Rumors about Honda possibly reviving the Transalp have been going on since last year. Then, just last month, this rumor became 90% true when Honda filed patents for a motorcycle that is obviously intended to be the CB500X’s sibling before the CRF1100 Africa Twin.
Now, Honda proudly reveals the all-new XL750 Transalp.
The first-generation Transalp was introduced by Honda in 1986 and was powered by a V-twin 586cc engine. Back then, its focus was as a smooth, comfortable do-it-all crossover that could cope with the rougher grounds thanks to long-travel suspension and light off-road dynamics. By the 2000s, the engine had grown to 647cc and the last version in 2008 saw a bigger bore at 680cc with fuel injection.
For its “reincarnation”, the 2023-onwards XL750 Transalp is powered by an all-new parallel-twin liquid-cooled 755cc engine that is shared with the CB750 Hornet that was launched last month.
As for the features, the new XL750 Transalp has Throttle By Wire (TBW), 5 riding modes, ABS, and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) with integrated Wheelie Control.
The new XL750 Transalp also boasts a 5-inch TFT display, as well as the connectivity of the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCsi) for Android and IOS devices. All lighting is LED; the indicators auto-cancel and also include an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) technology to warn other road users of sudden braking. ESS automatically activates the hazard lights during sudden braking.
Paying homage to the original Transalp's off-road prowess, the new XL750 also has 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tires, 200/190mm suspension travel for front and rear, and 210mm ground clearance (8.26 inches).
Seat height is standard at 850mm and 820mm for the low seat option. Fuel tank capacity is 16.9 liters which gives the XL750 Transalp a claimed fuel range of 388 kilometers in one top-up. Kerb weight is 208 kilograms.
The new XL750 Transalp will be available in three color options: Matte Iridium Gray Metallic, Matte Ballistic Black Metallic, and the Tricolor scheme that pays homage to the original XL600V in 1986.
Honda PH has yet to announce the availability and pricing of the 2023 XL750 Transalp in the country.