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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Crossrunner has already proved controversial for being passed off as a new bike when, effectively, it’s little more than a re-worked, re-styled nine-year-old VFR800 with some ‘parts bin’ equipment. But there’s no denying that, as a concept, as a two-wheeled ‘cross-over’ machine, the Crossrunner simply works. It’s one of the best, friendliest and truly versatile bikes around – anywhere. Riding it is the proof. I was certainly sceptical before I climbed on board. Within a mile it was among my best bikes of recent years.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The re-worked V4 unit is dazzlingly impressive for the off – fueling crisply, pulling usefully from 3-4000rpm with none of the VFR’s accursed VTEC lurch around 7000rpm – instead building up and taking off with a zest and accompanying, evocative, wooden V4 bark that truly reminds of RC30s. Yes, the Crossrunner’s powerplant is that wunderbar – hugely slick and flexible and yet still with enough at the top end to entertain.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The riding position may essentially be ‘upright VFR’ – but works and feels natural. With the bulk of its weight carried low and an equally low seat, it is well balanced and a doddle to manouvere. The brakes are sharp and crisp; the suspension compliant and overall the Crossrunner remains stable and calm yet flickable enough to have fun with.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Not all singing and dancing and most of it you’ll have seen elsewhere but not bad: so there’s the latest VFR1200 switchgear, span-adjustable levers and LCD console from the CBR600F and all with the fit and finish typical of upper-range Hondas.

Honda VFR800X Crossrunner (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,499
Dealer used prices
£6,300 (2011) - £8,520 (2014)
Private used prices
£5,670 (2011) - £7,660 (2014)
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Engine size 782 cc
Power 101 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Despite its mixed parentage, the Crossrunner does give the impression of a truly new, attractive and well-built machine. Its styling is far more integrated and seductive than photos suggest and, due the VFR’s longevity and durability there should be no reliability issues, either…

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Yes, you can argue that we’ve the right to expect something more than a ‘rehashed old bike’ for over £9000 but there’s also no getting away from the fact that the Crossrunner does stand out from the crowd and does perform as a real world, day-in-day out bike impressively well and that, for the price, suddenly doesn’t sound as bad…

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2011: Model introduced

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12 secs
Max power 101 bhp
Max torque 53.6 ft-lb
Weight 240 kg
Seat height 816 mm
Fuel capacity 21.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 782 cc
Engine specification 16v liquid-cooled 90º V4, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm telecopic forks, preload adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock, preload and rebound adjust
Front brakes 2 x 296mm discs, 3-piston calipers with C-ABS
Rear brake 256mm disc, 2-piston caliper with C-ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 180/55 R17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(11 reviews)

  • Exclusive

    exceledsteve

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got my Crossrunner 2 weeks ago and already it's my favourite bike (and I've had a lot of bikes!) I'm glad so many people are negative about it. It will put off the droves from buying one thus keeping it exclusive for the few of us who know better. This is such a capable bike for all purposes, a mixed blessing badge often associated with hum drum bikes with no soul. Not so in this case as the Crossrunner has real presence on the road and has that special something that gives pride of ownership and an overall satisfaction I have found to be lacking in almost everything else I have owned. If you're reading this you must be interested in buying one having decided you like the styling. I can think of absolutely nothing that should stop you. Get one and enjoy it's many attributes, exclusivity and that elusive completeness that I've found to be lacking until now. Don't tell too many people though.

    15 February 2014

  • Thanks to the knockers!

    musicdpk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    The knocker comments have helped keep the 2nd hand prices down and I reckon this brilliant bike could be a sleeper

    16 December 2013

  • Try it first!

    musicdpk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It's a brilliant bike in my opinion. I'm a big bike newbie but tried a lot of bikes for size and this fits me to a t. I bought mine second hand with 13000 km and I think it's very good value. It came with an Akrapovic slip on, a Ventura rack and bag and has now got a K&N filter installed, with a Powercommander soon to be fitted. There seem to be a lot of negative tire-kicking comments on forums about this bike by people who've not tried the bike, which reminds me that 'there's nothing as queer as folk'. Countering all that hate are the many positive, well-informed views that I mostly agree with - I reckon it's a proper wolf in sheep's clothing - it's goes like stink, handles and brakes with brilliant stability, is ultra-reliable, finished beautifully and built like a tank. I've a riding buddy with an 04 R1 and I'm pretty close behind him in the twisties. So my opinion is to try it first, knockers and for those who consider the Crossrunner unfashionable, get over yourselves.

    16 December 2013

  • GREAT BIKE

    waynegold

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought mine nearly a year ago and wanted a bike i could ride comfortably into London and take on longer rides. Did a ride from Hertfordshire to Portsmouth and back of nearly 200 miles on one tank a few days ago. It never excites me, but never lets me down and i havent found anything better for a long time. All in all, a great reliable bike

    11 July 2013

  • A brilliant do everything bike

    Cripes

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    There's no denying there's a lot of hate for the Crossrunner - too ugly, heavy, expensive, cramped etc. Well, I like the 'jetski' styling, but the covered bars and gaping dash chasm were a lost design opportunity. It hides its weight well on the road, and is very stable at all speeds. The RRP is pricey and certain essential extras are stupidly expensive, but just drive a good deal, or buy used with the bits already included. The official luggage system is fantastic, it's great for touring, but the Crossrunner can give you a big smile even on just short runs and the twisty stuff. I find it economical, averaging 50+mpg, and the engine is one of the all-time greats, despite being pricey to maintain. As always, Honda got the spec and pricing wrong, but at the right price and with the right kit added this is an absolutely superb choice for real-world bikers.

    06 July 2013

  • Speed Restriction

    rugbybiker

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Honda have apprantly confirmed Crossrunner top speed is 123mph - get your act together MCN and change the data (in heading) above so nobody gets misled.

    22 November 2011

  • You live and learn

    rugbybiker

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    MMMM - Just read in Bike mag that Crossrunner has Electronic Restriction to 123 mph.Wos news to me. A bit less happy with every step. £10k bike limited to 123 mph - weighs 240 kilos plus 16.5 litres weight of fuel - mmmm! But I still love riding it and there isn't anything else out there better.Just galling that the 100bhp lump does not do what you expect it to do at top end.

    04 October 2011

  • suits me

    rugbybiker

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Traded in 10plate Suzy GSX1250FA for a new Crossrunner today.Wos looking for a more upright but not topheavy ride and found the Crossunner perfect.Suz has done me proud over £16k miles including Alps tour but I want something a bit more wacky/fun and the Honda is just that - would have been great to swop over to it when riding the mountain passes in Austria. Looking forward to more enjoyable riding round countryside - took me a bout 100 yards on test ride to realise that I really had found what I was looking for - and it goes pretty well when you want to get a rush on!!

    24 August 2011

  • ROGER D

    CROSSRUNNER

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Great all rounder master of none but very good bike at every thing.

    22 July 2011

  • Again, not a review...

    Lightning Boy

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Very much my feeling too - its bland power and performance coupled with decidedly boring looks are likely to ensure that this never sells in any volume. It doesn't have shaft drive, doesn't have a decent size fuel tank, weighs too damn much. Yuk.

    05 July 2011

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rugbybiker

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warranty on xrunner

Bit less happy now I have found out that warranty is 2 years - but still love riding this bike.

15 September 2011 20:41

rugbybiker

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Crossrunner 800

I swoped a 1 year old GSX1250FA for a Crossruner today.

I had a comprehensive crtiterea for selecting a new bike and having looked at about 20 bikes - it was the Crossrunner which came out on top.Basically I wanted something a little bit more up right style,

no increase in weight, capable of steady 80/100mph on foreign autoroutes when I go touring,

ability to manage alps typemountain roads

a good tool for back road scratching and twisties over here

easy to manouver at very low speedwant to be able to touch the floor both sides without stretching

Reliability

I got all that plus a proven engine, 3 years warranty and Roadside assistance, and 8000 mile service intervals.

I'm happy.

01 September 2011 23:02

Adeninja

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Honda

Why cant Honda turn the vfr800 into a look alike rc45/motogp as they are using old parts to make new models , nowt wrong with idear , keeps cost down, they could sell ships loads ,as for the crossrunner great engine and not bad looker and great price in todays world

14 July 2011 21:13

Grant1979

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Ooooh,

Can't really say I like the design of it... Is far too bulky

Looks more like a Muscley newer shape Hornet than a VFR mix?

07 July 2011 11:53

Grant1979

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Ooooh,

Can't really say I like the design of it... Is far too bulky

Looks more like a Muscley newer shape Hornet that VFR mix?

07 July 2011 11:53

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