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PostPosted: August 19th, 2016, 3:01 pm 
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PostPosted: August 21st, 2016, 7:30 am 
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Square headlight off Yammie XJ750 that had been on my old R80 now fitted. Bit Benderish looking now.

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 4:01 pm 
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Your bomb sticky would look good on my race Ducati...got an extra?

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 4:56 pm 
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ymracing wrote:
Your bomb sticky would look good on my race Ducati...got an extra?


I do PM me your address and i shall mail you some.

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PostPosted: September 4th, 2016, 9:28 pm 
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That bike is horrible in the most glorious way! :thud:


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PostPosted: September 4th, 2016, 11:34 pm 
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GOFASTER wrote:
That bike is horrible in the most glorious way! :thud:


hehehehehehe Thank you. :D

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PostPosted: September 10th, 2016, 3:23 am 
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Yes its officially called Bender now.

Took the seat that came with Bender the ZS. Cut down both the foam and the seat base. Carved the foam with an electric knife then a sanding wheel on my angle grinder. Wrapped the foam in plastic. Drilled lots of holes in base and leather. Used rivets with washers to attached leather. Now how a Brat Style seat that is comfy.
Finish it up tomorrow and do better photos.

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PostPosted: September 10th, 2016, 6:05 pm 
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Finished up the slimmer seat.
Logo added to seat.
Stripped of grab rail.
Heat guard refitted to headers/exhaust. Made from stove pipe guard.
Bit of a the day I got it and today.
Homage to Bender added.

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Sick. You just ain't right.

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PostPosted: September 13th, 2016, 1:33 am 
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ymracing wrote:
Sick. You just ain't right.


That is me in 1.

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Went to Woolies to do shopping. Came home with 2 new sidecovers from Woolies. Bashing and cutting and they are fitted.

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Went to Woolies to do shopping. Came home with 2 new sidecovers from Woolies. Bashing and cutting and they are fitted.

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PostPosted: October 20th, 2016, 10:52 pm 
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Great privilege to have Pete from Throttle Roll do a photo shot of my Transalp Bender and write up. Brilliant photos Pete.

https://www.throttleroll.com/bender-1987-honda-xl600v-transalp/

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Need to get some, ahem, kit with karacter...to match the bike. Didja get my stickies?

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PostPosted: October 24th, 2016, 1:20 pm 
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ymracing wrote:
Need to get some, ahem, kit with karacter...to match the bike. Didja get my stickies?


No stickers yet mate. Our postal service here is making sure they live up to the name snail mail.

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PostPosted: October 31st, 2016, 1:49 pm 
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Bender now has a bit of Mother Russia. In a sea of custom bikes that use 30cal and 50cal ammo boxes as panniers I use a WWII Maxim Machine Gun ammo box. This box came from Latvia and the eBay seller claims the items he sells come off WWII battlefields. Did it? I don't know. I don't care. Its super cool.

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PostPosted: November 1st, 2016, 12:43 am 
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Maxim ammo box now fitted. A bit more Bender added.

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PostPosted: November 1st, 2016, 3:14 am 
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Gotta love this build! If I had any guts at all, my bike would look something like this! Or more likely, I like to keep it original-ish as long as it stays somewhat together, BUT I almost can´t wait for it to start falling apart! I would have an excuse to start MadMaximizing it.

Keep up the good work, bro!

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PostPosted: November 1st, 2016, 12:16 pm 
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neppi wrote:
Gotta love this build! If I had any guts at all, my bike would look something like this! Or more likely, I like to keep it original-ish as long as it stays somewhat together, BUT I almost can´t wait for it to start falling apart! I would have an excuse to start MadMaximizing it.

Keep up the good work, bro!

Cheers!
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Cheers mate...

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PostPosted: November 1st, 2016, 3:00 pm 
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Lame...no YMRacing stickies.... :shock:

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ymracing wrote:
Lame...no YMRacing stickies.... :shock:


The small one is on my helmet. So there.... :twirl:

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Lame...no YMRacing stickies.... :shock:


The small one is on my helmet. So there.... :twirl:


Cool, have one of yours on each side of my Ducati, and one on the tailgate of my trailer.

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In the pursuit of making Bender look even more Bender.
Used a Yamaha XJ600 fairing frame.
Kawasaki ZXR250 headlights
Headlight mounting brackets.
Cut and welded and they are on.
Need to fine tune so they are not blinding possums in trees.
Need to mount the LED light under the twin lights.
Oh yeah fitted high front guard.

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Maxim ammo box now fitted. A bit more Bender added.

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Oh there he is. Now I see why the name change.

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Refitted the LED running light. Made an eyebrow from old Honda plastic triple clamp cover.
Looks more Benderish now.

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You've done nothing to make me believe you're the least bit sane. Keep it up.

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ymracing wrote:
You've done nothing to make me believe you're the least bit sane. Keep it up.


My job here is doen then. :mrgreen:

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Full oil and oil filter change. Valvoline XLD Prem 20w-50. Highflow oil filter
New DID 525VX 118ZB chain and new sprockets fitted.

Box of goodies.
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Old on top. Drive sprocket was worse.
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It pains me to see what a once beautiful Transalp has become but I applaud your ingenuity and skills in transforming the old girl and keeping her rolling.

Ugly girls need loving too...

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It pains me to see what a once beautiful Transalp has become but I applaud your ingenuity and skills in transforming the old girl and keeping her rolling.

Ugly girls need loving too...


I'm sure the fellow is not all "all there" and have let him know it. I humor him.....It's hard to look away from a train wreck you know. :P

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It also depends on the circumstances that led to Bender's current configuration. I hate to think that it was a pristine Transalp and somebody said "I think I'll strip it down and make a art project out of it". Besides my modified TA, I also have 2 that were in such bad shape when I bought them that it would cost more to restore than they would ever be worth. Plans right now are for a Street Tracker and a Naked Enduro. I just need to figure out how to make some of those little radiator shrouds.


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It also depends on the circumstances that led to Bender's current configuration. I hate to think that it was a pristine Transalp and somebody said "I think I'll strip it down and make a art project out of it". Besides my modified TA, I also have 2 that were in such bad shape when I bought them that it would cost more to restore than they would ever be worth. Plans right now are for a Street Tracker and a Naked Enduro. I just need to figure out how to make some of those little radiator shrouds.


Bender came to me already modified. The below photo was from the For Sale add:

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I had known this bike for a bit before the PO put it up for sale. It was a no brainer that I took to it to put my mark on it.

The mesh on the radiator is held in with bolts that go into the holes that would have held the plastic guards inside the fairing.

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Skyliner wrote:
It also depends on the circumstances that led to Bender's current configuration. I hate to think that it was a pristine Transalp and somebody said "I think I'll strip it down and make a art project out of it". Besides my modified TA, I also have 2 that were in such bad shape when I bought them that it would cost more to restore than they would ever be worth. Plans right now are for a Street Tracker and a Naked Enduro. I just need to figure out how to make some of those little radiator shrouds.


This shop had a solution to re-locate the radiators in a very clever way;
http://www.bikeexif.com/custom-honda-transalp

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This shop had a solution to re-locate the radiators in a very clever way;
http://www.bikeexif.com/custom-honda-transalp


I've seen that bike before and if you ask me, I think they did an awful lot of work to make an ugly motorcycle. Too bad they started with a Transalp, they could have used almost any bike a came up with the same results. I'd take Bender over that bike, at least Bender has some character. Before I'd do that I'd mount a single Shadow Radiator on the front down tube of the frame, which are the plans for the street tracker. I wanted to use the stock tank for the Naked Enduro and it looks unfinished without some sort of shrouding on the front of it.

Here's one of my favorite custom Honda V-Twin bikes.


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This shop had a solution to re-locate the radiators in a very clever way;
http://www.bikeexif.com/custom-honda-transalp


I've seen that bike before and if you ask me, I think they did an awful lot of work to make an ugly motorcycle. Too bad they started with a Transalp, they could have used almost any bike a came up with the same results. I'd take Bender over that bike, at least Bender has some character. Before I'd do that I'd mount a single Shadow Radiator on the front down tube of the frame, which are the plans for the street tracker. I wanted to use the stock tank for the Naked Enduro and it looks unfinished without some sort of shrouding on the front of it.

Here's one of my favorite custom Honda V-Twin bikes.


I like this one a lot and Bender's too
I'm waiting for my local shop (Motoguild SF) to have their own metal fabricator equipment then I'll decide to start on a bike project.

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Big ugly crash bars fitted. All the crap I put on taken off. Plastic guards front and back. Just waiting on a set of MX bars and a 9 inch SR500 headlight coming in the mail.

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What happened to the dual head lights?

Did you need to do anything special to make the Crash Bars fit?

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What happened to the dual head lights?

Did you need to do anything special to make the Crash Bars fit?


Did not throw enough light.

The crashbars are Givi for a 89 on wards model. Mine is 87. The only thing I had to do was buy a longer engine mounting bolt as one of the mounting points for the bars if from the lower engine mount. The bolt is a M8 x 150. I could not get a 130 as recommended.

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Took Bender out for first dirt ride with me on board.
Not since the 1980s have I taken a bike onto dirt roads.
That front tyre needs to be more of an off road on.
I had a ball exploring Ourimbah Creek road.

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The crashbars are Givi for a 89 on wards model. Mine is 87. The only thing I had to do was buy a longer engine mounting bolt as one of the mounting points for the bars if from the lower engine mount. The bolt is a M8 x 150. I could not get a 130 as recommended.


That's where I cut the tube that goes through the frame so that the mounting tab on the crash bars fit between the engine mounting plate and the frame now. That pulls the bars in so they don't stick out quite so much.

So just for reference, it looks as if there is no difference between a 87 and a 89 as far as crash bars go.

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The crashbars are Givi for a 89 on wards model. Mine is 87. The only thing I had to do was buy a longer engine mounting bolt as one of the mounting points for the bars if from the lower engine mount. The bolt is a M8 x 150. I could not get a 130 as recommended.


That's where I cut the tube that goes through the frame so that the mounting tab on the crash bars fit between the engine mounting plate and the frame now. That pulls the bars in so they don't stick out quite so much.

So just for reference, it looks as if there is no difference between a 87 and a 89 as far as crash bars go.


Have you got photos of what you have done?

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PostPosted: December 11th, 2016, 3:32 pm 
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[quote="WnRn"]Took Bender out for first dirt ride with me on board.
Not since the 1980s have I taken a bike onto dirt roads.
That front tyre needs to be more of an off road on.
I had a ball exploring Ourimbah Creek road.

Nothing like a good time for having fun!

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PostPosted: December 11th, 2016, 4:12 pm 
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Now that's a headlight. 9" off an SR500.

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Have you got photos of what you have done?


Also if you didn't want to cut the frame, you could drill the Give mount out to fit over the frame tube and use some spacers/washers to take up the slack between the mount and the square part of the frame downtube. That would probable work on Bender since it doesn't have any bodywork. You could pull the Givi Mount all the way into the frame downtube.

Here's a picture of what I did.


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Have you got photos of what you have done?


Also if you didn't want to cut the frame, you could drill the Give mount out to fit over the frame tube and use some spacers/washers to take up the slack between the mount and the square part of the frame downtube. That would probable work on Bender since it doesn't have any bodywork. You could pull the Givi Mount all the way into the frame downtube.

Here's a picture of what I did.


Brilliant mate. Thank you. I shall have a look at what I can do. Drilling the crash bar mounting plate might be the go.

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WnRn wrote:
Now that's a headlight. 9" off an SR500.

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Looking good! There is more balance in this than was with the other light. Looks a bit like a classic bike. As long as you only see the front approaching that is :mrgreen:


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Bender is going into a form of retirement.
Blows blue smoke on start up. (Maybe valve stem seal).

So I am taking it off the road officially.

It has been replaced by my true love. A 500 single. I have bought a 1981 Suzuki DR500 that has had its engine insides refreshed with new piston. I just have to do the assembly and fine tuning and modding. The tracker seat stays as that is what i would have done to it anyway. Will get a new tank.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2016, 1:54 pm 
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Guess it's kinda' late to chastise you for not completing your sig files.

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Yep I sold Bender

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