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Transalp - problem electric - anyone had similar problem?

Hello,

Well, It's failry cold still, the bike has been just covered in the garage for the winter, I turned her over every weekend and during the week I found that the battery was getting low on juice. I got it charged, put it back in, and she didn't start. I ended up sapping the battery again. I took it out put it on charge overnight. Me and an experienced biker friend (Old owner of the bike in fact) checked the fuses :
Main Fuse (battery side) OK
Fuse box and fuses (gear shift side) OK
She may be flooded, he says, she smells a bit of petrol
He followed to say, there were problems with the condesator on the TA
it might be that, but that was above his competence. Well so I'm probably gonna take it back to the Honda Dealer to get it looked at. But I wanted to know if anyone had had this problem yet?

Any ideas would be interesting to hear. - Ta-all-the-way

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day two

Well, this morning I took out the plugs, checked the distances popped them back in, after checking that they were sparking. She hissed, and then bam, massive backfire. I think she's not sparking at the right time in the chamber. Therefore it's an electrical default in the black box next to the fuse box. That's what I'm guessing anyway. She's off to Honda in the week.
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I have never experienced this problem before, and I'm not intimate enough with my trannie's engine to offer any definitive advice.

But you might find some clues, even the solution, to your problem by searching these sites. Maybe consider posing your question to the memberships?

Transalp.org - Information on The Greatest Multi Purpose Motorcycle in The World.
Tech Transalp :: Honda XL650V Transalp
Honda Trail Bike Forums (there's a dedicated Transalp forum within)

Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
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well, I'll be joved

I filled my bike with a jerry can of 98 unleaded. cleaned my spark plugs. And brooooomm. She started. All that for a basic petrol and spark plug action.
Just goes to show. When it seems complicated, go back to the basics.
See you on the highway sometime Keith. Are you in the UK at the moment. I thought you were in NZ? Are you flying there to ride up? fill us in.
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stele fuel is a downer allright

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I filled my bike with a jerry can of 98 unleaded. cleaned my spark plugs. And brooooomm. She started. All that for a basic petrol and spark plug action.
Just goes to show. When it seems complicated, go back to the basics.
Yep, when you put her away for the winter it really DOES pay to Remove & empty the tank and swill a little ( half a pint of petrol with half a pint of 2 stroke oil ) round the tank then empty it again. this coats the tank with a film of oil that wont harm when it runs again... but guards against rust... ( a chap at a motorcycle Museum here in Spain told me that trick... he said its the best and cheapest way to stop the rust)

The Carbs come Next...... Run the engine till it stops... this empties the Carbs of fuel and stops it going stale and gumming up the Jets.

Buy an Optimate Battery charger. you will never regret the decision! keeps that battery in Tip-Top Condition...

When you need or want to ride again......... Just add Fuel to tank, turn on the fuel tap, start........and GO! 5 minutes Max.

The Preperation is less than an Hour..... and saves all the headache.

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Thanks for that Martyn, I'm gonna run her on the fuel she's got and then im gonna do what you said. It should give her a good clean out and good balance for the dryer days to come. Always nice to have some input. Thanks again for the tips.
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Your welcome

Your Welcome Dude!



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She may be flooded, he says, she smells a bit of petrol

I would say you got it right with your first statement; the simple things to fix are often the way to go!

Glad the bike is working OK now,
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