For hard-riding thrills
Honda’s 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner focuses on performance and technology
HONDA’S premium adventure sports tourer has evolved 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 V4VTEC engine, sharper adventure styling plus refined ergonomics and longer travel suspension, new wheels and brakes. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, full LED lighting, five-stage heated grips, self-cancelling indicators and a height-adjustable seat are all fitted as standard.
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.
The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner, incorporating many elements from the new 2014 VFR800F, 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.
Yoichi Inayama, large project leader (LPL) VFR800X Crossrunner, said: “For this development of the VFR800X Crossrunner, we wanted to create a premium motorcycle with a ready-for-action feeling, for customers to use with maximum enjoyment every day. The styling demanded beautifully functional parts, and light proportions with minimal fairings.
“Our new VFR800X Crossrunner has fulfilled these goals and follows the VFR tradition: it has an array of advanced technologies.
“For us, it gives a craving to ride everyday and we hope it brings the same fun and good spirit to our customers.”
2. MODEL OVERVIEW
Core of the VFR800X Crossrunner is its 90° V4-VTEC DOHC 16-valve engine. It packs boosted low and mid-range torque for fluid drive, plus improved top- end power compared to the previous model, and features a new 4-2-1-1 ex- haust similar to the new VFR800F.
In addition, the VFR800X Crossrun- ner rider now benefits from the Honda Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC), similar to that fitted to its big- brother VFR1200X Crosstourer. If the system senses an imminent loss of rear- wheel traction it reduces torque to allow the tyre to grip.
Two levels of HSTC are available (plus off) and mode selection appears on the LCD instrumentation.
The evocative aluminium twin-beam frame features a revised subframe while the single sided aluminium swingarm — another VFR signature piece — is stiffer and lighter. Visually identical to the VFR800F, the VFR800X Crossrunner’s suspension has longer travel, 25 mm in the two-piece telescopic forks and 28 mm in the rear shock. ABS is fitted as standard and the front 17-inch hollowcast aluminium wheel is fitted with dual 310 mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers.
The VFR800X Crossrunner is a true VFR, a motorcycle designed for hardriding fun, but with style, comfort and practicality.
3. KEY FEATURES 3.1 STYLING AND EQUIPMENT
Purely a street-focused machine, and with a strong hint of VFR800F around the ‘X’’ signature white light LED headlight, the VFR800X Crossrunner’s overall design follows a theme of tough sophistication.
Seat height can be adjusted to either 815 mm or 835 mm to help suit a wider range of riders. Combined with the comfortable seat and foot-peg positioning, the wide new 683 mm handlebars put the rider firmly in control. The VFR800X Crossrunner is easy to handle in all situations and quick to respond to more aggressive rider input, thanks to the extra leverage and low yaw inertia.
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.
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 five-stage heated grips. The VFR800X Crossrunner will be available in three colour options: Candy Arcadian Red, Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic and Pearl Glare White.
Agile handling is key to the VFR800X Crossrunner’s philosophy as it has to clip Alpine apexes as well as ride through city streets. The Crossrunner’s suspension is similar to the 2014 VFR800F but the 43 mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork features an extra 25 mm travel and offers stepless spring preload adjustment plus rebound damping adjustment.
The HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through Pro-Link and offers hydraulically adjusted spring preload, 28 mm more travel and raised ground clearance to 165 mm.
The VFR800X Crossrunner’s 782 cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4VTEC engine serves up improved performance and generates more low-to mid-range power and torque. Boosted peak power of 78 kW (106 PS) is delivered at 10 250 rpm and the increased torque output through the bottom and mid-rpm ranges is immediately noticeable. Peak torque of 75 Nm is delivered at 8 500 rpm.
4. SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE (VAT INCLUSIVE)
The new VFR800X is available at all authorised Honda wing dealerships countrywide. The pricing includes a two-year unlimited mileage warranty and oneyear roadside assistance. Price: VFR800X R141 990.
The 2015 Honda VFR800X Crossrunner.