We had reported on all the speculation surrounding sketches of Honda’s new V-four last week. We now have the real info, as promised.
Honda introduces what it claims is a new concept in motorcycling, the crossover. Called the Crossrunner, the bike is said to combine the flexibility and attitude of a naked bike with styling and roomy riding position of an adventure-touring machine. Isn’t that what the current Triumph Tiger or the Multistrada 1200 are?
Honda also reintroduces VTEC variable valve timing on Crossrunner’s 782 cc, 100 hp, 90-degree V-four, which was last seen in the VFR800F.The liquid-cooled engine drives a six-speed gearbox (yes, we were kidding about the automatic), which delivers power through chain final drive.
Beneath the bodywork is an aluminum twin-spar frame, which looks similar and has steering geometry almost identical to the VFR800F, but with longer suspension travel. Wheels are 17-inch rolling on supersport sized 120/70 and 180/55 radials.
Claimed wet weight is 240 kg (530 lb), but that includes a 21.5-litre load of fuel. Combined ABS is standard.
This bike will not come be coming to Canada next year.