All-rounder delivers goods
THE Honda VFR800X Crossrunner is a phenomenal machine that perfectly blends the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine with the upright riding position and rugged styling of an adventure bike.
At the heart of this evocative machine is Honda’s magnificent 800cc V4 VTEC engine, renowned for its smooth power delivery, grunt and glorioussounding V4 burble.
For those who came in late, VTEC is a system developed by Honda in which two valves per cylinder operate until you reach 6600rpm, after which the two remaining valves cut in producing more power.
On deceleration the system switches back to two valves at 6100rpm.
The result is a Jekyll and Hyde of a motorcycle, smooth and compliant as you bumble around town and an absolute beast when you give it the berries.
The six-speed gear box is slick and easy to use, just as you would expect.
The Crossrunner has been designed with comfort in mind, with its generous flat seat set at 816mm from the ground and broad handlebars located at what can only be described as the perfect position.
The foot pegs are high and set back slightly, providing both a comfortable and sporty position.
The curvaceous fuel tank is an ample 21.5 litres, from which you can expect a range of more than 300km.
Instrumentation is taken care of with a modern, easyto-read LCD panel that seemingly floats in front of the handlebars. The panel provides speedo, bar tacho, clock, twin trip meters and coolant temperature.
ABS (anti-lock braking system) is standard with a combined braking system when the rear brake lever is applied.
This operates by activating one of the pistons in the front right calliper when the rear brake is used, giving an added element of safety and a reduction in rear end squat under braking.
Front brakes operate as normal when the front brake lever is applied.
The bike is exceedingly comfortable and easy to ride.
Although there is little in the way of fairings, the shape of the bike provides a surprising amount of protection from the wind and other elements.
The beautiful baritone note of the exhaust bestows quite possibly the best sound from any standard pipe on any bike. And once you wind it up past 6600rpm towards its 12,000rpm redline, the banshee wail that issues forth is nothing short of wonderful.
The handling is simply sublime. Although not to be confused with an adventure bike, the Crossrunner is able to take undulations and rougher road surfaces in its stride.
In fact, it provides a level of stability and grip on the black-top that adventure bikes could only dream of.
It is so well planted that in the right hands it will show most sports bikes a clean set of heels.
commuting, touring or scratching round some twisties with your mates, this machine is a near-perfect all-rounder.
Why not treat yourself to a test ride today? Honda’s VFR800X Crossrunner is available from Cyclone Motorcycles, Hickman St, Winnellie. $16,490 ride away.
Not to be confused with an adventure bike, the Crossrunner is able to take undulations and rougher road surfaces in its stride . . . a level of stability and grip on the black-top that adventure bikes could only dream of