Honda 750 Transalp

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Has anyone actually rode one yet? I looked at one at an area dealership recently as a possible replacement for my DR650. The weather ruled out any test rides that day. (Wisconsin) Looks like an OK bike. The seat height seems good for me , 6'4" 35" inseam. No problem touching both feet flat on the ground, but that rear section of the seat and luggage rack being so high made mounting and dismounting kind of interesting.
 

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I think that Japanese brands that try to sell Adventure in the world, in the range of 500 to 800 cm3... are going to have to be very competitive with prices. Otherwise in the world (for price and “acceptable” quality)...that segment has been won by the Chinese and their CF800 ADV….QJ MOTOR 800 ADV…..BENELLI TRK 700….VOGE 650 ADV….MOTOMORINI X -Cape Adv…etc…etc…)….the new buyers who can access these types of motorcycles by price (the Millennials), are not very aware of “the brand”…..they were born in a world where “cheap ”, is good too….
.The only thing that the owners of a CF 800 show you is that if you are 1000 km away from the motorcycle, and if the motorcycle is parked at your house and connected to the internet... you can do (with the phone), a complete scan to show you that everything is ok on the phone screen
This and the issue that fewer and fewer young people are interested in motorcycles. Talking to dealers has revealed that they aren't even selling as many Ricky Racers as they used to.
 

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Can't be your phone if you're riding a bike. It has gotten to the point where when I stop at a red light and look around, everybody is looking down at their phone. Which is why nobody moves for the first 2-3 seconds after the light has turned green. I'm assuming that this is not exclusive to around here.
 

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Can't be your phone if you're riding a bike. It has gotten to the point where when I stop at a red light and look around, everybody is looking down at their phone. Which is why nobody moves for the first 2-3 seconds after the light has turned green. I'm assuming that this is not exclusive to around here.
start to worry when you see people driving with vision pro:)
 

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Oh, I already see people with their phones propped up on their dash watching a movie. Yes, it's illegal in Texas to watch an entertainment video while driving. But hey, who's gonna catch 'em? It's illegal to text while driving in Texas also. But it is legal to make a call, change your music, look at your map/gps, and everything else . . . . except text. So, basically unenforceable.

Just wait for the porn industry to get hold of the vison pro. If they haven't already. :cool:
 

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Honda 750 Transalp

Meh!!!!!! No cruise control and TUBED tires…..get real Honda. I owned a T7 for 22,000 miles. Loved the fabulous CP2 engine and nonplussed about the rest of the bike with the extreme high center of gravity/top heaviness. I wouldn’t even consider a Transalp as it is equipped. This is the same reason I had no interest when the Africa Twin came out in 2016.

And, I almost forgot………the Transalp comes in crappy, non-descript primer gray.…..
 
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Has anyone actually rode one yet? I looked at one at an area dealership recently as a possible replacement for my DR650. The weather ruled out any test rides that day. (Wisconsin) Looks like an OK bike. The seat height seems good for me , 6'4" 35" inseam. No problem touching both feet flat on the ground, but that rear section of the seat and luggage rack being so high made mounting and dismounting kind of interesting.
I rode one! :D Lol! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take new Transalp for a ride. All pavement, no off highway terrain. The pave roads were very tight, twisty, dusty, bumpy, cattle guarded, cow patty peppered and FUN Texas hill country backroads. If I may, here are my notes in no particular order or favor...

* The engine is GREAT!!!
* The exhaust note is awesome! Sounds like you're riding a giant rabid wild boar!!
* Quickshifter works smoothly and is too much fun!
* It's a low-key wheelie monster!
* Despite price point concessions, overall excellent chassis setup by Honda; not the usual 21" front wheel battle when flicking it -- feels like a 20 or 19.5. Lol. Suspension is appropriately d/s spongy -- springs feel progressive -- pushing them hard almost rewards you.
* Good brakes. I'd like a stronger master cylinder and better initial bite overall but they're fine overall --- zero pucker moments slowing it down from higher speeds.
* Stock rubber felt great (Metzler Karoo Street if I recall).
* Tank is too wide for standing while riding (ymmv though)
* Good seat comfort for at least 45-60 minutes (more cockpit room than the Tenere 700 to me -- definitely more legroom for me on the Transalp)
* Good stock wind protection
* Excellent dash -- I really appreciated the self-cancelling turn signals -- whatever keeps us from beeping that Honda horn when indicating a turn :rolleyes:
* The engine is GREAT!!! :D

That's all I've got I guess. I kept it in Sport mode while riding. I'm 5'11" approx. 206 lbs., 32" inseam and my riding style is spirited (touring, track days, light ADVing). I've also ridden the Tenere 700 and the Transalp is a much better road bike imo. I don't see them as direct competitors, but I'd take the Honda's engine any day. Both great bikes though.
 
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I rode one! :D Lol! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take new Transalp for a ride. All pavement, no off highway terrain. The pave roads were very tight, twisty, dusty, bumpy, cattle guarded, cow patty peppered and FUN Texas hill country backroads. If I may, here are my notes in no particular order or favor...

* The engine is GREAT!!!
* The exhaust note is awesome! Sounds like you're riding a giant rabid wild boar!!
* Quickshifter works smoothly and is too much fun!
* It's a low-key wheelie monster!
* Despite price point concessions, overall excellent chassis setup by Honda; not the usual 21" front wheel battle when flicking it -- feels like a 20 or 19.5. Lol. Suspension is appropriately d/s spongy -- springs feel progressive -- pushing them hard almost rewards you.
* Good brakes. I'd like a stronger master cylinder and better initial bite overall but they're fine overall --- zero pucker moments slowing it down from higher speeds.
* Stock rubber felt great (Metzler Karoo Street if I recall).
* Tank is too wide for standing while riding (ymmv though)
* Good seat comfort for at least 45-60 minutes (more cockpit room than the Tenere 700 to me -- definitely more legroom for me on the Transalp)
* Good stock wind protection
* Excellent dash -- I really appreciated the self-cancelling turn signals -- whatever keeps us from beeping that Honda horn when indicating a turn :rolleyes:
* The engine is GREAT!!! :D

That's all I've got I guess. I kept it in Sport mode while riding. I'm 5'11" approx. 206 lbs., 32" inseam and my riding style is spirited (touring, track days, light ADVing). I've also ridden the Tenere 700 and the Transalp is a much better road bike imo. I don't see them as direct competitors, but I'd take the Honda's engine any day. Both great bikes though.
Thanks Streethawk, good review, and just like that the Transalp is back on my list. I'll take one for a test ride when the weather gets better.
 

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Thanks Streethawk, good review, and just like that the Transalp is back on my list. I'll take one for a test ride when the weather gets better.
I bet you'll really enjoy it! I'm very fortunate in that the owner of the Transalp I rode is my brother. He was trusting and generous and I took full advantage :p Seriously though, it was a much better test ride experience than being "babysat" by dealer demo guides (which I know is rare). Upon swapping bikes back, my brother reminded me of the significant difference in weight between the Super Tenere and Transalp! :rolleyes::D Again, great bike. I do believe Honda has a winner here. Add cruise control and you'll be ready for the world!
 
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