Reader Paul Smith rates his year-old 6k-mile VFR800X
THE OWNER Paul Smith has been riding 40 years and spends his time enjoying the roads of Derbyshire and being an on-call Bloodbiker, ferrying medical items across the country
Some things are just meant to be, which is what MCN reader Paul Smith discovered when he became the owner of a Honda VFR800X Crossrunner last summer. “I had my eye on a BMW R1200GS Rallye at Bob Minion Honda in Derby but it had been sold by the time I got there,” says Paul. “I was disappointed but the salesman then directed me to the Crossrunner. I’ve got fairly short arms and long legs, a stiff neck and I wear varifocals so I like an upright position, and when I tried the Crossrunner it felt like a revelation.
“I test rode one and was blown away with the flexibility of the motor. The V4 has so much usability and character. There’s a sweetspot just below where the VTEC kicks in and you can stay in there all day if you want to ride for economy. But for the time you do want to ride faster and accelerate then you just take it over the VTEC point then it takes off, it’s just unbelievable.
“You can feel it when the VTEC kicks in, but I don’t think it’s quite as much of a lurch as it used to be on the old VFR. But the biggest thing you notice is the sound – the engine note changes completely. When you take it above the VTEC zone it almost sounds like a two-stroke. It’s a bike that ticks all my boxes.”