A NEW premium level sports touring bike is set to hit the road in 2015, with Honda announcing the VFR800X Crossrunner, boasting a host of changes and new features and confirming its position as a premium adventure sports tourer.
The original Crossrunner, on sale since 2011, married Honda’s unique 800cc V4 engine to an upright, street-oriented riding position, but the new bike pushes the concept forward with stronger all-round sporty performance to go with a revised, more aggressive riding position and sharper adventure styling.
The VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16 valve engine remains, but now offers increased low and mid-range torque and increased peak power of 78kW, delivered at 10,250rpm.
The aluminium twin-beam frame features a lighter, revised sub-frame and new aluminium swing-arm - another VFR signature piece, improved suspension with longer travel: 25mm in its two-piece telescopic forks and 28mm in the rear shock, and ABS now comes as standard.
The VFR800X front 17-inch hollow-cast aluminium wheel is fitted with dual 310mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers. The 120 front and 180 rear sporty street-size tyres are designed for optimal on-road performance.
The rider now also benefits from the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), offering two levels of control (plus off) to sense imminent loss of rear wheel traction and seamlessly reduce torque to allow the tyre to grip.
The Crossrunner is a true VFR – a motorcycle designed for hard riding fun, but with style, comfort and practicality. Accordingly, the seat is now adjustable, offering two height options, and there’s 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators as standard. New full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.
The VFR800X Crossrunner will be available in Candy Arcadian Red or Pearl White and will be in dealerships in January 2015 for a list price of $14,499.