I owned my Dominator for a little over 3 years. During that time it was used predominately for travelling to and from motorcycle rallies on weekends. It wasn't used for commuting. As I already owned a Honda ST1100, I wanted a bike that was capable of travelling 500-600kms a day on more dirt roads than tarred, in reasonable comfort, carrying camping gear. Most of the time the bikes I travelled with were larger - BMW R1150GS, Africa Twins and BMW R100GS. While they were better suited on the road, the Dominator was usually better off-road because of its lighter weight. I liked the Dominator but decided I wanted a bike that would be better on the road without losing too much off road. While I looked at bikes like the R100GS, I'm not a mechanic and love the reliablity of the Japanese bikes - particularly Hondas. If the 750 Africa Twins were sold in Australia I probably would have bought one of them. However, they're not, and the opportunity of purchasing a good Transalp came about.
|1st November, 2001||
Purchased a 1995 Honda XL600V Transalp in Sydney. The bike had been privately imported into Australia from Ireland by the previous owner. Transalps were only sold in Australia by Honda from 1987 to 1988.|
The next day, I rode it home to Cowra (350kms west of Sydney).
|6th December, 2001||
I have covered nearly 4000kms on the Transalp, ranging from city driving, to freeway, to extremely difficult mountain trails, and covering up to 700km in a day. While for some people, the extra weight of the Transalp might be noticable in extreme conditions, I haven't noticed any difference.|
I love the Transalp. It is better on the road, handles better through corners (no wallowing) and is more comfortable on a long trip.
Other noticeable advantages so far have been:
Disadvantages so far have been:
I just returned from a 2000km+ trip over four and a half days and a report can be read by clicking here
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