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The new ‘Alp looks OK to me and I’m not sure what was expected any way. When the 650 replaced the 600 it was hardly jaw-dropping stuff. The 650 got a few improvements & refinements but in some areas it went backwards, the 600 was hardly a pretty bike and the 650 failed to improve on looks alone. With the passing of time forum members (and others) have realized what a damn fine motorcycle the Transalp is. The fact that the 700 is just another warm-over should be reassuring and the need to upgrade to the latest model is negated (unlike the world of Race-Reps).
Calls for Honda to produce a BMW beater or reinstate the Africa Twin are wholly appropriate but a new engine is needed first. Fitting a four-valve head on the old motor is a welcome addition but isn’t likely to stick it to KTM. Only Honda know if a new mid size V-twin engine is worthy of the development cost but without cross-over to other models you would suspect not.
The XL700V has breathed some new life into the ‘Alp & Africa Twin linage and for that we should be...
 
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