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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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2011 Honda CrossRunner 800 vid


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Thats a lot of plastic on that Versys wannabee! That music will drive you insane if you listen to the whole thing.
It's from Honda Europe, of course.

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Well Element, I have to beg to differ on the music....I like it! (but then again, I work at a Opera house where every show we do has a 60 to 70 piece orchestra in the pit...so I like good symphonic music). lol

But the bike is GORGEOUS!!!!


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Nice looking bike , with a a lot of plastics.

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I have a fear someday all bikes are going to look like ours and we won't be any different than cruiser riders. AAHHHHHRRGGGHH!

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Thats a lot of plastic on that Versys wannabee!
versys, too, is a wannabe.


i'm just sayin'....

In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy?
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Remember it's a VFR 800 underneath with a sweet V4 and upright ergos. I sure hope it actually MOVES...cannot determine that from the video!


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Unless you're heading across the pond, I wouldn't get too excited. Might never make to our showrooms.

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versys, too, is a wannabe.


i'm just sayin'....
What was your pic? I know it gets mistaken for Buell, BMW, and such. I have never heard Honda before.

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What was your pic? I know it gets mistaken for Buell, BMW, and such. I have never heard Honda before.
i don't think the honda will ever get mistaken for a versys, or vice versa. they look nothing alike. just sayin -- lots of people on the forum seem to think versys was the first of it's kind. your post read that way, maybe i misinterpreted your meaning.

more ontopic... i like this bike, though i'm not sure i like it more than a Tiger 800. but i agree, AmHon won't risk it. i'm surprised we get the new 250.

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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.

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JB Nimble,

The Ninja 1000 is an inline-4 not a V-4. Kawasaki does not make any bike with a V-4 and I believe that Yamaha (V-Max) is the only current Japanese manufacturer with a V-4 being imported to the states.

If Honda brings the Crossrunner this will change.

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JB Nimble,

The Ninja 1000 is an inline-4 not a V-4. Kawasaki does not make any bike with a V-4 and I believe that Yamaha (V-Max) is the only current Japanese manufacturer with a V-4 being imported to the states.

If Honda brings the Crossrunner this will change.
I have to laugh because I was thinking purely about a 4-cylinder engine and not about the actual technicality of 4-cylinder engines.

That said, you are correct "If Honda brings the Crossrunner this will change". In the words of Kawasaki I will be getting my "Ticket to ride".

Is this engine 2 parallel(inline) twins connected at the 90 degree V?

Laugh again, after reading an excerpt of wikipedia "The VTEC disengages two cylinder valves when the engine speed drops again below 6,100 rpm" which allows for more aspiration at higher rpm's(valves open) for less impedance on the piston. Interesting enough to bring back memories of GM cars that switched cylinders when more or less power(4-6-8)was needed and to think they would employ a variation of this on a bike engine.

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Are there any Crossrunner owners, people who demo(ed) the bike that could give some information as to the characteristics of the ride.

I can get a ride on one if you want. I've sat on one in the showroom and until I actually ride one, I thought that they should have changed the peg position as it is pure Vtec while the upper half was nice and straight with a comfortable stretch to the 'bars. Time will tell. Oh, I've also owned a Vtec in the past, so it'll be good to see just what the changes are like.

Good luck exploring the infinite abyss
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That headlight makes the front end look like a Vstrom.
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To pull off the rear tire, does one have to remove the muffler first? It also looks that way.
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I hope to get a test ride within the next few weeks, had a chance last week but went with the CBF 1000 instead.

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Where's the Beak!?

Interesting, but looks typical Honda "appliance"-like.

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I can get a ride on one if you want. I've sat on one in the showroom and until I actually ride one, I thought that they should have changed the peg position as it is pure Vtec while the upper half was nice and straight with a comfortable stretch to the 'bars. Time will tell. Oh, I've also owned a Vtec in the past, so it'll be good to see just what the changes are like.
Looking forward to your review and hopefully pictures. Cheers!!!

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I believe that Yamaha (V-Max) is the only current Japanese manufacturer with a V-4 being imported to the states.
I have a V-4 in my Honda ST1300...V down the centerline, like an old Guzzi. The only thing I wish it had that it doesn't is one more gear.

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JB Nimble,

The Ninja 1000 is an inline-4 not a V-4. Kawasaki does not make any bike with a V-4 and I believe that Yamaha (V-Max) is the only current Japanese manufacturer with a V-4 being imported to the states.

If Honda brings the Crossrunner this will change.
The Crossrunner is based on the old VFR800, which had a V4 and was superseded by the VFR1200 for 2010. Honda's history with V4s goes all the way back to the early '80s with the Magna and old VF series.

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