2016 Honda VFR1200X Review

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By John Burns

2016 Honda VFR1200X

Editor Score: 84.25%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.25/10
Brakes 8.75/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.75/10
Appearance/Quality 8.0/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 84.25/100

What the hell is this thing anyway? We were all so caffeinated about the new Africa Twin that when Honda offered up the new VFR1200X for us to ride around upon, I had almost forgotten about it. Known as the Crosstourer since 2012 across the pond, here it is now in the U.S., available in six-speed manual form like our tester, or with Honda’s excellent DCT automatic transmission for only $400 more ($15,999).

2016 Honda VFR1200X Announced for US

On paper, it all looks pretty cool. In person, it looks rather large. Honda says this is its “range-topping Adventure Touring bike,” unique in the class by having a V-Four engine. The seat’s 33.5 inches off the deck, meaning my 30-inch legs can just touch toes on both sides, and Honda’s claimed curb weight of 608 pounds is backed up by the official MO scales, which say 612 with a full complement of fluids including 5.68 gallons of fuel. (Honda says the DCT version is 23 pounds heavier than our bike.)

To put that in perspective, the heaviest bike in our Epic Sport Adventure comparo last year was the Triumph Explorer XC ABS, which weighed 6 pounds less than the Honda. The one that won it, the BMW S1000XR, weighed 550 with bags attached.

The way Honda wants to spin it, which makes perfect sense, is that the X is mostly for paved-road riding but with the ability to traverse the occasional graded dirt and/or gravel road. It’s your basic big sport-tourer, almost, in an expensive off-road suit featuring niceties like 19- and 17-inch tubeless wire-spoke wheels. Guess we’ll be forced to …read more

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