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PostPosted: January 14th, 2018, 4:56 am 
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Hello everyone!
My real name is Eugene, i'm 43 now and live near Moskow.
Last time i rode a bike in 1999. I had many different russian motorbikes in my yuoth. But the last one, "Ural - solo" was stolen and i desided to quit with two-wheeled vehicles. Almost twenty years later, when i got four children, this sicknes return.. )) Right before new year we bought honda ape 50 to train elder children aaaand... transalp 600 for us. I've no idea how to drive it becaus forget almost everything, frankly speaking. Hope i'll survive ))

Sorry for poor language, but i'll try to talk without dictionary and google. It will be honest i think.

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PostPosted: January 14th, 2018, 2:49 pm 
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Welcome Eugene! Your english is a damn site better than my Russian...
Take your time, learn to ride again. The TransAlp is a great easy bike to ride. Enjoy!

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PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 5:51 am 
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Greetings Eugene and welcome to the forum. Have fun with the inmates and enjoy the ride. Garry's advice is very good, take your time relearning to ride, and like he said, your English is way better than my Russian.
We have one or two Russian members, but the size and population of your country means it's highly unlikely you live in the same region, and much less likely that you have met.

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PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 11:56 am 
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Location: Moscow; Russia
Thank guys!
There is the story behind this purchase. I always liked choppers very much. For first we went to a market and i sat on an old Intruder 1400. Started engine, made some wroom-wroom and understood that it's not smart desicion to buy it right now, without practice on a some more easy bike. When i started to read the net. It took me about two monthes to accept the fact i can't buy a chopper this year at all. Why? This type of bikes MUST have engine at least 900cc. Especially for me, 1.86m and 110kg )) But my skills lost so there is a risk to live not long enough to see my grandchildren. New conditions where: Light weight, long suspension movement (russian roads is something incredible), classical position of driver, cheap service and volum 500-700cc. Solution was only one - transalp. ))

I think to take several trainings this spring, right before the season. We have a good moto school not far from here. There are several stantmen as trainers there.

I saw russian face here. He laid out an interesting story about trip to Minsk. As i understand, whis man is from Saint-Petersburg. It would be great to meet one day. It's not very far from Moscow. About 700km of the road in the best condition in our country.
But there is a second reason i'm here. I need to practice my english.

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I spent a half an hour to wright this text and had to look up a couple times. ))


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PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 3:37 pm 
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You're a small guy in my book....I had to look the conversion up, I'm 1.95m and 136kg. My TransAlp is my oldest, and my favorite bike. I say, If you absolutely have to get there, and want to feel fine...take the Alp!

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PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 8:21 pm 
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Seems i'm not the biggest bear here. )) And yes, it was very comfortable, when i sat on the TA seat. As people said. That is why i bought it without doubts.


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PostPosted: January 16th, 2018, 3:05 pm 
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Duck Rubber wrote:
Seems i'm not the biggest bear here. )) And yes, it was very comfortable, when i sat on the TA seat. As people said. That is why i bought it without doubts.


I don't like the stock seat. I had Corbin make a seat for me. Friends that ride it says it feels like their recliner they watch tv sitting in.

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'89 TA, 06 Ducati Sport 1000 Bella Boomer the race bike, '76 XS650 Farrah the race bike, '76 RD400 Evil Spawn the race bike, '97 Buell T-Bolt S2, ('97 Dyna-Conv RIP 8 June 2017, the bike my son was riding), '06 KLR 650 off road hooligan, and a '79 GS1000E (sold 25 March 2017 after 30 years of ownership), but ride the TA the most miles!


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PostPosted: January 16th, 2018, 8:15 pm 
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I've no such experience to judge stock version. May be some later. Now this seat looks pretty good for me.

BTW. I have done a new topic about transportation. There is a question. Don't know how and where to tie the bike right.


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PostPosted: January 17th, 2018, 3:49 pm 
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Duck Rubber wrote:
BTW. I have done a new topic about transportation. There is a question. Don't know how and where to tie the bike right.


Several different methods. I prefer soft ties above the triple clamp on the front. Soft ties connected to the passenger pegs on the rear. Biggest mistake is cinching it down too tight on the front..may damage your fork seals.

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'89 TA, 06 Ducati Sport 1000 Bella Boomer the race bike, '76 XS650 Farrah the race bike, '76 RD400 Evil Spawn the race bike, '97 Buell T-Bolt S2, ('97 Dyna-Conv RIP 8 June 2017, the bike my son was riding), '06 KLR 650 off road hooligan, and a '79 GS1000E (sold 25 March 2017 after 30 years of ownership), but ride the TA the most miles!


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PostPosted: January 24th, 2018, 9:32 am 
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Tell me, how do you think, how deep can i press the front fork for a two days ride?


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PostPosted: January 24th, 2018, 10:04 am 
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I would strap it down to the point that I know it won't move side to side. Gary says if you pull it down to far you will damage the seals. I don't know how that can happen, but Gary is probably talking from experience.

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PostPosted: January 24th, 2018, 3:23 pm 
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Duck Rubber wrote:
Tell me, how do you think, how deep can i press the front fork for a two days ride?


About 1/2 way is fine. I use one hand to pull down on the handlebar and one hand to pull the Ancra Strap tight. If you use a ratchet type strap, don't over tighten.

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'89 TA, 06 Ducati Sport 1000 Bella Boomer the race bike, '76 XS650 Farrah the race bike, '76 RD400 Evil Spawn the race bike, '97 Buell T-Bolt S2, ('97 Dyna-Conv RIP 8 June 2017, the bike my son was riding), '06 KLR 650 off road hooligan, and a '79 GS1000E (sold 25 March 2017 after 30 years of ownership), but ride the TA the most miles!


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PostPosted: January 24th, 2018, 3:30 pm 
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Skyliner wrote:
I would strap it down to the point that I know it won't move side to side. Gary says if you pull it down to far you will damage the seals. I don't know how that can happen, but Gary is probably talking from experience.


There is only so much room for fluid in your front forks. It is ok for your bike to move a bit..up and down...a good front stabilizing point is essential. I use Condor PSTK-6400 Pit Stop/Trailer-Stop. Expensive, but...I've hauled my bikes to all 48 lower states, Canada and Mexico over the years.

I hate ratcheting tie downs. Too easy to over tighten.

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'89 TA, 06 Ducati Sport 1000 Bella Boomer the race bike, '76 XS650 Farrah the race bike, '76 RD400 Evil Spawn the race bike, '97 Buell T-Bolt S2, ('97 Dyna-Conv RIP 8 June 2017, the bike my son was riding), '06 KLR 650 off road hooligan, and a '79 GS1000E (sold 25 March 2017 after 30 years of ownership), but ride the TA the most miles!


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PostPosted: January 29th, 2018, 7:58 am 
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Press not stronger then half way.. Ok. I'm going to the custom-office next week to have documents of this bike. It will be a test-drive for my creation. Hope not let the moto hit the floor ))

ymracing wrote:
..I use Condor PSTK-6400 Pit Stop/Trailer-Stop...

O! I find this gadget in net. It look's like mine. Not exactly but in principal. I'll try to poste photos in the right tread some later.


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