Tuesday, November 2, 2010



Things are definitely heating up in the big-bore multi-cylinder adventure bike market -- with Honda finally indicating it is set to join the battle currently being fought by BMW with its R 1200 GS and GS Adventure, KTM's 990 Adventure and the new kid on the block -- Yamaha's XT1200Z Super Tenere.

At the huge EICMA motorcycle show in Milan today, Honda unveiled its new Crosstourer 'concept' adventure machine, which is powered by a whopping 1200cc V4 powerplant.

While it's not expected to go on-sale until 2012, the Crosstourer shows Honda is finally getting serious about the adventure bike scene.

Here's the PR from Honda:

"MILAN, Italy, November 2, 2010 - Honda has revealed the V4 Crosstourer Concept, the world’s first V4 Adventure Tourer motorcycle at EICMA 2010, an International Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy.

"Sharing the phenomenal V4 engine and the revolutionary Dual Clutch Transimission with the VFR1200F, the V4 Crosstourer Concept will deliver all the fun and excitement of a road sports bike; but with the comfortable upright riding position and manoeuvrability of an adventure machine.

"The VFR1200F was the first model to utilize the new iconic V4 engine that signified the beginning of the new era in Honda’s engine line-up. The V4 Crosstourer Concept will utilise the same engine as the Road Sport category VFR to bring the benefits of this world-beating engine to a new type of customer. This will be the first time an Adventure Tourer bike has been fitted with a compact and powerful four cylinder V-engine unit.

"The riding experience will be further enhanced with the V4 Crosstourer Concept being developed with the revolutionary Dual Clutch Transmission that gives seamless gear changes for a sport riding feel. The new bike is the second Honda to be fitted with this innovative transmission system after the VFR1200F and it is the first time this award-winning technology has been seen in this category.

"Honda has always strived to bring innovative designs and innovative technology to our motorcycle customers. As a company famed for challenging conventional motorcycle thinking, Honda is committed to producing bikes which fulfil the needs and desires of our customers.

"Together with 800cc Crossrunner also revealed at EICMA, the V4 Crosstourer concept expands Honda’s state-of-the-art V4 model line-up."

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