Horse Power………………………………………55

Weight (dry)……………………………………….191kg

Weight (wet)………………………………………200kg

Seat Height……………………………………….33 inches

Max Speed………………………………………..185kmh

Petrol Tank.(Total)……………………………..19Litres


MPG taking it easy…………………………….52MPG

Max tank range taking it easy……………..320km (Have achieved this only twice two up)

Max tank range spirited riding…………….200km

My average tank range……………………….270km

The Transalp entered production in 1987 untill the presant day, back in the competative days of Honda the company entered many events under the wishes and direction  of Mr.Honda, They entered and won the Paris – Dakar race which gave birth to the Honda Africa Twin, they also entered and won the Transalpine race between Austria and France, giving birth to the Honda Transalp. After the death of Mr.Honda in the early 90’s the company retired from many compatitions.

Taken from WIKIPEDIA:

  • The XL600V from 1987
  • The XL650V from 2000
  • The XL700V from 2008

Other versions exist, such as the 400 cm³ version aimed at the Japanese market.

The engine is a liquid-cooled, six-valve, four-stroke, 52 degree V-twin. The first version output 50 hp at 8000 RPM, increased to 55 hp for the 1989 and 1990 version. Later models returned to the original 50hp, untill 2000 when it was increased to 55hp again. The 2008 model XLV700 Transalp, the hp was further increased to 59hp.

From 1991, the rear drum brake was replaced by a 240mm disc brake, with a single-piston brake caliper. The front brake was modified in 1997, introducing a second disc and reducing the diameter to 256mm.

The look was altered in 1994, replacing the original square lights, and introducing a new fairing.

In 1996, new 34 mm carburetors were introduced, and the ignition system was redesigned, replacing the electronic condensator model with a microprocessor-driven transistorised system.

The mass of the motorbike increased over time, from 175 kg for the first models to 196 kg for the latest version.

In 2000, the XL650V Transalp replaced the XL600V, introducing a the engine of the Honda Deauville and Honda Revere. The output increased to 55 hp at 7500 rpm, a torque increase to 5.7 mkg at 5500 RPM, and 4mm bore diameter increase allowing for a 64 cm³ displacement increase. The shock absorbers were redesigned for road use, the exhaust system was updated, the fuel capacity increased by one litre, the control panel was redesigned, and mass diminished by 4 kilogrammes.

In 2007, the XL700V Transalp was introduced, with a new 680 cm³ V52 engine taken from the Honda Deauville and compatible with Euro 3 emission standards. The front wheel diametre was reduced from 533mm to 483mm, the exhaust system was fitted with a cataliser, the lights were redesigned, and ABS was introduced.

The 2008 reinforces the road orientation of the Transalp, with larger tyres, lower saddle and more road-oriented shock absorbers.





For those people who are good with a spanner, below is what some can turn a Transalp into:-

Most free workshop manuals  here



  1. all Reads well regards Martin! Transalp 650 owner, off to turkey fom uk 29th of may 09.

  2. I found very informative. The articles are well written and I feel like the author knows the subject very well. keep it that way.


    • Hi Theo,

      Oops, just left you a message about the radios and headsets on your blog….I should have read my own website first lol..



  4. Hey daddie, 🙂 how’s you i din’t no if im on the right page yet lol i just clicked the next one i saw lol, you really need to sign onto facebook 🙂 how’s everything, … nice to be back in Turkey lol, i can’t wait to see you again i miss you loads take care of yourself old man and remember the deal cut down n ill finish my college course lol haha xxxx love ya daddie 🙂 xxxx

    • Hi Ena,

      Your nearly in the right place, at least you found the site now lol, I have cut down on the ciggies, now I’m back in Turkey I only smoke outside and not in the flat, that reduces my smoking by one whole packet a day!!

      I will have a look at this face book thing Monday, I’m out for a long ride on Sunday, the pictures will be on here Sunday night if you can find the right place lol. How’s it going with finding a placement??

      I have spent all day polishing the bike today……and it will be all dirty again when I return from Sundays ride, we are going to try out the radios to see if we can talk to each other on each others bikes whilst riding along lol…I just love this second childhood I’m having right now lol.

      Take care little one,

      Love Dadxxx

  5. Hi dave
    Just came here from the link you sent me on ADV Rider I’m guzzigeezer. a nice blog.
    I have always had a slight bias against Honda V’s because although they tick all of the boxes in nearly all respects , 15 years ago i used to have a bike repair shop and used to get a lot of v’s with worn cam chains at about 30K miles. they were a right ache to do as there’s two of them. Do you know if this problem has been sorted on the later models to give a longer life? I might give one a second look as they seem to be a good all rounder and anice ride.

    • Hi Rick,

      Just left you a long reply over on ADV lol..No not heard anything about cam chain problems on Honda’s, the only common problem I know off is the fuel pump on Africa Twins models, which is well known. Servicing is nothing I worry about here, the labour charge is soooo much lower than UK.

      I had my bike checked out before I did the 6 weeks tour around Europe and there was nothing needed doing, but changed plugs, filters and oil anyway…the only thing that went wrong for me on that 20,000km trip was I wore the back tyre down to the canvas and the Mrs. scuffed some of my paintwork with her shoes..aarrhhh.



    • That has to be my long lost buddy Rick Trengove originally of Bournemouth. How the hell are you mate? I would love to get back in touch. Drop me a line.

      • Hi Ron,
        Yes indeed it is the long lost Rick.
        You could have knocked me down with a feather when I got your note. I’d love to get in touch again. Email me and I’ll give you a bell.

        To Dave sorry to hijack your thread.


  6. Is a 1991 Transalp 400cc still worth buying? It has 25,000 kms in it and the asking prices is 250,000 pesos (roughly 5,000 USD)

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