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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: 2012 Honda Crossrunner

Looks like Honda is bringing their Versys to the US of A.



http://ashonbikes.com/content/honda-crossrunner-review

It looks very nice... and expensive. But then again, its a Honda.
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Sorry....I don't see it!
I'd have to say they are NOT direct competition.
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Really? Wide handle bars, upright seating position, longish suspension travel. Light dual purpose tires......

Maybe not a direct competitor (especially in price). But I think Honda is going after the same type of rider (not factoring in budget) as the Versys.

I can say this... I think its better looking than the god-awful-looking 1000 Versys (thats just my opinion though)
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looks more like an er-n
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Different plastics but same principle. Looks like it could be a good bike.
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Really? Wide handle bars, upright seating position, longish suspension travel. Light dual purpose tires......

Maybe not a direct competitor (especially in price). But I think Honda is going after the same type of rider (not factoring in budget) as the Versys.

I can say this... I think its better looking than the god-awful-looking 1000 Versys (thats just my opinion though)
Looks more like a competitor to the Ninja 650R than the Versys.
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Underneath it's a VFR800.


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I loved riding the VFR, especially the higher speed confidence and stability it provided, but found the aggressive sport riding position a bit uncomfortable for longer periods. I can see the appeal of this bike. Just wondering why they did not bring out a version like this a long time ago.
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I don't see it on the Honda USA website.
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Anybody else think this looks like a gen 1 Versys got punched in the face? lol

IMO hondas new lineup is the worst looking lineup in a while, although they have been known for making ugly bikes (remember the DN-01?)

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can't imagine it tracks as well as the "V", what with a conventional fork set-up.....and too much plastic.....and whats with every other bike having that beak thing going on?
Sure...our bike may be fugly to some but, this new honda is butt ugly.


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can't imagine it tracks as well as the "V", what with a conventional fork set-up.....and too much plastic.....and whats with every other bike having that beak thing going on?
Sure...our bike may be fugly to some but, this new honda is butt ugly.
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And i agree, wayyyy too much plastic, and i don't like the bmw beak thing either.... it looks like Honda took a bunch of different bikes... overlapped their designs and said-"That'll do!!!"

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My god it's heavy.... 240kg? and they want people to attempt to take it offroad??

Add to that it's got a high revving 4 cyclinder in it... what the heck was Honda thinking? Europe can keep this one to themselves imo....same with that ugly ncv thing...

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This Kiwi moto-writer took one for a ride and loved it. Worth reading why:

http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-...ner/17635.html

As I posted earlier, underneath it's a VFR800, but there are revisions (notably to the VTEC) that the tester calls "transformational."

But it sure isn't a looker, is it? Taking design cues from BMW is not how to make a beautiful motorcycle.


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This Kiwi moto-writer took one for a ride and loved it. Worth reading why:

http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-...ner/17635.html
Yeah, that's a good little write-up. Thanks for posting!
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