The Honda XL700V Transalp is the latest Translap model and whether you are a learner or an experienced rider looking for something different, you’ll find much to love about this bike. The V-twin 700cc engine won’t blow your socks off but it has enough power to see you smoothly around towns and cities with the occasional break to the countryside. It can handle 70mph with ease and although you might find it a little lacklustre when it comes to bursts of power you have to appreciate that this isn’t what the bike was created for and if that’s what you want, then you should probably look elsewhere.
The XL700V Transalp is sleek looking, and will certainly draw the eye as you commute and it’s practical and user-friendly design also makes it ideal for those wanting an entry-level bike which won’t take too long to get used to. Although this is a bike which has been designed for smooth, flat roads, the suspension is capable of handling a little off-roading, if you want to test this type of riding out. It probably couldn’t cope with too much off-road but you might be surprised at what it will manage.
This bike is a snip at just over £5,000, especially considering what you get. It falls into a low insurance group and has the fuel economy which is well known amongst Honda riders, not to mention it comes with the reliability of being a Honda; you know your bike is going to be sturdy and well made, easily capable of lasting the test of time.
|Average fuel consumption||45mpg|
|Submitted by:||Tony||Review Date: March 2017||Comfort||This is my first bike after passing my test and it's very comfortable to ride, good viz in traffic|
|Ride Quality||Feel confident with handling|
|Build Quality & Reliability||Honda, what more can I say|
|Engine Rating||Enough for motorway cruising and traffic|
|Running Cost||I am very happy as it is|
|Pros Comments||A great first bike I get 130 miles out of a tank of fuel. Insurance is alright and it's very reliable.|
|Cons Comments||I am very happy as it is|