New Honda 1200 V4 CrossTourer!!!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Two Plugs, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. ARiderX

    ARiderX Been here awhile

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    I like the red one posted above, really a nice deep colour on that bike

    Well, I'm surprised I have to say. Not a lot of love for the crosstourer online, not only here but comments on reviews are generally shooting the bike down for being bland and such... but who cares :)

    After seeing one in the flesh it is absolutely well built and finished. Really well done up to the finest detail. Typical honda really, so hats of to them for that. And being a honda, you know they have done the engineering right so that in itself is worth a lot in my book. You just know it is gonna be reliable like an anvil, shaft and everything. (unlike...)

    And the engine, also surprised at the comments here because it is described as having perfect fuelling and pulling from down low like nobodies business. I heard it while riding behind it and it definitely has character. Also more usable than the 1200 V4 from the vfr it is sourced from.

    Cant wait to test ride one, hope to schedule that soon. In fact none of the big advs today are really capable for going in the real rough stuff on your own. If it is not reliability, it is weight, or fragility or both.... So I'm more in the market for a bike that has the form factor (for the size and comfort) and doesn't pretend to be something it is not, being more street oriented than off road
  2. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Just got back from yet another test ride on the XTourer (sorry NA chaps).

    I must have been "off' on the last 2 test rides i had - 'cos this time was a doozy.

    Clicked straight away. Smooth as silk motor with non of the low speed stumble / chudder that the VFR 1200 has. Not as much top end poke as the VFR - but the comfort and low speed manners make up for it. Gem of a machine.

    Just as a comparison - i also spent a couple of hours on the new GSA LC. Came away underwhelmed. Seemed neutered and somewhat functional compared to the GS i rode last year. Kind of like when Suzuki turned the TLS into the TLR.

    I find it odd that the big Bavarian bus is loved by all and sundry and the Honda relegated to also ran status.

    Anybody who buys the XTourer will be a happy bunny.

    Honda USA are bloody idiots for not offering it across the pond.
  3. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    And it sounds terrible! What has honda done with the character of the V4??? It sounds like a pissed off sewing machine:huh
  4. lharrell79

    lharrell79 Been here awhile

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    Why, oh why, is this bike not offered in the states? Seems like the perfect bike for the growing adventure touring market.
  5. LondonGent

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    The CT is one of those bikes that you need to live with for a while to really appreciate. I've owned mine for a year and a half and I love it! The engine gets better with more miles on the clock, it's very cheap to run for a performance bike and it's typical Honda in that it is very reliable, user friendly and easy to live with.
    Turn off the traction control and give it a big handful of throttle and the front wheel rises and you are launched to the horizon at a very rapid rate!
  6. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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  7. slipknot

    slipknot Been here awhile

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    1-866-784-1870 then 0 for customer service, then "other topic". Someone will ask for your VIN, just explain you want to ask for Honda to bring it HERE.

    They will ask for an email address confirmation and a phone number. Probably to prevent multiple votes (maybe they've heard from me too many times:D).

    If their customer service is like their technical service for shops they will record verbatim for the record. So be sure to quote our own PaulVT1:

    "Honda USA are bloody idiots for not offering it across the pond".
  8. WeegieBored

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    Cheers Paul. Bit of noise ticks the character box for me. I had the can bought before the bike. :D

    Although with a touring screen on, the airbox honk nearly drowns out the zorst. High gear, sub 2000rpm, big throttle opening and the thing blats away with sounds that make me smile. Job jobbed!
  9. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I was impressed with the blat i had on one last week. I've seen a '13 plate DCT in Yorkshire that would cost me about £1500. I'm tempted..:D
  10. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Even I would buy one for £1500. Go for it! :deal
  11. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I'm still keeping my powder dry for the BMW S1000F - but if that doesn't work out - i'll happily go for a DCT Xtour.
  12. ARiderX

    ARiderX Been here awhile

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    Explain the 1500?? :huh Total price? Or by trading in and upgrading?
  13. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Trade in from my VFR to the XTour.

    If i could get them for £1500 i'd buy a shitload and export to the states..:D
  14. ARiderX

    ARiderX Been here awhile

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    Yeah sorry, I had a brain lapse there :p But it wasn't clear from the context.

    Looking at a second hand one next saturday myself... If the price is right... The bike is made for me. I was at the local dealership a while ago looking at the 1200 vfr and that bike is also just shy of perfection for me. Like a k1300s but then reliable and well built...

    Sadly they JUST missed the mark with the 18l fuel tank. Make it 21,5 like the xtourer and the vfr is a home run for me. Even being tall as I am, I think I could be comfortable on a VFR 1200. But the fuel capacity just kills it for me :(
  15. Two Plugs

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    Next years International Crosstourer (& Varadero) meeting will be held in the south of France, near Milau.

    This years meeting in Geiranger, Norway, was simply SUPERB.

    Check www.vci-forum.com for updates.
  16. Bryster

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    Took mine for a spin to the goldfields this weekend..

    Gonna get wet...

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    Destination Coolgardie...

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    Why?

    Why do you hang a microwave in the middle of nowhere?

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    1300k's two days and I'm still able to walk. Fill, ride, repeat! :clap
  17. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Good shots..
  18. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    The Honda faithful that loved the 90d V4 all feel the same way.

    I had the '12 VFR1200, and it's a midrange beast with a wonderful engine.
    You just can't get stuck in the trap of wanting it to sound like the gear driven cam 90d motor.... instead, think of it as a big-bang motor with crank offsets that provide balance and stump pulling grunt from down low.

    I had a gear driven cam 90d VFR - great bike.
    The 1200 V4 is a different kettle of fish - they didn't ruin anything, they came out with something new and fantastic.

    I wish we got the Crosstourer in the states - but Honda is going to be licking their wounds from warehouses full of VFR1200's for years...
  19. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Fast food?
  20. dab68

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    My next bike.
    DCT of course :D