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Honda VFR800X Crossrunner updated for 2015

More power and torque for middle-weight adventure-tourer

HONDA has announced a range of updates to the VFR800X Crossrunner for 2015, including a boost in power and torque.

Honda says low and mid-range torque are improved while peak power has risen from 101 to 106hp at 10,250rpm.

The Crossrunner gets styling updates, longer-travel suspension and an adjustable seat, plus new wheels and brakes. Heated grips, self-cancelling indicators, LED lights and ABS all come as standard equipment.

The Crossrunner also gets the traction control system from the bigger Crosstourer model, which Honda calls its Selectable Torque Control System (S-TCS).

The revised Crossrunner is due to go on-sale in December. Price has not been announced.

A release from Honda said:

'Honda Motor Europe today announces the new 2015 VFR800X, which boasts a host of changes and new features to confirm its position as a premium Sports Tourer. The 2015 VFR800X benefits from revisions to its 800cc V4 engine for more top end power and mid-range torque, sharper looks all round, longer travel suspension, and new wheels and brakes. Other features include S-TCS, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips as standard.

The 2015 VFR800X combines Honda's unique 800cc V4 engine with an upright, street-oriented riding position for maximum touring comfort but with the phenomenal performance of its twin brother, the VFR800F. The 2015 VFR800X pushes the concept forward for a stronger all-round sporty ride and sharper modern styling.

The heart of the machine remains its VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16 valve engine, which now offers increased low and mid-range torque for flexible, effortless drive, plus increased peak power of 78kW, delivered at 10,250rpm.

The aluminium twin-beam frame features a lighter, revised subframe and new aluminium swingarm ­- another VFR signature piece. Suspension has longer travel: 25mm in its two-piece telescopic forks and 23mm in the rear shock. ABS comes as standard and the front 17-inch hollow-cast aluminium wheel is fitted with dual 310mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers. Tyres are sporty street-size 120 front and 180 rear for optimal on-road performance.

The rider now also benefits from the same kind of Selectable Torque Control System (S-TCS) fitted to the Crosstourer. Two levels of S-TCS are available (plus off), to sense imminent loss of rear wheel traction, and seamlessly reduce torque to allow the tyre to grip.

The VFR800X is a true VFR - a motorcycle designed for hard riding fun, but with style, comfort and practicality. Accordingly, the seat is now adjustable, offering two height options, and 5-stage heated grips and Honda's self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. New, full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.

The 2015 VFR800X will be showcased in the UK at Motorcycle Live between 22nd - 30th November 2014 and available through Honda UK Motorcycle dealers from early December.'