My 1992 Honda Transalp

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:41 pm

As promised, I was going to keep all of you updated about my new adventures. The XJ has gone to make room in my garage for the Honda Transalp. Why? Well, mainly because I really wanted an allroad motorbike with a nice straight up seating position. Why the Transalp? Well, I would have liked a BMW R1200GS Adventure, but that is way beyond my financial reach. And then I came across this Transalp and I was able to get it for a very nice price.

Enough words... Pictures!
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And then there are the obvious posing pictures:
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And yes, you can stand on it:
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Obviously, the Transalp is not finished yet. I have just bought a couple of used tires. Mainly to change the rear tire as the previous owner seems to have only run the Transalp on a straight line. ;) The middle of the tire is flatter than the tires on my car. :) Anyway, I have a Pirelli on the way with 7mm on it for a couple of pence. A nice budget solution to a new tire. The next challenge is to get the rear wheel out, get the old tire off and mount the new tire. I would prefer to do that myself, even though I have never taken a wheel out of a bike before, nor balanced one. I have found plans to make a simple static balancing apparatus which I intend to build. But the first hurdle is to find a way to take the wheel out as the Transalp does not have a center stand as standard, which means that mine has not got one. So, I need to find a way to lift the bike to make it happen. Suggestions welcome. ;-)

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:05 pm

Great looking Transalp there :thumbsup:

My mate has got similar, and the riding position is so much nicer than on xj.
You have to be taller though to ride it comfortably.

He mentioned what a PITA it is without centerstand, and after half the season he bought something like this:
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He used it only to lube the chain, so not sure if that would be sufficient for tyre removal :ponder:

I love the spoked wheels, and the different size of each wheel. Funky!
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:17 pm

Nice! That Transalp looks great! I know you'll have a great time on it. Even though my brother loves sporbikes, I don't think that he'd ever get rid of his all road bike.
spr1 wrote:He mentioned what a PITA it is without centerstand, and after half the season he bought something like this:
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He used it only to lube the chain, so not sure if that would be sufficient for tyre removal :ponder:
The rear stand should be fine for removing the tire. I use mine all the time just for that. As long as the supports are properly aligned and stable, it will be fine.
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:24 pm

the bike suits you Arne :) :)
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:50 pm

As I said before, I'd love to have one but they never brought them over here. I did have it's baby brother tho;
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:56 pm

Thanks for all the kind words. :) Honestly, I feel they made this bike especially for me. That is the way it fits my seating position.

I am looking at getting something like that paddock stand, or even a small bike lift. We'll see. I just need to bump into something at the right price.

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:35 pm

Sweet Looking Bike!!! I would suggest welding tabs to the lower frame where the Center stand would sit and buy a Centerstand off Ebay and make it work... This may take a little trial and error and research but the end result will be worth it!! :thumbsup:
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:41 pm

That is a nice looking bike. Looks like it's in great shape too. I read a comment on the forum somewhere and whoever said it was right..."there's just something about white bikes"

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:02 pm

arnehulstein wrote:...the Transalp does not have a center stand as standard, which means that mine has not got one. So, I need to find a way to lift the bike to make it happen. Suggestions welcome. ;-)
Nice looking center stand for 115 Eur

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Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:35 am

Full Circle wrote:That is a nice looking bike. Looks like it's in great shape too. I read a comment on the forum somewhere and whoever said it was right..."there's just something about white bikes"

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