2015 Honda VFR800X Crossrunner - First Look

INTERMOT 2014: Do Americans need this ADV-style V-4 Honda?

The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner is an attractive addition to the line of sporty ADV-style middleweight streetbikes produced by Honda. Two good things: It's powered by one of the most celebrated engines in the mid-displacement class, the 90-degree V-4 from the VFR 800, and it's based on the same basic chassis structure as the VFR800 sport-tourer.

This new Honda looks lean, elegant and capable, and the highly refined powerplant produces a claimed 106 horsepower and 55.3 pound-feet of torque. The engine is equipped with what Honda calls “Honda Selectable Torque Control System.” In laymen’s terms, it’s a traction control system with two torque-delivery modes. In this sophisticated system, only two valves per cylinder operate until about 5,500 rpm, at which point the other two valves begin to operate. This makes Honda’s V-4 smooth and torquey at low rpm while also being fierce and masculine at the top. ABS is also part of the electronics suite.

The Crossrunner is also fairly compact. It has a 58.1-in. wheelbase, but it does weigh a stout 553 lb. ready to ride. It’s designed for comfort and safety, with a chassis that has 26.5 degrees of steering rake and 4.1 inches of trail. Suspension travel reportedly exceeds 5.5 in. front and rear, which is good for shock-absorption capability on any surface. Seat height is a lofty 32.9 in., but there’s a lower 32.1-in. saddle available.

Studio rear 3/4 left-side view.

Studio front 3/4 right-side view.

Studio rear view.

Studio right-side view.

Engine guard and additional driving lights.

Rear single swingarm and rear suspension.