When the rumours of a new Transalp surfaced it was a surprise. For the longest time the new ‘Africa Twin’ 750 was rumoured. So what are we looking at here?
Impressed, surprised and excited. I think those are all solid adjectives to describe the new Transalp. Maybe I have a negative association with the name and I want Honda to make the dream bike, but on paper at least there is very little to be offended at here. The signs are good.
From the marketing Honda appear to putting this in a very central part of the adventure bike curve.
When we talk about ADV’s in the modern era, I think most people want fast, light, good suspension and a seat heigh that only allows the tallest of riders comfort. Honda seem to have managed that. It’s a competitive 208kgs Kerb Weight (ready to ride with fuel), has 200mm of suspension travel, 21/18″ wheels and is pushing 67.5kw of power (90hp) from the all-new 750 engine.
From the marketing Honda appear to putting this in a very central part of the adventure bike curve. It’s not a KTM 890 ADV R competitor, it’s a bike to do a bit of everything. Decent street bike, amble around the world on some gravel and dirt and be home a few days later. It’s not breaking any conventions with anything, that’s not really Honda’s jam anymore. The fuel tank is traditional, the seat heigh 850mm (standard ADV bike) and the colouring playing heavy on the Africa Twin heritage from the 80’s & 90’s. Now we just need one to ride… Anyone got a phone number from Honda?
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled OHC 4-stroke 8-valve parallel twin with 270° crank and Unicam|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||87mm x 63.5mm|
|Max. Power Output||67.5kW @ 9,500rpm|
|Max. Torque||75Nm @ 7,250rpm|
|Noise Level (dB)||Lwot – 81.5; Lurban – 77.5|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16.9L|
|CO2 Emissions WMTC||103g/km|
|Battery Capacity||12v 8.6Ah|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiple, assist slipper clutch|
|Transmission Type||6 speed Manual Transmission|
|Frame Type||Steel diamond|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,325mm x 838mm x 1,450mm|
|Suspension Front||Showa 43mm SFF-CA – 200mm travel|
|Suspension Rear||Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 190mm travel|
|Wheels Front||21in (stainless steel) spoked wheels|
|Wheels Rear||18in (stainless steel) spoked wheels|
|Tyres Front||90/90-R21 M/C 54H|
|Tyres Rear||150/70-R18 M/C 70H|
|ABS Type||2 channel|
Dual 310mm x 4.5mm ‘wave’ discs with axial mounted
2 piston calipers
|Brakes Rear||Single 256mm x 6.0mm ‘wave’ disc is operated by a single-piston caliper|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Connectivity||Honda Smartphone Voice Control|
|USB||Type C (under the pillion seat)|
|Auto Winker Cancel||Yes|