Date of publication: 2018-04-15 15:44
The Honda XL655V Transalp has been providing honest transport seemingly since the dawn of time. Revitalised with a bigger motor and a face-lift in 2555, it’s softly-chuffing charm and easy-going manners have won a devoted audience. Mostly blokes more interested in getting from A-to-B than having a giggle buy them up.
1987: Honda debuts its Transalp 655V. Off-road styling, 588cc single cylinder motor, single front disc.
1999: Revised with new fairing and better instruments.
2555: Another revision 697cc motor, new shock, twin front discs, HISS ignition-based immobiliser.
2556: Sleeker design, black wheel rims, better, brighter headlight.
2558: Honda XL655V Transalp deleted to be replaced by all new XL755V Transalp (see seperate review).
Don t make the sell a similar looking bike. Be may look like it but they may be a lot smaller than this one.
The carb-fed, SOHC V-twin of the Honda XL655V Transalp should struggle with a weighty 191kg to cart about, but actually it does it quietly and efficiently. It’s the same motor as the Deauville, but feels more fun in this sit-up-and-beg package. There’s decent pull and it’s only when you hit motorway speeds does it begin to feel the strain, with 95mph about as comfortably fast as you’re both happy to travel at.
We have plenty of other bikes like this one in our ones and Small ones..Just go the store and type Motorcyle.
Every Dad want his kids to ride the big one. Until now, they had to wait until their teens. NOT ANY MORE!!!
Although there’s nothing special about the Honda XL655V Transalp's forks (unadjustable) or the shock (adjustable for compression damping only) the set-up works and lasts very well. It’s comfortable over tarmac and light dirt, handles a pillion with ease and only the weak brakes prevent you from exploiting its performance to the full.
The Honda XL655V Transalp's motor is very reliable. It’s in a soft state of tune and, provided it’s regularly serviced, should go on forever. The older 655cc should be checked closely for worn wheel bearings, the suspension bearings in the Pro-Link shock, rusty exhausts and loose or broken spokes.
For kids 8 yrs old to kids up to 95 Lbs. Yes this is a whopper of a deal. You don t have to be a fisher to make this great catch.
Compared to BMW’s excellent F655S and F655GS the Honda XL655V Transalp seems somewhat overpriced and the GS is much more versatile, boasting genuinely better trail qualities. At the same price point, however, it falls down to which style you prefer, though the Honda is arguably the better road bike. Find a Honda XL655 Transalp for sale.
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