New Honda 1200 V4 CrossTourer!!!

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

  1. droid

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    here are some pics and some small notes of my impressions thus far
    managed to back it out of there without moving anything – grab rails and nice full steering
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    dash has a bit more info with bike turned on, sorry
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    lever adjust
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    suspension adjust – handy to do while riding to see the difference, i’m hopeless at suspension
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    even for someone mechanically challenged this all seems pretty decent – spare fuses, good sized batt
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    wear marks on rear rack/hand rails – that’s just from trying some tie downs so powder coating if poss could be the order for this if straps are your thing
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    yes yes, shaft drive makes me happy
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    beaky but the angular nature of the bikes design seems to work – especially in the flesh
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  2. droid

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    so far I have pulled back the bars half an inch and brought the levers in. Have tried the screen both up and down and off altogether, the off altogether gives clear wind into the helmet which seems easier to handle than turbulent air. First thing Monday will be an order for a larger screen.

    These sort of bikes are so effortless to ride, the motor is really nice and plenty of room to move around on the seat

    The traction control and abs have me going down gravel roads the three times I've ridden it. if slowly moving on the loose gravel you can pin it and it will just squirt for a half second and then it backs the power off - quite interesting.

    I tested the abs on both front and rear and had it kick in both times, going downhill on gravel I was surprised how much front braking I could do before it twitched so yeah - better get some radiator protection bars before too long

    coming home into a really strong wind I realised how poor that screen is, it's weird I mean you'd have to be long legged, long armed and short torso-ed to reach the ground, bars and stay under the highest setting on the screen - but anyhow

    this isn't a bike to sit back and gork at, though I do look at it in-terms of what gadgets can I put on and where can I attach stuff. None of these bikes or this style do it for me aesthetically, can't see myself cleaning it too much or going out to the shed to look it - just gonna ride it

    having a dealer in town was a big reason for getting one

    I would suggest if you can that you ride one before making an opinion on the way they ride - some people somehow make a judgment about a bikes riding characteristics without ever taking one for a spin. and in the flesh, they are much easier to look at
  3. Revenue

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    Cant agree more, i sat on one in the UK decided to take it out on a test ride, ended up walking away with the full spec Demo bike at a very cool price :evil
    Delivered the bike to James Cargo Manchester and had the bike Air freighted to Thailand, where i rode it 750km from Bangkok to Mukdahan in 7 hours only stopping for fuel and water for me, I must say i am really impressed with the bike, the standard screen is a complete waste of plastic, but today have managed to graft a MRA spoiler to the standard screen and its 2000 times better, so decided to order a full MRA x-creen with the larger spoiler from the UK
    The rainey season is coming to a end soon so will be heading into Laos and Cambodia and will post my reviews, photos and Videos as try the bike.
    Looks like i need to sort out how to post photos as well
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    Eric
  4. twinrider

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    Thanks for the reports boys, so how is the POWER?

    Is there enough to stretch your arms when you twist the throttle hard? Any impromptu power wheelies? :D
  5. Mugatu

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    Thanks, you'v managed to find some good angles for the photos, it actually looks nice.
    How is the breaking power on asphalt compared to a xt1200z or 1200GSA (if you've ridden those bikes) ?
  6. droid

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    no power wheelies yet but it isn't exactly a strong point of mine

    braking power is ok but I can feel the weight of the bike when on the front brake. The gearing is quite long and first gear in corners is something I need to tell myself is ok, coming off a hex head boxer this motor is very smooth and so it would seem that things aren't as IN YOUR FACE when the engine is used to help slow down, though it was a point I liked too, don't get me wrong - the boxer motors are fantastic for sqeezing on and off with no need for braking

    the rear brake (which I haven't had whilst owning a BMW R1200S) is nice and strong and feely ~ albeit spongy

    the combination of engine and both brakes for slowing is fine and once I work it out will be a hoot

    the bike squatting half way through a corner and from there winding it on is fun and as eluded to, I could be down another gear too so, yes bottom end to explore and map if needed, let her loosen up a bit before going completely nuts - well at least get the first service logged without any silly information being provided to the dealer

    clear as mud?
  7. Salvo

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    droid, thanks for the pics and the comments. Stateside by me I am waiting to see if this will released in 2013. Have scoured all resources on which Adventure Tourer to finally get, almost pulled the trigger on the Yamaha XT1200, with this as a possible option I want to see it before I commit. I really liked the XT's comfortable riding position, have you ever ridden the XT, if so, how does it compare in your opinion?

    Please keep your comments coming, love the pics man
  8. droid

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    sorry salvo have not been on here for a bit...

    so far I have moved the bars forward again after trying them back towards me - but no good when standing so forward they go

    still messing with the rear suspension - just personal preference and about to stiffen up the front end to see how that goes

    got some stuff coming

    all in all its fantastic - went up some slippery roads on the weekend with 90kms of gravel and water filled potholes and some mud - 320kms on the one tank with all sorts of riding, I expect touring would be 350km right out of the box)

    the traction control is really cool, a little loss of traction for just a tiny second then it grabs, you can come out of a corner in the gravel and pin the throttle and it will do a tiny spin(so it is not obtrusive) and then back the motor down but even that is only brief because as soon as it gets traction your off again - superb!

    have not ridden the yamaha sorry mate

    here are some pics from the weekend
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  9. twinrider

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    Good onya for getting her dirty mate. Looks like a fender extender and shock shield would be good investments.
  10. droid

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    cheers!

    yes yes a fender extender and hugger are on the list, amongst every other bloody thing but they need to step up the list of priorities me thinks
  11. Two Plugs

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    Don't do the hugger, but go for the rear shock shield from Desertstorm bike (www.desertstorm-bike.de) . Its very simple, cheap and easy to install. Don't know if it is available for the CT - it is for the XL1000V Varadero; I just purchased a new one for my new bike. I didn't even had to pay in advance - just ordered the part on the Internet, and within 2 days it was deliverd in The Netherlands incl a bill with payment instructions. But I guess asking is the cheapest way to learn if it is available:

    Look on the site for 'Spritzschutz'. Only 14,50 €...

    Frontfender extender same story... Ordered it from the Dutch company MDI motorcycle equippement, its seems to be an universal piece but they have a rear hugger for the CT on their assortiment as well:
    http://www.mdi-online.nl/webshop/ar...=bbd0e582-e87b-4afc-9612-7ad2a45bb067&lang=uk
  12. Carl Down Under

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    Thanks for the dirt report Droid! Good to see a CT get dirty. Would love to hear your impressions of the ABS in the dirt. Would you trust it down a steep slippery slope? Sounds like you preferred leaving the traction control on in the dirt.

    I've had a test ride and love this machine. The motor is awesome (preferred it over the Triumph, which was nice).
  13. droid

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    thanks for the info!

    um, well I am not an offroader so yeah - I turned off the TC on the gravel roads and span the rear quite alot. I put it back on and it felt sure footed. I know some will say yeah but you use the rear wheel spin to steer but for someone like me and on a big heavy bike, I'm a long way from that sort of riding.

    I was concerned going up some slippery muddy hills because what if the TC engages and you come to a standstill and cant hold it, but it crawled up the hills slowly (it's easy to balance) almost like low range four wheel drive

    at the end of the day I was in unfamiliar places on a bike (also unfamiliar) with tyres that maybe aren't quite up to it.

    It all went well, indeed there was some arm tension :lol3

    on a downhill steep slippery slope I don't know what would happen and would prefer the abs was switchable because in that situation I understand loking the rear to point the bike in the right direction. I am sure that some chunky tyres would help alot. I did try the abs out both front and rear and it took more than I thought to kick in

    the ABS and TC do not seem to be intrusive
  14. Two Plugs

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    @ Droid: your experiences with the ABS linked brakes underline the experiences (positive as well) which I have with the ABS/CBS brakes on my Varadero. They do a proper job, without getting intrusive! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Whilst on the paved roads, they stop the bike like throwing an anchor out... This system has given me so much confidence, that I consider people who are even thinking about un-linking the CBS brakes or dismantling the ABS must be totally mad! <o:p></o:p>

    I haven't got experiences with recent Honda motorcycles vv traction control (except from the testspin during the CT introduction in Spain, last February), but from the MK1 ST1100 ABS/TCS my brother owned several years ago, I know it is simply bullet-proof.
  15. twinrider

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    Droid, thanks again for the flow of info. Hope more VFRX owners do the same.
  16. Salvo

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    Thanks for the info and pics Droid! I am hoping we see this bike in the States for 2013. C'mon Honda, we're neglected enough - no Transalp, no Varadero. FINALLY glad to see the US Adv bike market catching up with the rest of the world, never understood why it didn't happen sooner, used to LOVE the KLR and the XT 600 back in the day in Europe, came here and zilch, nothing, nadda, niente, until BMW got the GS adv thing going, still took over a decade to get the Japs to send over their bikes and some, like Honda, STILL to this day haven't put out an Adv bike on our market??
    Looking fwd to an update on Fenda extenda and hugger with pics! thanks man
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    total motorcycle is a US based website that focuses on US bikes.
    if it was worldwide there would be ALO more bikes on there that honda makes elsewhere.
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    If you click on Yamaha, they don't list the XT660, ( which isn't offered in the US). I hope this isn't wishful thinking. I have plans to buy a Super Tenere, but would like to compare the Crosstourer.