Honda Crossrunner Feature

Honda Crossrunner Feature Australia has dipped a toe in the adventure-touring water every now and then with models such as the XLV750, Transalp and Varadero but none of those models achieved much success in the Australian marketplace. The current model Transalp is one of the biggest selling bikes in Europe but struggles to reach double digits on the Australian sales charts.

Traditionally medium capacity machines in this class are powered by a single-cylinder engine while large machines are twins configured traditionally in boxer, parallel or vee layouts. Triumph is about to do something different with an 800cc triple while with the impending release of the Crossrunner Honda are going the V-4 route.

The Crossrunner utilizes the liquid-cooled, 90-degree 782cc V-Four powering the Interceptor in American Honda current lineup. Peak power claims are 100 horsepower at 10,000 rpm 53.7 lb-ft torque at 9,500 rpm. Honda explains the engine selection thus: With most sport tourer machines using an Inline four-cylinder engine and most adventure motorcycles using a twin-cylinder powerplant, the design team had an exciting opportunity. A smooth, flexible and soulful 800cc V-Four engine, specifically tuned for a machine that helps a rider find a flowing rhythm.

Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection delivers the fuel. A six-speed transmission transmits the power to the rear wheel via chain final drive.

• Liquid-cooled 782cc, 4 cam, 90° V4 engine delivers a smooth curve of power with excellent torque throughout the rev range
• Low-slung 4-2-1 exhaust system leaves room for a lower, flatter pillion seat as well as allowing for an attractive exhaust design, excellent cornering clearance and a distinctive V4 engine note
• Natural, upright riding position of a Naked machine is combined with the roominess, comfort and rugged appearance of an adventure bike
• Wide handlebar configuration contributes to quick, accurate response to steering input
• Low passenger seat is designed for easy mounting and positions pillion at similar level to the rider, resulting in better wind protection and an enhanced ride feel
• ‘Floating’ instrument binnacle is positioned for maximum visibility at all times and includes a digital LCD speedometer, a tachometer, twin trip meters, a coolant temperature gauge, an ambient temperature indicator and a clock- Honda