The Honda VFR800X receives a major update for the next model year after the VFR800 that it’s based upon received a makeover.
The original Crossrunner which has been available since 2011 combined Honda’s unique 800cc V4 engine in an upright, street-oriented riding position. The VFR range has long had a soft spot in many a rider’s heart due to that unique VTEC engine and the The 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner carries on the tradition, this time with a stronger all-round sporty performance to go with a revised, more aggressive riding position and sharper adventure styling.
At the heart of the machine remains its VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16 valve engine, which now offers increased low and mid-range torque for flexible, effortless drive plus increased peak power of 78kW, delivered at 10,250rpm.
The aluminium twin-beam frame features a lighter, revised subframe and new aluminium swingarm – another VFR signature piece. Improved suspension provides longer travel: 25mm in its two-piece telescopic forks and 28mm in the rear shock.
With ABS as standard the VFR800X front 17-inch hollow-cast aluminium wheel is fitted with dual 310mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers. The 120 front and 180 rear sporty street-size tyres are designed for optimal on-road performance.
The rider now also benefits from the same kind of torque control system fitted. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) offers two levels of control (plus off) to sense imminent loss of rear wheel traction and seamlessly reduce torque to allow the tyre to grip. It’s by no means the most sophisticated system on the market, but it does the job.
Other new features include an adjustable seat offering two height options as well as 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. New full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.
The VFR800X Crossrunner will be available in Candy Arcadian Red or Pearl White and will be in dealership January 2015 for a Manufacturer’s List Price of $14,499.