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    Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    Hi there, my name is Edwin, living in a small village called Schijndel which is in the Netherlands.

    In my younger years I was a semi fanatic dirtbiker and I was thinking catching up this a little bit.
    Not as dirtbiker only, but more semi so that I could take the bike for road trips but also for a bit offroad now and then.
    I could buy 2 Transalp frames for little money so I decided that this would be a new project for me as I know that Transalps keeps on going and going....

    So I have been lurking all the international and national forums to gather some info and I have decided to post here my experience in building my offroadish Transalp.
    Maybe some problems will occur during my build and then any help or ideas would be usefull!

    As my name suspects, I also own a Suzuki GSX-R but that project has to wait... first the Alp!
    My GSX-R;


    And the misses her toy, which I am not allowed to turn it into a project haha!

    and yesss, the guy on the bike is me in my younger years (my son haha)

    This is my Alp, well... it's nothing more than a piece of metal..




    At first I didn't knew what I wanted to make from the Alp... A Supermotard crossed my mind so I used a Suzuki rear wheel...


    But my mind was more into a MX style of bike


    So I took a Africa Twin swingarm, XR600 fork and some KTM stuff and voila, the first signs of my project



    As this bike will go offroad a lot, a bashplate is needed.
    I don't want to use the polyester thingie called bashplate which is standard on a Alp, but one with a decent thickness and from aluminium.
    For now (during the building process) a simple sheet of ali will do, this will be changed later on by a decent custom made bashplate.
    I started with drilling 8 mm holes in the bottom of the frame


    Welded 4 Stainless steel M8 nuts over the holes



    Bended the aluminium sheet, I have used a gas torch to heat it so bending was easy.


    Some bending and grinding and tadaaaa!!! A home-made bash plate






    As I am using the older cable harness (of a 1989 Transalp) and I would like to use a newer engine (which is rebuild) I have to change the ingnition pickups from a single pickup to a dual.

    Before surgery;


    2 wires, so 1 pickup




    Out with the single pickup


    And the double back!


    Engine closed again and voila




    My frame came back from the powdercoater and I am really happy with the result





    So my hands became itchy again... Engine screamed it out, it wanted to go back in his lovely new housing!


    So I used some old blankets, put the engine on it's side cover and manouvrerd the frame around the engine.


    It's a thight fit, but I managed it alone without scratching anything!






    New frame means also new bearings....
    Some people choose for a hammer and a piece of wood but I prefer the more sophisticated way by using a piece of M20 wire and some rings and nuts to place the steeringhead bearings



    Lots and lots of grease...



    There they are



    The XR600 fork, which is the cartridge type... Ofcourse a bit old fashioned but it will do!


    Painted the forks, used a new fork bushing kit and got some nice Acerbis fork boots...
    The front fork is as new, although I do need to fill them with fresh oil and I need to figure out how to adjust the springs as they will be too soft for the Transalp...
    Maybe replace these with stiffer progressive ones... But that's something to deal with later!



    I really like the stance...


    Cleaned the carbs and mounted these to the engine with some nice new inlet rubbers



    As I will be using the newer type Africa Twin swingarm it isn't a direct fit...
    It won't be a huge operation, just 4mm trimming of the swinarm collar will do

    And a perfect match!


    I also installed new bearings in the swingarm, and ofcourse a new chainslider... Again a nice view when things looks like new.
    (although I could have cleaned the swingarm a bit better before taking a picture haha!)



    Because I will be using the linkage of the Transalp (turned around) and the AT swingarm I needed a shorter shocker...
    It needs to be one which doesn't exceed 345mm eye to eye... A Transalp shocker is too long so I used one of a XR500 which is still too long...

    Almost 12mm too long to be precise... But not a big deal, that could work!

    Having enough tools around is always nice, so cutting an extra 12mm of thread (M14x1,5mm if you would like to know)is done in seconds!


    Using the stock Transalp spring (which has been painted grey later on, but is now at the powder coater... the spring will be coated black!)


    And there you go, a custom lenght shock

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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    It's looking very interesting so far !

    I'll be keeping a keen eye on this thread,thanks.
    Here we Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm feeling much better now. www.bigtrailie.co.uk

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    Thanks!

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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    interesting project Edwin hope it works out how you want it
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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    I love build threads and I love Transalp 600's . this tread is right up my alley . thanks for posting and welcome along I see your new on hear . that's some first post

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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    Awesome!

    Looking like a great rebuild!

    Will be following this one...
    everything is OK

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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    Quote Originally Posted by nick in brum View Post
    interesting project Edwin hope it works out how you want it
    I hope so too... I just started without any serious plan... I have some ideas but at this stage I am not sure how the bike will look like in a couple of weeks... but I guess everything will be fine when the build is in a further stage

    Quote Originally Posted by alias View Post
    I love build threads and I love Transalp 600's . this tread is right up my alley . thanks for posting and welcome along I see your new on hear . that's some first post
    Thanks and yes, I know it was a long first post hahaha!!!

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    Awesome!

    Looking like a great rebuild!

    Will be following this one...
    Thanks!!!

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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    Great work so far, well done


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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    Just a small update from my side, because I need to wait for my wheels and rear shock absorber spring to come back from the coater… They will be powder coated black, the same black coating as my frame.
    So, just a small update on the front forks;


    I want to shorten my springs with 50mm, as a shorter spring should be stiffer. Should…
    Another issue with the XR forks is that they don’t have any preload at all, I measured 20mm ‘freeplay’ between the top of the spring and the bottom of the fork caps.
    Therefore I am going to use 70mm aluminium spacers (50mm compensation of the cut outs and 20mm compensation of freeplay) 3mm thick walled so that should be strong enough!



    The original XR springs have a length of 575mm, and I will cut these 50mm shorter.


    Hello mr. Grinder so Bye bye 50mm!


    Of course I can’t leave the spring like this, it needs a flat bottom just like original. I don’t have the equipment to do that really professionally but I think my way of doing this is also fine.
    So I took my locking plyers and squeezed the spring a bit


    …and used a gas torch to heat the spring nicely warm

    And this is how they look now, not bad if I may say so!


    Some fresh fork oil (I use a mix of SAE30 and SAE15)

    Job done!


    After that I made the funky adapter for the Transalp ignition key dash

    A piece of 3 mm aluminium, after drilling and grinding



    Dash mounted



    And the end result, looks pretty good IMO

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    Re: Dutch dirtbike wannebee Alp - lots of pics thread

    A small update

    Added some nice risers, 30mm, so hopefully steering will be a bit more comfortable!


    The spring and wheels are back from the powdercoater, turned out really nice. New wheels means new bearings!






    Mounted the inner fender and airbox


    New tyres


    The springer on the shocker



    I had a CR250 brakedrum laying around, and with some small adjustments it’s a direct fit on a Transalp wheel. So I mounted this drum, of course with some fresh brakepads in it!



    New bigger rear sprocket (49T), the front remain standard


    Created a smaller spacer, and bang!!! The chain will be transported 100% certain in a straight line over the sprockets!




    New brakepads and mounted the Transalp caliper on the XR forks after a small adjustment




    Also a small adjustment was necessary at the front wheel, but it fits!


    The handlebar received a fresh paint of black


    High front fender attached


    It’s almost a bike again!!!!




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