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Old 20 Mar 2002
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Airfilter on Honda Transalp XL 650V

I am going to Marocco in May. Recently I tried to take a look at the airfilter wich is placed under the tank. Considering all the sand and dust I guess I will have to clean it regulary so I wanted to know how to get to it.

For a start I couldn't get the fuel-tube disconnected wich means that you can't take the tank completely off. Ain't really handy. Can I just cut this tube in two and place a connecting piece in between that will make removing the tank completely possible in the future?

The airfilter on the new transalp is a dry on. Not the foam type you have to soak in oil before placing. My dealer told me I can basicly shake the dust and sand out if needed. But he did consider placing an extra filter in front of the air-in-take.
Euh, where exactly would this be? I thought it was in front of the tank on the left side. Who can confirm this?
And has anyone an idea how I could place an extra airfilter? Or shouldn't I bother about it?
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Hey Fireboomer,
I would avoid using the paper air filters. Yes, you can knock dirt off but it doesn't work well. I rented an XR250 in Tanzania with a dirt-caked filter and efforts to knock the dust off were nearly fruitless.

And you don't want to carry spares if you don't have to. I'd get a foam air filter so that you can wash it as often as you like.

As for how to get to it, I have no idea. Amazing that something as frequently serviced as an air filter would be so hard to get at!

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Guess two options stay open:
1) I replace the paper air filter by a classic foam one. BUT, were to find it? Can't imagin someone buying a piece of foam and just cutting it out...?
2) Or I can place an extra air filter in front of the air in take. Who has experience with this stuff?

Have any other Transalp riders experience with this stuff?
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For the fuel-line:
At www.louis.nl you can buy a "fast-coupler" for fuel-line's It's a coupling device with a build in shut-off valve, so when you disconnect the fuel-line, no fuel will leak out.

For the air-filter:
The paper-filter is no good in the desert. It will fill up with sand and no air can get through any-more.
There are two sorts of altenative's: A foam filter or a K&N cotton filter. Both are oiled.
I don't know witch is best. Some say the foam (I don't know any brand, but at a dirt-bike shop you should be able to get one), others say the K&N is much better.
I have a K&N filter. (www.louis.nl) It's expensive, but lasts 1.000.000 (!) miles. Cleaning and oiling every 50.000 mile's under normal conditions.

I guess in the desert aspecially sand-build-up inside the air-filter box is the main concern. That's why there are "pre"-air filters. (K&N make's them also) They have wide openings, so they only filter sand and other big stuff.

Cleaning out the airfilter-box every evening is still a good idea.

Hope this helps.
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Not much use on the transalp, but I use these filter skins on my xr and they work well. Its like a sock that goes over the existing filter and they came in a pack of 3. Just pull the dirty skin off and slap on a clean one. Maybe something for you Wright.
On other bikes since then I just used some womens tights/stockings folded double and fitted over the filter which work just as well. For best results they should be oiled but this is a no go on the paper filters but ok on a k&n.
But on my old transalp, filter behind the side pannel, I was also worried about it at first. But it proved not to big a problem. A trip Europe to Australia I replaced it once and used compressed air to blow it clean (opposite flow) a couple of times. A trip Holland to Ghana I just checked it know and then and it didnt get blocked. So unless youre really hitting the dust solid for weeks I think ti should be ok.
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