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Honda VFR800X Crossrunner
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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
£6,310 (2011) - £8,230 (2014)
Private used prices
£5,680 (2011) - £7,410 (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)

  • This turkey will never fly

    PhilipBrooksby

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I know this does not really constitute a review but I have to say, very simply, that, apart from its prohibitive price, the Crossdresser is an absolute turkey to look at. No matter how it goes, for that reason alone, I could never want one to replace my CBF1000. Coming from the same stable as the gorgeous VFR (either iteration), the blade and other highly desirable machinery, one can only wonder how this mess was signed off. Must have been out to lunch.

    17 June 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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