The VFR1200X CrossTourer, launched in 2012, is equipped with a 1,237cc V4 engine and a gearbox DCT (it has problems with friction) but is still quite big and heavy. After the test, we think that a restyling should be the priority of Honda next season.
When you are still, it’s very heavy. The design is modern but the buttons and the equipment are becoming “old school”. The windscreen and the comfort of the seat are good: the fairing is adjustable and the load capacity is great. The seat height and size could be a problem for short people but only in movement.
HOW IT WORKS
The automatic gearbox DCT (the purists don’t like it) matches well with the V4, to drive well on highway and without vibrating and emission of heat at the traffic light or when you wait in line. The gearbox DCT delivers consistent, seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use.
The system is also able to detect uphill and downhill slopes and adapt its shift pattern schedule accordingly. We have to admit (we are sorry about it) that during our test we didn’t use it.
It’s not agile in the narrow parts of the road, compared to other models like the BMW or the KTM, but it was balanced all the time, thanks also to the ABS.
FOR AND AGAINST
The V4 engine and the gearbox DCT make a difference and we think you need to be 175cm tall and to love a sporty driving to appreciate them completely. The comfort fights against a box instruments and a display quite out of day.
|Displacement||1,237cc||Fuel Tank Capacity||21.5L|
|Max. Power Output||95kW @ 7,750rpm (95/1/EC)||Seat Height||850mm|
|Max. Torque||126Nm @ 6,500rpm (95/1/EC)||STANDARD ABS||yes|
|Kerb Weight||DCT: 287kg||Price||€ 16.790|