For many years, there have been rumors about the Honda mid-range touring vehicle. Last year, Japanese journalists said the 850cc twin was already in active development. This topic became even more relevant when the displacement of the Honda Africa Twin increased to 1084 cm3.
In 2016, Honda lost the rights to the Transalp trademark, which would have been the ideal choice for the bike described above. That changed this month as Honda Motor re-registered the trademark with the US Patent Office.
Obviously, the new generation of Honda Transalp is being actively developed, but it also cannot be ruled out that the Japanese are simply protecting a historically important asset from competitors. In any case, let’s hope for the best, especially as motorcycles in this category are in demand, as evidenced by the popularity of the Yamaha Tenere 700 and KTM 890 Adventure.
Honda engineers have to make a touring vehicle weighing up to 205 kg to beat the competition, while 225+ kg is likely to be a flop.