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WTF is this thing? I have never even heard of this bike before 1990 Honda Transalp

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oh god..... that bike is an engine that i highly covet! it's the same engine that's used in the 600 cc vlx shadow (which i happen to own). available in europe but not here. i'm surprised there's one in colorado! jealous!!!! off to the vlx forum to post this, they'll be shocked!

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It's a badass bike, well known by the advriders.

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They were available in the US and Canada for a few years. One of the best Adventure Touring bikes of all time.

It has liquid-cooled four-stroke 52° V-twin engine ranging from 600-700cc's over the years. It's one of favorite bikes of all time.

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Does it warrant the $4500 asking price?

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We have them here in the uk too.

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Does it warrant the $4500 asking price?
I would say that is a fair price. They are extremely rare over here. The North American markets never really bought into the enduro-adventure touring until the last few years.

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They were available in the US and Canada for a few years. One of the best Adventure Touring bikes of all time.

It has liquid-cooled four-stroke 52° V-twin engine ranging from 600-700cc's over the years. It's one of favorite bikes of all time.
sounds like the perfect motor for honda to do a sv650 competitor... but of course they wont.

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WTF is this thing? I have never even heard of this bike before 1990 Honda Transalp
I had a white 1989 model bought new in 1991. It just wouldn't move off of the showroom floor, so I sold my XL600R and bought it.

Good bike but it was before it's time. Heavy and mostly road. Maybe 10% dirt. Underpowered, but it would pull an indicated 105.

It became a cult classic later on, as you can see by the dudes asking price.

I owned mine until 1998. * months after I sold it, I had my Superhawk. Now......heavy as it is, the SH motor belongs in the adventure bike Honda over here, after a diet of course.

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Time to do some research on:

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I've done all the research I need to do on the Transalp..

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Here's one for sale locally in SC. 1989 Honda Transalp $3200...

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Well then, I guess it is a cool bike.

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Me, I want that Triumph 800 triple. It makes my old pathetic boner modulate.

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For a few brief years there Honda made some really really cool stuff & brought it to the USA

1998-1990 VTR250

1988-1991 Hawk 647GT

1987-1989 Transalp

The NX650 & the Super Magna 750 were also quite unique and coveted.

The last thing Honda really did that was noteworthy was introduce the 900RR everything since then has been pretty much MEH...

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Didn't they sell the rvf-400's and cbr-400's here in the states? I thought those we're pretty unique.

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very cool! i didnt know the translap even came to the states so i stand corrected... but man the asking price is steep, rightfully so considering how rare they are here.

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Didn't they sell the rvf-400's and cbr-400's here in the states? I thought those we're pretty unique.

Not that I am aware of... I scored a pair of VFR400's from Canada years ago, but even then I am pretty sure they were grey imports and never officially sold to Canada either.

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very cool! i didnt know the translap even came to the states so i stand corrected... but man the asking price is steep, rightfully so considering how rare they are here.
Seriously speaking, what is available today makes the old Transalp look, feel and ride like a turd on wheels.

Of course, if you have to be unique, you can pay the price. It's whatever tickles your senses.


For the record, The name I had for mine was "WHITE WHALE"

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Not that I am aware of... I scored a pair of VFR400's from Canada years ago, but even then I am pretty sure they were grey imports and never officially sold to Canada either.

The small displacement 400cc sportbikes were never sold new at the dealers in Canada

There are a bunch of bike shops in Vancouver, BC that sell imported JDM 400cc bikes. They are dirt cheap to insure and perform on par with our 600cc versions.

Another great bike that was available in our market from 92-93 was the Yamaha TDM850. But like the trans-alp it never really caught on. A local shop brought in a few last year from Germany and sold them locally.

Yamaha TDM850 - Nova Scotia Sport Touring Motorcycles For Sale - Kijiji Nova Scotia Canada.

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You can find TDM's in the US but they are rare as well...

this is another WTF bike...



is that a transalp or a tdm?

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I rode a TDM850 off & on for about a week on a cross country trip. I wasn't overly fond of it, but I was on an EX500 as my bike of choice at that point and to break up the monotony on some of the super slap stretches it was always welcome to swap bikes with another rider occasionally.

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The Transalp still has a cult following, just not many left in the US. The Africa Twin was another cool dual sport Honda that never really made it here, saw this one in the mountains of Guatemala...


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Now that would give an GS a run for it's money

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Did someone say SuperMagna ?

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Africa Twins are tits, I really want to experience riding these bikes. And Kamen Rider is a badass.

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You can find TDM's in the US but they are rare as well...

this is another WTF bike...



is that a transalp or a tdm?
That is the "Battle Hopper" built on a Suzuki XT200.

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You can find TDM's in the US but they are rare as well...

this is another WTF bike...



is that a transalp or a tdm?


That's the BuTTfUck 175. Rare indeed.

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Here is a pic of the New Transalp and cost via a good British dealership

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I own a 1989 model.


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Hey, I just click on the What's New tab. It's not my job to see when the OP was.

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this is another WTF bike...



is that a transalp or a tdm?
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Man we must get every Honda ever built for sale in New Zealand. :-)
We have had a lot too, they're just really rare and obscure here. I have a CT110 "Postie Bike" as well and I've never seen another one in the states. Lots of CT70's and 90's, but never a 110

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I own a 1989 model.

I had the 1989 also. I called her the White Whale.


The TransAlp should have been 800+cc's with a breathed upon motor and fuel injection. But we know Honda, don't we?

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I had the 1989 also. I called her the White Whale.


The TransAlp should have been 800+cc's with a breathed upon motor and fuel injection. But we know Honda, don't we?
I call it the Tran Slap.

And they're 700cc with EFI now. The old Africa Twin was 750cc, and now Honda has the 1200cc Crosstourer, the 1000cc Varadero, and the 800cc Crossrunner. All EFI

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I call it the Tran Slap.

And they're 700cc with EFI now. The old Africa Twin was 750cc, and now Honda has the 1200cc Crosstourer, the 1000cc Varadero, and the 800cc Crossrunner. All EFI
I could handle one of the bigger ones.............................................. ..........


If those Honda pikers would send them to the US!!!!!!!!
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