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With its 800cc V4 motor the Crossrunner provides a thrilling riding experience, be it for short urban trips or for covering vast distances.
Honda’s premium adventure sports tourer evolves substantially for 2015, with a host of upgrades designed to deliver more hard-riding excitement. It features 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, with ABS as standard.
The VFR800X 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 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. New, full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.
Styling takes its adventure sport cues from the VFR1200X Crosstourer, with an efficient screen and fairing and fixed beak-like front cowl above a short front mudguard. There’s plenty of room for a pillion and the rear grab rails and pannier mounts integrate into the tail unit; a sump guard protects the engine underside from debris.
Seat height can be adjusted to either 815mm or 835mm 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 new 683mm handlebars put the rider firmly in control and ready to attack any corner. The VFR800X 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.
As important as the agile chassis, a willing and responsive powerplant is a major part of the VFR800X Crossrunner’s appeal. And its 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine serves up improved performance and now generates more low-to midrange power and torque.
Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with compression ratio of 11.8:1. The PGM-FI fuel injection – with 36mm throttle bodies – has been remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters and fuel economy of 18.8km/l (WMTC mode).
The new mass-centralised 4-2-1-1 exhaust has been revised both externally and internally to assist the uprated torque output while retaining a strong rush of power at higher rpm. Shorter exhaust downpipes ensure the catalyser heats rapidly for maximum efficiency.
|ENGINE TYPE||782cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4|
|BORE AND STROKE||72 x 48mm|
|COMPRESSION RATIO||11.8 : 1|
|CARBURATION||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|IGNITION||Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance|
|DIMENSIONS||2,190 x 870 x 1,360mm|
|SEAT HEIGHT||815mm / 835mm|
|FUEL CAPACITY||20.8 litres|
|FRONT||43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment; 145mm stroke|
|REAR||Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment; 148mm axle travel|
|FRONT||310mm x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers (ABS) and sintered metal pads|
|REAR||256mm x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper (ABS) and sintered metal pads|
|WARRANTY PERIOD||24 Months|
|COLOUR||Candy Arcadian Red and Pearl White|