With the new Transalp, do we now see Honda building a new Hornet?

With the new Transalp, do we now see Honda building a new Hornet?

The world is buzzing with a new Honda Transalp and a new Hornet. And if you have been paying attention to the buzz. 

Then you would know that the bike’s development appears to be nearly over. 

The only question we are left with is whether this smaller Africa Twin will make it to the Honda showrooms in some form or other.

The XL750L Transalp

Honda seems to be taking baby steps in terms of its adventure bikes. If reports are believed, Honda might show off an adventure bike at the upcoming EICMA show in 2021. 

The Transalp will battle out with Yamaha Tenere 700 and BMW F850GS.

Some bikes have an appeal that no amount of tech and performance can justify. They speak for themselves. 


There is a certain radiance and attractiveness about these machines that you cannot find with others.

And this is the kind of appeal that Africa Twin has managed to attract over the years. Honda knows it too well. This is why the company has now used the smaller off-roader and given it a fresh new avatar – Honda Transalp.

While the bigger version of the Africa Twin has received rave reviews from critics and buyers, the new baby version could grab a significant share of the motorcycle market with its qualities. 

The bike will arrive with great expectations to deliver excellent performance and have decent power to back it up.

If Transalp debuts in the coming November, we expect the bike to arrive in India via CKD mode in the first half of 2022.

Honda Hornet 750

Honda has filed a new trademark for the name Hornet in several countries. 

The Japanese brand filed a registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

Other patents were also filed in several other European countries and India, while the previous version of the Honda Hornet/CB600F (599cc) was discontinued in 2013.

1996 Honda Hornet

And now, few rumours do say the Honda plans to expand the displacement of its upcoming Hornet from 599cc of earlier Hornet to 745cc. And may borrow the powerplant from its already existing NC750X.

The 2021 NC750X, Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder makes 57hp or 43.1kW/6,750rpm(35kW/6,000rpm) as power output and 69Nm/4,750rpm(65/4,000rpm) as torque.

And the same may very well go with the new Hornet. Do we see the retro king getting back?

Further, Honda may plan to use the same 745cc engine in the upcoming Transalp. And if everything goes well we may see the new Hornet to debut in November with Transalp.

Let us wait and watch.

via Cycleworld


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10 months ago

As an existing Transalp owner (700cc), I’d like to see a new one, even if I’m unlikely to be able to afford a new one any time soon. BUT… my biggest gripe with Hondas of the last few years is weight. Why is it that the company who invented the Fireblade (size and weight of something in the class below when it first came out) insists on churning out bikes of ~225 – 230kg ?? I don’t care how well balanced it is, lard is still lard, and I’m (a) a shortarse and (b) getting older. That’s why, much as… Read more »

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