50th Anniversary Euro Bodywork – 1989 Honda Transalp

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Post Listing Update: This Transalp did not get any action at the opening bid of $4,250.

In the late 80s, Honda offered both an AT and a TA – the Africa Twin and the Transalp. Both were ahead of the times, though the latter was more street-biased. Consider it a jack of all trades sort of bike with a cult following. The US only got the Transalp between ’89 and ’91, and most of them were in white. But the seller of this example ensured it would stand out by sourcing all the bodywork from the 50th Anniversary model (not available in the US).

The first generation of the Transalp got a liquid cooled V-Twin that produced approximately 50 horsepower and was capable of 110 miles per hour. Wet weight was approximately 450 pounds. Looking for more information? Back in 2006, Motorcycle Classics explained why this will be a classic in the future.

This example (VIN: JH2PD0615KM200166) has the bodywork, headlight, and dash from a UK model, so it’s the Winter Lake metallic blue styling you can’t find in the US but the gauges are in MPH. The seller says he’s an ex-Honda engineer and that the motor has approximately 25,000 miles on it. It was just serviced and there’s a few modifications – Givi crash bars, EBC clutch springs, USB plug, and a larger kickstand pad that was welded on. Flaws are minor and include a tear in the seat, crack in the rear plastic luggage rack, and some minor scratches. As the seller puts it, “Is it perfect? Of course not. Would I ride it across country? Sure.

Find this Transalp for sale in Santa Clarita, California with an unmet opening bid of $4,250 here on eBay.

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