The production version of Honda’s new Crosstourer debuted at EICMA 2011 after Big Red tipped its AT intentions the year prior when the bike broke cover as a concept bike.
Honda has unveiled seven new 2012 models at the EICMA 2011 show in Milan. Headlining the incoming class of ’12 production freshmen is Honda’s pitch for the large-displacement Adventure-Touring segment: the Crosstourer.
If the Crosstourer sounds familiar, the AT mount was Honda’s big headline during last year’s EICMA show – where it debuted as a concept model. A camouflaged Crosstourer prototype was also spied testing earlier this year. Details are still forthcoming on this new production version, but here’s what we know so far:
The Crosstourer is powered by a 76-degree 1237cc V-Four, making it kin to the VFR1200F. But where the VFR engine produces well over 150 brake horsepower (we measured 144 rear wheel horsepower in our latest VFR1200F test unit), the Crosstourer makes a claimed 127.4 ponies according to Honda press material. Peak torque is claimed at 92.9 lb-ft. Revisions to cam profiles, valve timing and fueling claim to mellow the peak delivery for more bottom and mid-range performance.
The Crosstourer inherits the VFR’s Dual Clutch Transmission. The DCT tech makes for an interesting application on an AT ride, and Honda’s 2012 lineup will see the dual clutch technology expanded to a total of five models – the Crosstourer joined by the new NC700 models and Integra crossover scoot.
The Crossover will utilize more Honda electro gadgetry, foremost being a Traction Control System (TCS). The TC system monitors rear wheel speed. If wheel spin is deemed by the system to result in loss of traction engine power is reduced. Press material indicates riders may turn off TCS.
The Crosstourer gets AT styling cues, with a half fairing and GS-like beak up front. The model rolled out at the EICMA presentation and showcased in some press photos also sources crash bars wrapping around the fairing and a taller windscreen, as well as panniers and top case.
The twin spar aluminum frame appears similar to the VFR’s, with a single-sided swingarm incorporating the left-side shaft final drive. Chassis components include a 43mm inverted fork and Honda’s Pro-link gas shock.
The Honda will roll on wire-spoked wheels (a virtual AT class mandate), with a 17-inch rear mated to a 19-inch front. Bridgestone Battle Wing tires are fitted, a 110/80 front and 150/70 rear.
Honda’s Combined ABS system will also be featured on the Crosstourer. Still awaiting word on the linking arrangement, and how much it differs from VFR (which utilizes rear front linkage and six-piston caliper front end).
The big unanswered questions from the Honda 2012 line is what, if any, of the new bikes will hit US shores. The Crosstourer takes aim at the now crowded 1200 AT market, joining Yamaha with a Big Four entry in the class defined and ruled by the BMW GS for the past decade. The Crosstourer is joined by similar EICMA debuts: Triumph’s purpose-built big-displacement AT, the Tiger Explorer, and to a lesser extent Kawasaki, which surprises with its new Versys 1000.
Check back for more details and high-res photos of the Honda Crosstourer.