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Hello everyone I'm a new member but a long time reader always find myself here after Google searches so I though it was about time I become involved. I have a 1991 600 transalp.

I wanted to ask if anyone here has ever done much two up touring on the 600 transalp. I'm planning a trip to Morocco this September with my new girl friend. Never really don't much camping or long distance on the transalp before. Any advice. Tips and modifications to the bike would be great. I was planning on selling to get a rd07 but the price's now are hellish and I don't think the extra CC and fuel capacity is worth it.

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Welcome to the house of fun
I took my '89 two up round Ireland and Brittany as well as a few solo trips, at steady 40-60mph (mostly back roads with some A roads) I was getting 60-65mpg 2 up so the extra weight of fuel for the Africa only really cancels out the extra fuel used IMO.
Never really felt underpowered except for really steep hills.
Make sure your charging system is in good health and your CDIs are ok with the updated mount and you'll be golden.



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I have taken two-up on a 600 but my opinion it's not ideal unless you are both small and light, and/or you are doing short rides at 40-50 mph

It can be done but there are far better bikes for it.
 

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Welcome to the house of fun
I took my '89 two up round Ireland and Brittany as well as a few solo trips, at steady 40-60mph (mostly back roads with some A roads) I was getting 60-65mpg 2 up so the extra weight of fuel for the Africa only really cancels out the extra fuel used IMO.
Never really felt underpowered except for really steep hills.
Make sure your charging system is in good health and your CDIs are ok with the updated mount and you'll be golden.



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I replaced one CDI two years ago as it failed what else would you recommend and what mount ?? Thank you for your reply I will have a few days of motorway slugging just to reach Morocco but after that will be keeping it steady
 

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you need to make sure your CDs sit like this. ie with the "longer" side down

if they don't, you need to get the updated cradle....(see pic)

i would also get yourself a tall screen and/or a screen extender thingy, if you are doing any motorway riding



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I replaced one CDI two years ago as it failed what else would you recommend and what mount ?? Thank you for your reply I will have a few days of motorway slugging just to reach Morocco but after that will be keeping it steady
There was an updated mount - the original meant that the seat would push on the connectors and break the solder joints in the CDI.
You could come up with your own way to lay them horizontally instead, but this is the updated Honda mount
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Thanks guys just ordered the new mount great stuff love cmsl. Anyone got any advice on satnavs and route planning software ?? Never owned a satnav so I'm totally in the dark. I think the 600 transalp will he fine two up. We are both skinny light people so I think it will do well. Going to change the rear shock and rebuild the pro linkage. Can't wait to get going now
 

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the Garmin XT is a great sat nav (£350), but it needs to be wired into the bike

Or get a handlbar mount/case and use a smartphone with googlemaps or the garmin app, and get a 12v USB power supply, or get a portable power pack. eg

 

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Ditch the stock mirrors and get DoubleTake mirrors (Doubletake Mirror |) with Ram mounts.
I can't tell if you have crash bars but if you don't get Givi bars or an equivalent. The plastic parts are unobtainable.

Two up you probably want a new rear shock and reset the spring for the load including luggage. While you're at it get the front fork cartridge emulators. Transalp front ends dive faster than a cheap bar girl when the fleet's in!

I replaced my rear shock and got the emulators at the same time. It was better than when I bought it new. I just got back from a week in Death Valley and a week in Baja. Had no troubles when the the trail got ugly and the giant GSs were wallowing.

Good luck with your trip (and girlfriend). I loved Morocco when I was there years ago.
 

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I've never had a problem with the stock circular mirrors.
The stock mirrors are fine as long as you never fall down. If you go down you can break the mirror and, more disastrously, the mirror mount.
The Double Take mirrors are jointed and will fold out of the way should you take a tumble thus saving expensive parts. The adventure mirror also gives you a broader view of the road behind you.
Lastly, they actually stand behind their products 100%. I dropped a mirror in the shop and cracked the glass. Totally my fault. I sent them a note explaining that it was me, not them, and they sent me a new glass at no charge. If only other companies were this good.
 
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