EICMA 2022: Honda XL750 Transalp First Look – 90hp, 75Nm

Honda has officially rolled out the all-new XL750 Transalp after months of speculation and spy shot that took place in Japan and Europe. 

  • The Transalp features the same parallel-twin engine as the Hornet. 
  • Fitted with Showa’s suspension at the front and rear with Pro-Link swingarm. 

The Transalp nameplate returns for 2023 with the middleweight adventure motorcycle set to go up against the Yamaha Tenere 700 and KTM 890 Adventure. 

The engine

Mechanically, the Honda XL750 Transalp features the all-new parallel-twin powertrain as found in the recently announced Honda Hornet. 

That said, the XL750 Transalp makes 90hp and 75Nm slotting in between the 74hp Tenere and 105hp 890 Adventure.

Power is delivered via six-speed transmission combined with a slipper clutch with FFC Leaning Segment disc. Honda claimed that the new clutch design helps to reduced clutch drag torque by 30% allowing for a lighter and smoother gear shift. 

23YM XL750 Transalp

Similar to the Hornet, the XL750 Transalp features a 270-degree crank and a new airbox which Honda claimed to offer a low-end beat and top-end howl.

However, the ride-by-wire system has been tuned specifically to best suit the bike’s touring and off-road ability.

The electronics

Electronically, the XL750 Transalp gets four riding modes (Sport, Standard, Rain and Gravel and User) with each of them can be selected while on the fly thanks to a lefthand switch cube. 

Meanwhile, the User mode allow riders to adjust the bike’s electronics to meet their requirements. All of these features can be access via the bike’s full-colour TFT display.

Other electronic features include:

  • four levels Engine Power (EP)
  • three levels Engine Brake (EB)
  • two level ABS
  • five level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • wheelie control

In addition, both the rear ABS and HSTC can be disabled altogether for better off-road contro. 

The chassis

As you can expect, Honda developed an all-new steel diamond design chassis with integrated subframe for the Transalp. As a result, the new frame tip the scales at just 18.3kg which is lighter than the CB500X.

Also the wheelbase is set at 1560mm with the rake and trail is at 27-degrees and 111mm respectively. 

The bike is suspended by Showa’s 43mm separate function cartridge-type front forks and remote rear shock that runs through a Pro-Link type swingarm. 

Braking is done via a two-piston callipers at the front mated to a 310mm wavy disc and a 256mm disc at the rear paired to a single-piston calliper. 

In addition, the Transalp is shod with a 21” front wheel and 18” rear wheel with Metzeler Karoo Street/Dunlop Mixtour tires.




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