Honda Vietnam has just introduced the 2023 Transalp model to Vietnam, which promises to offer a unique riding experience and the perfect choice for travel enthusiasts who love adventure, whether it's on-road or off-road.
The design of the Transalp is a combination of retro and modern looks, with a strong and definitive curve. The model has two colours, Ross white and Mat ballistic black metallic.
In order to create a compact motorcycle that is lightweight and easy to operate on many different terrains, the Transalp has been designed without a single excessive detail to optimise the user experience. The steel diamond mainframe is lightweight, at just 18.3kg – 10 per cent lighter than the frame of the CB500X. The bodywork is neat and the fairing and front windscreen are built to be aerodynamic at high speed and ensure visibility for the rider.
To ensure comfort during long trips for both the rider and passenger, the seat height is set at 850mm, making the riding position upright and natural. The handlebar and footrest provide a comfortable and easy manoeuvring position when standing up in off-road conditions.
Designed as a 'do-it-all' adventure bike, the 2023 Transalp has an entirely new eight-valve parallel twin-cylinder 755cc engine, producing an extremely impressive 67kW at 9,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 75Nm at 7,250rpm. Moreover, the Transalp engine uses patented vortex-flow intake ducts, which makes the bike instantly responsive to each turn of the throttle.
To provide maximum support for the rider in a variety of operating conditions, the Transalp has also been equipped with an 'Assist and Slipper' clutch that makes the clutch lever lighter, easier to upshift, and manages rear wheel lockup under rapid downshift.
The attraction of the Transalp is not just its superior engine, it also comes from the diversity of user experiences with its four default riding modes - Sport, Standard, Wet Road, Gravel, and the customisable USER mode, which allows each parameter to be set according to rider preference.
The Transalp is equipped with a two-channel ABS that can be switched off at the rear wheel when operating in off-road environments, so experienced riders can freely enjoy the power of the all-new engine.
The 2023 Transalp has modern electronic equipment, featuring a 5-inch TFT colour screen with four selectable display modes. LED lighting provides superior illumination, safety, and a premium riding experience. The left and right turn signals also have an auto-cancel feature, which operates based on the speed difference between the front and rear wheels.
The 2023 Transalp model is imported completely built up from Japan and will be available on the market from September 27 at Honda BigBike Shops under a two-year warranty with unlimited kilometres. The suggested retail price is VND309 million ($13,000).
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