All about my Transalp

year of construction 1988
I bought it in April 1990 (second hand)
colorbeige metallic (what else?)
mileage in April 1990 8,500 km
mileage in January 1996ca. 140,000 km ('ca.', because the speedometer faulted a few times, once during a holiday trip in Norway, once during a holiday trip in Slovenija)
gas consumption min. 4.5 ltr/100 km, max. ca. 7.5 ltr/100 km (full throttle on the autobahn)
oil consumption up to 30.000 km: none
30.000 - 50.000 km : increasing up to 1 ltr/1000 km
50.000 - 90.000 km : ca. 0.3 ltr/1000 km
90.000 - 105.000 km: increasing up to 1 ltr/1000 km
105.000 - up to now: ca. 0.4-0.5 ltr/1000 km
spare parts 7 chain sets, 5 brake lining sets (front), 1 brake disk, 1 ProLink lever, 3 speedometer drive gearwheels (I don't know why, I never heard of that from other Transalp owners, it's probably because I'm often driving offroad...), 5 air filters, 10 oil filters, 1 battery, 1 CDI unit
faults 45,000 km: One of the C.D.I. units faulted
50,000 km: the engine was opened because of high oil consumption. The cause was weak piston rings (a known problem with Transalps up to 1988...). The cylinder heads had been overhauled, and all valves had been replaced. It was not really necessary, but...ok. Pistons and cylinders were as good as new.
105,000 km: the oil consumption problem came back again, and I mounted a new (used, 38.000 km) engine. Well, I gave DEM 700.- for it, to completely overhaul the original engine would be more expensive. It's still running, the problem is just the oil consumption. The other day I shall open it and see what I can do.
ProLink worn out. New one mounted (DEM 50.- in a second hand shop).
140,000 km: Muffler rotten, no way to repair (try to weld paper!). Sebring mounted.
modifications on my bike 

hot grips (I'm driving during winter, too. Presently, in January 96, the temperature here in Hannover is -5 to -10 deg.C, and the Transalp must do her job. And she does.

A socket for external light, walkman and stuff like that

warning flasher, self-constructed. Here's an instruction how to build an install the warning flasher.

A switch for turning on radiator fan manually

Five Stars crash bar

bag carrier (not allways mounted)

an additional duster on the rear mudguard to prevent dirt from soiling the ProLink and the shock. I cut it off of an inner tube of a car tire and fixed it on the stock mudguard, using some rivets.

Italian Fiamm horns...because they sound much better than the stock meep-meep-horn...

Anti-theft-alarm, self-built

a box for my sunglasses between the instruments console and the windshield

trip computer i.e. an electronic bicycle speedometer Sigma Sport BC700, displaying the speed and either the time, tripmeter, odometer, time of trip or average speed. It's a nice little toy, I use it mainly as clock and second tripmeter. All Sigma Sport speedometers are able to handle speed up to 300 km/h, and that's what counts. I didn't find another speedometer operating in this way. Here's an instruction how to mount the trip computer.

Toolbox. You all know, the OEM "toolbox" is a mess. It's too small even for the odd stock toolset. So one weekend I built this from aluminum sheets, which I riveted together. This was not a real great idea, the next version will be either welded or soldered.

A braided steel front brake line, giving a better feeling for the brake and enhancing brake power.

Brembo front brake rotor, since the stock one was worn out and I didn't feel like giving DEM 500.- for a new genuine one.

Sebring Enduro Power aftermarket muffler.

K&N reusable air filter

Emil Schwarz ProLink levers

Wirth spring forks

Scottoiler automatic chain lubrication system

MRA windscreen, short

Tires I tried 
front Continental TKC 70 - good in the sand. With this tire freshly mounted, the Transalp wobbled. After 1,000 or so kilometers it's getting better. Don't know why.
Dunlop K650 - a pretty good tire, especially on the road, but you can't buy it anymore
Dunlop K560 - like K650, a little bit better offroad. Presently mounted.
Dunlop K750 - INMHO one of the best on road, not as good offroad
rear Bridgestone TW42 - presently mounted. Works pretty good together with the Dunlop K560 front. A very good all terrain tire.
Continental TKC 60 - the tire with the lowest attrition rate. During fall, winter and spring I had one for more than 14,000 km! OTOH - slippery when wet.
Dunlop K650 - one of the best road tires, offroad weak. Very high attrition rate.
Pirelli MT40 - well, I think this one was bullshit...No grip offroad, sliding away even on dry road.
My friend Holgi is presently trying the new Michelin radial tire. His experiences until now: "The best tire I ever had mounted." No wobbeling, the bike does exactly what you want. The attrition rate is pretty low; I drive for 10,000 km up to now. And I don't drive slowly. It's more expensiv than the others, but I think it's ok." That's the experience of Holgi. BTW, he doesn't drive offroad.
Well, what to say more? There would be a lot, certainly... Ok, if you have any questions about the Transalp, about garments, or whatever bike related stuff, feel free to mail me...
1996 Detlev Müller
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