|year of construction||1988|
|I bought it in||April 1990 (second hand)|
|color||beige metallic (what else?)|
|mileage in April 1990||8,500 km|
|mileage in January 1996||ca. 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
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...
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
Wirth spring forks
Scottoiler automatic chain lubrication system
|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
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
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.