Honda’s premium adventure sports tourer evolved substantially for 2015, with a host of upgrades designed to deliver more hard-riding excitement. It featured more mid-range torque and top-end power from its upgraded V4-VTEC engine, sharper adventure styling plus refined ergonomics and longer travel suspension, new wheels and brakes. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, full LED lighting, 5-stage heated grips, self-cancelling indicators and a height-adjustable seat were all fitted as standard. For 2017, a DC charger and adjustable windscreen are added, and the engine is EURO4 compliant.
The VFR800X Crossrunner, which went on sale in 2011, was the first model in Honda’s Crossover ‘X’ range. It combined the VFR800F sports touring platform and an upright, adventure-oriented riding position to create a multi-purpose motorcycle with a soulful V4 motor providing power and feel, and a chassis that carved out corners or the daily commute in equal measure.
The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner – incorporating many elements from the updated 2014 VFR800F – strongly pushed the Crossrunner concept forward, with a clear focus on performance and technology. Its revised engine and chassis, HSTC, LED lights, refined, more upright riding position and sharper styling improved both function and form to create a practical all-purpose motorcycle with sharp V4 edge for excitement with every ride.
Mr Yoichi Inayama, Large Project Leader (LPL) VFR800X Crossrunner:
“For this development of the VFR800X Crossrunner we wanted to create a premium motorcycle with a ‘ready-for-action’ feeling, for customers to use with maximum enjoyment every day. The styling demanded beautifully functional parts, and light proportions with minimal fairings. We wanted an upright position giving great visibility and agile handling so the rider can attack any corner with confidence. And refinements to the V4 engine had to deliver responsive and enjoyable power.
Our new VFR800X Crossrunner has fulfilled these goals and follows the VFR tradition: it has an array of advanced technologies including LED headlights, our Honda Selectable Torque Control system and automatic turn signal canceller. For us it gives a craving to ride every day and we hope it brings the same fun and good spirit to our customers’ lives”