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Old 05-16-2015, 07:04 PM   #1
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1989 Transalp? Should I?

Hi all-
Scenario - experienced, ridden since the '70's. Had the gamut, Airheads, oil heads, Ducs, Guzzis, Sporty,couple o'' cruisers. Currently on a '06 Multistrada. Looking to simplify, and maybe widen horizons. A 1989 Transalp showed up on local CL today. 24k on it. Needs carbs cleaned and battery., etc. Been sitting a while. Any real weak points? Figure it's a Shadow motor, should be a pet rock. Ok with cleanup and revival, done it on several previous bikes. Are the valves thread and locknut adjust? Please,please,please,......
Always thought they were neat bikes. And this ones cheap. $1200.
what's the collective wisdom. Gotta be a few out there still riding these..

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Old 05-17-2015, 07:29 AM   #2
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if you have the bucks, go for it. I've had mine for 10+ years, bulletproof bike. And if you don't like you can double your money. Great forum on here
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:20 AM   #3
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... And this ones cheap. $1200.
what's the collective wisdom. Gotta be a few out there still riding these..
As the previous poster said- easy to double your money once you get it sorted if for some weird reason you don't want to keep it. They're a whole lot more fun than the spec sheet would indicate and there's a loyal following as well as a fair number of folks that want them.

One issue is the orientation of the CDI units under the seat. There's an inexpensive replacement holder that changes the orientation so it's not a problem. That's really about it as far as issues are concerned. Naturally things like brakes and suspension can be improved the usual ways, but they're adequate as is if they're not worn out.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:17 AM   #4
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Great deal ( great bike) as long as it does not need $2k worth of engine and or body work.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:49 PM   #5
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Is it the gold one? I'd say get it. I am currently waiting for my 2nd TransAlp to arrive. I sold my first one to a lucky guy in Idaho and I've been kicking my own butt ever since. They are a lot of fun and there is always a demand for them.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:15 PM   #6
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Neat bike. Honda way ahead of their time in 1989- also the first year of another plastic wrapped bike that never needs nuttin, the Pacific Coast.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:38 PM   #7
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My 2 cents...........

You should buy it............then upgrade the brakes and suspension.
It will be as good as anything built today. also read the TA compilation...........lotsa good stuff there..........
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:12 PM   #8
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The question now is, "well....have you?"
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