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Honda XL700V Transalp

  Posted at 04:29:45 PM
  File under  Honda New Products
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Honda has updated it's Adventure motorcycle to new specifications. The Transalp saw the light of day back in 1987 thanks to the success of the Paris-Dakar rally.

The new multi-use XL700V Transalp motorcycle does not show its age, or rather, it has aged well. It still look like a Transalp, but has received several new technology advantages. Lighter, faster and more environment friendly. At the Paris "Mondial du Deux Roues" Motorcycle Exhibition Open link in a new window, Honda presented the new Transalp to the public for the first time.

Honda XL700V Transalp

The Transalp is compacter, more slimmer then before. Modelled on the image of galloping horse, the Transalp will look at home on the highway, or in the Sahara desert.

The new Transalp’s fuel tank is smaller in capacity than its previous version (down from 19 to 17.5 litres), but the greatly improved fuel consumption figures of its new fuel-injected engine actually extend its riding range.

Honda XL700V Transalp
The bold graphics surrounding the Transalp name on the shoulders of its aggressively sculpted side cowls were inspired by the modern, high-tech design of a GPS readout.

The longitude and latitude position numbers correspond to the peak altitude of the highest paved road accessible by motorcycle in Europe: the Col de la Bonette Click for map (Bonette pass), located in the southern French Alps.

Back in 1987, the Transalp had a 583 cc engine. The 2008 model has 680 cc. The Transalp’s new engine also sports 4-valve heads and new porting that permits smoother, more efficient flow of intake and exhaust gasses through the combustion chambers, as well as more complete filling of the combustion chambers on the intake stroke: better breathing for better performance. With new centrally located spark plugs ensuring a quicker and more efficient spread of the combustion flame across the tops of the pistons, the heads’ more compact combustion chambers also achieve a higher compression ratio (up from 9.2 to 10.0 : 1) for stronger thrusts of power and smoother overall performance characteristics.

The 680 cc engine delivers 44.1 kW at 7,750 rpm, with a torque of 60 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The 5 speed gearbox uses a wet clutch.

Honda XL700V Transalp

Honda XL700V Transalp
The ready-to-ride weight is 214 Kgs, with a fuel tank of 17.5 liters.

The brakes are equipped standard with ABS, but an advanced ABS version is available.

Optional 29 liter side panniers, and a 45 liter topcase are optionally available.

The instrument panel is very complete, with two trip meters. An analog rev meter, and digital read outs for the rest.

Honda XL700V Transalp

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