HONDA CROSSRUNNER 800 (2011-2014) Review

Published: 17 June 2011

Little more than a re-styled, nine-year-old VFR800… but it works

Honda VFR800X Crossrunner

Little more than a re-styled, nine-year-old VFR800… but it works

  • At a glance
  • 782cc  -  101 bhp
  • 39 mpg  -  186 miles range
  • Medium seat height (816mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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…

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their HONDA CROSSRUNNER 800 (2011-2014) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

Exclusive

15 February 2014 by exceledsteve

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.... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Thanks to the knockers!

16 December 2013 by musicdpk

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Try it first!

16 December 2013 by musicdpk

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

GREAT BIKE

11 July 2013 by waynegold

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... Read more lets me down and i havent found anything better for a long time. All in all, a great reliable bike

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

A brilliant do everything bike

06 July 2013 by Cripes

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Speed Restriction

22 November 2011 by rugbybiker

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. Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

You live and learn

04 October 2011 by rugbybiker

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

suits me

24 August 2011 by rugbybiker

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... Read more 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!!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

ROGER D

22 July 2011 by CROSSRUNNER

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

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
2 out of 5

Again, not a review...

05 July 2011 by Lightning Boy

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. Read more

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 11 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued 2014
Original price £9,499
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 101 bhp
Max torque 53.6 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12 secs
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 186 miles
Specification
Engine size 782cc
Engine type 16v liquid-cooled 90º V4, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 21.5 litres
Seat height 816mm
Bike weight 240kg
Front suspension 43mm telecopic forks, preload adjust
Rear suspension Monoshock, preload and rebound adjust
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2011: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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