New Honda 1200 V4 CrossTourer!!!

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

  1. Squily

    Squily Squily

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    Agree

    My Varadero's insurance is less than my DL650 insurance, because the DL is a sport's bike. Huh?!?! :huh
  2. droid

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    congrats!
  3. ricochet

    ricochet Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the compliment. Here is it now with the farkles:clap


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  4. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    This thread is giving me migraines.......and I can only hope that HONDA is reading it as closely as KTM is reading the 1190 thread......they photo shopped a header dent away when it was pointed out in the thread.....C'mon you effn'g HONDA execs..........I already have multiple KTM's in my shed.....and I know there's a bunch of US(ofA) who would have HONDA's instead of the few options we currently have................








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    Keep calm and carry on.....we now return you to your regularly (non USofA) scheduled thread........:lol3
  5. Carl Down Under

    Carl Down Under Aussiwican

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    That looks sooo good! My choice of colour too. And I think that case looks great on it.

    :-)
  6. ishmac

    ishmac Been here awhile

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    Hey that's lovely looking in white!

    I would advise anyone who likes or dislikes the CrossTourer to take it out a test-ride for an hour or two. It's bloody amazing, my next bike for sure!!!!!


    The engine (and bike) is an utter peach, so smooooooth! God I'm in love.
  7. PizzaHog

    PizzaHog Thought Criminal

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    There are many over here on the other side of the Pond that would like nothing better than to get a test ride.

    Still waiting, Mother Honda...:ddog
  8. droid

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  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Sounds great droid.
  10. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    How is the new bike so far Droid? :ear
  11. droid

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    Still sorting out the suspension and waiting on an mra screen as both Honda screens are crap

    Getting some grip puppies because my right fingers went numb yesterday on that run

    It is really well balanced, I have a loose, soft, stone driveway and I can squeese past the cars and into the shed just riding the rear brake for balance. It is heavy to haul on the soft stuff by hand but under throttle at very slow speed it is surprisingly capable

    Well the motor is a no brainier, it's fantastic!

    Seat is great, ergos are good

    Can't fault it really
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  12. droid

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    There has been a problem with the Honda heated grips, I don't have them but the electronic gizmo gets water in it and does strange things some guys are waterproofing them and moving the unit to somewhere better on the bike

    Someone has had a radiator weep and steering head bearings loose
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Do the handlebars get pretty buzzy at certain RPMs?
  14. doggrell3000

    doggrell3000 Been here awhile

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    dear forum

    honda hates the united states . there are good reasons to hate the usa . but i am not going to move to japan just to own a new all black 2013 automatic dual clutch crosstourer with optional footshifter . please honda . sell me a crosstorer even though i am a rude fat american . once you get to know us the usa has nice motorcycle riders . ( the hell's angels for example ) .

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  15. droid

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    it was weird, i've been up that road quite a few times and on bikes with steeper arm angles/harsher on the wrists and the last bike was a 1200bmw boxer which some make mention of buzziness and not a problem for me

    i didn't notice until i got back and sat down that the tips of my fingers on my right hand, actually pinky, next one along and middle had pins and needles just in the tips, i wondered if they were cold but there was blood in them, they weren't white

    the throttle to me is touchy (an emmissions based conundrum that likes to run on the LEAN side of things) and jerky and you can clearly hear the snap on of the throttle on the vid even though my actual operation of the throttle is well, i would like to think - a bit smoother, but yeah for me nothing happens and then bang and i've tried loose fingers, palm grips - everything

    so don't know, can't put my finger on it - pardon the pun...grip puppies apparently help with buzz and aid in throttle control

    the suspension has recently been set up alot firmer so it could even just be the harsh front end

    going down to the GP this coming weekend which will put another 600kms on the clock and then hopefully another 1200kms going up to the Snowy the following week - i have used a throttle rocker and if the puppies dont get here in time then i will have to break out the old throttle rocker for GP - will fiddle with suspension during those trips

    when someone brings out a spoofer or map to get rid of the leaness i will be on one *like a fat kid on a cupcake! but again - i haven't heard anyone else complain too much about it - i cant hold it a constant rev in low gear without it surging...

    *no offense intended doggrell
  16. twinrider

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    Depending on how strict Oz's emissions are, the CTs imported there might have leaner settings than bikes in other markets. At least that's how it is here in Japan. Sounds like an FI tune and higher flowing air cleaner combined with your Akras would fix the surging and boost performance.
  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Could you maybe load the "US" or "EU" tune if in fact they do have different tunes for the different countries? I know when I ordered my BMW R1200RT back in 2006. It had a real bog when you went WFO which the demo bike I rode did not have. Long story made short. My bike was loaded with a restricted HP France tune and as soon as they loaded the proper tune my now 100% Canadian spec bike ran fine.

    That boxer would also put my right pinky to sleep after 20 mins of riding, but only when the throttle bodies were out of sync. That's how I knew it was time to balance the throttle bodies. I'm not sure if it's even possible to balance the throttle bodies on the Cross Tourer, I know you couldn't on my CBF1000, the balance was all handled by the ECU. Good luck.
  18. Sock Monkey

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    I wonder if you're more sensitive to higher frequency vibes, and that's causing the issue? I know that's a big deal for some, myself included, and is a big reason why I shied away from the Tiger 800 after test riding it....after just a few minutes my hands were tingling due to the higher frequency vibes. I have no issues with a big twin, but since the CT is a four, it might be part of your issue. Have you considered something like vibe-isolating bar risers, like the ROX (http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/cart/showitems.cgi?multicatlabel_id=79&multicatsublabel_id=269)?

    -SM
  19. droid

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    thanks for the tips, some fi management with a filter would help

    never even crossed my mind about frequency vibes - that would be a pita if everytime the bike runs around the 4-5k mark that i get the tingles (it goes up to 8.5redline)

    hopefully the grip puppies will get here tomorrow but for cruising it hasn't been a problem anyway, the test would be to do the run again with the puppies

    i'll ask the local honda shop about fi management, they race bikes and could point me in the right direction

    good stuff - cheers!
  20. Grizzlybear

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    That's weird, I am also one that hates engine vibes fine course or otherwise. For me, to describe such as "character" (like a recent Guzzi Stelvio tester did) is an insult to ones intelligence and is just another way to sugarcoat a bikes failings and appease the industry advertisers. Getting back to the Tiger 800, I have owned many Triumph Triples and find my T800 to be particularly smooth with no vibes through the bars to speak of.

    If handlebar tingles were noticed on the Tiger 800 during a test ride which is generally only a 20-30 minute ride (if you are lucky) then I would suggest that something was not right with that particular bike because it is not my experience of this model.

    I will be testing a CT with DCT and optional foot shift tomorrow. Hopefully they will let me out on my lonesome for a good hour... we'll see!