1997 TA 600 £1995
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What is it with TA's that they go through so many owners? The person who buys this will be the 12th in 20 yrs. I don't get it, surely they are good bikes & easy to live with or this forum would not be so active. I've had my XS650 for 16 yrs, my 2006 DR250 from new & my 2005 F650GS for 12 yrs. I have 2 W650's currently (1 to sell, 1 to keep) a 37k mile 2000 & a 2001, both of which have had 3 owners before me. My 2003 Bonneville has had 2 owners before me & also has 37k miles up. It's rare to see a 600 TA for sale with fewer than about 8 owners. Seems odd to me, that's all I'm saying. I still want one though & may finally have found a '94.Anniversary edition alert!
wheels look new
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It’s not only Transalps, bikes aren’t seen as transport as they once were, more recreational vehicles and at the whims of the buyer, or their finanancial situation. They get moved around more. My VTR1000f has been with me since 2010, my Triumph T100t Daytona is a fairly new addition (3 yrs, but not going anywhere till I pop me clogs!), GT250M Suzuki I’ve had for 20 years. The Transalp is a lovely bike, nicely styled and meets all the criteria I was looking for, 2 up exploring around Devon & Cornwall. Thanks for the recommendation Wicky👍 Already made a few “tweaks” to make it mine.
I started riding in 75 and the smart money was on buying a Japanese bike, so I did, with an FS1-E, GT250M, etc, etc. However I worked in a bike shop in Lower Sydenham, London as a Saturday lad from when I was 14. Moving the bikes in and out every day I fell in love with a couple of year old maroon and grey T100 Daytona. As the old joke goes I might well have had my eye on it but I was never going to get my arse on it. Jump forward 45 years or so and the Daytona fell into my lap, sort of😉. Doesn’t do anything particularly well but puts a grin on my face on a nice day.Yep Kev & the more owners the more potential bodgers.
Well, I'm in Devon too. Have owned a '75 T500 for a mere 5 yrs. & a '69 T100C for 2.5. Not sure I'm really a classic Brit bike sort of bloke but it is truly lovely & picked up a couple of beauty prizes last yr.
I’ll let you know when I’m down with the bike. Most likely to be over a weekend in the next couple of weeks👍Interesting, I started in 1969 with a Yam YL1 100 twin then a brand new Suzuki Invader 200 in '70. Never even considered British bikes. Knew people with Bantams, Cubs, C15's - awful things!
Hope my '94 TA will land here in a week or so from Oxfordshire, it's to replace an R80ST I've just sold. There's a good bike night on Tuesdays in Teignmouth railway station car park, just over the bridge. We should meet up & compare TA's!