The big adventure segment is a crowded space, and there are some brilliant bikes in it. So, who buys the Crosstourer and why? We ask everybody to swing a leg over our demo bike and take it out for an hour, after spending some time of the competition. Those who buy the Crosstourer do so for one huge reason, the brilliant Honda V4 sitting at the heart of the bike.
It's an absolutely stonking engine. So much mid-range power and brilliant manners. Handling is great, brakes have tonnes of feel and modulation. In our opinion (and the many who buy it) it might well be the best of the Adventure bikes when used where most people ride them - on the road. Come and have a go.
The VFR1200X Crosstourer, launched in 2012, is Honda’s range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team, led by Large Project Leader Yosuke Hasegawa, set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore.
Equipped with a 1,237cc V4 engine, advanced chassis and electronic package – Combined ABS, Traction Control System (TCS) and the option of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox – the Crosstourer firmly planted a flag at the high-performance end of the adventure segment.
As a go-anywhere, do-anything tool it has few peers – but its real difference lies in the addictive power and soundtrack produced by its soulful V4 engine, something unique in this class.
In 2014 the VFR1200X Crosstourer received improved comfort, evolved its existing technology and applied new touches. With Honda’s Selectable Torque Control, the system allows the rider to select three different levels to control engine torque and resultant drive to the rear wheel; the system can also be switched off. Honda’s six-speed DCT gearbox received software refinements to deliver an even more intuitive and natural performance, whether on highway or back road.
Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators were also fitted.
The seat was modified to improve rider comfort and facilitate easier ground reach and a ‘wave’ design ignition key was set as standard.
For 2017, the VFR1200X Crosstourer is now EURO4 compliant, and gets enhanced practicality with an easily-adjustable windscreen, 12V socket and three levels of S Mode in its DCT version.
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