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Honda Crossrunner VFR800X
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- 2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X Review
A rugged adventure bike with added excitement and flexibility; meet Honda's all-new Crossrunner.
The 2012 Honda Crossrunner represents the best aspects of two seperate biking genres: The flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine with the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure bike.
The Crossrunner is a radical new concept that provides all day comfort and effortless handling in the city, exhilarating performance on the open road and the ground clearance and suspension travel needed to truly bring out the adventurer in you. A 782cc V4 engine provides the Crossrunner with an incredibly smooth power output. Honda technicians reengineered their renowned V4 technology specifically for this bike so that it combines a smooth power surge with the energy of an Adventure bike. Wide handlebars and an upright position have been incorporated to give high levels of stability and manoeuvrability as well as all day comfort and great visibility. The dual layered fairing completes the rugged, purposeful look and benefits the riding dynamics by enhancing stability at higher speeds. The Crossrunner has been created to give riders great flexibility. Designed with pillion in mind, the seat positions the passenger on the same level as the rider, shielding them from the wind and creating a feeling of comfort and safety. With great handling and stability, good ground clearance and ample suspension travel you can take on the bumpiest cobbled roads and dust tracks to get to your destination.
With its 800cc V4 motor the Crossrunner provides a thrilling riding experience,
be it for short urban trips or for covering vast distances.
Extensive customer research indicated that whilst buyers liked the appearance and the image of adventure bikes, for some the compromised stability caused by long travel suspension, tall seat heights and dual purpose tyres was a serious deterrent. The Crossrunner offers the best of both worlds by addressing all of these demands.
Stability and rider-flattering ease of use were two core design motivations
for the Crossrunner project. It was always at the forefront of the design
teams minds that this motorcycle should be performance-focused, yet
supremely manageable to cater for a wide skill set.
The Crossrunners smooth, flexible and soulful 782cc V4 engine is specifically tuned for the kind of riding suited to this cross-purpose machine. An elastic, turbine-like delivery and smooth, readily accessible power make it very easy for the rider to find an effortless, flowing rhythm an attribute always appreciated by the pillion.
The European design team designed a motorcycle that reflects the riding conditions
of this new decade.
The Crossrunner had to be exciting to ride but at the same time easy to master, and the styling of the machine needed to reflect these cross discipline attributes.
Crucial machine data is provided by a 'floating' instrument binnacle, placed high for optimum visibility at all times.
The bike's sophisticated styling is accentuated by the high and wide handlebars.
Liquid-cooled 782cc, 4 cam, 90° V4 engine delivers a smooth curve of
power with excellent torque throughout the rev range.
The traits of the well-proven Honda V4 engine configuration are legendary. Along with the appealing engine note, this distinctive engine architecture provides a smooth curve of power with excellent torque figures from idle to the rev limit.
To provide both optimum low speed torque and peak power, a highly developed version of Honda's revolutionary VTEC system has been specially adjusted. This technology offers variable valve timing to optimise the degrees of valve opening a unique proposition in the motorcycle market.
Crossrunner engineers have laboured to refine these characteristics. Throttle control linearity the feeling of heightened rider control was an early design goal and formed an importantly large part of the Crossrunner's development time.
The net result is a smooth rush of progressive, linear power with abundant torque throughout the rev range and precise control at every parameter of revs, throttle position, gear position and load.
In pursuit of this goal, engineers experimented with several different inlet trumpet shapes and lengths before the optimum settings were achieved.
The 782cc, quad cam, 90 degree V4 runs an over-square bore and stroke of 72.0 x 48.0mm for efficient cylinder filling via the four-valve, down-draught cylinder heads. The liquid-cooled unit feeds its power to the rear wheel via a six speed gearbox, wet clutch and chain final drive.
An added benefit of maximising the progressive nature of the torque and power curves is efficient fuelling, resulting in a 348km range from the 21.5-litre fuel tank.
An adaptable engine needs an equally capable chassis, and the Crossrunner
delivers this with a proven aluminium alloy, twin-spar frame that provides
excellent rigidity for when the rider demands more.
This sportsbike-derived chassis technology is part of the Crossrunner's unique cross-over proposition.
The design allows a much lower headstock height than traditional adventure bikes, resulting in much improved levels of rigidity.
With standard-fit ABS, the triple disc braking setup of the Crossrunner is
not only powerful, but safe too. Twin 296mm floating discs are arrested by
three-piston calipers at the front, whilst the rear 256mm disc brake adopts
a twin-piston caliper for precise control.
Extensive development work with the ratio of master cylinder-piston to caliper-piston ratios has achieved a high degree of rider feel for optimised levels of braking control and heightened aspects of rider feedback.
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X Features and Benefits
EURO-3. Complies with EURO-3 emissions regulations.
Pro-Link Rear Suspension. Monoshock rear suspension utilises a triangular linkage system to progressively increase damping force through range of rear swingarm movement.
V4-VTEC Engine.Hondas unique 2-stage valve control system maximises power output across the rev range.
Honda Multi-Action System. Cartridge-type front fork and rear damper design ensures a confident balance of compliant damping and precise handling.
Honda Evolutional Catalysing System. Oxygen-sensing system maintains an optimal air/fuel mixture for the most effective catalytic reduction of exhaust emissions.
Programmed Fuel Injection. Map-type computerised system maintains strong power and responsive performance in all conditions.
Combined Antilock Brake System.Optimises the balance of front and rear braking control while counteracting tyre slip when braking over variable road conditions.
Honda Ignition Security System. Only allows the bike to be started by its original encoded keys to effectively protect against theft.
A 29-litre pannier kit. Operated with the motorcycle key, the panniers are
aerodynamically shaped and easily detachable. The left pannier can hold most
A sleek 31-litre top box featuring a locking, quick-detach mounting system. Operated with the motorcycle key, the top box can hold a full-face helmet with room for other luggage.
Tough and stylish polyester and vinyl inner bags for the top box and panniers. These are black with a Honda Wing logo, and come with carrying straps and handles.
A higher windscreen that offers extended wind protection for taller riders.
A set of two fairing deflectors, offering increased wind protection.
A set of two fairing deflectors, offering increased wind protection.
A pair of slim heated grips with an integrated controller for maximum comfort and compact design integration.
A mainstand that makes rear wheel maintenance easier and provides more secure parking on uneven surfaces.
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X - US Specifications
USA MSRP Price - See Honda dealer for pricing.
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X - Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price - TBA CDN
Details to be announced.
2012 Honda Crosstourer - European Specifications
EU MSRP Price - See dealer for country pricing.
* Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under
standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on
a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider
and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending
on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions,
tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight,
and other factors.
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X - Australian Specifications
Australia MSRP Price - 14,990 AUD
TYPE Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
BORE & STROKE 72 x 48mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.6 : 1
CARBURETION PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
IGNITION Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
TRANSMISSION Constant mesh 6-speed
DRIVE O-ring sealed chain
DIMENSIONS (LxWxH) 2,130 x 799 x 1,243mm
SEAT HEIGHT 816mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 140mm
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 21.5 litres
KERB WIEGHT 240.4kg
CASTER ANGLE (RAKE) 25° 45'
FRONT 43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 165mm axle travel
REAR Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 145mm axle travel
FRONT 296mm dual floating hydraulic disc with 3-piston calipers, C-ABS and sintered metal pads
REAR 256mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper, C-ABS and sintered metal pads
WARRANTY PERIOD 24 Months
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X - UK Specifications
UK MSRP Price - TBA CDN
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
ACG Output 386W
Ignition Timing 8° BTDC (idle) ~ 50° BTDC (1200min-1)
Sparkplug Type IMR9D-9H (NGK); VNH27Z (DENSO)
Battery Capacity 12V/11AH (YTZ-12S)
Max. Power Output 74.9kW/10,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
Oil Capacity 3.8 litres
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Max. Torque 72.8Nm/9,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Bore × Stroke 72 × 48mm
Throttle Bore 36mm
Idling Speed 1200min-1
Compression Ratio 11.6 : 1
Final Reduction 2.687 (43/16)
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Clutch Operation Hydraulic
Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1.934 (64/33)
Dimensions and Weight
Caster Angle 25° 45'
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.5 litres
Aircleaner Oil-permeated, cartridge-type paper filter
Frame type Diamond; aluminium twin-spar; pivotless
Dimensions (L×W×H) 2,130 × 799 × 1,243mm
Graphite Black / Matt Moonstone Silver Metallic
Candy Blazing Red / Matt Moonstone Silver Metallic
Mat Bullet Silver (camouflage)
Pearl Fadeless White / Matt Bullet Silver Metallic
2012 Honda Crossrunner VFR800X - Press Release
Honda's exciting new entry into the adventure-touring category will provide
a thrilling riding experience for all types of riders.
Honda's Crossrunner is powered by a liquid-cooled 782cc, 4 cam, V4 engine with VTEC that delivers a smooth curve of power with excellent torque throughout the rev range.
This provides the rider a precisely controlled experience, for short trips or long distances alike.
The rider's level of control is further enhanced by the wider than normal handlebar configuration, responding accurately yet quickly to small steering inputs, whilst its aluminium alloy twin-spar frame provides excellent rigidity.
A 43mm cartridge-type front fork provides supreme front wheel control and excellent rider feedback.
Cast aluminium Pro-Arm swingarm, Pro-Link rising-rate linkage system and gas-charged HMAS damper with adjustable rebound combine for comfort and precise control.
The Crossrunner has been designed to maximise both rider and pillion comfort. A low-slung 4-2-1 exhaust system allows a low passenger seat for easy mounting and positions the pillion at a similar level to the rider resulting in enhanced ride feel and better wind protection. It is attractive in design, allows excellent cornering clearance and has that distinctive V4 engine note.
Perfect for journeys into new terrain the Crossrunner adapts to different styles of riding as well as to all types of conditions. For enhanced useability the Panniers and Top Box Kit allow ample storage space while the Mainstand will permit parking on the roughest terrain and the High Windscreen will offer wind protection for longer rides. Visit your Honda Dealer for a full list of accessories.
It's a Honda and safety is ensured thanks to the Crossrunner's high-performing Combined brakes with standard ABS creating powerful, assured braking with optimal control and feedback.
A 'floating' instrument binnacle is positioned for maximum visibility at all times and includes a digital LCD speedometer, a tachometer, twin trip meters, a coolant temperature gauge, an ambient temperature indicator and a clock.
Available in two colour variants; Graphite Black/Matt Moonstone Silver Metallic and Candy Blazing Red/Matt Moonstone Silver Metallic, the Crossrunner retails competitively at $14,990.