New Honda 1200 V4 CrossTourer!!!

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

  1. ukiboy

    ukiboy Adventurer

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    Still enjoying it! I've done 600 miles now and its going in for its first service next week.
    Superb engine! So fast and so torquey yet feels happy to just plod along at 30mph in 3rd gear.. But that superb performance sure affects the economy! It drinks more than I do... Between 32-38 mpg so far..
    But overall I love this thing. I can't think why I don't see more of these on London's streets. Instead its all BMW GS's, and not much else :eek1
  2. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Local dealer has knocked £1500 off the one they have. Can't shift it. Another local dealer has sold 2 since they were launched. Shame really. Seems to be even further off the buying public's radar than the Super Ten.
  3. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    Paul what is the price point?
  4. ukiboy

    ukiboy Adventurer

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    The list price in the UK is £11,495
  5. Carl Down Under

    Carl Down Under Aussiwican

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    I got my manual Crosstourer three weeks ago and am loving it. Very sweet, smooth and powerful motor. 1500kms so far, almost all two up. Handles beautifully. Love it through the twisties. Had my first run on dirt roads on Sunday. It felt very secure. Only negative is the front suspension is very hard on potholes and corrugations. You really fell it through the handlebars. But the bike nonetheless still fells solid and secure. Turned the traction control off on the dirt and felt very comfortable powering out of corners. Just got to remember to turn it off again after stopping for photos! Can't wait to get my panniers and go for a trip. Brilliant, beautiful machine. Still haven't mastered the mono though. It comes up very quickly and easily, I've got to smooth out my throttle control. :evil

    Cheers, Carl :D

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  6. Moronic

    Moronic Long timer

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    I notice that the Crosstourer does not appear on Honda's 2013 range website:

    http://www.hondamc2013.com/2013-range/


    Then again, neither does the Gold Wing, and I don't imagine they are dumping that one. The F6B is there.

    The Crosstourer has recently been discounted heavily in Australia as well. I rode one recently, 30 min or so. Very nice engine for touring: understated but engaging. Front tyre seemed very remote. Footpegs dug into calves at a stop: placement felt unusually forward.

    Felt like a very pleasant but weighty long-distance tourer. Hard to imagine riding it successfully on a soft surface (mud, sand) tho: a "dab" would hardly suffice if she started to tip.

    Hyperpro offers an aftermarket shock and progressive springs, I have noticed.

    Do owners posting on this thread have further comments? How is the romance holding up?
  7. ukiboy

    ukiboy Adventurer

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    The romance is holding up very well for me. This bike is great on rough potholed roads although I personally wouldn't take it too far off road as its a big heavy beast. I'd suggest its more of a competitor to the likes of a 1050 tiger as opposed to a GS or a KTM Adventure. It's like a TDM 900 on steroids!
    I like the high up riding position, the long travel suspension and the superb motor and shaft drive train. Comfort, handling and build quality are also superb. All in all its a great bike :clap
  8. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Probably have leftover GWs they want t get rid of, same for the CT.
  9. J-P

    J-P headbanging adventurer

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    Almost 20K kms on it and the love has grown even stronger. Trustworthy companion which does the job perfectly, no issues. It`s faster than the new KTM 1190, we discovered a week ago. Not that important but funny, as the KTM oozes speed and power. The bike holds out well on gravel surfaces, like any other overweight bike it is not built to ride mud or sand. I have a DR650 for that so why bother anyway...
  10. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    How about some details? :ear
  11. Two Plugs

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  12. J-P

    J-P headbanging adventurer

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    Like what? Handling? Costs?
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    No, details on the circumstances/event where the Honda proved to be faster than the new KTM. Interesting considering the KTM is lighter and has 20 more hp.
  14. J-P

    J-P headbanging adventurer

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    Just a guy I rode with and did some traffic light sprints. Dry roads, normal conditions. You can have all the power you want but you don`t beat Dual Clutch Transmission, so it seems. Lovely :clap
  15. Bwondzuki

    Bwondzuki n00b

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    I'm considering trading my 2005 Wee-Strom for a 2008 Varadero 1000. I rode one last summer and really liked it. Yes, it's a bit heavier than the 'Strom but I found it more comforatable and the extra power would be welcome on long hauls. What kind of mileage would I expect to get? I've been spoiled by the DL which consistently gets 45-50mpg on the highway and 55 around town. It's not that I don't like the 'Strom, it's a great bike. Does the Varadero have any "known issues?" What would be a fair price for a low mileage 2008 Varadero in excellent condition?
  16. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    I assume you're aware it was never imported to the US? Thus, any bike you find will be "grey market"? I don't think that, in general, the Varadero is that highly-regarded and given the lack of support, it would be an odd choice to replace a Wee you currently like. Why not consider a V-Strom 1000?

    - Mark
  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    WeeStrom, he's looking for a bit more oomph, so yes I'd agree the V-Strom 1000 may be a better direction. I'll agree with Mark about importing the bike. I rode a Honda CBF1000 for 3 years. They were only imported to Canada (like the Varadero) and not the US. Never again will I buy a bike that's NOT imported in the US. Parts for the CBF were atrociously high priced. It was cheaper for me to order and ship parts from the UK than it was to buy from my local dealer, and we're talking hundreds cheaper not just a few bucks. My stator fried: $550 from my local dealer and he was giving me a deal, plus my dealer is 1 1/2 hour drive away; $330 shipped from the UK, to my door, $$ exchange factored in.
  18. Two Plugs

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    Mark,

    Own experiences? I think he should chat to the US members who do own a Varadero. These days with the Internet, you can get parts all over the place by post order. And the Varadero XL1000V is / was on the Honda program in Canada.

    It is a fair alternative choice for the Vstrom DL1000 in terms of quality, comfort and reliability. Cheap to run too, but go for an after 2008 model.

    The only thing which could hold you back is import taxes. I don't have a clue if the US customs are charging and on what level for import parts / bikes.

    But again... the US guys riding a Varadero can help; like Al Wise in NY and Trey Hall in TX.

    To the Varadero vv Crosstourer comparance... They are not that far separated. Besides the shaft ride of the CT, I could not find any point which would make me invest over &#8364; 5.000,- more for a CT. The CT is a newer design and bike. Its good. Well build. But that counts for the Varadero too. The CT isn't a bad bike. Its good. But not that good to make up a &#8364; 5.000,- price difference and thats why I decided last year to go for one of the very last Varadero's I could get my hands on... ;)

    Check also the new forum: www.vci-forum.com regarding both bikes (Crosstourer and Varadero)
  19. Moronic

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    Many thanks to those posting on the durability of a crosstourer romance. I'm still watching.
  20. doggrell3000

    doggrell3000 Been here awhile

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    it is a shame that honda will not sell the crosstourer in the usa . i am only a few weeks away from picking up a 2013 bmw r1200gs wc ( thunder grey ) . i would like to have had the opportunity to test ride a crosstourer because i am fascinated with the dual clutch and huge engine on the honda crosstourer . this is just from what i have read and the pics i have seen . the 2013 bmw r1200gs wc is a great all around tour bike so i am still keen on my thunder grey bmw . the honda crosstourer looks great ( in pics ) and not having to shift is probably the way of the future especially for large semi offroad tour bikes . i have a feeling that honda will eventually sell the crosstourer in the usa . but it will be long after i have put many miles on a new 2013 thunder grey bmw r1200gs wc . honda won't miss my 20 grand anyway .

    doggrell3000
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