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Old 09-17-2009, 06:02 AM   #1
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Honda Transalp 700 test ride.

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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Old 09-17-2009, 06:03 AM   #2
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This is my idea of "off road". KTM owners may scowl to their hearts content..

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Old 09-17-2009, 06:04 AM   #3
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Clear dash. Lovely.

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:16 AM   #4
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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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Old 09-17-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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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!
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:27 AM   #6
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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.

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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Old 09-17-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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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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Old 09-17-2009, 08:49 AM   #8
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That's BMW for ya'. I enjoyed the footage of the one MCN tested with the AC Schnitzer 17 inch wheels and can. Looked great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq5bU0bXe6U
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #9
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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.

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Old 09-17-2009, 09:44 PM   #10
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What I wouldn't give for a test ride... Time to make a trip overseas...
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:51 PM   #11
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Can't you guys in the U.S. go north into Canada and pick 1 up?
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:53 PM   #12
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Can't you guys in the U.S. go north into Canada and pick 1 up?
I wish, they would make it a dirt bike only. bullshit why not let us order them?
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:12 AM   #13
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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/showt...=506130&page=2
Superb report. Excellent stuff.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:24 AM   #14
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Nothing like Honda reliability...start, ride, stop, repeat!!! Nicely put!


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Superb report. Excellent stuff.
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