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

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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.”

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