Adventure Bike Rider

Home Motorcycles Adventure Honda Transalp XL600V
PDF Print E-mail

Honda Transalp XL600V Hot

Listing Information Motorcycles

Manufacturer Honda
Model Transalp
Price 1,600
Top Speed 105
Engine Size 598
Engine Type V-twin
BH Power 50
Torque 38
Gears 5
Seat Hight 850mm
Fuel Capacity 17
Average MPG 50
Tank Range 210
Dry Weight 187
Front Suspension Forks
Rear Suspension Shock
Front Tyre Size 90/90-21
Rear Tyre Size 130/80-17
Brakes Front Single Disc
Brakes Rear Single Disc


User reviews

Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
7.9
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
7.5   (2)
Off Road Capability:
 
7.5   (2)
Around Town:
 
7.0   (2)
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
6.0   (2)
Reliability:
 
8.5   (2)
Handling:
 
9.0   (2)
Engine:
 
8.5   (2)
Value for Money:
 
9.5   (2)
 
Ratings (the higher the better)
As a Long Distance Tourer*
Off Road Capability*
Around Town*
Additional Equipment Availability*
Reliability*
Handling*
Engine*
Value for Money*
Comments*
    Please enter the security code.
 
 

Transalp 600, what its really like to own and keep

Overall rating: 
 
7.9
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.0
Off Road Capability:
 
7.0
Around Town:
 
7.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
6.0
Reliability:
 
8.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
Was this review helpful to you?
Yes No
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful

I bought the Bike 1 year go. It had been owned by one man for 15 years, and before him, 2 years by the police.

The first mistake...
When the police dismantled the bike, they simply cut the wiring, broke or cut off the lights and left it in a right state, however, with the previous owner, he sorted it down to the basics so it would run.

Then i got it..
I rode the bike for 6 months and started encountering lots and lots iof problems, again like the reviewer above, all problems came at the same time. The breaks seised up, the rear wheel spindle had been rust welded on needing a gas burner to superheat it to remove it, the fuel consumption was around 18mpg with lots of back firing, the wiring had crossed through in places so when the break light came on the rear dash backlight came on, and the fairings, cowel, cowel bracket and more where broken, bent and out of shape, the fan doesnt work, the radiators are so corroded you can they have twisted and the clutch slipps after long runs and hard riding....
I corrected many of the problems, sorting through the wiring loom myself, got a new cowel, replaced around 50 nuts and bolts, new rear inddicators and so on.

My adivice to any buyer is to that ex plice bikes are ok if dismantled properly. if it hasnt had the valve clearences or carb jets done think of future costs. And if fairings and cowel are to badly damaged to be saved, new fairings are £90 each and cowels new are priced around the £280 mark so bring the seller down on price.

Otherwise, the bike is a dream, very comfortable, will take the long distances in its stride, looks good for a 17 year old bike, parts are available at a price, and with that honda build quality engine, you can expect it to last and last. I have never ridden a bike that is better than this, nothin can or will top it!

So simply when buying one, Just dont buy a rough one with to much damage and if fixing one, get a new wiring loom, this will make it a much better bike!

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 1 Year
I liked Engine, Looks, Handeling and comfort
I Disliked the wiring loom, and plastic lugs, break to easy
Would you buy again Yes
In one line Very Underrated bike
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 

XL600V

Overall rating: 
 
8.0
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
7.0
Off Road Capability:
 
8.0
Around Town:
 
7.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
6.0
Reliability:
 
9.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
8.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
Was this review helpful to you?
Yes No
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful

This is my most recent bike acquisition. I bought it to replace my XR400R which was in constant disagreement with my back.

It is 17 years old, but only has 35000 miles.

Performance:
The bike only develops 50BHP, but uses them well, only really running out of steam in top, when fully loaded. It is good for cruising comfortably at 75-80 mph. Wanna go faster for longer? Buy another bike.

Handling:
The bike handles really well: rimming the rear tyre and making short work of the mountain roads I rode in France recently. The front end is a bit light when the bike is fully loaded but not excessively intrusive to the ride. The seat is very comfortable and a day in the saddle is feasibile without therapy. I rode from Rostock to Strasbourg in one day on this bike. I was knackered but not overly sore.

Features.
Tank range is OK, and the bike benefits from a 21" wheel making the bike more versatile than some other adventure bikes in off-road situations. I have not gone in the dirt much with this bike, but it seems competent.
Reserve kick in after 13 litres are gone.
Beware choosing the rear tyre: I fitted a road biased BT45 tyre and found the profile unusable meaning I had to swap for a 120 instead of an enduro biased 130: a right pain and expense

Maintenance and Reliability:
By all accounts these bikes are supposed to be very reliable. I, myself, have had a few issues. The problem was that they all arose at the same time: a knackered clutch, knackered headrace bearings, knackered battery and knackered sidestand cut-off switch. You can expect to need to replace all of these bar the switch on any bike at some stage. Otherwise it has never missed a beat.
The bike is pretty simple and straightforward to maintain with the exception of the valve cleareances and changing the plugs. The valve covers are a pain to reach on the front pot but, fortunately, aren't said to required frequent adjustment.
The plugs are two per cylinder and those found on top of the cylinder, rather than the sides, are tough to reach. Oil changes are said to be only needed very 8000 miles!! This is impressive, but despite this I still prefer to change it every 4000 miles!

Conclusion:
As a solo adventure bike, to be used on overlanding trips, this is a very competent bike, in my opinion, provided a low mileage, good condition one can be located. No matter how good a bike: 17 years old is getting on an bit. The strengths are it's build quality, performance, comfort, and handling. Against? Probably only the age of this model and possibly its lack of power if heavily loaded.

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 6 months
I liked everything except the age
I Disliked age
Would you buy again Yes
In one line A case of the first ones being the best
 
 
Powered by JReviews

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy