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Old 11-25-2010, 08:29 AM   #1
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Transalp 600 vs 700

Has anyone owned/riden both bikes? How do they compare. I love my 600 and someday it may need a stablemate. Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 11-25-2010, 03:05 PM   #2
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600 - bettter on dirt, 21" front, longer suspension , lighter

700 - better fuel economy , more torque , better on tar - 19" front , less suspension travel.

The 700 is really a Honda 650 Strom and not as dirty as the early TA's - depends on how dirty you want to get in my opinion
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:09 PM   #3
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In my opinion, the 650 is the best of both worlds. A lot more power and better brakes than the 600, also 21" front, but lighter and much better looking than the 700!

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Old 11-26-2010, 06:47 AM   #4
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The 21" wheel was a concern and that was the reason why I sold my 07 wee. I suppose the wheel could easily be changed. The F.I. would be a plus on the 700 as I hope to cruise some mountains.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:31 AM   #5
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I owned a 600 and have had a couple of testrides on the 700.

The 700 has a lot more power and felt a lot smoother than the 600. However considering when the 700 was released it's a bit of let down - it came out 2 or 3 years after the Wee but isn't as good in most aspects. Whereas the 600 TA was near the best in class when it was introduced.

What I'm really saying is that the 700 is a better bike unless you do more offroad riding (due to the 21" front wheel on the 600) or are taller than average (the 600 has more legroom and isn't as cramped). Also the early single disc 600s seemed better built than the twin disc 600s, 650s and 700s.

If my legs weren't so long I might have considered it instead of the Wee - I really wanted the 700 to be better, but for me it's not. However I still regret getting rid of the 600 TA - a great bike! As has been suggested the 650 TA might be the pick of the bunch, but I've never tried one.
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Old 11-26-2010, 09:10 AM   #6
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Transalp Trio

I've owned my 600 since new & have ridden all three extensively. When I say that they are all the same with what I consider to be minor differences, I mean it in a positive way. The main comparison I make is that a newer model is also newer motorcycle (unless you encounter a cache of new old stock in Ali Baba's cave).

To me the 700 motor feels/sounds a little more aggressive but overall performance isn't significantly different. Off-road pretensions are similar and, in practice, more influenced by tire choice & rider skill. Speaking of tires, don't let the 21 vs 19 red herring be any sort of deal breaker. You can have any rim diameter you want, front or rear, as every TA produced had spoked wheels. As somebody else mentioned, the 700 is somewhat less "rangy" than the other versions, but at 6 feet tall I have no complaints. Taller riders may need to consider cockpit adjustments to feel more at home, while the shorties will be singing it's praises.

The TA was always a bit of a Tupperware bike - the Paris-Dakar styling is what attracted me to it, after all - but styling preference, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Just my opinions.
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:06 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. I have a 29" inseam so the new ergos would work. I see you live in SoCal, did you ride the 700 in the states or elsewhere? My TA is a 1990 that had never been offroad and is mint with only 5500 miles. When I pulled it from the shipping crate I was shocked on how clean it was and it could have been 1990 in a Honda store. I was concerned that I could not ride this fossel, I soon got over that .
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