Honda has announced the new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner, boasting a host of changes and new features.
The original Crossrunner, on sale since 2011 and reviewed here, married Honda’s unique 800cc V4 engine to an upright, street-oriented riding position. The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner pushes the concept forward with stronger all-round sporty performance to go with a revised, more aggressive riding position and sharper adventure styling.
At the heart of the machine remains its VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16 valve engine, which now offers increased low and mid-range torque for flexible, effortless drive plus increased peak power of 78kW, delivered at 10,250rpm.
The aluminium twin-beam frame features a lighter, revised subframe and new aluminium swingarm - another VFR signature piece.
Improved suspension provides longer travel: 250mm in its two-piece telescopic forks and 280mm in the rear shock.
With ABS 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 same kind of torque control system fitted. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) offers 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 as well as 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.
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