Honda reveals the all-new Honda Crossrunner, an upright standard sourcing the 782cc V-Four from the VFR800.
Honda pitches its new ride as a hybrid model: “Take the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine, and give it the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure bike; what you’re left with is something special. The Crossrunner.”
The Crossrunner utilizes the liquid-cooled, 90-degree 782cc V-Four powering the Interceptor in American Honda current lineup. Peak power claims are 100 horsepower at 10,000 rpm 53.7 lb-ft torque at 9,500 rpm. Honda explains the engine selection thus: “With most sport tourer machines using an Inline four-cylinder engine and most adventure motorcycles using a twin-cylinder powerplant, the design team had an exciting opportunity. A smooth, flexible and soulful 800cc V-Four engine, specifically tuned for a machine that helps a rider find a flowing rhythm.”
Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection delivers the fuel. A six-speed transmission transmits the power to the rear wheel via chain final drive.
The Crossunner sources an aluminum twin spar frame. Suspension units are a 43mm fork (preload adjustable) and Honda Pro-link a gas-charged rear shock (preload and rebound adjustable). Braking features Honda’s combined ABS, with a pair of six-piston calipers clamping on 296mm front rotors and a 256mm disc with two-piston caliper in the rear.
Honda press touts the Crossrunner’s upright riding position and stability, the marque claiming 120 wind tunnel sessions to “build a motorcycle with such unwavering stability.” The wind tunnel must have shaped the new Crossrunner’s bodywork and upper fairing, with short windscreen. Styling for the new bike carries over the lines teased before EICMA in concept sketches.
The folks at Honda have pushed the “cross” prefix hard at Milan, having dubbed its adventure-touring-like concept at EICMA the Crosstourer. Then there’s the scooter/motorcycle “crossover” design study, dubbed the New Mid Concept. Where exactly does the new Crossrunner slot itself in the motorcycle family? We’ll let Honda have the final word, for now:
“With the attributes of both a Naked performance machine and an adventure bike, the Crossrunner is a new kind of motorcycle. One that can effortlessly adapt to many different styles of riding.”
Stay tuned for more Crossrunner information.
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