New Honda 1200 V4 CrossTourer!!!

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

  1. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

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    Hi All,

    The new CT forum is up and running, 2 weeks before Crosstourer & Varadero riders across Europe (and the World!) are meeting again for their annual meeting in Wales, UK.

    You guys are kindly invited to join; the CT section could use some enthusiast posters; without abandon ADVriders; they go well together!

    Check & introduce yourselves:
    http://www.vci-forum.com/index.php?action=forum
  2. markjenn

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    No, I admit I've never ridden a Varadero.

    I posted mainly because it would be odd for a someone in the US to be thinking about replacing a US spec bike with a relatively-rare grey market import. I wondered if he even knew they weren't imported.

    I agree, if he has a particular bike available to him, the paperwork is sorted, and he's his own mechanic willing to source parts online, could be a interesting alternative. This is a lot of ifs. And based on what I've read, unless there is some specific reason you want a grey market bike, I wouldn't think it worth the hassles. But again, that's just based on what I've read, not first-hand experience.

    - Mark
  3. kaengurooo

    kaengurooo Been here awhile

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    I just wondering if there are any member with a Honda Crosstourer on this side:huh?
    I tried the search function but all I could find is the VFR 1200 Sportstourer! Are there already any existing thread about the Crosstourer, or has anyone the Crosstourer and can say something about it?
    If I see it right the Crosstourer is in the same class like the V Strom ore the Multistrada right?
    So got anyone already experiance with that bike?
  4. GrahamD

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    OK so you used the search my apologies.

    About right. A big comfy tourer capable of some light dirty stuff.

    They're all here.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633877
  5. kaengurooo

    kaengurooo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the link:thumb!
  6. Two Plugs

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    There are no 'its', Mark. Grey imported motorvehicles (doesn't matter if its are bikes or motorcars) can give sereous worries, but that does not have to be the case.

    In case of importing a XL1000V Varadero MK2 to the US, the technical base is a VTR Firestorm which is on the US paylist.

    It won't break down either. Its a Honda.

    Difficulties can be expected if the bike is getting damaged, f.e. in an accident.

    But still... parts can be ordered 24/7 around the globe thanks to the internet. This makes importing 'grey' a blessing these days, and not an harassment any more.

    Same goes for the VRF1200X Crosstourer. Just get it. Unless the importing legislations and fees are that much horrible for the US...

    (Blessing me for living in non-boundry Europe... which has its downsides too, believe me!)
  7. markjenn

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    If you're based in Europe, you may not be familar with the issues with respect to titling, insurance, registration, and warranty. The US is difficult here because the laws are fairly strict and there are 50 different sets of rules involved here since states are the ones doing titling and registration.

    - Mark
  8. Carl Down Under

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    Despite asking dealers at pre-delivery and first service to check the head bearings, they were loose. Now fixed and now sweet.
  9. J-P

    J-P headbanging adventurer

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  10. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    You've got some nice unsealed roads and beautiful scenery to mess about on over there! :clap Need less wind noise, more V-4 sound next time :D
  11. Two Plugs

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  12. J-P

    J-P headbanging adventurer

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    TA II actually, a massive upgrade AFAIC, sticky as glue! On the downside, I fear a serious decrease in mileage. I rode 13K kms with the TA I... now after little over 3 weeks and 4500 kms, the front is wearing hard.
  13. Two Plugs

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    :eek1 Will be monitoring mine closely regarding the decrease in mileage...<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  14. TREADMARKS

    TREADMARKS Been here awhile

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    Spent 10 days Spanking the Swiss Alps on the new Cross Tourer and loved it.

    Cant wait till they are available here!

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  15. DiamondLie

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    You got a line on when that might happen? :ear
  16. TREADMARKS

    TREADMARKS Been here awhile

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    Checkbook.....YES!
  17. DiamondLie

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    This is the bike I have been waiting for. Anyone have any idea on how we can get Honda to bring it to the US? I'd be a part of any campaign to try to put together a group communication to Honda if anyone else is interested. Ideas? :ear
  18. G-Wing

    G-Wing Been here awhile

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    I have no insight :confused just want to be certain my names up there on the list; :waysad please send me my next motorbike Mr. Honda...
  19. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    You willing to pay $20,000. for that Honda???
  20. TREADMARKS

    TREADMARKS Been here awhile

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    Fully loaded.......maybe.

    My Tiger was near that fully loaded and the Honda has much longer legs than the tiger, and will seriously spank the 6 cylinder BMWs that started out in front of me.

    And the sound of that V4 airbox, two up at 220 kph with room to go is just plain awesome!:deal