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The Honda Transalp

The Honda Transalp debuted in Europe in 1987 and was sold in the United States from 1989-1991. The bike met the same fate in Australia (sold there two years). The impetus/inspiration for its development was the Paris-Dakar Rally. The Honda Transalp was marketed initially as a dual-sport but today it more accurately reflects the adventurer class and is still popular in Europe. Its sibling was the Honda Africa Twin (XRV750).

It’s not a dirt bike or an enduro, and despite being covered in plastic, its long suspension, deep-tread tires and sit-up-and-beg riding position make it very different from the common sportbike.

In fact, this type of bike is more common in today’s American market than it was 17 years ago when it was first offered here. Today, there are bikes like the Triumph Tiger, KTM’s Adventure models, Buell’s new Ulysses and a couple of mounts from BMW to choose from, and yet the Transalp still makes a perfect alternative to these newer (and obviously more expensive) motorcycles. While Transalps are loved by their owners and consequently aren’t the most common bike out there, they can be found for a pittance compared to the cost of a new F650GS Beemer. – Motorcycle Classics, 2006

Model Information

Check the frame number for the model year or look for the letter under the seat (e.g. XL600VN). Information from Transalp FAQ:

H J K L M N P R S T V W X
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Resources

Videos

20 Year Anniversary Tribute

Tribute: XL600, XL650, XL700

World Tour On A Honda Transalp 1987 XL600 (Italian)

More at partireper.it

Honda XL60 Transalp : Review by Matt Kelly, Mirror.uk.com

Honda Transalp 650 around the world: Long way Dany

More at daninviaggio.it

Short Trail Ride : UK

Short Trail Ride, XL600 : Turchia

Honda XL700V Transalp 2008 (Advert)

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