Introducing The VFR800X Crossrunner
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 is designed to deliver hard-riding touring excitement. It features substantial mid-range torque and top-end power from its V4-VTEC engine, sharpe adventure styling plus a comfortable ride wthlong travel suspension and ABS as standard.
The VFR800X offers an adjustable seat, 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. 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, making ground reach easier and provides greater comfort whilst the upright riding position gives the rider great all-round visibility. There is a 5-stage adjustable windscreen for optimum weather protection.
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.
A redesigned LCD dash uses a reverse display against white LED backlight. The speedometer/tachometer are located together; there’s also a gear position indicator, fuel consumption and cruising range indicator, clock, ambient temperature gauge and twin trip meters. An indicator is included for the 5-stage heated grips. A compact ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving – reduces the chance of breakage and adds to the overall premium quality feel of the bike.
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.
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.
Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) compares front and rear wheel speeds via the non-contact ABS sensors; when the slip ratio of the rear wheel exceeds a pre-set amount the ECU restricts fuel injection and ignition, reducing torque to smoothly maintain grip.
The system is operated from the left handlebar and features 2 modes of operation, plus off. The default setting when the ignition is turned on is mode 2 – the maximum amount of torque reduction. From this start point mode 1 can be selected; it offers less system intervention and the HSTC can be switched off completely if desired. If HSTC intervenes the rider receives an alert from a flashing high-intensity ‘T’ indicator located in the dash.
The dual radiator units are small, with increased core density (a design used by the RVF RC45 homologation race special) and are sited at the front of the engine rather than either side, making for a slimmer feeling motorcycle that’s easier to manage. The upper radiator and air guide (located on the left of the engine) work together to channel consistent airflow into the large funnel feeding the airbox.
Agile handling is key to the VFR800X Crossrunner’s philosophy as it has to clip Alpine apexes as well as it rides through busy city streets. The Crossrunner’s suspension is similar to the 2014 VFR800F but the 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork features an extra 25mm travel and offers stepless spring preload adjustment plus rebound damping adjustment.
|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 1,385mm with windscreen in lowest position, 1440mm with windscreen in highest position.|
|SEAT HEIGHT||815mm / 835mm|
|FUEL CAPACITY||20.8 litres|
|FRONT||120/70 - 17|
|REAR||180/55 - 17|
|FRONT||43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment; 131mm 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 callipers (ABS) and sintered metal pads|
|REAR||256mm x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston calliper (ABS) and sintered metal pads|
|WARRANTY PERIOD||24 Months|
|COLOUR||Candy Prominence Red and Matte Ballistic Black Metallic|