Honda Crosssrunner First Ride

2011 Honda Crossrunner
2011 Honda Crossrunner

Motorcycle Daily has taken the new , VFR800-based 2011 Crossrunner out on the road to put it through its paces.

The Crossrunner was introduced last fall as a 2011 model at the EICMA show in Italy as bike with offroad pretensions–and pretensions is pretty much all they are. Really, this is a street bike, although one powered by the 782cc V-4 VTEC mill that powers the European version of the Interceptor. That’s not a bad heritage for any streetbike.

Unlike the VFR, however, the Crossrunner sports comfy, upright ergonomics to go along with its V-4 character.

The pluses appear to be  a bike that, like the Suzuki Bandit, offers you a torquey engine with 100HP, a relaxed riding position. The down side for the sporting enthusiast, is the 530lbs wet weight, but in general it seems like it would be a fun bike.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

4 thoughts on “Honda Crosssrunner First Ride”

  1. Great – a 1998 Honda VFR with helibars 13 years late.  ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. Too big to be a trail bike and if Honda doesn’t want to build it as a good street bike I’m not sure how this one will fit into the market. I don’t think there is a distinct need for this machine. Husky and others make good dirt bikes, BMW has a nice set of dual sports – this doesn’t seem to challenge that in any way. Honda has a good grip on the touring and street bike markets, but without some revamping it looks like they’ll start losing market share to BMW and others with the great looking lineup they’ve produced. A 6-cyl touring Beemer for less than a Goldwing? Seems like a good challenge. Kawasaki also has them in the sport touring section. Honda is a great company, but needs some different bikes or I’ll keep the one I’ve got and not invest in another.

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