Honda relaunches XL750 Transalp

The new Honda XL750

The original Honda Transalp, introduced in 1986, with its 583cc V-Twin engine quickly became a motorcycling icon and many can still be seen on the roads around the world today.

Honda now have an extensive model range of adventure bikes including the CRF1100L Africa Twin and the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, but feel that there is still room in the mid-capacity sector for a model that will attract customers with a different set of adventurous aspirations. The new XL750 Transalp has been designed to fill this gap and thus the legend of adventure touring is reborn.

Taking inspiration from the original the XL750 is perfect for an extended touring trip, navigating the urban jungle and everything in between and thus aims to retain the moniker of a brilliant all-rounder. The all-new XL750 Transalp is ready for a fresh generation of riders looking to travel wherever the road leads.

The long-legged stance makes a strong statement of adventurous intent, while the fairing and screen work together to deliver wind protection without bulk.

The engine is an all-new 755cc parallel twin-cylinder unit that delivers 67.5kW and 75Nm throughout the rev range. Fuel consumption measures 4,34 litres per 100km resulting in a potential range of 390km from the 16.9-litre fuel tank. Throttle by wire offers four default riding modes, five level Honda Selectable Torque Control with integrated wheel control and three levels of engine braking and power for a variety of rider customisation depending on preference and conditions.

The steel frame features full Showa suspension, 43mm SFF-CA USF forks and a rear shock working through a Pro-Link setup. The result is light, nimble and confidence inspiring handling. Seat height measures 850mm and the riding position is upright for natural control and leverage. Rake and trail are set at 27 degrees and 111mm, with a wheelbase of 1560mm and a kerb weight of 208kg. Slow speed manoeuvrability is a breeze thanks to a 42 degree steering angle and a 2.6m turning circle.

The suspension specifications have been selected with the all-round concept firmly in mind, with long travel and superb bump absorption to deliver smooth performance and comfort on-road and control off-road.

Dual, two piston calipers clamp 310mm wave discs up front and a 256mm wave disc at the rear. The 21/18-inch tyre combination ensures sure-footed behaviour across a variety of terrain and a wide variety of tyre choices.

Instrumentation comprises a five-inch, full colour high-visibility TFT screen which offers four types of speed/rpm display, three analogue rev-counter styles and 1 bar as well as a fuel gauge and consumption and a variety of other useful information. Premium specification includes Honda Smartphone Voice Control, full LED lighting and Emergency Stop Signals technology. A rear carrier is standard and there is a USB socket under the seat.

The XL750 is yet to be confirmed for South African market introduction.