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  1. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Press release date: Monday 4th November 2013 , 18:30 CET

    Model updates: Honda’s flagship V4 adventure sports tourer is further refined with Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system, new self-cancelling indicators, new wave-key, re-shaped seat and a new camouflage colour scheme, plus software upgrades to the optional DCT gearbox and a new low-seat accessory option.


    Contents:
    1 Introduction
    2 Model overview
    3 Key features
    4 Accessories
    5 Technical specifications

    1. Introduction
    The Crosstourer, launched in 2012, is Honda’s range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team, led by Large Project Leader Yosuke Hasegawa, set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore. Japanese phrases used during concept creation and development translated into English as, “I can do this. I can go to a place like that”. “This” could be a long distance journey on fast major roads and motorways, or a sinuous ride to a remote destination in the mountains.Driving the overall development vision was the concept of “sophisticated hard duty”. Accordingly, Honda’s engineers wanted to create a motorcycle that was fit for all purposes – a perfect travel companion – while also offering a premium and unique design complemented by cutting edge technologies.And it did just that. Equipped with a 1,237cc V4 engine, advanced chassis and electronic package – Combined ABS, Traction Control System (TCS) and the option of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox – the Crosstourer firmly planted a flag at the high-performance end of the adventure segment.As a go-anywhere, do-anything tool it has few peers – but its real difference lies in the addictive power and soundtrack produced by its soulful V4 engine, something unique in this class. After two years and many tens of thousands of development miles, Honda’s engineers have chosen to evolve their flagship adventure sports tourer further, and the 2014 model features a host of detail upgrades to further enhance the riding experience.

    2. Model Overview
    Overall aim of the 2014 update is to improve the Crosstourer’s comfort, evolve its existing technology and apply new touches. The new Honda Selectable Torque Control system allows the rider to select three different levels to control engine torque and resultant drive to the rear wheel; the system can also be switched off. Honda’s six-speed DCT gearbox has also received software refinements to deliver an even more intuitive and natural performance, whether on highway or back road.Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators are also fitted. They monitor a combination of distance, time and wheel speed, operating intelligently and seamlessly: after regular cornering or overtaking. The seat has been modified to improve rider comfort and facilitate easier ground reach and a ‘wave’ design ignition key is now standard. Accessories – a key aspect of adventure bike ownership – have also been revised with new top box, heated grips and a low seat option.The finishing touch are the Crosstourer’s new paint schemes including a new Matt Titanium Blade Metallic ‘Camo’ SE colour.

    3. Key Features

    3.1 Engine
    The Crosstourer’s engine continues Honda’s proud heritage with V4 technology, with its uniquely smooth, flexible delivery of impressive power and torque. Offering precise control of this power thanks to its throttle-by-wire system, and an engaging, characterful sound - due partly to carefully-sized chambers in the exhaust - the Crosstourer’s engine is integral to its appeal. The V4 configuration is slim and compact, reducing frontal area and aiding mass centralisation. It also features a very closely set pair of rear cylinders, making the engine narrower at the back. Further contributing to the 1,237cc, 16-valve engine’s compact dimensionsis Honda’s Unicam technology, also used on the CRF range of motocross machines. This SOHC configuration helps reduce the size and weight of the cylinder heads, and optimise combustion chamber shape.

    PGM-FI fuel injection employs 44mm throttle bores and fly-by-wire technology for precise throttle control. Peak power of 95kWarrives at 7,750rpm, with peak torque of 126Nmat 6,500rpm.A combination of a 76° angle between the two banks of cylinders and a crankshaft with 28° phasing between the crankpins virtually eliminates vibration. Since there’s no need for a power-sapping balancer shaft the result is higher output, and uneven firing intervals give an intimate connection to the engine.The new Honda Selectable Torque Control constantly monitors front and rear wheel speed; when it senses a certain difference in speed between front and rear wheels, engine torque is momentarily reduced by a combination of ignition cut and modulation of the throttle butterflies through the throttle-by-wire system. As the difference in speed between front and rear wheels reduces, the system transitions into modulating only the throttle butterflies. This ensures a seamless, unobtrusive control. The system features 3 modes of operation for the rider to choose depending on road conditions. It can also be switched off.

    3.2 Dual Clutch Transmission

    Available as an option on the Crosstourer, Honda’s DCT gearbox offers a unique combination of direct riding feel and ease of use. A world first for motorcycles when launched on the VFR1200F in 2010, it delivers consistent, seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use.The system uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging. Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock or pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. The Crosstourer’s ride-by-wire technology allows the system to electronically “blip” the throttle on downshift for even smoother, faster gear changes. With extra benefits such as durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear), impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, and reduced rider fatigue, DCT has seen increasing acceptance in the market: 50% of Crosstourer customers chose the DCT option across Europe in the first nine months of 2013, compared with 29% in the whole of 2012.Three modes of operation are available. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode is sportier and the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, giving greater performance. It also shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.In either D or S mode DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers. At an appropriate time DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position.

    Furthermore, in “D” mode, the DCT system detects variations in rider input typical to certain environments, from busy urban streets to mountain switchbacks, and adapts its gear change schedule accordingly to create an extra level of riding compatibility.Upgrades to the software and operating logic ensure an even more intuitive system; downshifts in D and S mode happen earlier for a more responsive feel and extra engine braking, making corner entry natural. Kick down is also smoother thanks to remapping of the ECU.

    3.3 Chassis

    The Crosstourer’s relaxed riding ergonomics remain unchanged, but the seat has been re-shaped – with a slimmer front – to improve ground reach. Seat height remains 850mm but thanks to the narrower profile it’s an easier motorcycle to straddle, and ground reach is improved.The diamond aluminium twin-spar frame is a hollow unit that employs quartered construction – this enables very precise control over the all-important weight/rigidity balance of each part of the frame. Rake is set at 28° with trail of 107mm and 1,595mm wheelbase. Kerb weight is 275kg, 285kg for DCT version.

    Designed to excel on hugely varied road surfacesthe front and rear suspension offer generous amounts of controlled, bump-absorbing travel. The 43mm inverted fork offers reassuring control with precise steering and stability, even during hard cornering and heavy braking.And Pro-Link rear suspension combines excellent traction with refined ride quality. Both the fork and gas-charged shock are adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload, allowing riders to alter characteristics to suit their riding style and intended usage. Spoked wheels are designed to absorb the shocks generated by rough road surfaces and work with the suspension to deliver a comfortable ride quality. Tubeless tyres – 110/80-R19 front and 150/70-R17 rear – balance keen, agile handling with traction.Combined ABS works between the dual front 310mm discs/three-piston calipers and rear 276mm disc/twin-piston caliper. It delivers balanced braking for more stable deceleration and the extra reassurance of an Antilock Brake System. If either wheel is about to lock up and slide, C-ABS momentarily reduces the hydraulic pressure being applied to the relevant brake and distributes the force optimally between both wheels, ensuring powerful and secure braking in all conditions.Adding to its adventure appeal the 14YM Crosstourer’s frame, fork legs, single-sided swingarm, tail section and front fender are now blacked out, complementing the four

    Colours (three standard and one SE).

    Matt Pearl Glare White
    Pearl Cosmic Black
    Candy Prominence Red

    Matt Titanium Blade Metallic (SE colour)

    4. Accessories

    5-stage heated grips with indicator, replacing the previous 3-stage design, are now available from Honda Genuine Accessories. A new waterproof rear top box does away with the zip expander and, 60mm deeper, can take a full-face helmet. And an accessory low seat reduces the seat height by 20mm to 830mm.Other Honda Genuine Accessories for the Crosstourer include:Tongue:annier set. Specially designed and fully integrated 35L (RH) and 39L (LH) square panniers. The left pannier can contain most helmets; the set fits directly to the motorcycle and matches the top box.

    Main stand. Allows more secure parking and also facilitates cleaning and rear wheel maintenance.

    Cowl ornament kit. Tubular anodised aluminium kit developed to emphasise the bike’s rugged appearance. Also serves as a front LED fog lamp stay.

    Front LED fog lamp kit. Pair of LED fog lights which mount on the cowl ornament kit. Combines a very bright beam with minimal power consumption and a long lifetime. Control button integrates nicely in the motorcycle’s fairing.

    Touring screen, 145mm higher than standard screen.

    Side deflector kit. Set of left and right deflectors that protect the rider and pillion from the elements and reduce turbulence. Made from black polyurethane.

    12V DC socket kit, positioned under the seat.

    Outdoor cycle cover – protects the bike from the elements.

    Averto Alarm Kit. A compact alarm unit with 118dB siren and back-up battery. Low consumption sleep mode to protect the battery from draining. Features a movement and shock detector with 8 sensitivity modes.

    Tank pad.

    5. Technical Specifications

    ENGINE
    Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Unicam 16-valve 76° V4
    Displacement 1,237cc
    Bore ´ Stroke 81mm x 60mm
    Compression Ratio 12:1
    Max. Power Output 95kW @ 7,750rpm (95/1/EC)
    Max. Torque 126Nm @ 6,500rpm (95/1/EC)
    Oil Capacity

    FUEL SYSTEM
    Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
    Fuel Tank Capacity 21.5L
    Fuel Consumption 16.7km/litre (Tested in D-Mode WMTC mode)

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Starter Electric
    Battery Capacity 12V/11.2AH (YTZ14S)

    DRIVETRAIN
    Clutch Type Manual: Wet, multiplate
    DCT: Wet multiplate, hydraulic 2-clutch
    Transmission Type 6-speed
    Final DriveEnclosed shaft

    FRAME
    Type Diamond; aluminium twin-spar

    CHASSIS
    Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,285mm x 915mm x 1,335mm
    Wheelbase 1,595mm
    Caster Angle 28°
    Trail 107mm
    Seat Height 850mm
    Ground Clearance 180mm
    Kerb Weight Manual: 275kg
    DCT: 285kg

    SUSPENSION
    Type Front
    43mm inverted telescopic forks with hydraulic damping, preload and rebound damping adjustment
    Type Rear
    Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment

    WHEELS
    Type Front Tube less spoked
    Type Rear Tube less spoked
    Rim Size Front 19M/C x MT2.50
    Rim Size Rear 17M/C x MT4.00
    Tyres Front 110/80-R19
    Tyres Rear 150/70-R17

    BRAKES
    ABS System Type Combined ABS
    Type Front Dual 310mm disks
    Type Rear Single 276mm disk

    INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
    Instruments
    Fuel, engine temperature, bar-type tachometer, odometer, two trip meters, remaining fuel, fuel consumption (both actual and average), range to empty, a gear position indicator, a clock and the currently selected Dual Clutch Transmission mode (if applicable). This instrument panel is also adjustable for brightness

    Headlight
    55W x 1 (Hi)/55W x 1 (Low)

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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Special Edition Info
    Release date: 2 October 2012
    Model updates: New Special Edition version


    1. Model overview
    2. Key features
    3. Model details
    4. Colours
    5. Model history
    6. Optional equipment
    7. Technical specifications



    1. Model overview

    In 2012 Honda proudly announced the expansion of its state-of-the-art V4 model line-up by introducing the new Crosstourer, first launched as a concept model in 2010 at the Eicma Show. For 2013 this exciting V4 Adventure Sports Tourer is released in a new Special Edition.The Crosstourer delivers all the fun and excitement of a sports tourer with the comfortable upright riding position and manoeuvrability of an adventure machine. This is underpinned by Honda’s V4 expertise and its Dual Clutch Transmission with enhanced functionalities.The development team, led by Yosuke Hasegawa (Large Project Leader), wanted to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and adventure. Japanese phrases used during the concept creation and development translate into English as, “I can do this. I can go to a place like that”. “This” could be a long distance journey on fast major roads and motorways, or an adventure to a remote destination in the mountains. The Crosstourer development team wanted to create a motorcycle that was fit for all purposes, a perfect travel companion, while alsooffering a premium and unique design complemented by cutting edge technologies.

    The Crosstourer combines sports touring features, such as the powerful V4 engine configuration also found in the VFR1200F,with features found onoff-road motorcycles such as long travel suspension and an upright riding position for reassuring handling and grip. This crossover between two biking genres makes the Crosstourer a unique and versatile package. The long-travel suspension – usually found on off-road bikes to smoothly travel over rough terrain – benefits riders on uneven road surfaces. The rugged long-travel suspension systems also make for superb ride quality and precise control. The upright riding position provides comfort, control and outstanding visibility for the rider.Like the Crossrunner unveiled at EICMA in 2010,the Crosstourer provides the power of a V4 engine packaged in a crossover motorcycle. Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission system is a perfect fit with the Crosstourer’s advanced, pioneering spirit. The twin-clutch transmission offers both manual gear shifting, using buttons on the handlebars, and stress-free fully automatic functionality which can be manually overridden whenever the rider chooses. The machine also comes equipped with a TCS (Traction Control System), which increases the rider’s reassurance on low-friction riding surfaces by ensuring the engine never transmits more power than the rear tyre can handle. Refinements such as Honda’s Combined ABS underline the motorcycle’s all-weather, all-road capability – this machine really is ready for anything. The Crosstourer sets a new standard in full size adventure sports touring motorcycles. It offers a unique combination of V4 engine performance with advanced technology (Combined ABS, TCS, Dual Clutch Transmission) for stability and handling when riding solo or two-up on all types of road and all lengths of journey. The adventure starts here.

    2. Key features

    2.1 Engine

    Big-capacity V4 power

    The 1,237cc V4 engine, installed for the first time in a Honda adventure sports touring motorcycle, has been optimised for stronger low and medium RPM drive, delivering smooth power to make the Crosstourer feel effortless on long rides.

    2.2 Transmission

    Dual Clutch Transmission
    Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission ensures seamless and even smoother gear changes in any of its three riding modes, making the Crosstourer a supremely versatile motorcycle. Using two electronically controlled clutches, the system offers the choice of manual gear shifting and two fully automatic modes, one for general use (D-mode) and another for high performance riding (S-mode). The Crosstourer’s Dual Clutch Transmission also features new software logic with added functionality.

    2.3 Chassis
    Versatile chassis
    Chosen for its excellent weight/rigidity balance, the Crosstourer’s die-cast aluminium frame mounts long-travel suspension systems front and rear to deliver an engaging riding experience and a comfortable ride, even on rough roads.

    2.4 Honda Technology
    Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) and Combined ABS underline the new machine’s any-road, any-weather capability. The two ensure rider peace of mind, even in low-grip conditions.

    3. Model details

    3.1 Styling

    Inspiring, function-led styling

    The Crosstourer’sstyling suggests great strength allied with a refined sportiness. Recurring design themes like sharp edges accentuate its rugged adventure style; a lack of bulk at the front of the bike gives a feeling of lightness. The headlight configuration consists of a stacked headlight arrangement with the main beam headlight positioned above the high beam unit. The headlights and effective windscreen are positioned towards the middle of the machine to help centralise mass while also offering great wind protection. Channels in the fairing at the front of the bike reduce frontal area while ducting cooling air into the radiators. The rear of the machine is highly functional with an integrated luggage carrier and grab rail to which the optional panniers attach directly. The LED indicators, used for the first time on a large capacity Honda motorcycle, ensure optimum visibility.

    Protection from the elements

    The Crosstourer features off-road inspired knuckle guards to provide welcome wind and weather protection for the rider’s hands. The adjustable windscreen has been shaped using computational fluid dynamics analysis for an idealised shape and just enough wind protection – the design lets the rider feel the breeze, which is part of the joy of riding a motorcycle, while keeping fatigue to a minimum.

    Multi-function digital instruments
    The advanced multi-function instrument panel is both attractively styled and easy to read at a glance. Positioned just below the rider’s line of sight to maximise the amount of time spent looking ahead, the display is dominated by a large, clear digital speedometer. This is flanked by gauges showing remaining fuel and engine temperature. Across the top of the display is a bar-type tachometer, which runs left to right as engine RPM increases. Further information includes an odometer, two trip meters, remaining fuel, fuel consumption (both actual and average), range to empty, a gear position indicator, a clock and the currently selected Dual Clutch Transmission mode (if applicable). This instrument panel is also adjustable for brightness.

    3.2 Ergonomic Design

    Comfortable riding position
    Key to the appeal of the Crosstourer is the off-road inspired upright riding position, perfect for riding in busy city streets and twisting rural roads alike; the Crosstourer is a confidence-inspiring ally. The Crosstourer’s carefully considered ergonomics package offers both rider and passenger a high degree of freedom. Natural support of the rider’s body weight between footpegs, seat and handlebar make the machine comfortable even on extended rides. The riding position also offers excellent visibility, with clear lines of sight over surrounding vehicles. Finally, the freedom of the riding position, coupled with the machine’s generous steering lock, centralised mass and wide, tapered handlebars, gives great low-speed control.

    3.3 Engine

    Big-capacity V4 performance

    The Crosstourer is a machine designed to give its rider the feeling that anything is possible: no journey is too long or too demanding, no road or surface impassable. Contributing significantly to this joyous feeling is the Honda V4 engine, now within a sports adventure touring package that delivers impressive power and torque in a controllable and responsive way.

    Compact engine dimensions
    The V4 configuration is slim and compact, reducing frontal area and helping realise a mass-centralised chassis for excellent handling. Furthermore, the engine features a very closely set pair of rear cylinders, making the engine narrower at the back. The result is a comfortably slim and manageable motorcycle. Further contributing to the engine’s compact dimensions is Honda’s revolutionary Unicam technology, borrowed from the CRF range of single-cylinder motocross machines. This employs a single overhead camshaft configuration to reduce the size and weight of the cylinder heads and optimise combustion chamber shape, benefiting performance.

    Smooth engine operation

    The Crosstourer’s engine uses a combination of a 76° angle between the two banks of cylinders and a crankshaft with 28° phasing between the crankpins to virtually eliminate vibration. Since this obviates the need for a power-sapping balancer shaft, the result is a higher output together with a serene absence of vibration. This is an engine you can use all day, for hundreds of miles, without fatigue.

    Optimised engine settings

    Based on the engine found in the VFR1200F, the Crosstourer’s powerplant has been modified to better suit its intended duties. To further increase low and medium RPM drive the design of the camshafts has been revised, as has the valve timing. The result is satisfying drive, even from very low engine RPM.

    Muscular engine feel

    Honda’s legendary V4 engines have long been characterised by an uneven firing order. The Crosstourer is no different, and these firing intervals help make the rider feel intimately connected to the engine, giving the confidence to use its performance, together with a satisfying engine feel.

    Refined control

    Further contributing to the V4’s superb levels of control and user-friendliness is the advanced ride-by-wire system, which precisely meets the rider’s demands with just the right amount of easily-controlled performance; no more and no less.

    Dual Clutch Transmission

    A product of Honda’s ongoing desire to use new technologies to bring fun and convenience to peoples’ lives, Dual Clutch Transmission uses automated clutch and gearshift operation to deliver the same riding enjoyment as a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic. As the name implies, the system uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears; and another for 2nd, 4th and 6th. By pre-selecting the next gear using the clutch not currently in use, the system can electronically switch clutches when required to deliver swift, smooth and seamless gearshifts. This smoothness is particularly beneficial when carrying a passenger.

    A mode for every situation

    Three modes of operation are available for flexibility to suit different riding styles and situations. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift gears with the handlebar trigger control buttons. Two fully automatic shift modes are also available. D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and maintaining fuel efficiency. The ECU monitors several key parameters and can choose between two maps; one for normal conditions, which minimises gear shifts for smooth progress, and a second for high-load use that changes gear more readily for increased acceleration and stronger engine braking. In sporty S mode the transmission lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, giving greater performance, and also shifts down sooner when decelerating. In either D or S mode the Dual Clutch Transmission offers immediate manual intervention if required. The rider simply selects the required gear using the MT mode shift button. Changes to the software system now mean that at an appropriate time the system reverts back to the automatic mode.

    Reassuring TCS Traction Control System

    The Crosstourer is equipped with TCS traction control. This system monitors rear wheel speed, looking for fluctuations that could suggest an imminent loss of traction and, subsequently, machine control. If the system believes wheel-spin is imminent, engine power is momentarily reduced, maintaining traction. The system can be switched off, should the rider prefer, for certain conditions.

    3.4 Chassis

    Quartered hollow die-cast aluminium beam frame

    The frame of the Crosstourer is a hollow aluminium unit that employs a quartered construction. This technique enables very precise control over the all-important weight/rigidity balance of each part of the frame. The result is superb handling with a reassuring sense of stability, regardless of the road surface.

    3.5 Wheels

    Shock-damping tubeless spoked wheels

    Developed especially for this model, the Crosstourer spoked wheels have been designed to absorb the shocks generated by rough road surfaces, working with the machine’s suspension systems to deliver a comfortably refined ride quality. Tyre sizes – 110/80-R19 at the front, 150/70-R17 at the rear – have been chosen to balance keen, agile handling with effortless traction.

    3.6 Suspension

    Long-travel suspension systems

    Designed to excel on the hugely varied road surfaces of Europe, the front and rear suspension systems both offer generous amounts of controlled, bump-absorbing travel. The rigid 43mm upside-down telescopic forks offer reassuring control with precise steering and stability, even during hard cornering and heavy braking. Meanwhile, the Pro-Link rear suspension configuration combines strong traction with ride quality. Both the front forks and rear shock are adjustable for both tension (rebound) and preload, allowing riders to alter chassis characteristics to suit their riding style and intended usage.

    Maintenance-free shaft final drive

    To ensure it is as easy to maintain as it is to ride, the Crosstourer uses a maintenance-free shaft final drive. The design of this fuss-free transmission has been developed to be both durable and very quiet, even during high speed running.

    3.7 Brakes

    Combined ABS

    The Crosstourer is equipped with Combined ABS, offering balanced front and rear braking for more stable deceleration and the extra reassurance of an Antilock Brake System. If either wheel is about to lock up and skid, Combined ABS momentarily reduces the hydraulic pressure being applied to the relevant brake and distributes the force optimally between both brakes, ensuring powerful and secure braking in all conditions.

    4. Colours

    The 2013 VFR1200X Crosstourer will be launched in a range of five colours.

    - Special Edition

    - Digital Silver Metallic

    - Pearl Sunbeam White

    - Pearl Cosmic Black

    - Candy Prominence Red

    5. Model history

    To test the validity of a new concept motorcycle, one with the comfort, power and go-anywhere capability to satisfy even the most adventurous individuals, Honda unveiled the V4 Crosstourer concept model at the 2010 EICMA (Esposizone Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori) show in Milan, Italy. Positioned alongside the smaller Crossrunner, the concept explored the possibility of a rugged motorcycle based around the frame and powerful 1,237cm3 V4 engine of the VFR1200F.This new machine’s remit evolved slightly from the concept to the mass production version. The concept bike was an adventure machine with the emphasis on long-distance all-road touring. The production Crosstourer is a more versatile package, as effective in the city on the daily commute as it is on the open highway. To achieve this, the styling has been revised and the machine made less bulky and more manoeuvrable. The chassis specification has also been altered, with the adoption of upside-down forks for greater on-road control, for example.
    The Crosstourer is the perfect platform to emphasise the numerous technical advantages of a V4 engine: high power output with a compact, centralised mass for good handling and a small frontal area for reduced aerodynamic drag. The distinctive growl of the V4 is another essential part of the machine’s appeal.
     
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