Honda VFR800X Crosrunner

I’m planning a busy year with a pilgrimage to the Lake District, a trip to Land’s End and a long weekend ride to Donegal, and a plan to ride Cadwell Park to celebrate my 50th birthday. 

Long term update: Missing you already!

Long term update: Missing you already!

Where did that year go? One minute I'm waiting for the arrival of the Honda VFR800X Crossrunner, and the next I’m giving it a wash and brush up ready for it to go back to Honda. When it did arrive I...

Long term update: The things I'll do for a tart!

Long term update: The things I'll do for a tart!

Imagine driving down the motorway in the car with the windscreen wipers on full tilt, barely coping with what’s being hurled at them, the warning light on the dash highlighting the possibility of snow...

Long term update: The going gets muff

Long term update: The going gets muff

I had to ride down to Cambridge the other morning and when I set off the Honda Crossrunner’s dash told me it was minus three. Even with heated grips, thick gloves and Acerbis hand guards to deflect...

Long term update: How hard can it be to film Mad Max footage?

Long term update: How hard can it be to film Mad Max footage?

Having got Christmas out of the way and the decorations back in the loft, I finally had five minutes to play with my new presents. Like a lot of riders, one of my gifts was an action camera – the...

Long term update: Stick or twist?

Long term update: Stick or twist?

The likes of Honda spend a lot of time refining their bikes so we as customers can get the most enjoyment out of them. Clearly I will never be able to build a bike as well as they can – but I do like...

MCN Fleet: Winter treats for my CFR800X Crossrunner

MCN Fleet: Winter treats for my CFR800X Crossrunner

Where the bloody hell did summer go? The clocks have gone back and I feel somewhat cheated – all those things I was going to do in the lighter evenings, and blow me, I’ve missed it! Ah well, no point...

MCN Fleet: Going coastal on mile-eating Crossrunner

MCN Fleet: Going coastal on mile-eating Crossrunner

The Crossrunner has already proved itself on my all-weather 24-mile commute plus the odd evening jaunt, so I was looking forward to spending the best part of a weekend in the saddle.  The plan...

Long term update: Crossrunner stretches legs

Long term update: Crossrunner stretches legs

The Crossrunner's seat height is listed as 835/815mm. When the bike arrived I left the seat well alone, but at 6ft 1in a little more legroom is always welcome, just as it is on a cheap...

Long term update: Time for tinkering

Long term update: Time for tinkering

The bikes I own are all at least 18 years old (I still view my GSX-R600 SRAD as modern) so there is always something to do on them. For me, that’s motorcycling. With the Honda VFR800X Crossrunner on...

Long term update: Quickshifter can't cope with big feet

Long term update: Quickshifter can't cope with big feet

It has felt like a very long time waiting for my 2015 long term test bike to arrive, which might have something to do with the fact I have been riding my 1991 Royal Enfield 350 Bullet each day to work...