Honda XL700 Transalp Review from New Zealand

2008 Honda XL700 Transalp

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance6500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZ1


Does just what I expected it would. Honda delivers, yet again



General Comments:

Good dual-purpose machine, competent on the road and on gravel. But too heavy for any serious off-road stuff.

Gearing was a bit low, but new gearbox sprocket with 1 extra tooth sorted that out.

Very comfortable on longer runs. Handlebar now added raisers means it's easy to stand up over the rough stuff.

Fuel economy a little disappointing, not really any better than the FZ1 thousand I had before.

Sedate and easy going bike, just what I want. 59 HP will do me fine. Keeps the speeding tickets at bay.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2010

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review