After much expectation and waiting, the Honda Transalp returns to Big Red’s lineup. Officially dubbed the 2023 Honda XL750 Transalp, the bike shares its 755cc parallel-twin engine with the new Honda CB750 Hornet.
This means power comes in at 90hp (67.5 kW), with torque at 56 lbs•ft (75 Nm). That should be plenty to appease those shopping in the middleweight ADV segment, and the 458 lbs (208 kg) wet weight means that the Honda Transalp competes nicely against even the latest crop of machines in this category.
There is a 21″ hoop at the front, which is paired to an 18″ unit in the back. Suspension is handled by Showa, with 7.9 inches (200mm) of travel in the forks and 7.5 inches (190mm) of travel in the rear. All the suspension pieces are preload-adjustment only.
In terms of electronics, Honda hasn’t skimped. As such, the Transalp comes with a 5″ TFT, five riding modes (four preset, and one user mode), which in turn have different settings for traction control, wheelie control, throttle mapping, engine braking, and ABS. A quickshifter can be added as a Honda aftermarket part.
With styling based on the Honda CB125X concept, the Transalp name takes on a fresh feeling, which is surely going to help drive sales. The 2023 Honda Transalp will come in three colors: Matte Iridium Gray Metallic, Mat Ballistic Black Metallic, and Ross White Tricolour.
The big questions remaining though are what will the Honda Transalp cost when it comes to market, and when can we expect it in the USA?
2023 Honda Transalp Technical Specifications:
|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|
|Brakes Front||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|
Source: Honda UK