At its launch in 2011, the Honda Crossrunner 800 proved to be a controversial machine for being passed off as a new bike when, in fact, it was little more than a re-worked, re-styled nine-year-old Honda VFR800 (not that there was anything wrong with the VFR, we might add).
However, all debates aside, 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 – perfect for commuting, gentle touring, or a weekend's trundling around your favourite robbons of countryside tarmac.
The upright riding position feels natural and removes any strain from your wrists, with the screen reducing wind buffeting and adding to comfort levels. What's more, the 'Runner carries most of its weight low-down, meaning it feels well balanced and is a doddle to manoeuvre.
The brakes are sharp and crisp and the suspension compliant. It is stable and calm yet flickable enough to have fun with. A low seat height of 816mm makes it unintimidating at a standstill, too.
The re-worked VFR 800 V4 unit is very impressive, too – with crisp fueling and plenty of pull from just 3000rpm, before building up and taking off with an evocative, wooden V4 bark that truly reminds us of the Honda RC30s. It is slick, compliant and offers enough character to entertain.
What the seller says
"The Crossrunner 800 is an easy-to-ride Honda touring bike. It's beautifully fueled V4 engine pulls from low down and sounds wonderfully paired with the Akrapovic can.
"There is full luggage, heated grips and hand guards. What's not to like about this bike? There is also a full service history, ABS, grab rails, heated grips and hand guards. We'll also chuck in a full tank of petrol!"
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