The Honda XL750 Transalp has finally made its way to India via the CBU (completely built-up unit) route, and it is the brand's second-largest adventure bike after the Africa Twin, featuring a parallel-twin engine. While the Honda Transalp appears to take design inspiration from the 1,084cc Africa Twin, we pit it against the comparable BMW F 850 GS Adventure that is currently available at Rs 13.75 lakh in the country. The XL750 Transalp from the Honda stable, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 11 lakh, making it more affordable than its rival. Both prices are ex-showroom. Here's a detailed look at how the two adventure tourers stack up against each other.
Honda XL750 Transalp vs BMW F 850 GS Adventure: Engine
The BMW F 850 GS Adventure is a more powerful one here and makes roughly 3-4bhp more than the Honda XL750 Transalp. Powering the latter is a 755cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crank, which puts out 91bhp at 9,500rpm and 75Nm of peak torque at 7,250rpm. As for the transmission, the Transalp comes with a sole 6-speed unit, supported by a slip-and-assist clutch and a bi-directional quickshifter.
When compared to the rival's engine, the BMW F 850 GS Adventure has the upper hand in terms of displacement and power. A BS6-compliant 853cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, twin-cylinder engine with a 6-speed gearbox delivers 94-95bhp at 8,250rpm and 92Nm of peak torque at 6,250rpm.
Honda XL750 Transalp vs BMW F 850 GS Adventure: Suspension, Brakes
The cycle parts used here are quite similar for both, but the main difference we see is in the form of the tyres these bikes come wrapped in. The Honda XL750 Transalp rolls on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tube-type wire-spoke wheels, while the BMW F 850 GS Adventure comes with 21-inch front and 17-inch rear cross-spoke wheels shod with tubeless tyres.
Honda's 755cc parallel-twin engine comes nestled within a steel diamond-type frame, which is suspended with the help of 43mm Showa Separate Function upside-down front forks and a Pro-Link rear monoshock, both featuring preload adjustability. Meanwhile, the suspension setup of the F 850 GS Adventure comprises inverted front forks and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock. It has a similar braking hardware as the XL750 Transalp: dual discs at the front and a single disc at the rear.
Honda XL750 Transalp vs BMW F 850 GS Adventure: Features, Electronic Aids
The Honda XL750 Transalp has a decent feature set, including all-LED lighting, a 5-inch TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity, a Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, a slipper clutch, ride-by-wire, Honda Selectable Torque Control, traction control, ABS, as well as 5 riding modes – Standard, Rain, Gravel, Sport, and User.
In comparison, the BMW F 850 GS Adventure features a Bluetooth-enabled 6.5-inch TFT display, keyless ride, heated grips, automatic stability control, cruise control, and two riding modes – Rain and Road. On offer is also 'Riding Modes Pro', which includes additional riding modes – Dynamic and Enduro. The features common on both bikes are LED illumination, traction control, ABS, etc.
Honda XL750 Transalp vs BMW F 850 GS Adventure: Kerb Weight
Honda has been able to limit the weight of the Transalp to 208kg, which is a whole 40kg lighter than the BMW F 850 GS Adventure.
Honda XL750 Transalp vs BMW F 850 GS Adventure: Styling
Taking design inspiration from the Africa Twin, the smaller-capacity Transalp features a semi-faring, compact LED headlamp, integrated windscreen, tubular handlebar, stepped single-piece seat with a pillion grabrail, as well as an aluminium rear carrier. For the sake of comparison, the visual bits on the BMW F 850 GS Adventure include a unique BMW Motorrad asymmetric headlight, single-piece step-up seat, adjustable windscreen, massive fuel tank, and a tall-set exhaust.
Honda XL750 Transalp vs BMW F 850 GS Adventure: Price, Colours
Positioned as a rival to the BMW F 850 GS and the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, the Honda XL750 Transalp asks for Rs 11 lakh (introductory price), which makes it about Rs 2.75 lakh more affordable than BMW's F 850 GS Adventure (Rs 13.75 lakh). Prices are ex-showroom, India.
The newly launched bike from the Honda stable comes in 2 paint schemes: Ross White and Matte Ballistic Black. As for its rival, the F 850 GS Adventure is available in Rallye style and Style Triple Black colour options.