End of the line...In memoriam EXIT Honda Transalp...

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Two Plugs, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    That's true - I don't see what is so special about the Yammie Tenere to charge $14k. That said, I don't see sub-variants of the same bike being viable for a big manufacturer, if they're gonna do something, it needs to be on it's own production line. Honda would need to decide that they want to produce an ADV bike to compete with the KTM's and BMW's, not a COPO special. Used to be the "customer was always right", and the manufacturer would strive to build what you want, now they have marketing departments that try to make you want what they build.

    One way they used to keep certain models less expensive was to use components one generation behind what is current top shelf; good example is the XR & XR-L - when the CR's moved to USD's, the four-strokes kept conventional forks. I don't know enough about the NC, specifically the frame and headstock durability, but maybe it would be a good base to add some legs off a CR-F to?
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  2. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    My condolences for the loss of your mom. That puts arguing about motorcycles into perspective.
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  3. Foot dragger

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    450 lb,800cc wet? From a company that builds a 315 lb dry weight 250 dualsport............?

    Could be a while.
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  4. Foot dragger

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  5. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 RIP Baby Girl

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    Very sorry to hear about your Mom. :cry
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  6. GrahamD

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    No wonder Hellforleather liked it off road then...

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  7. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    Superhawk V-twin, some 48mm forks USD's, color molded plastic (none of that fancy street-bike painted stuff), and some 21"/18" hoops. A rally fairing like the KTM adventures for some weather protection, and I think Honda'd have a winner. Capable commuter, backroad blaster, adventure ready!:freaky
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  8. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Sorry to hear that! Did you say you want to sell a TA?

    PM me with details, please!

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  9. potski

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  10. DariusTheGreat

    DariusTheGreat Adventurer

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    Hi,

    Can somebody do translation of this article?

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    Rgds,
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  11. Two Plugs

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    Google Translate?

    Title says:
    "Return to Off-road to attack the crisis. The honda is working on the new edition of Africa Twin and a aconomica XR250"

    I leave the type-over of this article in Google Translate or babblefish to you... :lol3

    Or perhaps we can find a native Italian speaker who can do the job? HELP?
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  12. eakins

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    no date on that article.
    the updated xr250 is the CRF250L
    should be interesting on the updated Africa Twin...it sure wasn't the NC700X nor the 500X.
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  13. eakins

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  14. DariusTheGreat

    DariusTheGreat Adventurer

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    Hi,

    What do you think? Is this true? Dakar is the right inspiration?

    Definitely, Honda is preparing something!!!


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    "Working on a successor to the africa twin

    There will be a successor to the africa twin? Si. The Dakar is going to serve as inspiration to develop a new model that will attract customers.
    I can not give many clues from, among other things because the proyect not finished"


    Rgds,
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  15. A-Wind

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    It would be nice, but I wonder if we will ever have a worthy Dakar Replica Bike (alike Africa Twin or KTM Adventure) without a Dakar Race for LARGE bikes with factory support.
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  16. GrahamD

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    Maybe it will be a retail 450 with 37Litre tank(s)..:deal
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  17. gboswellsac

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    Is the Multistrada the closed thing to the performance and reliability of the Transalp? What can I get (without selling my soul) in the USA that is equivalent. I had a 2000 600 Transalp for a year and a major life downturn made me sell it. I've picked up a Suzuki DL650 (2004) and it is nice but I was some much more confortable on the Transalp on the tarmac and off road. Looking at a Honda 700NX or the 550X but do not think either will be much fun off road. I'm not a youngster anymore but still like to trail ride and mess in the mud a little.
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  18. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    Does anyone have an online link to this official Honda announcement?
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  19. ybadihi

    ybadihi n00b

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    If only Honda would have made something like Triumph did with their 800XC to compete with the F800GS, I would be happy to own one.
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  20. potski

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    If you want a Transalp then I would get a Transalp, nothing less will do :D

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
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