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 on the competition. Those who buy the Crosstourer do so for one huge reason, the brilliant Honda V4 sitting at the heart of the bike, the easy handling and the all day comfort.
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 addition of the DCT gearbox suits the bike really well, in fact, it's the one we would go for.
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.
From 2017, the VFR1200X Crosstourer is EURO4 compliant, and gets enhanced practicality with an easily-adjustable windscreen, 12V socket and three levels of S Mode in its DCT version.
|Monthly payment||£ 159.00|
|Customer deposit||£ 3,249.45|
|Amount of credit||£ 10,789.55|
|Number of monthly payments||36|
|Optional final payment (GFV)||£ 6,973.61|
|Total amount payable||£ 14,039.00|
|Representative APR||0 %|
|Option to Purchase Fee||£ 0.00|
|Annual contracted mileage||4000|
|Excess Mileage Fee (pence)||8p|
Representative Example, provided for illustration purposes only.
In PCP finance examples, the final payment is optional and is the minimum guaranteed value of the bike (providing the bike isn't damaged or beyond reasonable wear and tear for the age and mileage).
Your options at the end of a PCP agreement are to either hand the bike back to the finance company, use the bike as a part exchange against a new one or pay the final payment and take ownership of the bike.
In all cases of finance, the motorcycle belongs to the finance house until the final payment is made at the end of the agreement.
PCP agreements work best when you have a low deposit, want to have low manageable monthly payments and intend to part exchange or sell the bike at the end of the agreement. If you have a significant deposit, can afford higher monthly payments or plan to keep the bike beyond the term of the agreement then a finance proposal based on a regular monthly payment without a deferred final payment may provide the lowest total cost. We can talk you through all of the options we can offer.
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