Honda’s New 2012 CrossTourer
Honda has entered the Adventure Touring motorcycle segment with the new 2012 CrossTourer. This model was first indroduced at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan. Taking a clear shot at BMW’s R1200GS and the Yamaha Super Tenere. This tall Adventure-Touring bike is powered by a de-tuned version of Honda’s 1237cc V-Four. This mill is similar to the VFR1200F motor that produces more than 150 brake horsepower. Tuned down for this bike, the reported output is 127.4 hp. Revisions to the cam profiles, valve and fuel timing mellow out peak torque for more mid-range and bottom end power. The peak torque is claimed to be 92.9 lb-ft. Maximum horspower is rated at 7,750 rpm, and maximum torque is available at 6,500 rpm.
This bike is loaded with the latest technology. It comes stock with traction control, combined anti-lock brakes and an optional dual-clutch transmission is also available. The dual-clutch transmission eliminates the need to manage the clutch and motor over rough terrain.The traction control and combined ABS should also make this tall bike easy bike to ride off-road. Honda has said that riders will be able to turn off the traction control for off-road use.
Also included are ride-by-wire throttle control, a shaft-drive that is housed in the single-sided swingarm, and the option to mount tubeless tires on the Crosstourer’s 19″ front and 17″ rear wheels. The wheels on this new Honda are wire spoked, and come equiped with Bridgestone Battle Wing tires, a 110/80 out front and a 150/70 rear.The front suspension features a 3mm inverted fork, while the rear suspension is Honda’s Pro-Link single gas shock hooked up to a single sided swingarm.
2012 Honda Crosstourer Specs
- Engine: 76-degree V-Four
- Displacement: 1237cc
- Bore x Stroke: 81 mm x 60 mm
- Valvetrain: Unicam 16-valve
- Compression Ratio: 12:1
- Peak Horsepower: 127.4 horsepower
- Peak Torque: 92.9 lb-ft
- Fueling: Electronic fuel injection PGM-FI
- Clutch: Wet, multiplate, 2 hydraulic clutches (DCT version)
- DCT: Mode D / S mode / Manual mode
- Transmission: 6-speed
- Final Drive: Cardan shaft drive
- Frame: Diamond twin-spar aluminum
- Wheelbase: 62.8 inch
- Seat Height: 33.5 inch
- Ground Clearance: 7.1 inch
- Curb Weight: 606 pounds (DCT 628 pounds)
- Fuel Capacity: 5.7 gallons
- Front Suspension: 43mm inverted fork, adjustable spring preload and rebound
- Rear Suspension: Pro-Link with gas shock absorber adjustable preload
- Front Tires: 110/80-R19
- Rear Tires: 150/70-R17
- Front Brakes: Dual 310mm disc, Nissin calipers, ABS Combined
- Rear Brakes: 276mm disc, ABS Combined
One of the biggest questions for all of the manufacturers is, are the customers looking for a road oriented bike that can do occasional off road riding? With all of the manufacturers taking a shot at BMW’s large share of the Adventure-Touring segment. Other players in this crowded market segment include the Triumph Tiger Explorer, Kawasaki Versys 1000, and the Yamaha Super Tenere.
Everyone is wondering about at what price point Honda will place this bike, and will Honda be able to put a serious dent in BMW’s market share?