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This story comes from Onthrottle.co.nz - Written by Mathieu Day-Gillett
It's been one of the worst-kept secrets in motorcycling, and finally, Honda has pulled the covers off the all-new XL750 Transalp at EICMA.
We've known Honda was going to drop the new Transalp at EICMA this year after patents were filed and trademarks on the Transalp name were renewed in recent months, and the new bike doesn't disappoint.
Based around the same 755cc parallel-twin engine as the forthcoming CB750 Hornet, the new Transalp puts down 67.5kW (90.5hp) at 9500rpm and 75Nm of torque at 7250rpm. Weight is always a point of contention with multi-cylinder adventure bikes, and Honda seems to have done well to keep the new Transalp down to a competitive kerb weight of 208kg.
Visually the new Transalp fits in well with the current Honda lineup as a bigger brother to the established CB500X with similar lines and silhouette.
In the chassis department, the XL750 utilises a steel frame mated to a set of Showa suspension. Up the front is a 43mm SFF-CATM upside-down fork with a rear shock working through a Pro-Link setup.
Ground clearance is noted as 210mm with 200mm of travel in the front suspension and 190mm at the rear while seat height is 850mm.
Braking is supplied with dual twin-piston calipers biting down on 310mm discs at the front and a 256mm disc and single-piston unit at the rear. Rolling stock is proper off-road friendly with a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheelset with tyres in sizes 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 respectively.
Supplying the Transalp with the fluids needed to get rolling is a 16.9-litre fuel tank. Honda claims a fuel consumption of 23km/l so that puts the bike's range at over 350km.
Electronically the XL750 Transalp features four default riding modes plus a User option, 5-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) with integrated Wheelie Control and 3 levels of Engine Braking and Power.
The premium electronics packages also include a 5-inch colour TFT instrument display, with Honda Smartphone Voice Control, full LED lighting, auto-indicator cancel and Emergency Stop Signals (ESS) technology.
Interestingly, unlike Suzuki, Honda has made a quickshifter an optional extra on the Transalp. The list of accessories does look to be quite thorough though with the option to include luggage, crash protection and a skid plate - that last one does a good job of evoking memories of the older generations of Transalp.