Here is another great motorcycle that Honda should consider launching in the UAE. At this moment, I’m not so sure of Honda’s two-wheeler line-up in the country and a visit to the showroom just highlights how the brand is focused primarily on their motocross and supersport machines and the ever popular Goldwing. You will see an occasional VFR1200 and the NC750X along with the Integra scooter but sales are nothing to write home about.
Here is all you need to know about the all-new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner. Information taken from Honda’s press release.
The VFR800X Crossrunner, which went on sale in 2011, was the first model in Honda’s Crossover ‘X’ range. It combined the VFR800F sports 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.
The VFR800X Crossrunner 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. Power output is rated at 105bhp and maximum torque output is 75Nm. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, full LED lighting, 5-stage heated grips, self-cancelling indicators and a height-adjustable seat are all fitted as standard.
The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner – incorporating many elements from the new 2014 VFR800F – strongly pushes the Crossrunner concept forward, with a clear focus on performance and technology. Its revised engine and chassis, HSTC, LED lights, refined, more upright riding position and sharper styling improve both function and form to create a practical all-purpose motorcycle with sharp V4 edge for excitement with every ride.
Core of the VFR800X Crossrunner is its 90° V4-VTEC DOHC 16 valve engine. 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 4-2-1-1 exhaust similar to the new VFR800F.
In addition the VFR800X Crossrunner rider now benefits from Honda Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) – similar to that fitted to its big-brother VFR1200X Crosstourer. Visually identical to the VFR800F, the VFR800X Crossrunner’s suspension has longer travel; 25mm in the two-piece telescopic forks and 28mm in the rear shock. ABS is fitted as standard and the front 17-inch hollow-cast aluminium wheel is fitted with dual 310mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston callipers.
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.
The VFR800X Crossrunner features Honda’s self-cancelling indicator system. 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.
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.