1990 Honda Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Ted CloughLeave a Comment

In the late 1980’s Honda jumped into the Dual-Sport fray with their Transalp. Initially conceived as a 500, it was bumped to 600 (actually 583cc) by the time it was introduced in 1987. It was a V-twin 4-stroke that put out roughly 50 hp. It was actually too big to be a motocross or enduro bike, and didn’t really fit into any discernible categories in the US. As such, it was only imported into the US from 1989-1991. In Europe, on the contrary, it was very popular as an all-purpose bike.

The Transalp has decent wind and weather protection from the fairing, and with the 17″ rear/21″ front tire combo, is capable on dirt or gravel roads, but the weight and sheer bulk make it more than a handful on anything more technical. That said, it makes a great commuter or all-around bike, and actually resembles more bikes offered today like the mid-size BMW GS’s, Triumph Tiger, or Kawasaki KLR, than anything that was available at the time.

This Transalp is a 1990 model and come with a few extras – Givi windscreen, fog lights, crash bars and soft luggage. It shows just over 28K miles, and is available in Atlanta, Georgia here on Craigslist for $3,600.

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