2023 Honda XL750 Transalp Review

The original Honda Transalp was introduced in 1986 with a 583cc V-Twin engine and is very much something of a legend in the adventure bike world. Indeed you still see many older Transalps on one’s travels still going strong and taking bikers on their adventures.

By 2000 the engine had grown to 647cc and for the last version in 2008 it had a 680cc fuel injection engine with a 214 kg kerb weight.

The Transalp is aimed at the mid-capacity sector in Honda’s range with the CB500X at the lower end and the CRF1100L Africa Twin in their upper range.

The new XL750 Transalp has taken inspiration from the original model with extended touring trips as well as urban riding in mind with a new engine (the same as in the new Hornet 750) and with riding modes that you can tailor to your own riding needs and style.

The Honda Transalp will make its way to to US markets in 2024.

Review Summary

  • This is a tall bike (850mm seat height) with a kerb weight of 208 kg which I struggled to move about (I’m 5’6”). Riding the bike itself was no problem.
  • At $11,521 USD / $15,871 CAD / £9,500, you are getting a lot of bike for your money.
  • Four riding modes which you can customize – sport; road; rain and gravel – you can alter the level of engine power and braking, torque control, wheelie control and abs. The rear abs can be turned off for off road riding.
  • Tires are Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour with a 21” front wheel and 18” rear which are tubed
  • Quickshifter comes as standard
  • Self-canceling indicators although you can turn this function off
  • There is a USB socket under the seat and the TFT screen is multimedia ready

At A Glance

  • Weight: 208 kg
  • 755 cc 8 valve parallel twin engine
  • 91 bhp
  • 6 speed
  • Four customisable riding modes: Sport, Road; Rain; Gravel
  • 5’ TFT display
  • Showa suspension front and back
  • Brembo brakes front and back
  • 21” front wheel, 18” rear wheel, tubed
  • Self canceling indicators
  • 16.9 liter fuel tank
  • 3 color options: Matte Iridium Gray Metallic; Mat Ballistic Black Metallic; Ross White Tricolor
  • 850 mm seat height; low seat option of 830 mm available
  • Price: $11,521 USD / $15,871 CAD / £9,500

See also: 2023 Honda Motorcycle Lineup.

There are a range of accessories available for the Transalp which come in 5 packs for you to choose from:

  • URBAN PACK: 50L top box, aluminum panel, mounting base, pillion pad and inner bag plus tall screen and main stand.
  • TOURING PACK: Rear panniers (R26L / L33L), aluminum panels, support stays, inner bags and heated grips.
  • ADVENTURE PACK: Side pipes, LED fog lights and radiator grill.
  • RALLY PACK: Quickshifter, engine guard, bash plate, off-road rally footpegs and knuckle guards with extensions.
  • COMFORT PACK: 3L tank bag, wind deflectors, comfort pillion footpegs and AAC charging socket.

First Impressions

Wow, this is a tall bike! At 5’6”, for me,

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