Honda will produce the Crosstourer

Surely the Varadero's days are numbered?

Posted: 20 October 2011
by Visordown News

WE wrote about the Honda Crosstourer back in May this year and now Honda have confirmed it's going into production.

First unveiled as a concept at the 2010 EICMA show the finished bike will be revealed at the 2011 EICMA Milan show in early November, followed by its UK debut for customers to see at Motorcycle Live show from 19-27 November.

The Crosstourer is pretty much all it looks like - a VFR1200F in adventure bodywork. While they haven't released pictures, the production version is going to be tweaked on the styling front - the side panels are slightly different and the seat unit sides are more GS-ish (ie there's less in terms of bodywork, more in terms of pannier mounts and metalwork on view).

However, you need to look pretty closely to spot the changes from the concept version they showed last year.

The machine will also be offered with the option of Honda’s innovative second-generation Dual Clutch Transmission technology. Honda claim the Crosstourer offers a unique and versatile package that will provide great all-weather, all-road capabilities.

Yosuke Hasegawa, leader of the Crosstourer development team said, “The Crosstourer offers a high-level fusion of vibrant off-road styling, upright riding position, V engine power and Dual Clutch Transmission that offers more direct power transmission and easy operation. We are convinced that we have successfully brought out new value in what can be termed the true crossover concept.”

Will it be as big a seller as the VFR1200F?


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Does Honda have a surplus of the 1200 engines from the ugly over weight VFR1200F's that they can't sell. So now they'll have two models no one wants.

Posted: 21/10/2011 at 12:51

Tbh it I was in the market for this type of bike, I'd source a good 1150GS... :)

Posted: 23/10/2011 at 15:38

I guess it will weigh more than a Varadero !, not have the range of the Varadero, be more complicated than a Varadero, cost more than a Varadero. So why bother ? (oh yes last point)
Why copy the BMW GS, try doing something imaginative.

Looks like I'll keep my Varadero or buy one of the last ones if I can get a good discount.

And to the uninitiated the Varadero is the best 'all purpose' bike I've owned in 35 years of motorcycling.

Posted: 24/10/2011 at 19:41

Well I have owned 3 new GSs and none have been very reliable. If this Honda is as reliable as Hondas are supposed to be and the engine as as smooth as a 4 should be then I am sure this will kick BMW very hard. If this bike is as good as it looks, Honda are onto a winner... no doubt about it, I for one will buy one.

Posted: 28/10/2011 at 18:49

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