Honda has officially revealed its XL750 Transalp, a new middleweight adventure bike to sit below its larger-capacity Africa Twin, and enter the booming segment occupied by the likes of the Yamaha Tenere 700 and Aprilia Tuareg 660.
The new Honda Transalp is built on the same platform as the recently revealed Hornet naked bike, using the same 755cc parallel twin engine, tuned in this case to produce 67.5kW and 75Nm.
While it uses the same motor as the Hornet, Honda says the Transalp’s ride-by-wire settings have been adjusted to better suit long-distance touring work.
Tech features include 5.0-inch TFT dash, smartphone connectivity with voice control, full LED lighting with self-cancelling indicators and a USB socket. Four rider modes can be chosen, including Sport, Standard, Rain and Gravel.
Preload adjustable Showa 43mm forks provide 200mm travel at the front end, while a similarly adjustable Pro-Link shock gives 190mm of travel at the rear.
The braking package consists of dual twin-piston calipers squeezing 310mm ‘wave’ discs at the front end, while a single-piston caliper and 256mm disc is utilised at the rear.
Wire-spoked wheels are shod with tubed tyres, measuring 21- and 18-inches front-to-back.
Seat height is rated at 850mm, ground clearance 210mm, fuel capacity 16.9-litres and weight 208kg.
Honda has confirmed that the XL750 will hit Australian showrooms in the second half of 2023 in three colour schemes: Ross White, Matte Ballistic Black and Matte Iridium Gray. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
For reference, the Yamaha Tenere 700 is now available from $19,499 rideaway, while the also-rivalling Aprilia Tuareg 660 is a more premium offering at $23,230.
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