Honda XL 700 V TRANSALP 2011

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Here is one of the most unexpected and remarkable novelties of the year 2008. For a long time, the wise Transalp continued its small part of way without being noticed. This is no longer the case with this new 700 version, which gains in displacement, power, and above all in style.. And such a stroke of a pencil, it had been a long time since we had seen this at Honda.

Urban trail with a road philosophy, the Transalp will have had to wait 8 years to be seriously modified and adapted to market requirements. This 3rd generation gains in displacement by recovering the 680 cm3 twin of the recent 700 Deauville, gains in performance and gains a lot in charisma with this new look. Much more adventurous in its design, suggesting more the sport of trekking than the urban ride, the look of the new XLV is in itself an invitation to ride towards adventure. It is from this perspective that the first Transalp was born…

“A little bit of history: The Transalp made its debut on the European scene in 1987, in response to the exceptional popularity of the Paris-Dakar rally. Combining the characteristics of a mid-capacity road with the chassis and the image of a trail, the Transalp will inaugurate a new approach to motorcycling. Although it was built on the basis of the machines involved in these grueling crossings of the African continent, the Transalp stood out above all for its ease of handling and handling, its ergonomics, the neutrality of its behavior and its driving capabilities. “

HONDA 700 TRANSALPFor 2008, the general idea is more focused on dynamism. Hence this sparkling, more aggressive look, even if it means making some concessions in terms of protection, which is already announced as less effective than on the previous generation. But where the Transalp 08 calls out the most, it is at the level of the optics. The nice little look of the 650 takes a hell of a look at this big globular multireflector eye. There is nothing to say, it throws.
To further assert its “adventure” orientation, the bike doesn’t just inflate its appearance (it really looks like it has taken pecs and muscle all over the place). We also find on its decoration a nice nod to the GPS: The coordinates that can be read on the sides of the fairing correspond to the highest point of the highest road accessible by motorbike in Europe: the col de la Bonette, located in the southern part of the French Alps (like, not far from where I live …). However, we do not owe the navigation system included in the dashboard (do not dream, it is not yet a car) since it is none other than that of the Hornet 2005-2006, integrated into a specific plastic frame.
A smaller tank (- 1.5 liters) should not have any consequence on the autonomy since the 680 cm3 is announced more sober by 7%.

And more modern. The XLV has stung the engine of the new Deauville to update itself and the transplant promises to be invigorating. Born with 583 cm3 in 1987, the twin rose to 643 cm3 13 years later. Now, it’s time to go back to the motorists’ mill. This clearly improves the pretensions of the new fashion Transalp: + 5 horsepower and more torque. How do we get that? In addition to the increase in displacement, the recipe consists in swapping the old cylinder head with 3 valves per cylinder for a 4 valves, to integrate the PGM-FI injection – the system uses two injector bodies of ø 40 mm as well as high performance injectors with 12 spray holes -, to increase the compression ratio (from 9.2 to 10 to 1), to review multiple internal components such as pistons and connecting rods, which are lighter although bigger. The machine takes advantage of this to make it compatible with Euro 3 standards..

For the chassis, it was not considered necessary to make significant changes. If it can contain the sale price, we won’t complain. The double steel cradle frame and 41mm fork remain identical to the previous model. Only the wheelbase is extended by 10mm to improve handling at high speeds. At the front, however, the 21 “wheel is replaced by a 19” model. The rim accommodates a wider tire, a 100/90.
HONDA 700 TRANSALPThe most interesting is the appearance (optional) of the combined braking system with ABS. The latter works like that of all other Honda models so equipped. When braking on a slippery surface, this system responds to the smallest variation in relative speed between the two wheels, countering the lockout even before it occurs. Acting with precision, the system maintains just enough pressure in the hydraulic circuit to provide smooth and powerful deceleration, with efficiency that can save fairings and bruises..
The ABS / Combined braking version combines the rear brake pedal with the central piston of the front right caliper (which has 3 pistons), in order to provide an optimal distribution of the braking force, in particular when the rear brake is used. alone and with firmness. An integrated timing device also ensures that a measured action on the rear brake has little or no effect on the front brake. The other 5 pistons of the front calipers are actuated in a conventional manner by the lever, providing optimum braking power..

With the coded HISS anti-theft system, the Transalp is a little more safe from thieves. But that’s not what she should fear the most. His concern will be to support the pilot who will want to go everywhere with it. First in the city center, then in the local hills, and afterwards, we will have to deal with the desire to cross the Sahel. She seems ready to face it – All that is left is to embark the fleet, a GPS, a blanket and take 4 weeks off to tour the Mediterranean.

Click to enlarge the poster of the changes of the 700 Transalp 2008

Click to enlarge the poster of the changes of the 700 Transalp 2008

Honda offers a long list of accessories and equipment for the new Transalp. This list includes in particular:

– A 45l top-case available in the colors of the machine and capable of holding two full-face helmets. This top case, equipped with a passenger backrest and a quick release system, can be easily installed on the luggage carrier.

– A set of two polyurethane armrests to be installed on the 45l top-case to increase passenger comfort.

– A set of specific side cases with a capacity of 29 liters.

– A set of brushed aluminum suitcases.

– A set of two sturdy nylon bags designed to facilitate transporting luggage in the side cases. 16 liter capacity with a front pocket embellished with a “Honda Wing” emblem.

– A sturdy expandable bag designed to adapt to the top case and thus facilitate luggage transport.

– A Honda GPS system that helps you find cities, addresses, points of interest or Honda dealerships across Europe using a 2 or 3 D display accompanied by a voice. Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice guidance in the headset while also allowing mobile phone use with the hands securely placed on the handlebars. The GPS is delivered with a specific support and the necessary cabling.

– An AVERTO type alarm with motion detector, siren and back-up battery. Low power standby mode protects the battery from possible discharge.

– Front and rear fog lights that improve visibility in difficult conditions.

– A 17mm higher screen with deflectors for better protection at high speed.

– A lower saddle of 20mm for easier finding support on the ground.

– A choice of two sets of heated grips with temperature control and battery protection circuit.

– An aluminum-style instrumentation casing that matches the tank protection, the top-case and suitcase trim panels or the side fairing protections.

– An aluminum-style tank protection with the same finish as the other trim elements.

– A set of aluminum-look trim elements designed to be installed directly on the fairing. Coordinated with other trim elements.

– An easy-to-use center stand.

– A sturdy U-shaped anti-theft device designed to fit in the compartment under the passenger seat.

– A robust outer cover for UV and rain protection.

– A 12V auxiliary socket to power additional equipment. To be installed under the saddle.

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      Model marketed in

      2008
      2009
      2010
      2011
      2012

      Performances

      • Max speed:
        about 190 km / h

      The technical aspect

      Honda XL 700 V TRANSALP 2011

      • Frame
      • Frame: Single double cradle in rectangular steel tube
      • Tank: 17 liters
      • Seat height: 841 mm
      • Length: 2,250 mm
      • Width: 905 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1,515 mm
      • Operating weight: 214 kg
      • Train before
      • Telehydraulic fork Ø 41 mm, deb: 177 mm
      • 2 discs Ø 256 mm, 2 piston calipers * ABS + CBS: 3 piston calipers
      • Front wheel:

        100/90
        – 19

      Honda XL 700 V TRANSALP 2011 technique

      • Transmission
      • 5-speed
      • final by chain
      • Rear axle
      • Unit Pro-Link single shock rear suspension, deb: 173 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 240 mm, 1 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        130/80
        – 17

      • Motor
      • Twin cylinder
        in V at 52 °
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: Liquid cooling
      • Injection
      • Simple ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 680 cc
        (81 x 66 mm)
      • 60
        ch
        at 7,750 rpm
      • 6 mkg
        at 5,500 rpm
      • Compression: 10: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces

      exhaust
      motor
      fluid
      electricity

      filtration
      braking
      chain kit

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