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VFR1200X Crosstourer

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INTRODUCTION

The VFR1200X Crosstourer, launched in 2012, is Honda's range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore.

Equipped with a 1,237cc V4 engine, advanced chassis and electronic package - Combined ABS and Traction Control System (TCS) - the Crosstourer firmly planted a flag at the high-performance end of the adventure segment.

As a go-anywhere, do-anything tool it has few peers - but its real difference lies in the addictive power and soundtrack produced by its soulful V4 engine, something unique in this class.

VFR1200X

ENGINE

The Crosstourer's engine continues Honda's proud heritage with V4 technology, with its uniquely smooth, flexible delivery of impressive power and torque. Offering precise control of this power thanks to its throttle-by-wire system, and an engaging, characterful sound - due partly to carefully-sized chambers in the exhaust - the Crosstourer's engine is integral to its appeal.

The V4 configuration is slim and compact, reducing frontal area and aiding mass centralisation. It also features a very closely set pair of rear cylinders, making the engine narrower at the back. Further contributing to the 1,237cc, 16-valve engine's compact dimensions is Honda's Unicam technology, also used on the CRF range of motocross machines. This SOHC configuration helps reduce the size and weight of the cylinder heads, and optimise combustion chamber shape.

A combination of a 76° angle between the two banks of cylinders and a crankshaft with 28° phasing between the crankpins virtually eliminates vibration. Since there's no need for a power-sapping balancer shaft the result is higher output and uneven firing intervals give an intimate connection to the engine.

FEATURES

The Honda Selectable Torque Control constantly monitors front and rear wheel speed; when it senses a certain difference in speed between front and rear wheels, engine torque is momentarily reduced by a combination of ignition cut and modulation of the throttle butterflies through the throttle-by-wire system. As the difference in speed between front and rear wheels reduces, the system transitions into modulating only the throttle butterflies. This ensures a seamless, unobtrusive control. The system features 3 modes of operation for the rider to choose depending on road conditions. It can also be switched off.

Combined ABS works between the dual front 310mm discs/three-piston calipers and rear 276mm disc/twin-piston caliper. It delivers balanced braking for more stable deceleration and the extra reassurance of an Antilock Brake System. If either wheel is about to lock up and slide, C-ABS momentarily reduces the hydraulic pressure being applied to the relevant brake and distributes the force optimally between both wheels, ensuring powerful and secure braking in all conditions.

The VFR1200X Crosstourer has relaxed riding ergonomics. Seat height is 850mm but thanks to the narrow profile it's an easy motorcycle to straddle, with good ground reach. The diamond aluminium twin-spar frame is a hollow unit that employs quartered construction - this enables very precise control over the all-important weight/rigidity balance of each part of the frame.

ENGINE
ENGINE TYPE 1,237cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke UNICAM 76° V-4
BORE AND STROKE 81 x 60mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12:1
STARTER Electric
CARBURATION PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
IGNITION Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
TRANSMISSION 6-Speed
FINAL DRIVE Shaft
FRAME
DIMENSIONS (LxWxH) 2,285mm x 915mm x 1,335mm
WHEELBASE 1,595mm
SEAT HEIGHT 850mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 180mm
FUEL CAPACITY 21.5 litres
KERB WEIGHT 275kg
TYRES
FRONT 110/80 x 19 inch
REAR 150/70 x 17 inch
SUSPENSION
FRONT 43mm inverted telescope fork with hydaulic damping, preload and rebound adjustment
REAR Pro-link with gas charged shock, stepless
BRAKES
FRONT Dual 310mm discs with combined ABS
REAR Single 276mm disc with combined ABS
WARRANTY
WARRANTY PERIOD 24 months
NOTE
COLOUR 2 Tone - Digital Silver Metallic / Darkness Black Metallic
IMAGES Images show overseas models, DCT not available in Australia.