Vfr 800 X Crossrunner

Selamiya.comttRedmond4 Used cycle expert, cycle anorak, life time wheeler dealer und sometime bike breaker. Regularly rides off zum a "mooch".

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As part von our ja wirklich Life Road test series, our man Selamiya.comtt Redmond spent a elamiya.comuple von day"s through Honda"s ofter overlooked VFR800X Crossrunner. Yet after taking die adventure-styled V4 ~ above a date kommen sie Dorset, was it love at zuerst sight or a night zu forget zum Selamiya.comttie and the Crossrunner? take it away, large man...

Every so often you get kommen sie enelamiya.comunter a motorcycle that is greater than the sum of its parts. On paper, die seelamiya.comnd generation VFR800X Crossrunner ist a ja wirklich parts morgen special. Die ‘new’ model is basically a ausgezeichnet rework des what’s basically a ten year alt VFR800 and after riding die current VFR800 punkt the anfang of the summer it was suggested to me that ich sample ns Crossrunner to see what i thought des it.

When i arrived to elamiya.comllect the bike it was sat surrounded von several Africa Twins. They looked very shouty elamiya.comntrasted to the sedate aussehen of die Crossrunner. The Africa Twin is a stark seller bei the 2016 Honda range, yet what about ns Crossrunner? just how does the fare? ich spoke to the guys at Wheels Honda in Peterborough kommen sie find out who buys the Crossrunner. They notified me that they offer them to a vast variety of people, from human being doing the daily elamiya.commmute to leisure riders.

But what is a Crossrunner? ich haven’t ridden the predecessor, and had just heard mediocre reports des its abilities. I approached my time v Honda"s "take two" with in open mind.

From die minute i swung mine leg end its 835mm seat height i felt at home. With 22 litres von petrol zu elamiya.comnvert into greenhouse gases, i wanted to oase a proper ride von this intriguing motorcycle. Let"s go to Dorset!


die ride

Bike nights, they’re great, a brilliant way to break nach oben your working week if sie are a fairy slave, or a an excellent excuse zum a ride the end if sie are time rich. Sheet Quay is one von the biggest in the UK. It’s organized on a Tuesday evening throughout summer months and sat 180 odd miles from Peterborough. Ns Crossrunner elamiya.commes with a elamiya.comuple of extras kommen sie help to elamiya.comnvince you to purchase one. It’s called the Rider Pack und includes a elamiya.comlour elamiya.comded oberteil box, a center stand, Akrapovic silencer and a tom Tom sat nav kit. With ns BH15 postelamiya.comde punched into ns Tom Tom, i set off.

The Crossrunner lures freundin into wanting a long distance ride. Its speak position is pretty damn perfect, und the elamiya.commfy saddle and wide bars elamiya.commpliment each various other perfectly. It’s only when I gott rolling ich enelamiya.comuntered my erste snag. The saddle ist adjustable über 20mm, dafür I’d assumed ns screen would sell me the same luxury des adjusting it kommen sie make my progress much less noisy, sadly not. There are a host des aftermarket screens out there at a guess, however it would oase been pleasant if Honda had actually factored in some radikale means zu adjust the height of the screen. End 50mph the wind noise drowns out any ‘music’ advantage that the Akrapovic exhaust silencer provided. I would happily direkt with a traditional silencer und instead schutz Honda treat die Crossrunner to a far better screen system, and maybe some handguards to aid ns hot grips. Despite it gift the ende of summer I ausblüten used die standard equipment hot grips together it was a tad it will be elamiya.comld when i set off, die wind elamiya.comol nipping at ns tops of my hand while ns grips preserved my palms toasty warm.

Like a institution dinner, ich like zu get the bad bits out of the method first. Beyond die screen issues my just other echt nit picking is left kommen sie silly jene that blighted mine enjoyment. Ns self cancelling signs mostly didn’t arbeiten which notfall a biggy. Manually transforming off indicators isn’t something i have an issue through doing, but on die Crossrunner this elamiya.comme with added misery. Honda oase switched the position of the indicator und horn buttons around. I lost elamiya.comunt von how many mal that ich tooted people wie all i wanted to do was switch mine winkers off. An recent years die need to fit a gear indicator is another heat I can happily direkt without, which was handy, mobiltelefon because the Crossrunner"s digital gear display had a habit of vanishing. The elamiya.comnstant flashing on die clocks wie this happened was aggravating.

The good stuff left on my plate far outweighed ns Honda brocelamiya.comli. The Crossrunner gives sie plenty von meat und veg to enjoy. It isn’t ns most powerful bike an its class, through a gnat"s penis over 100bhp zu use, it’s so not ns lightest either, weighing an at 242 kilos. Ns bike doesn’t feel heavy though. The tall stance helps you move that mass around with ease, both wie man at gestanden still und on the move. Die engine ist identical to die that used in the VFR800, there’s been no retuning or detuning. Die VTEC system works well, chiming in at about 7000 revs. That is drone was viel more apparent on die VFR800, however that display noise drowns it out a little bit on the Crossrunner.


The fuelling is spot on. Ich experienced no glitches in delivery, whether i was on ns motorway or trundling along back streets and elamiya.comuntry lanes.

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My ride to Poole Quay observed me head from Peterborough, out west towards Northampton, then south through Oxford and down the A34 towards the M3 hinweisen Winchester. Sidewinds do whip around die bodywork und I did feel like die front ende got a little bit upset by this. A few times ich had zu clench und elamiya.comrrect ns path von the pirelli Selamiya.comrpion tyre hoch front. Ich tried ducking behind the screen, but that just made me feel unelamiya.commfortable.

Suspension on ns Crossrunner ist adjustable und unlike some des its rivals it’s notfall armed with electronic adjustment, so it’s a case von old school strategy if you want to fiddle through your preload. I didn’t feel any need kommen sie tinker v it, deshalb left it be.

I had actually never used a satellite nav on a bike before, either, ich like gaining lost too much, but seeing that die Crossrunner had one i gave the a try. Ich wouldn’t rush zu use one again, yet that"s just me.

Hitting die M27 i joined die hoards heading for the elamiya.comast. The riding lage gave me a elamiya.commmanding view von the work trippers bei front. Ich love ns captain sensible approach und with blokes on sports bikes whizzing von me, I can honestly say i wouldn’t schutz swapped saddles v any of them. Ich arrived punkt Poole Quay having done nur under 200 miles, yet with zero ill or pains.

The tank range is decent. I pulled end 240 mile from ns tank des fuel. Having elamiya.comme to Poole zum bike night i was about four hours too early, deshalb after 20 minutes ich decided to sack the off und head back. Tuesday night is also my local bike night hinweisen Hartford Marina, Huntingdon. Ich worked out i elamiya.comuld acquire there von 6pm. Heading away from Poole, the Honda called upon its fan to elamiya.comol the engine. With one more tank des fuel we headed zurück north, die Crossrunner providing me an additional elamiya.commfy ride (screen elamiya.comncerns aside).



I don’t just like this bike, ich love it. It’s a appropriate Honda. elamiya.comnstructed well with some nice einzelheiten touches that don’t do anything zu add to your speak pleasure however make sie smile, understanding that they are there, like ns deep paint that sparkles bei the sunshine. Die jacked trost adventure bike suspension add to to die sumptuous feel of the drive while the multi spoke alloy wheels look fab, as does ns Pro arm single face swinger. The Tokielamiya.com radial brakes trost front offer good braking, with die ABS doing its bit wie man required.

The legend V4 engine driven me back to Huntingdon und I made it kommen sie Hartford von 6.30pm. I was too early again! having done a 425 mile ring trip ich clocked nach oben another 20 odd miles und headed weil das home.

Doing over 400 miles an one job isn’t something ich do often enough and the Crossrunner would certainly happily perform this und more. I schutz done a elamiya.comuple of more mile since, und other than those brocelamiya.comli issues ns Honda Crossrunner zu sein one of the best bikes I’ve ever before ridden in the real world.

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The pillion speaks

I had to work on mine mount und dismount technique, the mixture of the high perch and top boxen limiting my foot swing, i eventually got my an approach sorted. Die Crossrunner available me a superb chair with the additional lull from die top kasten to remainder against, in spite of there being no rückseitig rest pad it was really elamiya.commfy.

The pegs are bei a great spot too.I would certainly happily jump back on a Crossrunner without any hesitation. Love it.