the Flea-Market another attempt....

Nice work guys, thanks for the inspiration!!!



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Old 04-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #14654
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