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    HONDA'S VFRpowered Crossrunner is definitely in the territory of sports- tourer-on-stilts but it subscribes to the same aesthetic as the rest.

    More powerful, more comfortable and better looking - Honda has built the Crossrunner we always wanted - Visordown is the world's fastest.

    The VFRX horsepower rating comes in at HP 78kW and is delivered at 10,rpm, with an immediately-noticeable increased torque output through the bottom and mid-rpm ranges. ABS is fitted as standard and the front inch hollow-cast aluminum wheel is fitted with dual mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers. My 99 VFR didn't burn any oil either. Honda don't want to know, nor do the dealers. The original Crossrunner, introduced four years ago, took the firm's conventional VFRF sports-tourer and gave it a tweak with longer-travel suspension and adventure-bike styling cues to create a bike that bridged the gap between the adventure class and pure street models.

    Bike Review: Honda Crossrunner

    It featured more mid-range torque and top-end power from its upgraded V4-VTEC engine, sharper adventure styling plus refined ergonomics and longer travel suspension, new wheels and brakes. It combined the VFRF sport touring platform and an upright, adventure-oriented riding position to create a multi-purpose motorcycle with a soulful V4 motor providing power and feel, and a chassis that carved out corners or the daily commute in equal measure.

    Its revised engine and chassis, HSTC, LED lights, refined, more upright riding position and sharper styling improved both function and form to create a practical all-purpose motorcycle with sharp V4 edge for excitement with every ride. The styling demanded beautifully functional parts, and light proportions with minimal fairings.

    We wanted an upright position giving great visibility and agile handling so the rider can attack any corner with confidence. And refinements to the V4 engine had to deliver responsive and enjoyable power. It packs boosted low and mid-range torque for fluid, effortless drive plus improved top-end power compared to the previous model, and features a new exhaust similar to the new VFRF. If the system senses an imminent loss of rear wheel traction it seamlessly reduces torque to allow the tire to grip.

    ABS is fitted as standard and the front inch hollow-cast aluminum wheel is fitted with dual mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers. Full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch. Styling takes its adventure sport cues from the VFRX CrossTourer, with an efficient screen and fairing and fixed beak-like front cowl above a short front mudguard. Seat height can be adjusted to either mm or mm to help suit a wider range of riders.

    The seat itself features a slimmer frontal area, making ground reach easier and providing greater comfort whilst the upright riding position gives the rider great all-round visibility. Combined with the comfortable seat and footpeg positioning, the wide mm handlebars put the rider firmly in control and ready to attack any corner.

    The VFRX CrossRunner is easy to handle in all situations and quick to respond to more aggressive rider input whether carving through twisty mountain roads or riding through the urban jungle thanks to the extra leverage and low yaw inertia. Designed to work unnoticed by the rider, it compares front and rear wheel speed differential when turning via the ABS wheel sensors and calculates when to cancel indication when going straight again.

    An indicator is included for the 5-stage heated grips. All mechanical parts are finished in Light Silver, while Matte Black is used on the engine covers and wheels highlighting the body color. The HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through Pro-Link and offers hydraulically adjusted spring preload, 28mm more travel and raised ground clearance to mm.

    A newly designed, more torsionally rigid, lighter aluminum single-sided Pro-arm swingarm completes the package with premium style and function. The fork lowers are designed in two pieces to allow fitment of new radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. Fine Die-Cast FDC hollow aluminum wheels employ dual mm floating discs up front and a mm disc at the rear. ABS is standard fitment and helps provide consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.

    The diamond triple-box section aluminum twin-spar frame is unchanged but uses a revised, lightweight die-cast aluminum subframe with integrated pannier mounts.

    Honda VFR800X Crossrunner review



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