Nice looking bike and just coming from the "Kawasaki Demo days" and trying a Ninja 1000 I must say that I am interested in a bike that has a V4 engine, this might be the one. The Ninja was extremely front heavy to me, although this was the first V4 bike I had been on, the handling was very responsive to that of a track bike. I found the fit to be cumbersome as I could not move my legs from the tank because the ergonomics dictate the rider be strapped on. As I moved my leg around turns I had to be aware that the bike would kick out of the turn and stand up and move straight, it is quite a different ride from the Versys and would take a few runs for me to learn the characteristics of the bike.
What I did walk away with was an enthusiasm for a V4 motorcycle as the Ninja 1000 puts 130HP to the pavement, acceleration was very smooth and very quick, the reviews were correct, as that engine gives one hell of an experience.
The Honda Crossrunner 800cc looks to be something that again fits in a series of steps above the Versys(V-Strom before the Versys) but in the same genre of engineered bikes, with the V4 engne it seems to have the acceleration that I would be interested in. The Interceptor has the same engine and in the states is about $11 -$12K depending on the ABS option, so why would the Crossrunner jump to the $14K category with the same engine as the VFR800A Interceptor? (based on a UK value of $9,075 GBP).
This has the scent of the cries of wanting a Versys in the states as the web was a buzz with information on contacting Kawasaki to ascertain the problem with the company if they did not bring the bike over here, this time the scent is a very pleasant breeze of V4 power in a Versys style bike that looks to be an absolute all-rounder.
The reviews put the bike at 100HP which is plenty. Are there any Crossrunner owners, people who demo(ed) the bike that could give some information as to the characteristics of the ride, I would like to "wet my whistle" for next year as I think the bike will be making its debut in the US.
J B Nimble
’08 Kawasaki Versys 650 (22,400 mi.)
EZ Pass Holder(bar mounted)
6 panel fuse box(Twisted throttle)
Ground wiring block(Twisted Throttle)
Motowerks GPS Bracket
GPS City Tom Tom bracket
12V accessory plug
TomTom 720 Go
Hepco & Becker engine guard
Hella FF50 Driving lights
Bags Connection "Shorty" tankbag
Bags Connection "Cargobag"
Givi 52L trunk box & rack
Saddlemen Gel Seat
Ermax Hugger Fender
’06 Kawasaki KLR 650 (sold 13, 679 mi.)