New Honda 1200 V4 CrossTourer!!!

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

  1. Grizzlybear

    Grizzlybear Been here awhile

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    Why all this crap about what the CT is... sportsbike, trailbike, touring bike etc. It is what it is and does what it does probably very well. Does it really need to be compared with anything... no! Does it matter if it has less off road ability than the German alternative... no! Does it matter that it may be slightly faster, slightly slower, more comfortable, less comfortable than brand xyzee... not in my book!

    It is what it is and that is probably a damn fine motorcycle that operates within parameters only 5% better or worse than all of its contempories except the Multistrada 1200 when it comes to its sporting prowess or conversely the KTM990 AdventureR when it comes to barrelling through bogholes in the bush.

    Each bike in the genre has it's strengths and weaknesses and it's the CT's strengths (with DCT) that outweigh it's weakness's for me...

    Hell when I think back to some of the rallies that we used to slip and slide our way into riding bog standard Honda Fours, Waterbottles and Kwacker Nines back in the early seventies, methinks todays crop of riders on their fancy computer laden dual-sport motorcycles are a bunch of cry-babies!

    The bottom line is this, if you fit a set of Continental TKC80s to a CT, GS or Explorer, it will mostly be the better pilot who gets there first regardless of the bike being ridden! On the other hand, if I was riding Brisbane to Perth via the bitumen it would be the keys to the CT or the Explorer that I would grab before any of the Euro brands. :D
  2. Salvo

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    It sounds like may be the perfect bike for me. I am probably like most guys, I used to ride and love motocross and enduro, grew up with the nostalgia of that type of bike, love that comfortable riding position, have a street bike, want a fun-to-ride all arounder. Something as comfortable to commute to the office with as well as take a nice weekend (or longer) road trip possibly with the guys or with the wife. Needs to be pannier capable, must have a great motor ready to cruise at highway speeds -and then some, decent mileage, reliable as all heck cuz I might neglect it some between dealing with work and the kids, adventure styling cuz its cool, thats what I want. Will I be off-road ride deep in the jungle/dessert, not likely, nor would I want a 500lb beast - of any brand mind you - for that anyway . Plain and simple, the SUV of the motorcycle world I've read someone call it.
  3. ishmac

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    Had my Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 out a we blip today on dry roads with sunshine (rare i know), headed to my local Honda motorcycle dealer in Falkirk, Scotland, UK.
    Had an un-planned test-ride on Honda's CrossTourer 1200cc 'V4', shaft drive, spoke wheels, heated grips, 21.5 litre fuel tank, gear indicator, full luggage, 130 brake horse power, 'ABS' brakes....

    Took it out a short 40 mile run on back roads/twisties/dual carriageway etc, HOLY SMOKE, what fun, shaft drive is super smooooth up the gears (clutchless gear changes), mirrors that really work, comfy heated grips and riding position. I hit 97mph in 2nd gear on the rev limiter, THUG bike ok, superb!
    Phenomenal brakes!! A brilliant all-rounder. I was riding along in 5th gear at 33mph remembering it pulling away so smoothly, fabulous 'V4' grunty engine, utterly stunning package!! Well done Honda.

    Would I have one tomorrow.....(? ? ), hell YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in love.

    (p.s. did I mention the smooooothnes of the beautiful 'V4' engine).
  4. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    Very nice mate, better fix that sig block! :)

  5. twinrider

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    Nice report... Did you find the gear box clunk-free and smooth shifting? Have you had a chance to try the DCT?
  6. ishmac

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    Never tried the DCT version.

    But the gearbox is totally seamless up-shifting, fab you lous!!
  7. Grizzlybear

    Grizzlybear Been here awhile

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    Came across this excellent comparison between the CT and Exporer. It does not offer a definitive "winner" except to say that they are both winners but it highlights the off-road capabilities of the CT where 'accepted wisdom' loves to reiterate adnauseum that the CT is no dirt bike, ha, watch this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMxUBtweMbY&playnext=1&list=PL416433DE3FE82F86&feature=results_main

    This youtube clip reinforces my earlier assertion that the better rider will always be quicker whichever bike they are riding but in this clip we have two riders of obvious differing riding abilities so it is interesting that the younger guy (and quicker rider) swings toward the Honda while the older guy, more interested in comfort, reckons the Explorer is the go. Horses for courses?
  8. Cruz

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    How smooth are the downshifts? Any clunks going into any of the gears?
  10. Grizzlybear

    Grizzlybear Been here awhile

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    Yep, saw that one months ago and dismissed the review as garbage and that was before I began forming my own opinion on either the CT or Explorer. It wasn't hard to conclude that this slow speaking dimwit is either BMW biased or a terrorist on a private mission to bring an end to the Japanese motorcycle industry! I'm not alone on this if you can go by the likes and dislike score.
  11. Cruz

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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    Yes downshifting is seamless also, superb!!

    A brilliant bike I think, the V4 engine is a peach!! Oh and super smooooooth.
  13. droid

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    thanks Rob, fixed!

    got the akro pipe on and it sounds really good, buying stuff slowly - aw geez it really is a blast to ride, getting 325km out of a tank and it's so easy to go around corners...i thought maybe it was me but there is now hope!

    getting the suspension tuned up on Thursday when it goes in for a service
  14. twinrider

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    Droid, would be nice to see a pic of the bike with the Akra if you have a chance.
  15. droid

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    of course

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  16. twinrider

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    Thanks for the pics mate, did they make a noticeable difference in the power and how's the sound?

    Sorry for asking all these questions but you are currently living my bike dream :lol3 Can't even get a test ride here in Japan :cry
  17. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    Jon,

    The bike and exhaust look nice! I like the new truck too, and judging from the contents of the dumpster, Momma got new carpeting in the house too.

    Nice!

    Looks like you got all your bases covered my friend. :D
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    Nice bike Droid.

    Was wondering what a twin cab commode was doing in the USA until I saw your location. :lol3
  19. Two Plugs

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    You will never gain extra power by just replacing the exhaust muffler. Only the sound counts. But I'm sure the V4 makes an excellent concerto... ;)

    If the purpose is getting extra Bhp, you have to mod the entire exhaust system from cylinder to muffler, add a powercommander, open airfilter, etc.
  20. twinrider

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    My experience with before and after dyno runs (same day) tells me differently. I gained 6hp using slip-on to my VFR800 and 5 more when I went to a full system. Similar experiences with other bikes.

    Agree though that uncorking the whole system gives the best results. :)