I’d had my Dominator for a couple of years and fancied a change. I had decided on a Transalp 650 and started looking a few weeks back, I advertised on the forum but nothing came up. Went to look at a few but they were rats with rotting rims and fork legs, these were 2004 – 2007 models!!! Then they got scarce, some said it was folk not trading their bikes in, prices went silly and so I decided to test ride a Fazer, big mistake, frightened myself to death, not the power just the snatchy way it delivered it and the fact that it was doing 30mph at 6,000 rpm in top! Then saw a 2001 Transalp 650 on eBay, thought it was a bit older than I wanted but decided to have a look as it was local. Very pleasantly surprised 14k, 1 owner, part service history so a deal was done for under 2 grand, the engine looked like new. So how was she? Smooth, comfortable, powerful, everything she should not be on paper, what an underrated bike. Just a couple of pictures including my fir st mod – a touring screen from David Silver, highly recommended if anyone’s considering one.