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Honda XL700V Transalp (2007-2012)



Detail Value
New price £6,775
Used price range View Honda XL700V TRANSALP bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 680 cc
Power 59 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

This latest version of the Honda Transalp is much improved over the last model, but to be honest that was never going to be difficult. The motor is just quick enough, should last forever, and offers a smile when the mood takes you. The new Honda Transalp’s handling isn’t bad, either, considering the market the motorcycle is aimed at. Looks-wise it’s funky, versatile, practical, user-friendly, easy to ride and should prove a top seller for Honda, although it would benefit from a larger tank, bit more power and a sixth gear. 

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The new Honda Transalp’s V-twin 700cc engine isn’t going to impress your mates with breathtaking performance – 59bhp is far from impressive – but it does the job intended, just. It’s punchy low down around town and will happily tour along at 70-80mph all day, just don’t expect too much. It’s just a shame it doesn’t come with six gears.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Like most Hondas, the Transalp is a doddle to ride, quick or slow, and ideal for learners or more experienced riders wanting something different. Around town or down a lovely switch back road the new Honda Transalp turns easily and is very flickable, the smaller front wheel helps, down from 21 inch to 19.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Considering the Honda Transalp’s price tag, it’s not bad. ABS is now standard. Fuel gauge, clock and speedo are digital, with an analogue rev counter. Hand guards are a nice touch, so is the small rack on the back for carrying luggage.  There’s also a huge list of accessories to personalise the motorcycle for touring or what ever your desired requirements.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The new Honda Transalp’s engine (derived from that of the Deauville) will still be going strong when you’re six feet under, their reliability is that legendary. The motorcycle feels robust and well put together (although it’s actually made in Spain not Japan). The motorcycle has a nice finish and looks good, however there are one or two bits of cosmetic chrome parts which look questionable, it will be interesting to see how they last a few harsh British winters.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4
For just over £5000 you’ve got a versatile bike that just as happy around town one minute then taking on some serious touring the next, it will even take on some light off-road riding. Reliability should be unquestionable, it should hold its money in the market being a Honda and running costs should be low. Find a Honda XL700 Transalp for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2007: New model launched.
2011: Renamed XL700VA Transalp

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.75 secs
Max power 59 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 214 kg
Seat height 841 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 680 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and compression
Front brakes 2x 256mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(7 reviews)

  • Transalp 700 18 months on

    celticminority

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Good points - always starts and runs well whatever the weather. Loads of poke and loves hills. High up riding position and comfy 2 up(without luggage) Bad points Really bad fuel economy - 150 miles on a tank? I get only 120 at best. Price is too high, nearly 7k for a bike! Twitchy front wheel Terrible fully loaded and 2 up, no room for pillion with luggage and front wheel skips all over the shop. Paint job not as good as you would think. Overall, the best bike I have owned, but with fuel economy being so rubbish and its not designed for two people - its time to trade in I think.

    18 February 2013

  • @2800miles

    Ste1

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This 2011 bike has just clocked up 2800 miles in 2months or so, most of which have been accumulated on a tour from the Midlands to the North-West, up to Scotland through Glencoe, over to Skye, up to the most north-westerly point in the UK, then the most northerly, then back down through Northumbria including Holy Island and to home. She ran impeccably. She returned 62.4mpg in these 2800 miles and that has included heavyweight touring, some off-road and mountain passes, and not a little "around the national speed limit" stuff (given that human error and other factors might cause there to be some fluctuation above and below). Yes there's a shortage of a sixth gear but in a way that makes the 5 there are more flexible in terms of engine braking and so on. Yes i laid her down twice but that was down to the inexperience of the rider, not the bike, and the fact that I had two 45l panniers attached filled with lead or the equivalent. (How many pairs of socks do you really need i ask myself?). In any case the panniers and the front (added) bars took the sting out. This bike can take it, of that be assured! This is a true all-rounder and a definite keeper.

    09 August 2011

  • Transalp 700 - 1 year on

    DNH1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have ridden a number of bikes and was immediately taken with how comfortable and easy to ride this bike is. It's probably not really a two-up touring bike and I also think that it would benefit from a 6th gear, but overall I really love the bike and would definitely recommend a test ride. There are faster bikes and cooler bikes, but I enjoy riding this bike every time I am out.

    22 December 2009

  • New Transalp 700 ABS

    bikerdoc09

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Reliable,smooth,agile.Engine has just enough power but it is never short of breath.Not for cruising at 120 mph on fast motorways with missus- but if you plan a trip to the moon, it will take you there and back. Original tall screen buzzes annoyingly but it provides good protection. This is a bike and a companion.

    12 July 2009

  • transalp 700

    glennfromscotland

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    took for a test ride and came back with a big grin,bought demo with all extras, not fast but more than capable to have some fun on a-b roads, brakes good, not had chance to feel abs yet, gearbox very smooth ecconomy above 60mpg even riding fast, taller screen good, now feel I contol power rather than other way round, build and reliability usual honda,nice and light enjoying it

    19 February 2009

  • transalp 700

    greenhat

    Average rating rating is 5

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    can't fault it! used for instructing, does 50cc cbt's or advanced equally well, plus i look forward to going out on it and i own a bmw gs 1200!

    03 February 2009

  • Solid - Typical Honda

    macasm

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great bike. Comfy, much more exciting than the last model, can handle any job and tours. Shame about the tank range and I hope the gearbox improves with age. Weird looks and needs accessorising to make it much more usable.

    16 September 2008

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backroadsofau

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Honda XL700

I just got one. Very versatile and allows you to explore every highway, back road and fire trail around. Love the power delivery and the easy riding position. Feels a little twitchy on dirt roads but once you get the feel for it you can move along at a very good pace.

Only big surprise is the 12volt kit for the new model is $400 AU fitted apparently due to the complex electrics you need to buy some specific parts so as not to disrupt the EFI.

 

20 May 2009 11:49

lee748

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honda transalp XL700

Just brought one and im very impressed with the bike. Ive had sports bikes i.e R1 Blade and 999 but this bike gives you more Grin Factor around tight B Roads with so few BHP than any sports bike Ive had. Cant recommend  a test ride enough. Who needs 170MPH when you can have so much fun with 115MPH and be in front of the weekend sports bike rider on your faviourite B Roads.

13 March 2009 14:54

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