Honda Transalp 700 test ride.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Paulvt1, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Paulvt1

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    First off, sorry to all you boys in N. America. Maybe as Honda have given you the Deauville, you'll get this one day...

    Had a rip around for about 3 hours. Easy is a word that springs to mind. Looks well made and sips fuel. Not as physically large as it's big bro', the Varadero. In fact the size fits me perfectly. Im 5ft 10 and felt i could sit in the saddle for a full day and walk away afterwards. Easy to flat foot at the lights too. Control's are light, gearbox was slick and positive. Needed a taller screen, but that's easily sorted. Weight drops away on the move.
    Had a go on a BMW K13GT earlier on this week and it left me shaking my head. Way too much for me. Too heavy, too wide, too fast, too expensive.
    This was more like it. Hassle free fun. Fill tank, press starter, go. Repeat. It felt like all that you will have to do is lube the chain occasionally.
    On the K i was seeking out smooth surfaced A roads to blast along at mad speeds. The self same roads that have speed cameras and stealth cop cars.
    On the Tranny i was hacking along B roads, looking for small lanes to dart down.
    Now, if that doesn't define Adventure bike, then i don't know what is.
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    This is my idea of "off road". KTM owners may scowl to their hearts content..
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    Paul, Thanks for the review. If you've not already laid any cash down, it might be worth trying out the V-strom 650 and F650GS (twin). Good though the Transalp is, these two bike are definately a match for it and that's coming from a diehard Honda fan like me. Since Honda prices went up a few months ago, there's not a lot to choose between them, in terms of value for money.
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    I wonder if that front end is transplantable onto an NT700... If Honda won't bring me a Varadero nor a Transalp, I'll roll my own! :evil
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    I wouldn't mind trying out a F800GS. I still have a few bikes to try out, but i can feel the pull of big upright machines again! I had a TDM 900 at the start of the year and got rid of it. Regretted it ever since. These kind of bikes suit me and what i need from a road bike. I'm interested to find out how much Ducati is going to charge for the new L/C SM-T rival. Then there is the Tiger...
    Lots of stuff to ride!!
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    Not tried the F800GS yet, might get round to that soon, but the F650GS is probably the most fun of the three bikes I mentioned. The "800" might be even better, a few more horsepower but bigger wheels, might make it close run the thing with the "650". I still find it hard to believe they called it the F650GS! I know it's an 800, most potential buyers know it's an 800, but I still can't help thinking that BMW have made things unnecessarily difficult for themselves by naming it the way they have. If you ask me they should have called them the F800GS and F800GS Adventure.
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    I have riden both the Transalp 700 and V-Strom and I would take the Transalp outback anyday before the V-Strom, but due to pricing I understand why people buy more V-Stroms. As far as BMW 650 goes I have never riden 1 but I expect that it would be compareble to the Transalp but I would not fell safe on a BMW in the outback due to the fact that they are not reliable enough.

    Transalp ride report.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=506130&page=2
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    What I wouldn't give for a test ride... Time to make a trip overseas... :evil
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    Can't you guys in the U.S. go north into Canada and pick 1 up?
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    I wish, they would make it a dirt bike only. bullshit why not let us order them?
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    Superb report. Excellent stuff.
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    Much as i want the new V4 VFR - i think this will my next bike. It was just enough for me. No worries, no hassle. Just ride. Ace.
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    Keep us informed Paul :ear
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    I just keep wondering if big, fast sports tourers are my thing anymore. This bike made sense on so many levels. I think i have to try out a F8GS.
    Hmm...choices...
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    You know what really did put me off new Alp after test ride? Fact that there is loads of usual road bikes that can do same thing equally well or better (not talking offroading - I am too much of offroad beginner to judge on that). When I rode new Alp I just could not shake off image of few of my past bikes and bikes I tried and kinda automatically compared them. And apart from slightly more suspension travel I can not find any advantages of Alp. And that suspension travel was trade off for much slower side-to-side chicanes transition, lazier engine (which could be good thing) and generally protest from chassis when you push it in corners.
    There is definitely loads of people who's need new Alp will fit. But it is not an "head above others" bike and a bit of "general purpose".
    And to be honest quality of some welds and parts to me seems muich worse than I expected - perhaps they improved on it since release? Honestly, this was my impression. I saw this since Honda started in Spain. I still can not believe how better made and finished is for example CB1300S comparing to so-called "budget bikes" (not my words) by Honda.

    I believe Alp will have an auditory, but in my opinion it is not much bike for money. BTW when we measured on real bikes - new Deauville had more ground clearance than new Alp. WTF? I was confused by it a lot.
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    I liked it, i have to say. Some well priced fully loaded ones available too.
    I get what you say, but until the V4 Varadero replacement comes out then it might have to do...
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