Honda Crossrunner First Look

November 5, 2010
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

Honda revealed its all-new Crossrunner model at the EICMA Milan Bike Show. Sourcing the 782cc V-Four from Big Red’s VFR800 model, the new Crossunner represents an intriguing streetbike entry from the Japanese marque.

Honda Media PR: 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.
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 Crossrunner Photo Gallery

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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.

Honda press touts the Crossrunners upright riding position and stability  the marque claiming 120 wind tunnel sessions to build a motorcycle with such unwavering stability.
A new mid-displacement street bike, Honda’s Crossover will enter the European market in 2011.

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.

Get more information onthe Honda Crossover in the Honda videos below, courtesy of Youtube. Follow all the exciting new motorcycle releases on our EICMA Milan Bike Show page.

The Crossunner sources an aluminum twin spar frame. Honda reveals the all-new Honda Crossrunner  an upright standard sourcing the 782cc V-Four from the VFR800.The Crossrunner suspension is a 43mm fork  preload adjustable  and Honda Pro-link a gas-charged rear shock  preload and rebound adjustable .

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