This is a series of resources on the Honda XL750, compiled from press releases, the owner’s manual, and online forums. When the service manual becomes available, more information will come from there.

Honda launched the XL750 Transalp in late 2022 for the 2023 model year. It’s a middleweight adventure motorcycle based on a 755 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin motor with a 270-degree crankshaft. It runs a 11.0:1 compression ratio, and manages to push out an impressive 67.5 kW (92 hp) at 9500 rpm, even when running on standard unleaded (91 RON).

The Honda XL750 Transalp is a long-awaited replacement for the last Transalp (700), which was discontinued over a decade prior. The new XL750 shares a motor with the concurrently released Honda CB750 Hornet.

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About the 2023 Honda XL750 Transalp

2023 Honda XL750 Transalp Action rhs standing up
2023 Honda XL750 Transalp in action

The Honda Transalp is a mixed use adventure bike. It’s not a road-only bike, but nor is it a dedicated adventurer. Instead, it’s meant to do a bit of both.

The XL750 Transalp takes over from the XL700 Transalp that Honda discontinued around a decade prior. The XL700 Transalp had veered a little towards being a road motorcycle, a lot like the Suzuki V-Strom 650 of the time, with a 19-inch front wheel. But for the modern Transalp, Honda has brought back the 21-inch wire-spoke wheel. Ready to crawl over some rocks!

A notable new innovation on the XL750 Transalp is the engine. Previous versions of the Transalp all used V-twins. But the modern one uses a 755 cc parallel twin with a 90-degree crankshaft — a popular configuration, the same as that used in Suzuki’s concurrently released V-Strom 800DE.

The engine is already a hit with everyone who has tried it. It is revvy, torquey, and makes just the right amount of power, with a peak of 67.5 kW (92 hp) at 9500 rpm. This also means that it’ll be available in A2 license form, for those who are impatient in the UK or continental Europe.

The engine is a Unicam design, which means it has just one camshaft driving the four valves per cylinder. The intake valves are driven directly, while the exhaust valves are driven by a rocker arm.

The Honda XL750 Transalp uses the same frame and engine as the new CB750 Hornet. But the riding position, suspension, and wheels make it feel like a very different motorcycle.

It’s designed to be at home on the road but to also be comfortable doing mild off-roading. Think of it like a Jeep — unless you custom spec it for serious adventure, it’s not going to climb over rocks, but in base trim it’ll be totally happy taking you far from the highways.

To help you ride off the beaten track, there’s a “gravel” ride mode that reduces traction control and ABS intervention to a minimum. You can also turn them off in a “user” mode, which lets you slide around.

The XL750 Transalp is just a mid-spec bike. It’s not expensive, but the gear fitted to it is also not the fanciest.

The Showa fork up front is inverted, but non-adjustable. And the monoshock at the rear is just preload adjustable.

There are twin brake discs up front, but they just have two-piston calipers on each. Of course, I think that’s totally within spec for this kind of bike, which you’re not likely to take to the track or ride aggressively on roads (are you? I don’t know, maybe you are…)

Maybe the only fly in the ointment for the Honda XL750 Transalp is the limited 17-litre tank. Adventures won’t go very far. Unless, of course, you fit an aftermarket tank, which I think will come out very soon.

Honda XL750 Transalp Specifications

Here are the core specifications for the Honda XL750 Transalp, along with some notes.

Engine typeParallel twin, 8 valves, 270-degree crank, “Unicam”Same as the also new-for-2023 CB750 Hornet
Capacity755 cc
Bore x stroke (mm)87.0 x 63.5
Compression ratio11.0:1
Fuel requirement91 RON (Regular)Hooray, regular fuel!
Peak power67.5 kW (92 hp) @ 9500 rpm
Peak torque75 Nm / 53 ft-lb @ 7250 rpm
Transmission6-speed, chain
Front suspension43 mm SFF-CA, 200 mm travelOnly preload adjustable
Rear suspensionMonoshock, 190 mm travelOnly preload adjustable
Front brakes2 x 282 mm wave discs, 2-piston calipers
Wet weight208 kg / 459 lb
Ride aidsTC, ride modes, optional QSNo IMU
Honda XL750 Transalp Specs

Using the Honda XL750 Transalp’s Screen and Controls

When assessing any motorcycle, I like to have an overview of the interface and the important controls.

The Honda XL750 Transalp has a TFT display that’s operated by the switches on the left handlebar.

There are three core switches:

  1. A function (fn) switch, and
  2. An up-down-left-right switch.
  3. A mode switch (to the left) to change riding mode.
Honda XL750 Transalp buttons to control display
Honda XL750 Transalp buttons to control display

Here are a few basic guidelines:

  • Use the right direction to shift into setting mode.
  • To go back in the hierarchy, press left.
  • To return, hit the function button, or do nothing for 30 seconds, or restart the bike.

There are five standard riding modes: Sport, Standard, Rain, Gravel, and User. Each riding mode can configure power output, engine brake output, torque control level, and ABS level. On Gravel mode, ABS is off; you can also set it to “off” for user mode.

Honda XL750 Transalp Service Intervals

Like many liquid-cooled Honda motorcycles, the Honda XL750 Transalp has 8000 mi / 12000 km or annual service intervals, at which the oil should be changed and a bunch of other things inspected.

Honda recommends you change the air filter and oil filter less often, per the schedule below.

The Honda XL750 Transalp has major valve service intervals of every 16000 miles / 24000 km — but with no time-based component. But they only recommend you change the spark plugs every 32000 miles / 48000 km.

Since the XL750 Transalp is a mixed-use adventure motorcycle, you should expect to service the air filter, chain, and oil more regularly if you’re riding in dusty or rainy conditions. So make sure you pack some chain lube with you!

You also need to refresh the brake fluid and coolant regularly — see details in the schedule below.

Honda XL750 Transalp Maintenance Schedule

Below is a clarified version of the maintenance schedule of the maintenance schedule from the manual.

It’s separated into

  1. A daily maintenance checklist
  2. A periodic maintenance schedule, and
  3. An annual service checklist

There are also separate sections below on chain maintenance.

Daily Inspection Checklist

This is the daily inspection checklist for the Honda XL750 Transalp. Do this before every ride.

Many of these items you’d naturally do by starting to ride, e.g. confirming that the lights, brakes, and clutch work. But you should specifically check the fluid levels periodically.

Below is the list of pre-ride maintenance items to check on your XL750 Transalp. You should also do these as part of regular service.

If you’re on a trip, do these checks before every day of riding.

Honda XL750 Transalp pre-ride maintenance
Check engine oil level.
On longer trips (where doing signifcant mileage daily) — Check drive chain lubrication condition and slack.
Check throttle free play (about 3 mm), smoothness and return.
Check clutch system (engagement, free play — target 10-20 mm / 0.4-0.8 in)
Check brake fluid level. Top up as necessary (Honda DOT 4)
Check tire condition, pressure and wear.
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain paste)
See below notes on drive chain tension
Check brake pads thickness and replace if necessary (Minimum thickness: 1mm)
Check coolant level, and top up if necessary (Honda coolant)
Check lights, horn, and indicators, making sure they work properly
Make sure side stand and center stand (if fitted) operates smoothly
Regular maintenance for the Honda XL750 Transalp

Major Items Maintenance Schedule

Below is the service schedule of major items for the Honda XL750 Transalp.


  • Observe the earlier of time-based or distance-based service intervals.
  • Keep following it in the pattern shown beyond the end of the maintenance schedule.
  • If you ride your motorcycle aggressively or in untoward conditions (e.g. off-road or in mud, rain, or on dirty roads, in stop-start traffic, or in cold weather without giving it time to warm up), you may have to service your bike more often.

Honda recommends you get a skilled mechanic to service the wheels, tyres, and steering head bearings.

km x 1000112243648
mi x 10000.68162432Every
Standard maintenance checklist (see below) — PerformYear
Engine oil — Change (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)Year
Oil filter — Change
Air filter — ReplaceMore often if riding in dusty / wet conditions
Spark plugs — Inspect
Target gap: 0.8-0.9 mm / 0.03-0.04 in
Spark plugs — Replace (NGK
Valve clearances — Inspect / Adjust
Secondary Air Supply System — Inspect
Evaporative Emission Control System
Brake fluid – Replace (Honda DOT 4)2 years
Radiator coolant — Replace3 years
Honda XL750 Transalp Maintenance Schedule

Honda XL750 Transalp Service Checklist

Below is the list of what to check on your Honda XL750 Transalp for regular service.

Be sure to also include the checks in the daily maintenance checklist above.

Some of these items are not explicitly required to be part of the annual check, but they’re very easy (e.g. look at the drive chain slider), so they’re included for simplicity.

Honda XL750 Transalp Service Checklist
[Dealer] Honda diagnostic system — Run test
Wheels / Spokes / Tires — Inspect for condition every 6000 km / 4000 miles (between services) and every year.
Drive chain slider — Inspect (Check it hasn’t reached the minimum wear line)
Fuel lines — Inspect for condition and correct routing
Engine idle speed — Check
Target idle speed: 1300 +/- 100 rpm
Cooling system — Check for leaks / correct routing
Brake system — Check
Brake light switch — Check
Headlight aim — Check
Crankcase breather — Check / Clean
Front suspension — Check for smooth operation, and pitting / wear / leaks
Rear suspension — Check for smooth operation, and pitting / wear / leaks
Nots, bolts, and fasteners — Check for tightness / security
Steering head bearings — Check / adjust tightness
Service interval setting — Reset using onboard controls (this is user serviceable)
Honda XL750 Transalp Service Checklist

Honda XL750 Transalp Drive Train Maintenance

It’s important to maintain your chain on a motorcycle like the XL750 Transalp, as on any chain-driven motorcycle, but particularly one that you will use off-road or on dirt roads, as the chain can take a beating.

Use a good-quality chain lubricant like Motul chain paste (which is very portable!), or a Motul chain care kit which comes with a couple of handy tools to maintain the chain.

Honda recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule:

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary
Target slack: 50-55 mm
600 mi / 1000 km
Chain maintenance — Honda XL750 Transalp


  • Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your motorcycle in dusty or rainy conditions.
  • Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle’s chain area.

Chain slack on the XL750 Transalp is measured differently from most motorcycles. To measure chain slack on the XL750 Transalp, measure the distance between the upper part of the drive chain and the end of the drive chain slider.

Honda XL750 Transalp measure drive chain slack
Honda XL750 Transalp — Measuring drive chain slack

Make sure the motorcycle is in neutral, on a level surface, on its kickstand, and with no luggage or anything on it.

Pull the upper half of the drive chain up, and check the slack between the drive chain and the swing-arm at the end of the slider.

Target chain slack for the XL750 Transalp: 50-55 mm (2.0-2.2 in)

If the slack is out of spec, you need to adjust it. The owner’s manual doesn’t specify this method. But the general procedure to adjust chain slack on any motorcycle with a double-sided swing-arm is to

  1. Loosen the rear axle
  2. Loosen the lock nuts for the chain slack adjusters
  3. Turn the adjusters equally, making sure alignment is kept by looking at the markers on either side, until the target chain slack is reached
  4. Re-tighten the axle, then re-tighten the adjusters.

Tire Sizes and Pressures

The Honda XL750 Transalp ships with mixed use adventure tires, either Metzeler Karoo Street or Dunlop Mixtour A. But you might opt for either more road-oriented or more blocky adventure-focused tires.

Below are the wheel sizes, tire sizes, and the recommended tire pressures (optimising for longevity).

Note that the XL750 ships with tube type tires.

WheelTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front90/90-21 MC 54H225 kPa / 2.25 bar / 33 psi
Rear150/70 R 18 M/C 70H250-280 kPa / 2.5-2.8 bar / 36-41 psi
Honda XL750 Transalp tire sizes and pressures

Alternatives to the Honda XL750 Transalp

While the Honda XL750 Transalp is likely to be a popular bike, it has a ton of company in the middleweight adventure segment. Here they are below.

Other Related Motorcycles

If you’re interested in the Honda XL750 Transalp, you’re probably also considering other motorcycles with the same motor. In this case, the only other motorcycle at present is the Honda CB750 Hornet.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet black RHS 3-4
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

The Honda CB750 Hornet is a re-imagining of the Hornet brand that was most recently an inline four-cylinder naked sport motorcycle.

The modern CB750 has a parallel twin. While it’s higher spec than the inline-four Hornet in every way, and has sharper, modern styling, a parallel twin always has a very different feel. It competes more with the likes of the modern Ducati Monster 937, the Suzuki GSX-8S, and other middleweight naked sport motorcycles.

Reference — Owner’s Manual for the Honda XL750 Transalp

The above information came from a mix of the owner’s manual, service manual, press releases, and forum information for the Honda XL750 Transalp.

Below you can see some screenshots for the Transalp.

You can also download the owner’s manual from here.

Below is an archive copy of the owner’s manual in English. You can either browse it here or download it.

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  1. Any news on a proper service manual for the 750 Transalp? In Europe preferably rather than helm USA. ‘cos I ain’t opening my wallet unless the sell one. I know a hideously expensive subscription service scam exists from their “Maris” portal though. The owner manual says “take it the dealer” even for chain tensioning ffs! No torque setting for the rear axel etc.

    1. I haven’t seen. It took me ages to even find the owner’s manual. I agree, no torque setting to tension the rear chain is disappointing on an adventure bike. And yeah, I don’t think “Maris” is priced for individuals.

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