As the Africa Twin and Dommi have already been covered,i just had to start one up for the Transalp.So any pictures and related stories of your Transalps in 2014, please feel free to post .I will be adding pictures of my 2007 650 soon. Thanks.
Some of my previous TA's
1989 600 owned in the early 90's part exed against an Africa Twin in about 98 that I ran until ~ 2006.
2 naked specials that I played with over the years
1999 600 that I brought in 2010 and sold in 2012 when I brought the 650
My current TA-2003 650 owned since April 2012 done about 8000 miles on it.
Have toyed with getting rid of it but cannot find anything that suits my requirements better, have recently had a Varadero, GS1150 and Africa Twin but find them too big for much of the country lane riding that I do, but they were all better at getting to the lanes than the TA. In the other direction I tried SL230, X250, Serow that were better in the lanes than the TA but a pain to get to the lanes.
So the TA in my estimation is good at most things but not the best in any specific area but it is the best compromise for me.
I tried the 700 but it has the disadvantage, in my eyes, of greater complexity-FI & ABS a more 'sporty' riding position, but the greater power was nice to have. performance not that different to my Triumph Scrambler except the Scrambler is heavier and has more grunt (& cc).
I really enjoy my bike, its easy to drive, handles well and gets great return to a tank of fuel. It can carry a lot when travelling and gets me to my destination without any aches and pains. Its not fast, compared to my previous bikes, but it will get you there. I am not a mechanic nor do i have any skills in that department but the little i do have allows me to work on my bike and achieve all i need to service it and maintain it.
I think the only bike i would change to would be the new Africa Twin, if it ever arrives...
Here is my Transalp when I bought her a good few years ago. Ex police, still in white.<br>
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After a while she was painted Black<br>
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This summer, the back to bare metal rebuild. A few pics of the progress-<br>
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Now the old girl is grey and yellow<br>
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I got my 2011 TA a couple of months ago with 3500 on the clock, they really are an addictive bike but unfortunately the Dealer has had to take in back (its under 3 months warranty) because the engine keeps dying for no reason but they reckon they can fix it, I certainly hope so because I definitely don't want it to go back. Especially after recently fitting a Scotoiler and Crash Bars to it since the photo, also got a centre stand and spotlights which I have asked them to add to it while its there so fingers crossed its not terminal !
Absolutely ideal bike for my 60 mile per day commute through the Aberdeenshire B roads, even in the winter so the sooner I get it back, the better !!
Mine did that as well, when you increased the throttle it died. Turned out to be a well known plug cap earthing problem.
fitted new plug caps and it was fine, it is so well known that its probably not your problem but you never know.
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