Trip prep: meet the Frankenbike


On Saturday, we ran into our first setback while readying the 1989 TransAlp for the trip.

Tom was not able to remove the bolt from the bottom of the Showa fork. He turned it into a slotted head from its native hex; still no go, even with power tools. We left it sitting in a pool of liquid wrench, fingers crossed.

Back to the 1990 as a parts bike: Tom had already helped us rebuild those forks. And we’d been thinking of using the less pristine bodywork, including the headlight cowling (with strategically placed zip ties), due to war stories about road conditions. This sealed the deal.

Wednesday, we’ll put the remaining body work on the bike. Plus the crash, erh, engine guards. And the new Happy Trail pannier rack.


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