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ADV BikesHonda Announces New 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner

Honda Announces New 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner

Now with more power, improved suspension and new adventure styling.

Published on 09.10.2014

Honda Motorcycles of Europe announced a new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner today. The Crossrunner, available in the European market, offers an Adventure Touring riding position, along with a wide-handlebar and longer travel suspension.

The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner boasts a host of improvements, which are the first major changes to the bike since it went on sale in 2011. Revisions include more power from the 800cc V4 engine, increased suspension travel and new sharper adventure styling. Full LED lighting (headlight, taillight and turn signals) provides a more modern appearance.

The chassis of the new Crossrunner has been updated with an additional 1.1 inch (28mm) of suspension travel in the rear and 1.0 inch (25mm) in the front. The VFR800X sits on new 17-inch cast aluminium wheels fitted with dual 310mm discs and radial-mount four-piston calipers in the front. The aluminium twin-beam frame features a lighter, revised subframe and new aluminium swingarm. Tires are sport-oriented size 120 front and 180 rear for optimal on-road performance.

VFR800X Crossrunner adventure bike

2015 Honda VFR800X Crossrunner gets new adventure styling and a longer-travel suspension.


The VFR800X Crossrunner now gets HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control), which offers two levels of traction control and can also be turned off. HSTC, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips are all offered as standard equipment. The new VFR800X offers adjustable seat height, with two height options to accommodate riders of different sizes.

At the heart of the machine remains its VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16-valve engine, originally adapted from the VFR800 Sport Tourer. The VFR800X Crossrunner now offers increased low and mid-range torque. Peak power has increased from 100 hp (75kW) @ 10,000 rpm to 105 (78kW) @ 10,250 rpm.

The improved power, increased suspension travel and additional standard equipment should make the Crossrunner a more competitive option in the middle-weight adventure touring category. No announcements have been made on pricing, but the 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner is expected to be on display at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany this October.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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September 13, 2014 11:02 am

17″ front tire will ruin any off road ambitions this bikes appearance may lead you to believe. I think Honda is one of 2-3 companies that could deliver a reasonably priced 400-600 cc do it all bike that I would be all over buying.

September 21, 2014 4:24 pm

I like it except for the lame 17″ front wheel. It needs a 19″ front wheel. And an option for spokes.

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