Video: Honda Crossrunner v mountain pass

Bloody cyclists, ruining the pure racing line...

Posted: 1 April 2011
by mark forsyth


This road (the one in the video) was a previously unseen, super-steep mountain pass which needed first gear for the hairpins and second between them with an occasional grab at third on the quicker sections. It was the sort of road that pumps up your forearms and makes you crane your neck to see what's coming next (mainly cyclists).

The surface was rubbish. Polished-smooth stone chippings, buffed shiny by decades of heavy use, really tested the Pirelli tyres to the max.

Only one complaint. Like the VFR800, the gap between first and second gears is ridiculously vast. First is like a crawler gear. If you're getting a bit of a move on, to make a smooth downshift it takes a massive blip of throttle and then a lot of manual clutch slipping to smooth the transition and stop the rear wheel a-locking and a-hopping.

Even with so little grip available form the knackered road surface, that newly re-mapped and re-tweaked VFR800 engine makes your task easy. You can be really aggressive with the gas without any nasty surprises and there's plenty of feedback. There may be a bit too much wind noise on this video but you still get a bit of an idea how quickly the engine responds through the mid-range. In the fat mid-range, it grunts like a litre bike. Mega.

What you're not getting in this video, though (because there was nowhere to mount the camera on the curved tank and curved fairing panels) is the induction bark. Shame, really. This noise is the Crossrunner's most endearing quality. From the rider's seat, it sounds nuts. Or The Nuts, depending on your leaning.

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What's with the stupid foot stuff... Sure on a 100kg Supermoto cranked over with its peg on the floor on a go cart track getting the leg up and away helps with clearance & CofG.... but on a 250kg roadbike with daylight measured in meters between the footpeg feeler & the road who are you kidding?

Posted: 04/04/2011 at 01:02


MF
Bob are you calling my foot stupid? As long as you're not going to spill my pint, I'll let it go just this once...

Posted: 04/04/2011 at 12:25

Sorry Mark

I'm with Bob on the foot out riding, if you'd planted it with any amount of weight it would have ripped your kneecap out, keep it for the loose stuff eh??

Posted: 04/04/2011 at 18:48

Bloody 'ell. RIDE HOW YOU WANT!

There are enough self-appointed officio-crats tryin to tell us what to do without other bikers chippin in as well.

BTW Forsyth I spotted that little wheelie - its just that kind of behavior etc. blah.

Posted: 05/04/2011 at 13:43

Total crap with the foot out stuff - if the bike went your leg would have broken like a twig. Bet you also hang your ass off round roundabouts. There goes the last of the urban cowboys. Learn to ride safely and set an example to the rest of the readers.

Steve

Posted: 05/04/2011 at 21:04

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