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Cologne Show: Honda release new VFR800X Crossrunner

Published: 30 September 2014

Honda has revealed a heavily revised version of the VFR800X Crossrunner which gets more power and mid-range torque, new styling, traction control (HSTC), and longer travel suspension along with new wheels and brakes.

Other features include, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips as standard.

The original Crossrunner, on sale since 2011, took the old VFR800 chassis and engine along with most of the running gear but moulded it into a more upright and road-oriented riding position.

The new bike gets improved performance, and styling that tips a nod to the Honda CBR600RR with the backwardly-slanted twin front lights.

Honda states: “The heart of the machine remains its VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16-valve engine, which now offers increased low and mid-range torque for flexible, effortless drive, plus increased peak power of 105bhp, delivered at 10,250rpm.”

The aluminium beam frame features a lighter subframe and new aluminium single-sided swingarm. Suspension has longer travel: 25mm in its two-piece telescopic fork and 28mm in the rear shock, while the HSTC offers two levels of control (plus off) to detect any loss of rear wheel traction and reduce torque to allow the tyre to grip again.

Expected to arrive in dealers in early December, the price is yet to be announced, but we’d expect it to cost in the region of £9799.

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