Bike

The Honda XL700V Transalp. Wonderful little bike. My first real motorcycle as well. Bought it brand new with 0 km on the clock right after I got my license in February 2011. I wanted something for commuting between home and work, for short day trips and for long journeys. It had to do it all, and had to do it very well without breaking down on me every week. Tried all sorts of bikes. Nakeds like the Kawasaki ER6n, customs (I still adore the Honda Shadow by the way), big adventure bikes like the KTM 990 Adventure and even a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. Of course some of them are way more fun. None of the bikes I'd seen could match the combination of practicality, quality, fun, aesthetics and fuel consumption the XL700V had.

Based on the old Transalp 600 and 650, this is the latest (and probably last) incarnation of the series that has been in production since 1987. During the development of the series, off-road capability has been reduced in favor of comfort and on-road handling. The "old" Transalp fan base has been replaced by people like me, who favor comfort over off-road handling. But on the other hand, I have to agree Honda is taking it a bit too far. Scary things like the inability to disable ABS on my off-road biased bike. Now they're (at least in the Netherlands) calling the new NC700X an "Allroad/Enduro" bike. Come on Honda, who are you trying to fool here? The new Tiger 800 XC is something I'd expect from the company that produced the legendary Africa Twin, not Triumph.

Transalp
Honda propaganda photo
Engine
Liquid cooled 4-stroke 8-valve SOHC 52 degree V-twin with PGM-FI
Cylinders
81 x 66 mm, 680.2 cc
Produces
44.1 kW at 7750 rpm, 60 Nm at 6000 rpm
Drinks
17-20 km / 1 L
Tires
Heidenau K60 Scout
Modifications
  • Honda center stand
  • Givi high windscreen
  • SW-Motech crash bars
  • SW-Motech sump guard
  • BMW 12V plug
  • Heated grips
  • SW-Motech 12V tank ring
  • SW-Motech luggage racks (side + top)
  • Trax panniers (side + top)
  • Custom aluminum GPS mount for Garmin Zumo
  • Bags connection 12V tank bag
Transalp
Day trip layout