1989 Honda Transalp XL600V

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: This Honda Transalp XL600V got some offers but did not sell at the asking BIN price. After being relisted at a starting bid of $1,800, it still got no action. Odd.

The Honda Transalp XL600V was a dual-sport that was truly ahead of its time. A slightly less off-road biased cousin of the Honda Africa Twin, the Transalp was first released in 1987. This was one of the odder bikes that Honda ever sold – truly a jack of all trades sort of bike. The US only got the Transalp between ’89 and ’91.

Honda Transalp - Left Side

Powered by a liquid-cooled V-twin, the first generation of the TA produced approximately 50 horsepower and was capable of 110 miles per hour. An original MSRP of $4,498 is actually rather similar to what you’ll have to pay for a nice example nowadays. Weighing 450 pounds, the bike was a little heavy for single-track, but if you could only have one bike and wanted to tackle a multitude of terrain, a Transalp with some luggage was tough to beat. Looking for more information? Motorcycle Classics comes to the rescue with a good explanation of why this will be a classic in the future. The dual-sport craze has really taken off in the states in the last few years, but bikes like this Transalp and the BMW R100GS were some of the first to bring the joysof dual-sporting to the US.

Honda Transalp - Rear

This specific Honda Transalp has been with the current owner for 20 years, and runs well. As you’d expect for a bike of this type, there’s a few cosmetic issues, including scratches and a ding on the tank. But those are just signs of this bike being used as intended, and we hope the next owner continues the trend. You’ll get a bonus of a Corbin seat with a backrest in fair condition.

Honda Transalp - Gauges

Find this Honda Transalp for sale with a reasonable BIN price of $2,699 in Otsego, Michigan

Honda Transalp - Right Side