Honda XL600V

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Honda XL600V
Also called Transalp
Production 89-90
Class Dual purpose
583 cm³ Liquid-cooled, six-valve, four-stroke 52-degree V-twin engine
Top Speed 85 mph
Horsepower 50 hp at 8000 RPM (1987-1988, 1990-1999); 55 hp for 1989 and 1990
Spark Plug NGK DPR8EA-9 '89-90
Battery YUASA YB12A-B '89-90
Front Tire 90/90-21 '89-90
Rear Tire 130/80-17 '89-90
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Value $2500
Manuals Service Manual

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The Honda XL600V is a motorcycle produced by Honda from 1989 to 1990. It was better known as the Transalp, is a dual-sport motorcycle introduced in 1987, closely related to the Africa Twin (its big brother).[1] In 2000, Honda increased the engine size, creating the XL650V; in 2008, Honda bumped the engine size again, creating the XL700V.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1983 Honda introduced the XLV750, a curious motorcycle that clumsily copied the eyeball searing color schemes of contemporary motocross machines. Though it was an excellent touring motorcycle, the XLV 750 was too heavy for off-road use, and the prospective clientèle could not imagine the purpose for which it had been designed.

Though the XLV had been off target, Honda returned with the 1987 TransAlp (1989 US). To position its motorcycle precisely in the marketplace, Honda created a new category especially for it: "Rally-Touring." To make doubly sure, Honda even sponsored an annual rally reserved for TransAlp owners.

The stratagem was successful, and the TransAlp became a commercial success; Honda has sold more than 100,000. TransAlps [2] Faster and a better road bike than single cylinder trail bikes of the time, the first TransAlp cost little more than its rivals. Without pretending to be a sports machine, it could handle rough going in style. Its enveloping plastic shield made it a machine that stayed clean and was easy to maintain While its kinship with the dominant off-readers -including the NXR Honda which had four times won the Paris-Dakar, made it an image-building bike.

Honda sold the TransAlp in the United States only two years, 1989-90, and only two years in Australia, 1987-88. [3]

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Liquid-cooled, six-valve, four-stroke 52-degree V-twin engine, 583 cm³ (33.6 cu-in) [4]
  • Single-front disk brake (1987-1996)
  • Dual-front disk brake (1997-1999)
  • Dry weight: 173 kg (386 lbs) [5]

1989 XL600V[edit | edit source]

The XL600V Transalp was sold in 1989 in Pearl Crystal White. The fairing stripes were red and blue. The engine was a 583cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began JH2PD060*KM200001.

1990 XL600V[edit | edit source]

The XL600V Transalp was sold in 1990 in Moonstone Silver Metallic (beige) or Fighting Red. The red bike had silver stripes while the other bike had brown and black stripes. The engine was a 583cc OHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began JH2PD060*LM300001

1990 Honda XL600V Transalp

1998[edit | edit source]

  • Not Exported to US
1998 Honda XL600V Transalp

See Also[edit | edit source]

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