Honda XL400V Transalp


Make Model

Honda XL400V Transalp


1996 -


Liquid cooled, four-stroke. 52oV-Twin,  SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder


Bore x Stroke
Compression Ratio


Ignition  /  Starting

CDI  /  electric

Max Power

37 hp @ 8500 rpm

Max Torque

3.5 kgm @ 6500 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed  /  chain
Frame Semi-double-wiegframe

Front Suspension

41 mm Telescopic hydraulic forks

Rear Suspension

Pro-link monoshock

Front Brakes

Single 276 mm disc

Rear Brakes

130 mm drum

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Seat Height 850 mm


183 kg

1996 - Yeah sure, a 'tiny' Transalp. This is the model that Honda sells in Japan. Why not a 600cc ? That has to do with the driver license categories. In Japan you can get a license for a 'small bike' up to 400cc, or one for a 'big bike' over 400cc. Kind of the same as in The Netherlands and other parts of Europe. And because it is easier (and cheaper) to get your small bike license Honda sells a 400cc Transalp. Just because that model has more market potential than a 600cc model.

 Except for the engine the Transalp 400cc is identical to the XL600V. The mileage is better (33km/l @60kmph), power (37hp @ 8500rpm) and torque (3.5kgm @ 6500rpm) are less compared to the TA600. Weight (183kg) is the same. Pay attention to the cooling design of the engine. Bit different from the 600.