Tuesday, November 02, 2010

2011 Honda Crossrunner: First official pics, specs, video

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We just don't get the Honda Crossrunner. Yes, it's all nice and smooth and refined and slick, but where's the excitement? We don't know who'd want one of these...

Honda are extending their V4-engined range for 2011, with the Crossrunner, which is fitted with a 782cc V4 engine. ‘The Crossrunner represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres: the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine with the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure bike,’ says a press release from Honda.

According to Honda, the Crossrunner has been designed to have the appearance and the image of an adventure bike, but with suspension and ergonomics optimised for street use. So no long travel suspension, tall seat heights or dual-purpose tyres here. On the other hand, the Crossrunner’s V4 engine, with Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing system, has been tuned for smooth, linear and flexible power delivery, which makes the bike easy to use in a wide range of conditions.

The 2011 Honda Crossrunner gets an aluminium alloy twin-spar chassis, 43mm cartridge-type front fork, cast aluminium Pro-Arm swingarm, Pro-Link rising-rate linkage system and gas-charged HMAS damper with adjustable rebound damping – all tuned for optimum ride comfort. Honda’s Combined-ABS is standard fitment on this machine. The fuel tank can take in 21.5 litres of petrol, providing a range of 348km.

So what do we think of the new Crossrunner? Umm... well, it looks smooth, refined and... boring. Honda haven’t quoted any power figures for that 800cc VTEC V4 and when we do finally find out how much power it makes, we don’t expect to be amazed. Also, its dynamic capabilities are likely to be limited, the styling is ordinary and whether you choose to ride on the street or off-road, the bike doesn’t seem to have any special talents. The bike is priced at £9,000 which seems all right, but we don’t really know what to make of the Crossrunner and we don’t know who’d want one...

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"Too big, heavy and ungainly, not focused enough' seems to be a recurring theme for new Honda motorcycles. The 2011 Honda Crossdresser Crossrunner will probably end up as just another middle-of-the-road bike that nobody really cares about...

Official promo video for the 2011 Honda Crossrunner

2 comments:

Jeff said...

I WANT ONE! I absolutely love the Honda V4 engines. I have had two VFR750's over the years and I currently own a 2003 Honda Magna and a BMW K1200LT. I've been looking for a suitable replacement for the KLT. I was looking at the F800GS, but now that this has come along the choice is clear. I WILL OWN THIS BIKE!

Anonymous said...

Looks very inviting. Presently I own a 2001 vfr. I have been looking into the st1300 but this new bike should fit the bill without the size.